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Sticky Buns

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These easy sticky buns are made with 7 simple ingredients and require no time to rise. Fast, simple, sticky and delicious. Perfect for a lazy weekend morning.

baked sticky buns in white baking dish with striped napkin, fork, and white plates

The sticky bun is this amazingly soft, sweet, and sticky treat. Just in case you have never heard of them before, think of them as the cross between a cinnamon roll and a honey bun, just covered in way more sugary glaze. If I had to describe the taste to you with a little more detail, then I would say they are sweet, nutty, soft, spicy, and oh so sticky!

These sticky buns get their ooey-gooey glaze from a warm mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and a small amount of fresh lemon juice. The mixture is then spread on the bottom of a baking dish and topped with some roughly chopped walnuts for a bit of crunch.

What is the difference between homemade buns and sticky buns?

Normally when you make fresh buns, it would require them to begin like any other homemade bread and that is with yeast, but this recipe cuts that part out with the use of refrigerated crescent rolls. I believe you will appreciate that part because there is no need to wait for the yeast to proof and the buns to rise prior to baking. You then must roll out the crescent roll dough and make sure that you seal all of the perforated edges together to make a solid rectangle for the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

What ingredients for easy sticky buns?

ingredients for sticky buns on counter with striped napkin

  1. Crescent rolls
  2. Butter
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Light corn syrup
  5. Lemon juice
  6. Walnuts
  7. Cinnamon

How to Make Homemade Sticky Buns:

Begin the recipe by preheating the oven and grabbing a square baking dish. Spray the baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a small saucepan, over low heat add in the butter and allow it to melt. Add in the brown sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, and increase the stovetop heat to medium. Whisk the mixture until the brown sugar melts and the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.

mixture for sticky buns in small saucepan with wooden spoon

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top evenly with the chopped walnuts. Set aside the baking dish while working with the crescent rolls.

mixture for sticky buns in white baking dish topped with chopped walnuts

Roll out the crescent rolls on a clean and lightly floured work surface. Press the perforated edges together and use a rolling pin to form an even rectangle. Sprinkle with the rest of the brown sugar and ground cinnamon evenly all over the top of the dough.

crescent dough rolled out on counter rolled out crescent roll dough topped with brown sugar and ground cinnamon

Next, you will then begin to roll the short end of the dough rectangle tightly up to the other shorter end of the dough to form a log-shaped roll that you will cut into even circular pieces. This process is similar to when you are making regular cinnamon rolls or a jellyroll.

dough for sticky bun recipe rolled into a jelly roll

You will then add the cut rolls into the prepared baking dish on top of the brown sugar and walnut mixture.

unbaked sticky buns in white baking dish

Place the sticky buns in the oven to bake 15 to 20 minutes. Once the sticky buns are removed from the oven, you will have to wait a few minutes to allow them to cool in the pan because these buns will be very hot. You can then spoon any extra mixture in the dish on top of the sticky buns and invert onto a baking sheet prior to serving.

baked sticky buns in white baking dish next to striped cloth napkin

close up side view sticky buns on white plate

Sticky Buns

These easy sticky buns are made with 7 simple ingredients and require no time to rise. Fast, simple, sticky and delicious. Perfect for a lazy weekend morning.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sticky buns
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 128kcal


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls (Classic or Big & Buttery)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven 375 degrees F.
  • In a small saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and stir in ¼ cup brown sugar, corn syrup, and the lemon juice. Increase the heat to medium and whisk the mixture until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to boil.
  • Spray a square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the sugar mixture into the baking pan. Top with the chopped walnuts and set aside.
  • On a clean lightly floured work surface, roll out the crescent rolls and press the perforated edges together. Roll into a rectangle and sprinkle the dough with ¼ cup brown sugar and the cinnamon.
  • Begin tightly rolling the short side up to the other short side and cut into even pieces.
  • Arrange the rounds in the baking pan on top of the walnuts and place into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the buns lightly brown. Allow the sticky buns to cool in the pan for a few minutes and serve inverted.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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three sticky buns on white plate

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    April 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    I’ve never made sticky buns, but I use to make homemade cinnamon rolls a lot. These sticky buns look delicious ?

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      April 14, 2017 at 1:54 PM

      I love cinnamon rolls too…especially homemade 😉

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    April 12, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    I can just imagine what they smell and taste like. I’m not a sticky buns person but a little organic bakery in Homer, Alaska had some and they were SO GOOD. Since then I’ve come to really appreciate them.

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      April 14, 2017 at 1:56 PM

      They smell so good…they are really good and so sweet that I try to stop myself at just one…sometimes it works 😉

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    Kari | Chef and Steward
    April 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    5 stars
    Hi Lakita, nice to find you and your blog! Happy to see more of us in the marketplace.

    • Reply
      April 5, 2020 at 8:51 PM

      Hi Kari! Thank you and nice to meet you, welcome!

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