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Sticky Buns

Processed with VSCOcamEarlier today, we posted a recipe for Vegan Cinnamon Rolls that looks delicious but maybe you aren’t ready for vegan cinnamon rolls. Maybe you fear all things vegan. Maybe you like to eat all the animals and their associated products. Maybe you have a free-range cow living in your inner city backyard and want to milk that thing and make butter.

I am here to help you with your buttery anti-vegan feelings though I must admit I have a weird, inexplicable love of vegan scones. But that’s a recipe for another day!

Today, I’m giving you a recipe for Sticky Buns. I considered changing the title to “Nut Rolls” but that too made me laugh like a middle school kid in sex ed class.

So, let’s go with Sticky Buns.

I use the recipe from the Joy of Cooking for Pinwheel Biscuits and am generous with the brown sugar and nuts to make them even stickier.

First, you have to make biscuit dough.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt
  • 5 to 6 Tbs frozen butter, cut in slices
  • 3/4 cup milk Directions:

  1. Pulse the dry ingredients in the food processor and then throw in the butter until it’s like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the milk and pulse until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Don’t go crazy on this step or it will make the dough tough.
  3. Flour a surface (a cutting board will work better than a wall) and knead the dough. Then, roll it out into a giant rectangle.

Now, you are ready to make sticky buns!


  • 5 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 raisins

A note about raisins: I hate them so I didn’t add them but I feel like I shouldn’t let my anti-raisin feelings impact your sticky bun experience.


  1. Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Spread the butter over your big biscuit rectangle and then sprinkle the nuts, brown sugar and raisins if you are a raisin person. I was generous with the nuts and sugar.
  3. Roll up the dough and then cut it into 12 slices and place them on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 450ºF for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip them over onto a plate.
  5. Eat!

My kids still loved them the next day with just a quick 30 seconds in the microwave to warm them up. Enjoy!


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One Comment

  1. I am not ready for vegan cinnamon rolls, I admit it. These look delicious, and I’m glad to already know it’ so okay to omit the raisins. Ugh, raisins! You are okay in savory food, but not in sweets.

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