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Our Favorite Sticky Buns


Our Favorite Sticky Buns Recipe

With milk, potato, eggs, AND sour cream in the dough, these syrup- and nut-topped buns are moist, tender... and packed with flavor.

At a glance

16 buns
Nutrition information


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  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sticky Bun Sugar*
  • 1 cup diced pecans or walnuts
  • *See "tips," below.


  1. To make the dough: Whisk the dry ingredients together, then stir in the water, sour cream, eggs, and flavor. Mix and knead — by hand, mixer or bread machine — until you've made a very soft, smooth dough.
  2. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for about 1 to 2 hours; it'll become slightly puffy, but won't double in bulk.
  3. While the dough is rising, prepare the pan(s): use a 9" x 13" pan, or two 9" round pans.
  4. To make the topping: Spread the melted butter in the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle the sugars over it. Spread the diced nuts over the sugars.
  5. To assemble the buns: Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and roll it into a 16" x 20" rectangle. Spread it with the cinnamon filling, leaving an uncovered strip about 1" wide along one short edge of the dough.
  6. Starting with the filling-covered short edge, roll the dough into a log, and slice it into 16 slices, each about 1" wide.
  7. Place the buns in the prepared pan(s), leaving about 1/2" between them. Cover the pan(s), and let the buns rise for 90 minutes; again, they won't rise much, they'll just seem to spread a bit. Want to shape the buns, then refrigerate overnight and bake the next day? See "tips," below.
  8. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  9. To bake the buns: Bake the sticky buns for 35 to 40 minutes, tenting them lightly with aluminum foil for the final 5 minutes if they appear to be browning too quickly. The finished buns will be golden brown.
  10. Remove the buns from the oven, loosen their edges with a knife, and carefully turn them out onto a rack or parchment-covered sheet pan to cool, scraping any glaze that may have stuck to the pan onto the warm buns.
  11. Serve warm, or at room temperature. Store leftovers at room temperature, well wrapped, for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 98g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 370
  • Calories from Fat 130
  • Total Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 270mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 54g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 7g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.