Barefoot Bloggers: Easy Sticky Buns

by Melissa on January 22, 2009

Yay! It is my week to pick the recipe for The Barefoot Bloggers!

I chose this recipe for a couple of reasons. The first being that I had seen Ina make the sticky buns on The Today Show, Good Morning America and online over at the Borders Kitchen Series. Each time I watched her making these, I found myself thinking about them for days! The second reason was that I was a bit burned out from all of the cooking and baking of the holiday season and wanted a nice easy recipe to break in the New Year with. The third reason was that I wanted to choose something on the sweet side, since we have not really done much baking as a group. We also haven’t done to many breakfast foods, and though Karen and I weren’t talking about our picks, we did have the same idea. :)

So, I hope you enjoy my recipe pick. I know I sure did. Unfortunately I did over-bake them a bit. I pulled them out of the oven at 25 minutes and the brown sugar-butter mixture had over cooked just enough to make them more of crispy buns than sticky buns, but the flavor was still delicious! The pastry was buttery and flaky, and the sweetness of the cinnamon and brown sugar was noticeable, but not so much that I felt like I was eating dessert. And pecans on top of anything is always a winner in my book.

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Easy Sticky Buns

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped in very large pieces
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted for the filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place a 12-cup standard muffin tin on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the 12 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture in each of the 12 muffin cups. Distribute the pecans evenly among the 12 muffin cups on top of the butter and sugar mixture.

Lightly flour a wooden board or stone surface. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry with the folds going left to right. Brush the whole sheet with half of the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border on the puff pastry, sprinkle each sheet with 1/3 cup of the brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of the raisins. Starting with the end nearest you, roll the pastry up snugly like a jelly roll around the filling, finishing the roll with the seam side down.

Trim the ends of the roll about 1/2 inch and discard. Slice the roll in 6 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral side up, in 6 of the muffin cups. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry to make 12 sticky buns.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the sticky buns are golden to dark brown on top and firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 5 minutes only, invert the buns onto the parchment paper (ease the filling and pecans out onto the buns with a spoon), and cool completely.

Source: Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

snooky doodle January 22, 2009 at 5:34 am

oh my / this is delicious! i have to try these. the photos is great :)


shortbreadsouth January 22, 2009 at 9:13 am

Everyone at my house really enjoyed these, too. Maybe a little too much! I’ll be making these again, so I can get more than one!


joelen January 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

I need to make this since I’ve been craving breakfast sweets for awhile now!


tara January 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

just wanted to say that i LOVED your pick this month!!!! i made the buns a few weeks ago and they’ve been on my mind ever since. great job!!!


chocolatechic January 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

OH…I loved these.

They were perfect.


Peggy January 22, 2009 at 11:31 am

Thank you so much for choosing these. They were out of this world good! And so easy. I really enjoyed making them and eating them.


Kate January 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Melissa, you did a great job. This was probably one of my fave picks so far. They turned out so well, even though I reduced almost ingredient significantly. I only used one sheet of puff pastry for six rolls, a dollop of butter for each one, and they were still perfect.

It’s the technique I’m happy to know about. It’s such an easy one, and so reliable. The very next night I used the second sheet of puff pastry and spread it with cilantro dip and pepper jack cheese for Cilantro Pepper Jack Biscuits, in the exact same manner, so this type of roll will be something I make often.

Thank you!


The Cat's Pajamas January 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

These were really yummy! I, for one, really appreciate the easier recipe for this week. I swear I feel like I was shot out of a cannon starting in November and am finally coming up for air. My hubs really enjoyed them too!



Cynthia January 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Bravo on your choice. I will be stocking puff pastry in the freezer from now on. This is a great recipe to have in your emergency company recipe files.


Meryl January 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Wonderful choice!


Eva January 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Great choice! They were really good. I ate a few and then took the rest to work before I ate the entire tray. Thanks!


Summer January 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Excellent recipe choice. We really likes these. Mine were a little crispy too, but I thought it was because I used a mini pan.


Karen January 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

great minds think alike, huh? that day i saw both of our picks for the month i laughed to myself. :) this was a super easy and delicious recipe, great pick. puff pastry is like the greatest thing EVER.


Tracy January 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Thank you for the recipe-this is only my second time cooking with the group and these things were the BEST!! Great choice-love your site BTW:)


Kate January 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Yay for your choice!


Suzie January 23, 2009 at 2:09 am

Thanks for the choice – a nice easy start to the year! (Incidentally we call these snails in Australia!)


Husband January 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

you are the best cook ever, and pretty too :-)


Todd January 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Great pick – I loved them – and so did everyone else that ate them.


priscilla January 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

The sticky buns look so good. I love the name!


Rebecca January 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

This was such a great pick! AND it didn’t require any expensive ingredients. Bless you.


Spike. January 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

Thanks for the pick, these were a fun treat


mangomissives January 31, 2009 at 11:06 am

Thank you for selecting these sticky buns. They were super easy to make and everyone loved them.


Melissa February 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Thanks for choosing these. I thought mine were overcooked too. Maybe the cooking time is off? But the middles were good…so I ate all the middles :)


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