Sticky Buns

I love it when my house smells like freshly baked pastries, but who doesn’t? That’s why, even though these Sticky Buns are intense work, they are so worth it. This week I had a whole house that smelled like I lived in a bakery!

There are two magical things about these babies – using Bourbon in the glaze, and the Master Sweet Dough that makes these incredibly soft.


Sticky buns are a lot like cinnamon rolls, but instead of an icing on top, the buns get a sticky, nutty, caramelized glaze on both the tops and bottoms of the pastry. I also love these because they’re great to grab and go for breakfast, and they reheat very well whether they’re frozen or refrigerated.

Sticky Buns

This recipe works in two parts. I suggest reading the recipe for this Master Sweet Dough and using it. It takes a long time, but in the end, it’s worth it, and it’s heavenly for sweet pastries. I’ll likely use it for some kind of sweet roll in the future!

  • Prep Time: 3h
  • Cook Time: 50h
  • Total Time: 3h 50m
  • Servings: 9 Buns



  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used clover honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ounce Bourbon

For the Buns

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - room temp
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark).
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Master Sweet Dough (chilled and risen for at least two hours)
  • All purpose flour for dusting
  • 1 large egg + 2 tablespoons of water
  • Coarse sea salt.


For the Glaze

  1. Melt butter on low heat in a sauce pan.
  2. Stir in cream, brown sugar, honey, salt, orange zest, and vanilla. Add the shot of bourbon.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the glaze mixture is shiny and golden brown. This should take 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pour half of the glaze into the baking pan until it coats the bottom of your baking pan. sprinkle half of your toasted pecans on the bottom, and set aside, letting it cool.
  5. Set aside the glaze.

For the buns

  1. With your stand mixer (an electric hand mixer will also work great), beat the butter, sugar, cinnamon, kosher salt until it\'s light an fluffy and fully mixed.
  2. Grab your Master Sweet Dough, and punch it down. Move it to a floured work surface. I like to use marble because it keeps the butter in the dough much colder for longer.
  3. Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 1/4in thick. spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle chopped pecans atop the mixture, and roll the dough into a log, tightening as you go.
  5. Cut the log into 9 equal pieces. Turn the buns cut side up and pat the tops to flatten them slightly.
  6. Place them into the pan with the glaze in the bottom. And brush the tops with the egg wash.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Eat these warm - they are SO delicious that way!

Posted on July 30, 2017 in Breakfast, Recipes

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Mila is the author of Hangry Woman and a type 2 diabetic, trying to navigate her new world. She lives in Texas with her Husband, Bryan, and her pup, Lily. She loves to talk to her readers, so find her on social media and say hello!

Responses (11)

  1. Jordyn Galan
    July 31, 2017 at 10:19 am · Reply

    Saw these in instagram and had to find the recipe! Thanks for Sharah my! These look delicious 😋

  2. Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.
    July 31, 2017 at 10:31 am · Reply

    Man, those look perfect. Haven’t had a sticky roll complete with pecans in ages!

  3. Sami
    July 31, 2017 at 11:06 am · Reply

    These looks delicious! I know what I’m making for Sunday breakfast this week!

  4. Lauren
    July 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm · Reply

    Okay, I need to attempt and make these! They look amazing!!


  5. Amanda
    July 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm · Reply

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to make these for my family.

  6. Kate
    August 1, 2017 at 3:24 am · Reply

    OMG yum! These look absolutely amazing!

  7. Taylor Ann
    August 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm · Reply

    These sounds amazing! For sure adding this to my list of recipes to try!

  8. Bailey
    August 2, 2017 at 4:31 am · Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! Such perfect hygge treat for a winter morning.

  9. Shelly
    August 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm · Reply

    Yum, this looks so sinful! My kind of breakfast!

  10. Hanna
    August 3, 2017 at 6:58 am · Reply

    These looks SOOOOOOO good! I always burn stuff when I bake it but these I’d definitely give a try!

  11. Tara
    August 4, 2017 at 10:08 am · Reply

    These sound absolutely amazing! Love the bourbon touch!

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