Garlic butter Hawaiian rolls. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)
Ingredients
  • 1 pack Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 stick of butter, divided in half and sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt

Before I begin, I want to mention a couple of things. First, I wish I could take the credit for this recipe-or hack, as I like to call it, but I can’t. I’ll share whom the credit goes to in a moment. Second, I want to apologize for today’s column. This may be one of the most addictive (and easiest) columns I’ve shared here.

Let’s talk about “addictive” for a second. Have you ever had Hawaiian rolls? They have a hint of sweetness, and they’re delicious warmed or even at room temperature. Both serving options are equally as addictive. Trust me, I’ve tried both. And Hawaiian rolls are sort of like potato chips; you can’t have just one.

This hack on everyone’s favorite dinner roll makes a great bread option for a regular weeknight dinner or a family holiday dinner. Anyone who comes in contact with these rolls will be forever changed. I’ll admit, I ate two of the rolls as they were coming out of the oven, and even though I shared with my husband, I will happily admit that I ate most of them. I couldn’t be stopped, and quite frankly, I don’t think I wanted to be stopped. I can’t continue to share this post without profusely thanking Becky over at The Cookie Rookie. I discovered this Hawaiian roll hack sometime last year around Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to try it. I was having an intense bread craving, and lucky for me, I was able to fulfill it in less than 20 minutes.

Are you ready for this buttery goodness?

Garlic butter Hawaiian rolls. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 4 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Once the butter has melted, add in the garlic and cook garlic for 30 seconds. Keep stirring so you don’t burn the garlic. Remove from heat.

Place the rest of the butter (4 tablespoons) on a baking sheet and put it in the oven until the butter has melted. This is the good part, you guys.

Once the butter has melted, place all the rolls on the baking sheet. That’s right, the bottom of the rolls are going to be so buttery it’s ridiculous.

Using a knife, cut a deep “X” on the top of each roll.

Brush the garlic butter mixture on top of each roll, then sprinkle with kosher salt. You can use any other type of flaky salt, too. The “X” you created on top of the rolls allows the garlic butter to seep through for optimal flavor. Oh goodness, this is going to be good.

Bake for 12 minutes and enjoy warm.

I’m also thinking you could do a sweet version of these Hawaiian rolls covered in cinnamon sugar. If you’re thinking of trying these, I’d love to hear from you!

Buttery and salty Hawaiian rolls. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at [email protected] or by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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