Kings Hawaiian Rolls Copycat Recipe
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
If you’re a bread lover, you’ll LOVE my Homemade Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls!
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Kings Hawaiian Rolls Copycat Recipe
- Stand mixer
- Cookie sheet
- 2 cups warmed pineapple juice or warm water if in a pinch
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons instant yeast we used the SAF brand
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or avocado oil as a healthier choice
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground dry ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 6 cups bread flour
- Warm your pineapple juice in the microwave (so it's very warm, but not hot)
- Add it to the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, the pour in sugar and stir.
- Sprinkle instant yeast over liquid. Let stand for 10 minutes. Once you see bubbles and foam form, continue to next step.
- Attach dough hook to machine then add the oil, eggs, vanilla, ginger and salt. Mix at low speed until ingredients are incorporated.
- Add flour, one cup at a time, and knead for 3 minutes.
- Lightly spray or grease two 9x13-inch pans or 1 large rimmed cookie sheet.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
- Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Broil the last minute to add more golden brown, if desired.
If in a pinch, you can use water instead, but your rolls won't be quite as amazing!