Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns

Few things in life are as satisfying as sinking your teeth into a warm, gooey Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun. The sweet, buttery aroma that fills the kitchen as they bake is enough to awaken your senses and set your taste buds tingling with anticipation. Cinnamon pecan sticky buns offer the perfect blend of sugary delight and a comforting flavor. As we make these mouthwatering treats, I’ll reveal the secrets to crafting the ideal sticky bun.

Weekends are a little slice of heaven when we can slow down and enjoy the little pleasures in life. It’s when alarm clocks are silenced, and the day begins with no rush. The world seems quieter, and time moves slower, inviting us to enjoy these moments. Whether spending time with family, reading a good book, or savoring a warm, gooey bite of Pecan Sticky Buns, these times remind us to rejoice in life’s simple pleasures.

As you leisurely enjoy your weekend mornings, there’s something delightful about the warm aroma of freshly baked goods drifting from the kitchen. These buns will fill your home with a warm, inviting fragrance that sets a cozy and comforting tone for the day ahead, making every weekend morning feel like a special occasion.

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Why Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns Are Fabulous

Perfect for Sharing: These caramel pecan sticky buns are a delightful combination of flavors and textures meant for sharing with loved ones. They are sure to create lasting memories.

Fast Breakfast: Weekends are meant for relaxation, and these buns deliver indulgence with little kitchen work. You can enjoy this delicious breakfast without the time-consuming task of waiting hours for the dough to rise– thanks to canned cinnamon rolls as a shortcut. A nice balance of convenience and goodness freeing you up for what truly matters.

Delightful Treat: These Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns are a delightful treat that brings together the irresistible trio of gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, and tender cinnamon rolls, full of flavors and textures that leave you craving the next delectable bite.

Versatile Enjoyment: This sticky bun recipe leaves room for plenty of versatility. Enjoy them for the perfect breakfasts, snacks, or special occasions. They are lovely when served on Christmas morning, Easter, or any other holiday.

Why Are They Called Sticky Buns

Sticky buns are known for their gooey, caramel-sticky texture that oozes indulgence. Canned cinnamon rolls make them even more appealing, providing a quick and convenient shortcut for creating these delectable treats. The cinnamon rolls are placed on the caramel layer before baking and then inverted onto a platter before serving. They have a delightful contrast between the sweet caramel flavor and the nuttiness of the pecans—a nice balance.

Making Sticky Buns with Cinnamon Rolls

The world outside may be bustling, but within the walls of your home, it’s a time of relaxation and tasty delights. Whether enjoying sticky buns with loved ones around the table or indulging in a moment of quietness, these treats are a reminder that the simplest pleasures in life can often be the most delicious. So, indulge yourself and those you cherish, and let the magic of these cinnamon pecan sticky buns transform your weekend mornings into moments of pure delight. 

With the help of canned cinnamon rolls, this dish only takes minutes to prep. They are a delightful balance of convenience and goodness, ensuring you’ll have more time to relax in the unhurried moments that weekends offer. If you are looking for a good sticky buns recipe, look no further. This is it!

With the convenience of canned cinnamon rolls, you’ll get cinnamon and caramel topping in one delicious bite, and they both complement each other well.

Ingredients Needed 

Each ingredient plays a crucial role in the flavors and textures of the pecan sticky buns. Combined, they result in an unforgettable breakfast treat that will delight your whole family. This is an easy recipe that makes a gooey cinnamon roll with ease. See the printable recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and amounts.

Ingredients for Pecan Sticky Buns with text overlay.
  • Butter – Butter adds richness to the caramel sauce and gives it a rich and velvety texture.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar is a crucial ingredient in these sticky buns. It melts and caramelizes, creating a sweet, sticky glaze that coats the cinnamon rolls.
  • Corn Syrup – Corn syrup prevents crystallization and results in a smooth texture.
  • Heavy Cream – Heavy cream adds to the overall richness.
  • Pecans – Pecans are the star of the sticky buns and provide an excellent and nutty flavor.
  • Cinnamon Rolls – Canned cinnamon rolls serve as the base for this delightful dessert or breakfast. They are soft and fluffy and hold the caramel topping well.

How To Make Sticky Buns

For complete step-by-step instructions, see the printable recipe card below.

The beauty of these sticky buns- no dough rise time. There is no active dry yeast or turning the dough onto a lightly floured surface. With the convenience of canned cinnamon rolls, you can have this recipe made and on the table in 30 minutes.

Make the caramel topping: In a medium saucepan, mix the ingredients to make the caramel topping. Pour the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.

Add Pecans: Top the caramel mixture with chopped pecans.

Top with Cinnamon Rolls: Place rolls onto the caramel mixture, squeezing them all into the baking dish.

Bake: Bake until golden brown.

Invert onto a Platter: As soon as the rolls come out of the oven, invert them onto a platter or remove them individually. Top the buns with the caramel sauce left at the bottom of the dish.

The Shortcut That Saves The Weekend

Caramel Pecan Rolls are great for weekend mornings because they offer indulgence without the fuss. A couple of cans of cinnamon rolls will cut your prep time down significantly.

Imagine waking up to the aroma of cinnamon, sugar, and pecans. These cinnamon buns will fill your kitchen with a fragrance that sets the tone for a cozy day ahead. You can enjoy an excellent breakfast without spending hours in the kitchen—a fantastic way to awaken the senses and start the day with a smile.

These homemade sticky buns taste as if you measured cups of flour in a large mixing bowl and waited a few hours for a soft dough to rise. There is no instant yeast or dragging out your mixer. Canned cinnamon rolls are a shortcut for the perfect breakfast, and I could eat the whole pan myself. They are fabulous the next morning for an on-the-go breakfast as well.

How To Serve Caramel Sticky Buns

You have the option to either carefully invert the entire pan onto a platter (please do so carefully as these rolls are hot!), creating a stunning display of caramelized goodness, or you can remove the rolls individually, ensuring each one is served bottom-side-up for that perfect presentation.  It’s important to quickly remove them from the baking pan since the caramel tends to cool rapidly on the bottom of the pan, making it difficult to remove the buns from the baking dish. 

Pecan Sticky Buns on a platter and white plate with text overlay.

Perfect Caramel Sticky Buns

Recipe Tips:

  • Before you begin, make sure all of your ingredients are ready.
  • Use a 9″x 13″ deep baking pan. You don’t want the caramel to boil over. 
  • Be careful with boiling sugar. The caramel sauce is very hot.
  • Evenly spread the caramel pecan topping in the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Remove the sweet rolls immediately after baking. The caramel will begin to set, making it difficult to get them out of the pan.

Recipe Variations:

  • Make homemade cinnamon rolls.
  • If you have family members (like I do) who don’t like nuts, omit them from the recipe.
  • Swap out the pecans with walnuts or add extra pecans if desired.
  • Top with maple syrup for a maple pecan flavor.

Storage Tips

Leftover sticky buns should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. They are sticky, so I don’t advise using plastic wrap if you can help it. You can refrigerate them if desired. They are delicious the next day when warmed slightly.

Recipe FAQs

Do I Have to Use Pecans on Sticky Buns?

No, you do not have to use nuts in sticky buns. While pecans are a common ingredient, they are not mandatory, and you can leave them out if desired.

Can I Freeze Sticky Buns?

Yes, you can freeze sticky buns.

Wrap them tightly with foil and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. 

Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator, then warm them up and enjoy!

Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns on a white plate and platter with text overlay.

More Breakfast Ideas

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Tomato Gravy and Biscuits

Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns on a white plate.

Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns

Gina Abernathy
Savor the delight of Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns, where gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, and cinnamon come together to create a comforting treat, ideal for breakfast or any time your cravings call.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings


  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups pecans coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans cinnamon rolls 8 rolls each can


  • Preheat oven to 375℉. Spray a deep 9"x 13" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar and the corn syrup and stir until boiling. Boil for one minute, stirring. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream. 
  • Pour into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with pecans.
  • Place cinnamon rolls on top of the pecans.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until they're golden brown.
  • At this point, you can either invert the entire pan onto a platter (Be careful! These rolls are very hot!)  or remove the rolls individually. Serve the rolls bottom-side-up. 
  • These rolls will be fine-covered and stored on the counter for 2-3 days. They are best served on the first day, though.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave for a few seconds until warm.


You can either invert the entire pan onto a platter (Be careful! These rolls are very hot!)  or remove the rolls individually. Serve the rolls bottom-side-up. 
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