Sticky Buns


Uhhhhh, I don’t even know where to begin with this sticky bun. It’s simply marvelous. I’ve never had one before, I’ve seen one, but I’ve never actually had one. Aren’t they the same thing as cinnamon buns but with just a different glaze? I believe so.

While I was making this, I felt as if I was gaining 200 pounds with every step. It’s made with SO MUCH BUTTER. But I mean, things that are ladened in butter always taste good, no matter what so I guess it’s a good trade-off.

Holy. Yum.

You guys don’t even want to know how many calories ONE sticky bun has, you can guess, but it’s kind of a disgusting amount. This isn’t something you should have every day, obviously. Jason and I shared one – I mean, I had to make sure these were blog-worthy. And they most definitely are. We both agreed that we could not have these sitting around the house because we’d probably devour them all and end up in a diabetic coma. So what did we do? Bring them to a get together with friends and they were easily spoken for.

While everyone was eating them, this was the exact thought going through my head:

Hahahaha – so for all you guys who ask me how I stay “so skinny” – it’s cause I give away mostly all my sweets ;)

Sticky Buns
Prep Time
4 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
5 hrs 35 mins

These sticky buns are buttery and gooey and oh-so-delicious!

Servings: 9
For the dough:
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 5 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, room temperature, plus 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
For the topping:
  • 1 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
For the buns:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • All purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  1. To make the dough, heat milk in a small saucepan until 110-115 degrees. Transfer the milk to a measuring cup and stir in 1 tbsp. of sugar. Sprinkle yeast over milk and whisk to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until yeast gets foamy. Add eggs and whisk until smooth. Combine the remaining 4 tbsp. of sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook along with flour and salt. Add the milk mixture and with the mixer on, add the butter, 1 cube at a time. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute then knead on medium-high speed for 5 minutes.
  2. Place dough in a (lightly greased bowl, using the 1/2 tbsp. of melted butter) and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Place in a warm, draft-free, area and let rise for 1 hour. After it has doubled in size, you're going to chill the dough for 2 hours.
  3. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 degrees and toast the pecans until fragrant, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside 1 1/4 cups of the chopped pecans for the buns.
  4. Melt butter in a small saucepan then add dark brown sugar, cream, honey, and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until glaze is a golden brown. Pour 1 cup of the glaze into a 8x8x2 baking pan. Tilt the pan back and forth to coat the entire bottom. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped pecans over top of the glaze. Set pan aside.
  5. For the filling for the buns, in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  6. When dough is ready, punch it down then transfer it to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out the dough into a 12x16" rectangle and about 1/4" thick. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the dough with an offset spatula, leaving a 1" border around the edges.
  7. Sprinkle 3/4 cups of the chopped pecans on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  8. Beginning with the longest edge closest to you, start rolling the dough into a log, tightening as you roll. Pinch together the ends to seal. Arrange the log seam side down.
  9. Using floss or a sharp knife, cut the log into 9 equal pieces. Turn the bun cut side up and reshapen, if need be.
  10. Place the buns, cut side up, in the prepared pan, spacing them evenly apart. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 45 minutes - 1 hour in a warm, draft-free area.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and whisk an egg in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash.
  12. Bake buns for 50 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. If they're browning too quickly, you can tent them with foil.
  13. Serve buns warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

Source: Bon Appetit



Posted on September 17, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 09/17/2012 at 6:20 am

    Julie, these look insanely good. The fluffy roll, that caramel and crunchy topping. That’s pretty much perfection in sticky roll form.

  2. 09/17/2012 at 6:59 am

    I hear ya on giving away the sweets! I do that as well as freeze them! These look delicious!!

  3. 09/17/2012 at 7:50 am

    If only I had these for breakfast right now! I could not keep these around, I’d devour every single one.

  4. 09/17/2012 at 8:21 am

    sometimes I truly wonder what the cashiers think at the store when they are ringing up my 5 lbs of butter, sugar, chocolate chips, candy bars, flour, peanut butter, and cream cheese…. and sprinkles. More often than not I’m in my gym clothes too. Just doesn’t make sense!!! But yes, my way of staying thin is to bake bake bake, taste and test it out, and give it away! Who really needs 4 dozen cookies laying around?! Julie these sticky buns look like pure indulgent perfection! The way my mom used to make them! A buttery treat to savor every now and then. :)

  5. 09/17/2012 at 8:40 am

    Your end quote seals the deal…that is too funny.

  6. 09/17/2012 at 8:46 am

    It’s like a flash back to the PW series and all of the calories lol. I’m positive this would’ve been better than my boring cereal this morning though!

  7. 09/17/2012 at 8:58 am

    Yummmmm. I adore sticky buns! (And your quote is AWESOME!) :)

  8. 09/17/2012 at 9:00 am

    Recipe looks great but the EE card is better :)

  9. 09/17/2012 at 9:03 am

    1 Work : YUM!

    I feel like I gained a little weight just reading this post, but what a GREAT christmas morning breakfast this would make. It looks amazing :)

    I give away a lot of my goodies too – – I’f I kept them around, I may start looking like one of willy wonka’s oompa loompas ;)

  10. 09/17/2012 at 9:29 am

    Oh wowza! These look so good and who cares about calories at the moment. I think the little baby inside me wants to munch on this immediately!

  11. 09/17/2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh my goodness, I would eat the whole tin…just beautiful!

  12. 09/17/2012 at 9:51 am

    I’m such a sucker for a decadent breakfast pastry treat, and these absolutely fit the bill! Just gorgeous Julie :)

  13. 09/17/2012 at 9:53 am

    I have a diet plan that includes sticky buns! Eat one for breakfast with coffee (to speed up your metabolism). Then, a salad for lunch and a vegetarian dinner. I’m pretty sure it all evens out in the end. I know, I’m crazy.

  14. OMG I COULDN’T LOVE THAT E-CARD MORE. and yes. this plate o’ goodies right to my mouth.

  15. 09/17/2012 at 10:06 am

    Calories-shmalories… give me a sticky bun!!!

  16. 09/17/2012 at 10:10 am

    oh man oh man oh man! You’ve gotta eat this sort of decadence once in a while, right??

  17. 09/17/2012 at 10:16 am

    Every Christmas morning we indulge in buttery, sugary cinnamon buns. And then we spend the whole year looking forward to the next batch. Your version looks fantastic!

  18. 09/17/2012 at 10:36 am

    That’s an excellent diet plan–I’m stealing it :)
    And these sticky buns look marvelous. Hello, sticky caramel sauce being poured on top. All that’s missing is my mouth underneath that spoon!

  19. 09/17/2012 at 11:04 am

    These sound so amazing…now if I could only eat one at a time! :P

  20. 09/17/2012 at 11:14 am

    these look awesome – yum!

  21. 09/17/2012 at 11:58 am

    Calories? What calories? All I see is gooey, sticky, caramel-y goodness. No calories at all.

  22. 09/17/2012 at 12:06 pm

    oh mahhh gahhhh! yummm

  23. 09/17/2012 at 12:43 pm

    Briiiing on the buttahhhh!!

  24. 09/17/2012 at 1:56 pm

    I use the bake and giveaway method too ;) Some of my friends call me the evil cupcake lady – could be worse! These sticky buns certainly look sinful, Julie!

  25. 09/17/2012 at 2:30 pm

    I think it’s OK, and mandatory even, to treat yourself to something indulgent every so often. If I had these for breakfast, I’d just “make up for it” with some 8 minute abs, or a salad later haha. It’s all about balance! …and having friends to make eat your stuff too :P

  26. 09/17/2012 at 3:14 pm

    I’ve only had sticky buns once. I made them from the famous Flour bakery recipe, and they were insane. I have to make them again soon. I did calculate how many calories were in them and it was scary, but I’ve made some pretty decadent treats since I’ve given up calculating so I’m sure I’ve topped it. It just means a longer run the next day.

  27. You have to give away your stuff – I mean seriously, I would be 600 pounds if I didn’t!
    These look incredible. I haven’t had a sticky bun since I was a little girl at my Grandmas – yum!

  28. 09/17/2012 at 4:19 pm

    I have no choice, but to giveaway our treats. Sometimes I’ve been testing so many they literally cover the counters. These looks fantastic. I’m sure you could stuff some in your purse for the trip right? ;)

  29. 09/17/2012 at 4:37 pm

    OMG. That topping makes me want to die. Seriously, I could bathe in it.

  30. 09/17/2012 at 5:16 pm

    Slap me some of that butter and sugar, girl! I’d say I’d split one with you, too. But, I think I want my own calorie laden bun! :)

  31. 09/17/2012 at 10:23 pm

    Gah, must resist the pull of the sticky bun! They look so yummy!

  32. 09/17/2012 at 11:56 pm

    Oh holy frijolah!! I need me a batch of these! And preach – I keep feeding everyone else to give myself the appearance of skinny. haha Lies I tell myself.

  33. 09/18/2012 at 12:05 am

    Sticky buns are my favorite favorite FAVORITE breakfast treat ever. Omg, I could eat them everyday. These look fantastic!

  34. 09/18/2012 at 12:38 am

    Dude, you’ve totally outdone yourself here! I don’t care how many calories this has, I am totally making this and devouring it! And I’m not really in the mood to share (that’s okay, right?).

  35. 09/18/2012 at 6:38 am

    I wish I had colleagues I could give away my stuff to! I have to eat it all. Boo! And I normally don’t like sticky buns (I prefer cinnamon buns :)) but these are so fluffy looking I’m sure I’d have no problem downing several of these.

  36. 09/18/2012 at 10:47 am

    I’ve never tried sticky buns. That’s right. But they look SO delicious and I always forget to bake them! I think I’ll try your recipe..

  37. 12/27/2012 at 9:32 pm

    My husband requested cinnamon rolls for this Saturday…this recipe might be the winner!

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