Easy Pecan Sticky Buns

This gooey roll recipe is easy to make because it starts with frozen bread dough, but the brown sugar-pecan filling and maple-pecan topping are completely homemade.

Easy Pecan Sticky Buns
Servings: 36 Prep 20 mins Rise 45 mins Bake 350°F 40 mins


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pecan halves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 3 (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, from a 3-pound package (such as Bridgeford), thawed

Make It


1. In a medium-size bowl, mix together the butter, pecans, dark-brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.


2. Coat 2 round 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. In each pan, place 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar and 6 tablespoons maple syrup. Stir to combine. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of pecans over each pan. Set aside.

3. On well-floured work surface, roll out 1 thawed loaf of dough to a rectangle, 18 x 6 inches. Sprinkle 1/3 of the filling over dough. Starting from a long end, roll up jelly-roll style. Repeat with remaining two loaves of dough, sprinkling each with 1/3 of the filling. Cut each log into twelve 1-1/2-inch slices. Place 18 slices, cut-side down, into one of the prepared pans. Repeat with remaining 18 slices and second pan. Cover both pans with plastic wrap; let rise, covered, in a warm place for 45 minutes.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped. Place a foil-lined baking sheet under pans to catch drips.

5. Remove from oven and run knife around edge to loosen. Flip each pan over onto large platter with pecan topping on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Editors Note:
  • To freeze half of recipe after baking, flip one of the pans onto a baking sheet. Let cool completely. Place a square of waxed paper over top of buns. Cover completely with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 4 weeks. To serve, thaw at room temperature for 90 minutes. Unwrap plastic and waxed paper and discard. Bake thawed sticky buns directly on baking sheet in a 250 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 36; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 324, Fat, total (g): 15, chol. (mg): 16, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 44, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 7, sodium (mg): 320, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.