Kings Hawaiian Rolls Copycat Recipe

4 / 5 (7 reviews) 25 Comments

If you are a fan of Kings Hawaiian Rolls you will really love the flavor of this Kings Hawaiian Roll copycat recipe!  These rolls taste just as good as the packaged ones if not better!  This easy recipe will make enough to feed a crowd. Eat them fresh out of the oven or days later and they are soft, sweet, and so yummy.

King's Hawaiian copycat rolls

Perfect Copycat King’s Hawaiian Buns

Nothing goes better with a home-cooked meal than warm rolls or freshly baked loaves of delicious bread. This recipe was easy to make with a few twists.

The secret ingredients in Kings Hawaiian rolls copycat recipe

I was surprised to see that there is pineapple juice and ginger in this recipe. At first, I was a bit skeptical about using them but I found they really add a subtly sweet flavor that really does add to the authentic Hawaiian sweet taste of the roll!

In fact, I now consider the pineapple juice and ginger the secret ingredients that really make this recipe WOW!

If you’re in a pinch, you can use water… but you’ll really miss out on the delicious pineapple flavor in these rolls. So go with the pineapple juice!

To help the yeast activate, I warmed my pineapple juice in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Of course, your microwave may need less time… you want it very warm, but not scalding.

To save time, you absolutely want to use Instant Yeast! This SAF brand is our favorite around here.

Once your yeast mixture is bubbly and foaming add the dough hook to your machine and add the oil, eggs, vanilla, ginger, and salt. Mix it up on low, until all the ingredients have incorporated. Then it is time to add the flour!

Add flour, one cup at a time, to the mixture and knead for 3 minutes. At this point, lightly spray your 9×13 pans (you’ll need two, or one large cookie sheet) if you’re making the King’s Hawaiian rolls.

Place your dough on a lightly floured surface.

I like to cut off small portions of the dough and then form them into balls… you’ll want them to be about 2-3 inches in size.

Place them about an inch a part, cover and let them rise until they have doubled in size… if you used the instant yeast, this should take just 30 minutes!

Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown! If yours aren’t golden enough, you can broil them for the last minute for more of a golden brown color to the top.

King's Hawaiian rolls on a tray

Brush the tops of rolls with butter while they are hot and let them cool for a few minutes before you eat them all! SOOO yummy!

These would be so great with some Dr Pepper BBQ Pulled Pork

Recipe Yield

This recipe will make about 3 loaves of bread or 24 large rolls. The rolls or bread will turn out tall, fluffy and soft.

Just don’t forget that it’s very important to use the exact amount of yeast and very warm liquid to properly activate the yeast to create fluffy rising rolls!

This one is definately a crowd pleaser! The hubs and kids LOVED them! Once they are cooled, you can quickly warm them up by microwaving them for about 10 seconds and enjoying them with a pat of butter. Mmmmm. So good!

Hawaiian buns with butter

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Kings Hawaiian Rolls Copycat Recipe

4 / 5 (7 reviews)
Prep Time: 35 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 24 rolls | Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warmed pineapple juice (or warm water if in a pinch)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast (we used the SAF brand)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or avocado oil as a healthier choice)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cups bread flour

Instructions

  1. Warm your pineapple juice in the microwave (so it's very warm, but not hot)
  2. Add it to the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, the pour in sugar and stir.
  3. Sprinkle instant yeast over liquid. Let stand for 10 minutes. Once you see bubbles and foam form, continue to next step.
  4. Attach dough hook to machine then add the oil, eggs, vanilla, ginger and salt. Mix at low speed until ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Add flour, one cup at a time, and knead for 3 minutes.
  6. Lightly spray or grease two 9x13-inch pans or 1 large rimmed cookie sheet.
  7. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut off small sections and form into 2-3 inch balls. Place in pan about a half inch apart. Cover and let rise until double in bulk, about 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Broil the last minute to add more golden brown, if desired.

Notes

Warm pineapple juice in microwave for 1-2 minutes until very warm, but not too hot.
If in a pinch, you can use water instead, but your rolls won't be quite as amazing!

Ingredients: Bread Flour, Egg, Ginger, Pineapple Juice, Salt, Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Vegetable Oil, Water, Yeast
Meal Type: Breads, Side Dish, #StayHome, 4th of July, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Super Bowl Party, Thanksgiving, Winter, Meatless
Categories: Copycat, Yeast Breads, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • If I were to cut this recipe in half, would one or two eggs work best? Or beat two eggs and not use it all? Not normally a bread baker, but would love to try this recipe, thanks!

    • Good question…Most recipes I use for bread don’t even call for eggs so I would bet one large egg would work fine, if your dough ends up on the dry side I would add the other one.

  • Probably using dried ginger would be smartest unless you want little chunks of ginger in your bread, which i wouldn’t want personally from using fresh grated/minced or crystallized ginger. Oil you will want to use something that doesn’t have a strong flavor, other than that it doesn’t actually matter. You can use grapeseed, canola, vegetable etc. But olive oil or peanut oil would be too strong so you wouldn’t want your rolls to taste like peanuts or olives. And as far as i know there is only vanilla extract unless you actually want to buy a vanilla bean and scrape out the inside and put it in, but vanilla extract is cheaper and works just as well =)

  • The ginger is dried ground. The oil is vegetable oil and vanilla extract.

  • What if I don’t have a stand mixer?

  • Can I use regular yeast?

  • I’ve made these rolls twice now, and they are so delicious! My daughter likes these over the original Kings Hawaiian. 😀

  • So which is better and tastes closest using water or pineapple juice

  • I know this post is 3 years old, but geez lady read the whole thing before you have a conniption fit. The recipe states, vegetable oil, dry ginger, and vanilla extract. Holy cow crazy much?????

  • Powdered ginger. In the spice isle at the grocery store
    Vanilla extract. (Imitation is fine. You can also get a white vanilla where they sale bakers supplies, i.e., Michaels)
    Vegetable oil.

    All familiar to frequent bakers.

  • I would like to use honey instead of sugar. Do you know how much honey I should use?

  • Our family is big fan of King Hawaiian roll. Though i am skeptical with long shelf time span (aka preservatives). I definitely try your copycat rescipe. Thanks for posting.

  • Karen dear, I don’t think baking is your thing. Perhaps you should just go to the nearest piggly wiggly and get yourself a bag of Kings Hawaiian Rolls.

  • 9×9 pan should be a bowl for rising duh people common sense

  • Os the dough supposed to be sticky, or do I keep adding flour until I get a normal bread consistency? It is so sticky with only 6 cups….

  • This recipe doesn’t make any sense.
    Using the amount of flour (6 c) then only using a 9×9 pan with 1/2 inch rolls which couldn’t possibly raise to a LARGE roll as stated.
    Also, 3 tbs yeast (9 tsp) seems like a lot.
    Also, if the pineapple juice is what makes for the original Hawaiian flavor why does it say water OR juice and if mixing the two what is the ratio?
    What if NOT using a bread machine, what kind of yeast?

  • In looking at the recipe again, I see it probably meant one OR two inch balls but that still doesn’t mean a single 9×9 pan would use up that amount of flour batter.

  • You dont need a bread machine to make bread. Nor do you need one to use yeast for a machine. It is used either way

  • Hi Barry,
    The original recipe post was written in 2014 by a contributor that is no longer with us.
    I agree with you… I’d say this is more like a 9×13 pan (if not two). It yields 24 rolls, and 24 rolls don’t fit in a 9×9 pan! 🙂
    The instructions don’t say you need to use a bread machine. She just used that kind of yeast for faster rising.
    Water is an option if you don’t have pineapple juice.

  • I appreciate your comment about the 9 x 13 pan since I too was feeling a little confused by the 9 inch pan since the recipe states that it make 3 loaves of bread or 24 rolls.

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