Kings Hawaiian Rolls Copycat Recipe

5 / 5 (3 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.

Kings Hawaiian Copycat rolls

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

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

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Kings Hawaiian Rolls Copycat Recipe

5 / 5 (3 reviews)
Prep Time: 50mins | Cook Time: 20mins
Yield: 3 loaves of bread or 24 large rolls | Serves: 24


  • 2 cup warm water or pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant (SAF) yeast (aka bread machine yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cups bread flour


  1. In a mixer, Place water/pineapple juice in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Add the sugar and stir.
  2. Sprinkle yeast over liquid. Let stand for 10 minutes. If bubbles form then continue.
  3. Attach dough hook to machine. Add the oil, eggs,vanilla, ginger and the salt. Mix at low speed.
  4. Add flour, one cup at a time, and knead for 3 minutes.
  5. Lightly spray or grease a 9 x 9-inch pan.
  6. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut off small sections and form into 1-2 inch balls. Place in pan about an inch apart. Cover and let rise until double in bulk, about 30-45 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops of rolls with butter while hot.
Ingredients: Bread Flour, Egg, Ginger, Pineapple, Pineapple Juice, Salt, Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Vegetable Oil, Water, Yeast
Meal Type: Breads, Side Dish, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Meatless
Categories: Copycat, Yeast Breads, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • Recipes like this drive me crazy. What kind of oil? What kind of vanilla? 1/2 tsp ginger? Chopped fresh ginger? Minced ginger? Dried ginger? Crystallized ginger?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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