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Homemade Sticky Buns from Scratch

Let me tell you friends, there is nothing better than the smell and taste of these Homemade Sticky Buns from scratch! I can remember my Mom making these when I was a kid and sweet Lord were they good! Well, except for the times she’d make them with raisins. No offense to my raisin lovers out there! I love raisins—just not with my sticky buns. ???? This sweet breakfast recipe combines a simple dough that’s slathered in a buttery cinnamon sugar, and topped with an ooey-gooey caramelized pecan topping. They will melt in your mouth the minute you take that first bite! So, grab your 13″ x 9″ pan and let’s get baking!

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how to make the best homemade sticky buns from scratch

This homemade sticky buns recipe is quite easy to make! I’ve broken down the recipe into 3 parts: the dough, the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and the caramelized topping.

the dough

Ingredients needed: active dry yeast, warm water, unsalted butter, an egg, granulated sugar, buttermilk, salt, and all-purpose flour

The dough is your standard leavened dough (meaning, it requires yeast to rise) and it comes together very quickly. The hard part? The rise times—there are two of them with this recipe and they’re each for about an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

I know the waiting is the hardest part, but I promise you that when you take your first bite of one of these homemade sticky buns from scratch, it will be totally worth it! Plus, think of all the other things you can get done in those 2 hours! Haha!

cinnamon sugar mixture

Ingredients needed: unsalted butter, granulated sugar, cinnamon

This part of the recipe is the absolute easiest to make and requires only 2 ingredients. Well, 3 if include the melted butter which is what you brush on first prior to sprinkling the cinnamon sugar over top.

You can buy cinnamon sugar in most grocery stores and online or you can very easily make it at home. I always like to make a good amount and keep it on hand for recipes like this and for my Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe—so good!

caramelized pecan topping

Ingredients needed: unsalted butter, dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is fine too), light corn syrup, cinnamon, and chopped pecans

The caramelized pecan topping comes together easily in a saucepan over low heat. And I always like to make it within the last few minutes of the first rise time, that way everything is ready to go after you’ve punched down and rolled out the dough.

After the mixture is well blended you can remove it from the heat, pour it into the prepared 13″ x 9″ pan, then sprinkle on the pecans.

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suggested tips and recommended tools for making pecan sticky buns

  • I used my Nordic Ware 13″ x 9″ pan for this sticky buns recipe.
  • I usually will recommend using either a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer, but for these homemade sticky buns from scratch, I’d really suggest just using the stand mixer because you’ll use both the paddle and hook attachments.
  • Kneading the dough for a good 5-7 minutes on a clean, lightly floured surface is important. The dough should be nice and smooth before you place it into the greased bowl.
  • There are two rise times for these sticky buns. The first rise is for after making the dough. The second is for after you’ve prepared the sticky buns and before you bake them.
  • Recommended bake times for this homemade sticky buns from scratch recipe is 20-25 minutes at 375ºF. They should be a nice golden brown color.
  • Spray the pan generously with a flour-based baking spray. I always swear by Bakers Joy. I have yet to have a recipe not come cleanly out of a pan thanks to this baking spray!
  • If you’d rather not use the oven and a bowl of boiling water to proof your dough, you can also cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap (or a clean kitchen towel) and place it in a warm spot of your house.
  • It may seem a little odd to pour the caramelized pecan topping in first before adding the rolled pieces of dough, but after baking them, you’ll invert the pan onto a serving plate.
  • You can swap out the pecans for walnuts, if you’d like. And yes, raisin lovers, you can add raisins in as well!
  • This homemade sticky buns recipe is best served the same day, but you can keep them stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1, maybe 2 days tops. Re-heat them in the microwave before serving.
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Homemade Sticky Buns from Scratch

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes (includes 1 hour, 30 minutes rise times)
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sticky buns 1x
  • Category: Breakfast Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Breakfast Sweets

Description

This Homemade Sticky Buns from Scratch recipe combines a simple dough that’s slathered in a buttery cinnamon sugar, and topped with an ooey-gooey caramelized pecan topping. They will melt in your mouth the minute you take that first bite! So, grab your 13′ x 9″ pan and let’s get baking! | Makes 12 sticky buns


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Ingredients

homemade sticky buns

cinnamon sugar filling

  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 12 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted

caramelized pecan topping

  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans

Instructions

homemade sticky buns

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the active dry yeast in the warm water for about 5-10 minutes. Set to the side.
  2. Using your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the egg, granulated sugar, unsalted butter, and salt until combined. Add in the dissolved yeast mixture, buttermilk, and 2 cups of the all-purpose flour until well blended.
  3. Switch out the paddle attachment for the hook attachment and continue to add in the remaining 2 1/2-3 cups of all-purpose flour until a soft dough forms.
  4. Place the soft dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes or until the dough is nice and smooth.
  5. When ready, place the dough into a greased bowl, making sure all sides of the dough are coated. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm spot of your kitchen for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. You can also adjust the oven rack to the middle to third mark, then pre-heat your oven to lowest temperature. Turn off the oven once pre-heated, place your bowl of dough in the oven with a medium-size bowl of boiling water on the rack below with the door closed. After 1 hour, open the door and remove the dough (and the bowl of water). 

cinnamon sugar filling

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and cinnamon until well blended. Set to the side. In a small microwaveable bowl, melt the butter in the microwave and set to the side. 

caramelized pecan topping

  1. Generously spray the 13″ x 9″ pan and set to the side.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan, melt the unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, light corn syrup, and cinnamon over low heat until the mixture is well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, then sprinkle the chopped pecans over top. Set to the side.

assembling the sticky buns

  1. Remove the kitchen towel from over top of the bowl with the dough, and (this is the most satisfying part) punch it down. Then place the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into an 18” x 12” rectangle. Then, using a pastry brush, brush on the melted butter, leaving about 1/2” of space from the edge. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over top.
  3. Starting with the long side, roll up the dough like you would for a jelly roll, pinching the seams to seal. 
  4. Cut the roll into approximately 12 equal sizes and place into the pan cut side down on top of the caramelized pecan topping, leaving about a 1″ space in between each roll. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm spot for about 1 hour, or until the sticky buns have doubled in size.
  5. When ready, adjust your oven to the 2nd level mark, and pre-heat your oven to 375ºF. Then bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow the sticky buns to cool for 5-10 minutes before turning the pan over onto a large serving plate or jelly roll pan.

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