Maple Pecan Sticky Buns are swirled with cinnamon, drenched with maple syrup and topped with pecans and a maple syrup glaze. Serve these to your family for breakfast or give them as a gift this holiday season.
There are two types of families: sticky bun families and cinnamon roll families. Our family, in general, is a cinnamon roll kind of family. You know how much we love cinnamon rolls from posts like our apple butter rolls and Reese’s peanut butter rolls. We’ve even made things like cinnamon roll pancakes and definitely don’t forget cinnamon roll cheesecake one. My mom and I love, love, LOVE cinnamon rolls!
My dad loves cinnamon rolls too, but he likes nuts so he really likes sticky buns. When we finally agreed to step away from our beloved cinnamon rolls to make him some Maple Pecan Sticky Buns, he instantly fell in love with them. I don’t know if we’ll ever be allowed to make regular cinnamon rolls again! Mom and I are texture eaters, so crunchy nuts with soft bread doesn’t sound good to us all the time. But when we actually tasted these rolls, we agreed they were quite good! Even though I don’t love nuts, I didn’t care when I tried these sticky buns. I mean, the nuts were drenched in maple syrup layered on top of a sweet roll! What could possibly go wrong?
Maybe you didn’t know there was a difference between cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. The two classic sweets are very similar, but also very unique. A sticky bun is made just like a cinnamon roll, except you put some type of syrup (in this case, maple syrup) at the bottom of the pan before you put the rolls in. The only place I’ve really seen them before we made them was at Amish stores and restaurants. There is an Amish buffet right by my grandma’s house, and we always take much more than we can eat! I’ve always passed by the sticky buns, though, because of the nuts on top. If you don’t like just eating nuts, then I understand how these might scare you away. But they really didn’t bother me, mostly because all I was tasting was sugary syrup that was baked inside these gooey rolls.
I love making this recipe because you get to flip these rolls upside down. Don’t let that scare you- it’s not that hard. It’s actually quite fun. We’ve posted other upside-down recipes, like upside-down cake and upside-down pie. Flipping it upside-down is really easy- all you have to do is flip the pan over onto a cookie sheet or pretty serving plate that the rolls can fit onto, and the rolls will come right out onto the pan.
Another thing you’ll need to know about this recipe is that it is going to be a slightly sticky dough. Do not give in to the temptation to add more flour when you are initially mixing the dough. A bit more flour will get added when you roll the dough. It is crucial to not put in any more flour than you need to, so that your sticky bun will be as soft as possible!
Along with my dad, I too have found a new love. These soft, sticky, sweet buns are definitely going to be made in our house again soon!