Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls

Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls Recipe – sweet Hawaiian rolls, melted cheese, bacon, and savory ranch butter. All of our favorite flavors in one bite! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Great as a party appetizer or a quick breakfast.

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Hawaiian Rolls

These Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls are a MUST for any upcoming game day parties. OMG! They are incredibly delicious. Sweet Hawaiian rolls stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon and brushed with ranch butter. Sweet and savory in every bite. They are great for the Super Bowl or quick weekday breakfast. Give them a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has “crack” in the title it means that the recipe has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the ingredients. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck.

According to the dictionary, the definition of crack is “of superior excellence or ability”. We think the flavor combination of cheddar, bacon, and ranch fits this definition! These Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls are most definitely of superior excellence!

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How to Make Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls

These buns are super easy to make with only 5 simple ingredients. Cut cheddar cheese slices into 8 pieces. Cut bacon slices into thirds. Separate a package of Hawaiian rolls into individual rolls. Make two cuts just two-thirds of the way down each roll. Do NOT cut all the way through the rolls! 

Place one piece of bacon in each slit. Place cheese slices on each side of the bacon. You will use four pieces of cheese in each roll. Place the cut rolls on a baking sheet or baking dish lined with parchment paper. Combine melted butter and ranch dressing mix. Brush the butter mixture over the top of the rolls. Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Brush rolls with any remaining ranch butter.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use slices of precooked bacon
    • If cooking your own bacon, cook it until it is just starting to get crispy. It will continue to cook when you bake the rolls.
    • Can substitute turkey bacon.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls be made in advance? Yes. You can assemble the rolls ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Want softer rolls? Wrap the assembled rolls in aluminum foil before baking.
  • Can Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls be frozen? Yes! Assemble the rolls. Place rolls on a baking pan and freeze. Transfer frozen rolls to a freezer bag. When ready to bake, thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Bacon & Cheese Buns

These rolls are the ultimate party food! I have them prepped and ready to go into the oven for all the big games tomorrow. I absolutely love the sweetness from the Hawaiian rolls combined with the cheddar, bacon, and ranch butter. SO good!

While this is a great party recipe, these rolls are equally delicious for breakfast with some grits and scrambled eggs. YUM! Run to the store and grab the ingredients ASAP! 

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Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls Recipe – sweet Hawaiian rolls, melted cheese, bacon, and savory ranch butter. All of our favorite flavors in one bite! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Great as a party appetizer or a quick breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12-ct) package Hawaiian Rolls
  • 8 slices cooked bacon,
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese,
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Tbsp ranch dressing mix

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut cheddar cheese slices into 8 pieces.
  • Cut bacon slices into thirds.
  • Separate a package of Hawaiian rolls into individual rolls. Make two cuts just two-thirds of the way down each roll. Do NOT cut all the way through the rolls! 
  • Place one piece of bacon in each slit. Place cheese slices on each side of the bacon. You will use four pieces of cheese in each roll.
  • Place the cut rolls on a baking sheet or baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Combine melted butter and ranch dressing mix. Brush the butter mixture over the top of the rolls.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Brush rolls with any remaining ranch butter.

Notes:

  • I use slices of precooked bacon. 
    • If cooking your own bacon, cook it until it is just starting to get crispy. It will continue to cook when you bake the rolls.
    • Can substitute turkey bacon.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls be made in advance? Yes. You can assemble the rolls ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Want softer rolls? Wrap the assembled rolls in aluminum foil before baking.
  • Can Cracked Out Hawaiian Rolls be frozen? Yes! Assemble the rolls. Place rolls on a baking pan and freeze. Transfer frozen rolls to a freezer bag. When ready to bake, thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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