Hawaiian Roll Cheese Danish

Transform King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls into a scrumptious Cheese Danish! With a creamy cheese filling, a hint of cinnamon, and a buttery sweetness, these delightful pastries are perfect for brunch or a sweet snack. They're easy to make and irresistibly delicious!


  • 1 package King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls (12 count)
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz), very soft
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


Preheating. Start by warming up your oven to a cozy 375°F. Grab a 9 x 13 baking dish and give it a friendly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Nestle your King’s Hawaiian Rolls in the dish, but remember, they’re shy—keep them together, no separating!

Cutting Squares. Here’s where your inner surgeon comes out! Take a steak knife and carefully carve a square into each roll. Or use a doughnut hole cutter if you got one for a circular shape. Aim for a 1/4 inch edge and go about halfway deep. It’s like creating tiny swimming pools in each roll.

Butter Mixture. In a small bowl, whip together the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. With a pastry brush in hand (or a spoon if you’re feeling rebellious), coat the inside and outside of the rolls with this sweet, buttery goodness.

Cream Cheese Filling. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese like it owes you money (but gently, it’s soft). Stir in the granulated sugar and egg until it’s as smooth as a jazz solo.

Filling the Rolls. Spoon this creamy dreamy mixture into the roll pools you’ve created. Don’t be shy, fill them up to the brim! 

Baking. Slide your baking dish into the preheated oven. Let those rolls bake for 12-15 minutes, just until the cheese mixture sets and gets a suntan (a.k.a. lightly browned). 

Cooling. Patience is a virtue. Let your creation cool and set for 5-7 minutes. It’s like waiting for the next episode of your favorite show, hard but worth it. If you wanted to drizzle on some powdered sugar and milk glaze, now would be a good time, or maybe add a little fresh lemon or orange zest to the top. 

Serving Suggestions. Serve these delightful danishes as part of a brunch spread or as a sweet afternoon treat. They’re best enjoyed slightly warm. This recipe makes 12 servings, perfect for sharing or indulging over a couple of days. Pair with a warm beverage or a glass of cold milk for a heavenly experience. Enjoy!

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