Cinnamon Sticky Buns

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Cinnamon sweet sticky buns, with melted brown sugar and pecans.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

“Elise, I absolutely forbid you from making these again,” exclaimed my father in exasperation after his fifth sticky bun from this batch.

“That good, eh? I’m glad you like them,” I answered smiling. We finally had to freeze the few remaining, lest we completely destroy our appetites for the entire day.

The problem with these sticky buns, loaded with melted brown sugar and pecans, is that they are irresistible. And, once you have one, you must have another.

The recipe is adapted from this month’s (February, 2006) Oprah Magazine. (It does make you wonder, with Oprah’s ongoing emphasis on weight-loss, the logic of publishing recipes like these. But then again, moderation is the key, and if you are going to eat something sweet, better make it good!)

Cinnamon Sticky Buns Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 15 sticky buns

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) coarsely chopped pecans

Method

1 Make the dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine warm water, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add milk, butter, remaining sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, salt and 3 cups flour. Mix on low speed until blended.

Switch to a dough hook and then, again on low speed, slowly incorporate the remaining 1 cup of flour.

Increase speed to medium, kneading dough until smooth and slightly sticky (adding a little more flour if too wet), 3 to 5 minutes.

Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large, buttered bowl. Turn dough over in bowl to coat with the butter from the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour (or 2 hours if not in an entirely warm place).

After the dough has risen, punch down. Turn out onto a lightly floured cutting board and let sit 20 minutes.

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2 Make the filling: Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt butter; keep separate.

3 Roll out the dough, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, roll into a cylinder, make crosswise cuts: Roll dough out into a 12" x 18" rectangle. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Starting with the long side, roll dough into a cylinder. Place seam side down on a flat surface and cut crosswise into 15 slices.

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4 Make the topping: In a 1-quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, honey and corn syrup over low heat; stir until sugar and butter are melted. Pour mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan and sprinkle pecans on top.

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5 Place dough rounds, flat side down, on top of prepared topping. Crowd them so they touch. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving room for the buns to rise, and refrigerate overnight.

6 Bake: Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature while the oven pre-heats. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake buns until golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

7 Remove from oven and invert: Remove pan from oven and immediately (and carefully as not to spill hot topping on your toes!) invert onto a serving tray or baking dish. Let buns cool slightly and serve warm.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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185 Comments / Reviews

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  1. P

    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! MS. BAUER, WHEN I SAW YOUR RECIPE, I THOUGHT NO ONE IN THIS WORLD WAS ABLE TO TOP MY DEAREST MOM’S RECIPE. LET ME JUST SAY, I CAN’T STOP CRYING. . THANK YOU.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  2. Barba

    Can the dough be made in advance and/or be frozen? Want to take these on vacation but make at home first.

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  3. Jim

    Any tips for high altitude adjustments? I was gonna add a bit more water and back off the yeast by 1/4 tsp. I’ve made these at sea level and they turn out great. Thx!

    xxxxxyyyyy

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  4. Connie

    I’m not sure what happened but there wasn’t enough liquid for the dough to come together, especially using only egg yolks…My dough was disappointingly crumbly and very dry. The proportions do not seem correct. I’ve tried to salvage it by adding water and kneading by hand. I am letting it rise now. Will wait to see if this works or not.

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  5. Greta

    Super Yummy!
    I followed the recipe pretty closely. Here are a few things I did differently:
    I did not use Karo syrup (didn’t have any) but doubled the honey. I did 1 1/2 of the amounts on the filling because we love cinnamon! My dough did take 2 hours to rise and I left them out covered for 1/2 an hour before I refrigerated them overnight.
    I had intended to make them the same day but the Prep and rising took far longer than I’d anticipated so, made yesterday, baked today.
    Everyone loved them and my home smells delightful!

    xxxxxyyyyy

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