Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

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If you are in the mood for some sticky buns but don’t want to spend the time making your own dough, I have an easy and incredibly delicious recipe for you to try. These caramel pecan sticky buns are stuffed with caramel, rolled in cinnamon and brown sugar, and topped with pecans and maple syrup. It’s sure to be your new favorite sticky bun recipe. All you need are seven ingredients and room in your belly. These caramel pecan sticky buns never last long in my house. When I shared a sneak peek on Instagram last week, I had so many DMs asking for the recipe. I can honestly tell you that they taste even better than they look (and I think they are pretty yummy looking). glass baking dish with caramel pecan sticky buns blue towel, a plate, cutting board and glass baking dish

Can I use any refrigerated biscuit dough?

Absolutely! You can use whatever you can find in your local grocery store. I have found that Grands biscuits work the best as they are the perfect amount of dough to fit around the caramel.

What type of caramel pieces should I use?

I use Kraft baking caramels. They are individually wrapped and each package includes enough to make these caramel pecan sticky buns twice (and leave a few to share with the kids). 

What is the easiest way to melt the butter?

I put the butter into a small ball and microwave it in 20-second intervals until it’s almost completely melted. Then I stir it until the rest melts. You don’t want the butter to be too hot, so make sure to do this first so it gives the butter time to cool a bit. close up of caramel pecan sticky buns caramel pecan sticky buns on a scalloped plate caramel oozing and pecans

What if I don’t like caramel?

You don’t have to stuff them. You can make this recipe by just forming each biscuit half into a ball and skipping the caramel step. They are still incredibly delicious!

Can I freeze these caramel pecan sticky buns?

If I’m being totally honest, we’ve never had any leftovers, so I haven’t had to freeze them. I would think that the caramel would get incredibly hard in the freezer. I would instead, cover with foil and put them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to heat them up to eat them again. 

What’s the best way to serve these?

I allow these caramel pecan sticky buns to sit for 5 minutes and then I serve them warm. You need to be careful because the caramel will be very hot so if you serve them straight out of the oven, you may burn your mouth.  caramel pecan sticky buns on a plate plate of caramel pecan sticky buns close up of caramel pecan sticky buns

What’s the difference between cinnamon rolls and sticky buns?

Cinnamon rolls are usually rolled flat, topped with cinnamon, rolled up, and cut into round pieces. They are many times topped with white runny icing. Cinnamon rolls do not usually have nuts. Sticky buns are usually baked with the toppings on the bottom and then flipped over after they are done so that the toppings wind up on top. This is done so that the toppings don’t burn. You may notice that I didn’t make my caramel pecan sticky buns like that. I actually prefer to put the toppings on top so that the pecans get a bit toasted. If you’d like, you can make these the traditional way as well. While I haven’t made them like that, I am sure that they will still be just as delicious! brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, biscuits, butter, maple syrup and caramel cutting store biscuit dough and forming into a ball steps to make caramel pecan sticky buns steps just before putting sticky buns in the oven I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you, to make it a bit easier to make these caramel pecan sticky buns.
  1. Pop open your biscuit can, separate each biscuit, and cut them in half.
  2.  Take one of the halves, roll into a ball and flatten.
  3. Place one of the caramel squares in the center of the dough.
  4. Form a ball around the caramel. Make sure to pinch together all of the open spaces and smooth them out.
  5. Repeat steps with all of the dough halves and caramel pieces.
  6. Roll one of the balls of dough in melted butter.
  7. Immediately roll into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, covering it completely.
  8. Place the covered ball of dough into the greased baking dish. Repeat until the baking dish is filled with 16 balls of dough.
  9. Add the pecans to the remaining cinnamon and sugar mix and mix until combined. Cover the balls of dough evenly with the pecan and sugar mix.
  10. Drizzle maple syrup throughout the top of the sticky buns and bake.

Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

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Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x

Description

These caramel stuffed sticky buns are rolled in cinnamon and brown sugar and topped with pecans and maple syrup. It’s sure to be your new favorite sticky bun recipe.


Ingredients

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  • (1) 16.3oz can Grands biscuits
  • 16 caramel pieces, unwrapped
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450º and grease an 8×8 glass baking pan.
  • Melt the butter in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a second small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Pop open your biscuit can, separate each biscuit, and cut them in half.
  •  Take one of the halves, roll into a ball and flatten.
  • Place one of the caramel squares in the center of the dough and form a ball around the caramel. Make sure to pinch together all of the open spaces and smooth them out. Do this with all of the dough halves and caramel pieces.
  • Roll one of the balls of dough in melted butter and then immediately into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, covering it completely. Place the covered ball of dough into the greased baking dish.
  • Continue until the baking dish is filled with 16 balls of dough.
  • Add the pecans to the remaining cinnamon and sugar mix and mix until combined. Cover the balls of dough evenly with the pecan and sugar mix.
  • Drizzle maple syrup throughout the top of the sticky buns.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes. Make sure to pull one sticky bun out and check the bottom to make sure that the dough is completely cooked through.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: dessert
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  1. I have never made cinnamon rolls or sticky buns before. These sound so tasty and I love the addition of the pecans.

  2. These buns must be so delicious! I’m afraid I can’t try this on my own coz I’m not sure if they will turn out like these.

  3. So delicious! My husband LOVES caramel and this is one of his favorite desserts. Such a great recipe!

  4. Just when I was about to start dieting for lake season, these amazing looking things come along! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  5. I made beignets last week using biscuits and they were delicious. I will have to try this. Looks good!

  6. That is looking quite delicious and would definitely want to try making this recipe sometime. I’m sure the family would love them.

  7. It’s my lunchtime and now I’m starving. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Gotta try making this real soon!

  8. Nnniiiiccceeeee…I haven’t had pecan buns before! I love anything bread….so these are a yes, for me! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. I tried this the other day and it was so yummy!! The filling was perfect and my kids loved it so much!

  10. It looks yummy, I love the fillings. We haven’t tried this before. But looking at the pictuers. I would love to try it haha. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Oh these look absolutely delicious! What a scrumptious treat to wake up to…I know my family would love these! Cannot wait to try.

  12. I love caramel so much! Does it stay soft and chewy, because that is the best? I gotta try it soon.

  13. Now, these look so good. I do enjoy cinnamon buns but sticky buns take them to a whole new level. I love the idea of putting the caramel in the middle. Thinking about it just makes my mouth water.

  14. I love the mixture of caramel and pecan, so I bet these are super tasty. I need to make pastries more myself x

  15. It’s always great to discover new recipes this year. I cannot wait to try your caramel pecan sticky bun.

  16. I have been making cinnamon rolls for a while now but this is my new favorite sticky bun recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe

  17. These delightful caramel Pecan sticky bunsns make a special dessert treat. My family loves this so much

  18. I love how you put a picture for each step, as I’m more of a visual learner. Thanks for this, can’t wait to try this caramel dessert!

  19. Yes, I’d make this. I love how easy it is and your step-by-step directions make it even more understandable.

  20. I wish I had everything to make this recipe right now. I know my family is going to love it.

  21. These caramel pecan buns sound amazing. I love the flavour combination it works well. What a yummy treat.

  22. I always want to make a nice, fun breakfast for the kids. I love that you can used can biscuits in these, it makes it much quicker and easier!

  23. It is a delish recipe and I like it. It looks simple to make so I thing I’ll do it next days. Thanks for the share. – Amalia

  24. I can’t wait to make this sticky buns as it looks super delish! I know my kids and their friends would enjoy eating this

  25. These look delicious! I will have to make them for breakfast. Or whenever. I’d eat these any dang time of the day!