Irresistibly sweet, soft, and buttery dinner rolls are perfect for holidays or Sunday supper. So easy to make with simple pantry ingredients!
There are few things better than baking your own bread at home. Once you understand that yeast dough is actually quite easy to work with I believe you’ll feel confident about making these Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, and you may even come back for more yeast dough recipes because they’re that good!😉
An easy dinner roll recipe should be at everyone’s fingertips. These rolls are soft, sweet, and buttery, and are perfect for your holiday dinner, Sunday supper, or can even be prepared ahead of time for a weeknight meal. This recipe also offers pantry ingredients that you probably already have available!
How To Make Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Make the dough proof the yeast and make the dough with the recipe below.
- Cover and let rise in a warm environment for 1-2 hours. It should double in size.
- Punch the dough down to release any air bubbles.
- Shape into balls shape the dough into 16 equal size balls and put in a buttered 9×13 baker.
- Allow to rise again cover your baker and allow the rolls to rise another 1 hour.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown on top, then brush with melted butter.
Do I Have To Use Active Dry Yeast?
You can use any yeast you have available. Active dry yeast will need to be dissolved in a warm liquid (or proofed) before you continue with the recipe. Alternatively, instant yeast can be added right to the dry ingredients then continue with the recipe instructions.
Can I Make These Rolls Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! Follow the steps below to make the dough, let rise, shape into balls, then cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Remove the rolls and allow to rise on the counter for 1-2 hours, then bake.
Can These Dinner Rolls Be Frozen?
Follow the steps below up to the point you shape the dough into balls. Put your 9×13 baker in the freezer for 2-3 hours. At this point the rolls should be frozen enough that they won’t stick together. Remove the baker and put each ball into a resealable freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month.
To prepare the frozen rolls, remove from freezer and let them thaw and rise. This process will take about 4-5 hours total, then bake. This works well when preparing for a holiday meal for fresh rolls!
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Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
- Warm the milk to 110°F on a stove top or microwave (be careful not to get the milk too hot or it will kill the yeast). Whisk the warm milk, yeast, and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Cover and let sit for 5-10 minutes. After this time the mixture should be frothy and foamy.
- Add the honey, salt, egg, egg yolk, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat on low speed with the dough hook attachment for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed. Add another 1/2 cup flour and mix an additional 1 minute, then add the remaining 1/2 cup flour and mix for another 1 minute.
- Increase the mixer to medium speed for 1-2 more minutes until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and will cling to the dough hook.
- Turn the dough out to your prepared mixing bowl. Coat all sides of the dough by turning it in the bowl. Cover with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean dish towel, then let sit in a warm place to rise for 1-2 hours. The dough should double in size.
- When the dough has doubled in size remove the towel and punch down to remove any air bubbles. Remove the dough from the bowl to a lightly floured surface. Using a knife or dough scraper, cut the dough in half. Then cut each half into 8 equal pieces to make 16 total pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and arrange in the prepared 9x13 baker. Cover this with your dish towel and allow to rise about another hour to double in size again.
- Preheat you oven to 350°F and bake the rolls for 18-22 mnutes, until golden brown on top and the sides and edges look baked. Remove from oven and brush with butter while still warm.