Christmas Baking Recipe – Sticky Buns

Sticky buns recipe

Soft dough, cinnamon filling, and a pecan toffee topping with a big glass of milk.  Need I say  more? What a Christmas Baking Recipe this is for your perfect Christmas morning with your family and loved ones. Make their day even more special.



  • 3 cups Bread Flour (divided)
  • 1 cup Sugar (1/4 cup for dough, reserve remaining)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup Butter (1/4 cup for dough, reserve remaining)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3-4 tbsp cinnamon (to sprinkle on rolled out dough)

Sticky Topping


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour with 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and yeast and mix together in large mixing bowl. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer bowl.
  2. Heat milk, water, and 1/4 cup butter together until you can stick your finger in it and it is the temperature of bath water. I call this the ‘finger test’. I like to use scientific terms (giggle, giggle, wink, wink).
  3. Beat with dough hook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and remaining 1 1/2 cup flour. Beat another 2 minutes until the dough pulls away from the bowl.cinnamon buns
  5. Grease a bowl and put dough in bowl turned to lightly grease all dough and cover with a clean dish towel. Place in a warm spot until dough rises to twice its original size.
  6. Meanwhile, spray a large round cake pan with Pam. Spread rough chopped pecans in the bottom of the cake pan, pour light corn syrup on top of pecans, then evenly spread the brown sugar on top of corn syrup.Bottom of Pecan Sticky Buns
  7. Punch (literally) dough down and roll out on lightly floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.cinnamon buns
  8. Melt 1 stick of butter and pour it over dough. Using pastry brush spread evenly from end to end.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar leaving about 1 inch around sides free of cinnamon/sugar.Pecan Sticky Bun with sugar
  10. Roll dough into a log.Pecan Sticky Bun Log
  11. Cut into 12 even slices with a serrated knife.Sliced Pecan Sticky Buns
  12. Place cut dough in pan, cover and let rise until twice it’s original size.Raised Pecan Sticky Buns
  13. Bake at preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.cinnamon buns
  14. Let cool for a few minutes then very carefully turn over onto serving platter letting sticky pecan topping run all over the buns.

**Beware: topping is very hot.

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

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