Overnight Sticky Buns

Overnight Sticky Buns

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These overnight sticky buns you can bake fresh in the morning, just follow the recipe the night before to have hot out of the oven buns. They are rich, buttery, with a soft bread, then doused in a cinnamony sticky mess with walnuts.


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  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1 teaspoon (divided)
  • 1/2 cup full milk, scalded
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • 3/4 cups lightly packed brown sugar, plus 3/4 cups lightly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter (melted), plus 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans), divided
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl add active dry yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Let rest for approx. 5-10 minutes until yeast has dissolved and is frothy.
  2. Meanwhile, scald milk. In a pot bring milk nearly to a boil and then cool down. In a large bowl mix scalded milk, the rest of the sugar, melted butter and egg together (make sure your milk and butter has come down to room temperature before adding to the milk or your egg will become scrambled).
  3. Once yeast is frothy add milk mixture and stir together.
  4. Add flour and salt. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for approx. 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well-greased large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, approx. 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, make your filling. In a saucepan on medium to low heat melt 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup butter together. Pour into a large baking dish – 9″ x 12″ and sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts over the top. Set aside.
  6. When the dough has doubled in size, punch down. Roll out on your work surface into approx. 15 by 10-inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 cup of butter all over the dough. Mix the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the buttered dough. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of walnuts.
  7. Beginning at the long end (15-inch side), roll up the dough tightly and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 1″ thick slices. approx. 12 to 15 slices. Place the slices in your prepared baking dish on top of the butter and sugar.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and let buns rise for 30 minutes. Place in the fridge overnight.
  9. In the morning pull out sticky buns from the fridge, preheat the oven to 375˚F. Remove plastic wrap and bake in the center of the oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until browned and when the dough is tapped it sounds hollow.
  10. Let sticky buns rest in the dish for 3-5 minutes. Carefully invert onto serving platter, scraping off any remaining filling in the dish to drizzle over buns.
  11. Serve warm.


Keywords: Sticky Buns, Cinnamon Buns, Breakfast

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