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Cinnamon Sticky Buns

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These decadent Cinnamon Sticky Buns have a hefty dose of cinnamon in the dough and filling, plus a gooey caramel topping. A very special indulgence for breakfast or brunch.

Cinnamon Sticky Buns on a white plate with a red handled fork

Cinnamon Sticky Buns

My youngest is home from college for the summer, so I like to do a little spoiling. He’s always been a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, so I knew he could easily take care of a gooey batch of cinnamon sticky buns. A healthy two tablespoons of cinnamon was added to the dough as well as the usual sugar and cinnamon filling. Then to up the ante, a caramelly topping of honey, brown sugar and butter was dosed with a drizzle or two of rum. This was poured into the baking pan before the final proofing of the rolls.

Cinnamon Sticky Buns in a white ceramic baking dish

Sticky Buns with Loads of Caramel, No Nuts

My mom would have added halved pecans or walnuts to both the filling and the topping. And I would second that suggestion. But with my nut phobic family, they would either totally ignore these buns or leave a pile of nuts on the side of their plates. So to humor them (and to avoid going up a pants size), I went sans nuts. And much as I tried to resist, I did have to taste test a few nibbles—anything with caramel is my downfall. These cinnamon sticky buns are worth the splurge!

Cinnamon Sticky Buns - A double dose of cinnamon plus a honey brown sugar topping!

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Cinnamon Sticky Buns on a white plate with a red handled fork

Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Carmelly sticky buns made with a honey, brown sugar topping. Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 buns


  • 1 cup warm milk (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 package active dry yeast (I use Red Star brand)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 5 cups flour (may add 1/2 cup more if needed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons rum


*Start this recipe one day before serving.

  1. To make dough, pour the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in the yeast and brown sugar and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. With the paddle attachment, beat in flour, all the softened butter, the eggs, cinnamon and the salt until blended. Gradually mix in enough additional flour to make a soft dough.
  3. Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a buttered large bowl and turn to coat the dough with butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. To make filling, mix together brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. To make the topping, mix the brown sugar, honey and melted butter in a small bowl. Stir in the rum. Set the topping aside.
  6. To make rolls, punch down the dough. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 1/3-inch thick. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and press it into the dough with a rolling pin.
  7. Starting at one long edge, roll up the dough as tightly as possible like a jelly roll. Lightly butter the sides of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  8. Spread the topping evenly on the bottom. Cut the dough crosswise into 12 even slices and space evenly over topping. Cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 350º.
  10. Bake the buns 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes. Carefully flip the buns onto large platter and serve immediately.


Total time does not include proofing and chilling. Dough must chill overnight.
Feel free to add 1-1 1/2 cups nuts to topping.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bun

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 577Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 390mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 8g


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26 comments on “Cinnamon Sticky Buns”

  1. I love cinnamon buns and now that I saw yours, I realized it’s been a long time since I have made them! They look delicious Liz, happy month of June!

  2. I like such sticky buns! The stickier is the better! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. The rum in the topping sounds great! Bet they didn’t last long:@)

  4. These sticky buns look awesome. My family would eat the nuts, but will sometimes leave a pile of raisins on the sides of their dishes!

  5. Spoil me with these. I couldn’t wait until my kids got home to make these. Honey and rum in the topping? I see these in my future.

  6. Now these sweet rolls would definitely be a great start to my day. The rum is a nice spin too!

  7. Looove cinnamon buns, but cinnamon sticky buns? Iโ€™m all off this recipe. Amazing.

  8. I haven’t made cinnamon buns for awhile. Now I will! Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Gooey caramel topping, you say? OKAY! I am a nut person too so I’ll definitely be adding those when I make these yummy treats!

  10. I’ve come home to my people! Nut-phobics of the world unite! These look awesome, Liz, and they’re even awesomer since they’re sans nuts. I’ll definitely have to give them a try.

  11. WOW! These seriously look PERFECT! I would love one or two right about now!

  12. Be still my heart, these are simply gorgeous!

  13. I love cinnamon buns but always skip the glaze to make it less sinful, but looking at yours is making me regret skipping the glaze!

  14. A dose or two of rum? I like the way you think! This caramel topping is mouthwatering!

  15. These look incredible! Wish I had one right now!

  16. We love cinnamon buns too. These look really tempting!

  17. I’m sure your son was so happy to be greeted by these amazing cinnamon treats!! They sound delicious!

  18. I love sticky buns but they never have enough goo for me. These look like they really bring the goo.. I like you skipped the nuts.

  19. Stellar cinnamon bun recipe, Liz! Looks soooo good…I’ll follow your Mom’s lead and add pecans for the hubby….Sticky buns with pecans bring back fond memories of his mom and childhood =)

  20. The topping on these sounds very interesting, I think we would like that and I’ve never really seen one like it…something different to try. They certainly look delicious!

  21. How lucky your son is to have mom’s gorgeous bread to enjoy in the morning. I think this will be a delicious summer filled with your baked goods! Love these sticky buns, Lizzy! I’m all for any thing with caramel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I’m a nut for any kind of a nut but since you’ve added rum in these delicious looking buns, I’m a happy camper ๐Ÿ™‚ These look wonderful, Liz. Enjoy the summer with your kids being home.

  23. Lizzy,
    These are right up my alley too. I’d have to skip the nuts too. My hubby isn’t a fan, except for almonds. Unfortunately my pants size has been increasing the past few years, so I have to give away most of the treats I make.

  24. Honestly – I tried to avoid seeing this post, as I knew what it would to me. My mouth is watering now!! I looooooooooove cinnamon and I can almost smell these wonderful super-delicious buns ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. ummmmm for the one millionth time: I wish you were my mom! I looove the extra punch of cinnamon and that glaze is to diiiie for!

  26. These would be a nice Father’s Day treat. I would have to eat my portion while walking on the treadmill!

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