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Maple Syrup Sticky Buns have a soft, tender dough plus a gooey brown sugar topping flavored with maple syrup!
Maple Syrup Sticky Buns

Maple Syrup Sticky Buns

My youngest mentioned a cinnamon roll craving and I knew he’d love these maple syrup sticky buns as much as I would.  The last new recipe I tried was good, but not any better than a couple I’d already posted.

I looked online and found the Ultimate Sticky Buns from Bon Appetit.   Except for swapping out the honey for some pure maple syrup and eliminating the pecans,I stayed relatively true to the recipe.  I used some Amber Grade A Canadian maple syrup. Oh, my gosh, these are spectacular buns. I could eat the caramel topping by the spoonful. A big winner!!!

Maple Syrup Sticky Buns
Maple Syrup Sticky Buns

Thanks for all your sweet messages of condolence. My aunt Martha was a remarkable woman, and I was inspired to bring home some of her spirit of generosity and joie de vivre.  Of course, being away for a few days has left me quite behind, and I realized I had no post for today.  Bill was in the midst of making “chippy bars” (what my kids dubbed chocolate chip pan cookies when they were wee ones) when I arrived home.

I have had reports that his version was never as good as mine and now I know why.  He had all the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, and was getting set to mix in some still pretty solid butter.  Hmmmmm….I just had to take over. You cookie makers will understand. There is a certain order for dough preparation that begins with creaming the butter and sugar. But he gets brownie points for doing the laundry and cooking while I was in Michigan. I scooped the sugar out of his bowl and finished them up for him.

With these pan cookies in the oven, I knew I’d have to whip up something other than dessert. Ta, da!  You get maple syrup sticky buns!

Maple Syrup Sticky Buns

Maple Syrup Sticky Buns

Sticky buns with a brown sugar, maple syrup glaze.

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



  • 1 cup warm water (105-115º)
  • 4 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick), at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dried milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/4 cups flour plus more for dusting work surfaces


  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Mix warm water, yeast and a pinch of sugar in a small bowl.  Let sit for about 5 minutes, till foamy.  With stand mixer fit with paddle attachment, beat sugar, butter, milk powder and salt till well combined.  Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in yeast mixture, then 3 cups of the flour, one cup at a time, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.  Mix in last cup of flour and let mixer run for about 5 minutes (may also knead by hand if you don't have a stand mixer). Dough will be sticky.

Butter large bowl and add dough, and turn dough so all of exterior is coated with butter.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm area till doubled in size, about 2 1/2 hours.

For the glaze, beat brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, maple syrup, corn syrup, and water till well combined. Divide between two  greased 9-inch cake pans. Mix together cinnamon and sugar.

Punch down dough and divide in half.  Roll each half into a 9 x 12 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface.  Spread each half with the remaining butter (divide equally), then sprinkle each with half the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Starting with long side, roll each rectangle tightly into a log.  Cut one log into 12 even pieces and place cut sides down into one of the prepared pans.  Repeat with second log.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area till doubled in size, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 375º.  Bake till golden brown, about 30 minutes.  I turned down oven temp to 325º for the last 10 minutes as mine were getting quite brown. Run knife around perimeter of pans and invert onto serving dishes. Cool about 30 minutes before serving.



These finger licking good sticky buns were adapted from Bon Appetit.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

2 rolls

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 516 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 82mg Sodium: 245mg Carbohydrates: 74g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 39g Protein: 8g
Maple Syrup Sticky Buns
Maple Syrup Sticky Buns

Disclosure: I received samples of pure maple syrup courtesy of The Federation of Quebec Pure Maple Syrup Producers, but the opinions stated in this post are my own.  I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. 

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78 comments on “Maple Syrup Sticky Buns”

  1. I love sticky buns! 🙂 My mom makes them and my grandpa used to make them. They bring back great memories!

  2. Thats funny, he wasn’t following the recipe or just trying to cut corners?

  3. Definitivamente delicioso,me gustan éstos bollos tentadores lucen hermosos me llevo su receta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  4. Not only are you a great baker but a prolific one! You sure crank out a lot of goodies and these are certainly no exception! Kudos of the buns . . . . And please accept my belated condolences.

  5. Dear Lizzy, I am sorry to hear about your aunt. I will keep you in my prayers.
    These sticky buns do look like a treat to lift your spirits. I am sure that a cup of tea and a sticky bun hit the spot. Blessings, Catherine xo

  6. Yummy buns Lizzy. They look absolutely perfect. Glad your hubby did such a great job with everything while you were away.

  7. These look delicious, Liz! I understand about taking over in the kitchen…honey bunny has decided that that is truly my domain! Welcome back, my friend.

  8. Now this is my kinda treat! Looks delicious Liz! 🙂

  9. I love sticky buns, these look wonderful!

  10. they do look really sticky and delicious! so soft and buttery

  11. Oh perfect choice, they look fantastic!! Sending you love, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs, Terra

  12. the sticky buns area perfect for a noon dessert lizzy, tq for sharing it with us 🙂
    funny thing about the sugar is in the mix witht he dry ingred when ur hubby tring to make a cookies, well… at least ur hubby can mix the dry ingred while mine don’t know what is the dry ingred are! 😀
    I’m sory about ur aunty and ur lost my friend, keep srong and send u blessing from here 🙂

  13. Bill gets points for even trying to make chippy bars in my book! My husband tried to make his favorite scones while I was away last year and wondered why they came out hard as rocks – he put twice the amount of flour that the recipe called for… 🙂 Needless to say, he was happy I was home to make them for him. Your sticky buns look wonderful! Haven’t had them in years, but these would be perfect to make over the weekend.

  14. The buns sound and look incredibly good. Cinnamon, sticky, maple syrup… It can only taste heavenly.

  15. Such a simple combination of delicious ingredients can do so much – I love this breakfast dish 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Totally from scratch and absolutely amazing. These are the kind of goodies you stash to make sure you get seconds.

  17. Haha I think you will roll your eyes if you see me baking. I didn’t see my mom bake while growing up so I really don’t know “the common sense” about baking. I hope (really hope) that I learn from my experience though…or else I need to go to your house for baking camp. Seriously I need someone who teaches right next to me. You will see a cake (yes I said cake) maybe next week… it won’t happen often so please look forward to it. Heehee. =)

  18. It’s not polite to be drooling…even if it’s front of my own computer, but you have to understand my dilemma of the WW diet!…and I do call it a diet, even if I follow the recipes in the book, but for breakfast it’s the same old…same old oatmeal with raisins, and cinnamon, which is OK, but I would love to have your sticky bun…just one, I promise, but it would be half the allowed points for the entire day…then I would be eating salad for lunch, and a light dinner.
    Actually, not a bad idea!

    Pure maple syrup, one of my true “loves” and of course yeast rolls.
    Lizzy you promote too much temptation, LOL

  19. For breakfast? Why not? Sticky drew me in, as usual. Sticky and buns and cinnamon. Am I becoming American or something? Starting to have the urge to come on over as this looks divine. So glad the weekend went well. Was thinking about you and the family. Hugs xo

  20. Oh man, I’m so drooling over here! If there is one thing better than cinnamon rolls it’s certainly sticky buns! I love the maple syrup in place of honey, makes it all that more delicious! They look amazing!!

  21. Lizzy, I’m wishing I had a few sitting on my counter to enjoy with my tea! They look beautiful!

  22. these look scrumptious & super sticky, just the way i like sticky buns 🙂

  23. So sorry to hear about your Aunt , please accept my condolence . These sticky buns look so yummy , its been a hectic week with all the moving and all , I really have o get back yo baking , maybe start with this 🙂 . Take care Lizzy .

  24. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Always a good reminder: baking is chemistry and precision, unlike cooking. There is an order to things for a reason. Great buns!

  25. Awww, your husband sounds awesome! Major points for trying. 🙂 You get major points for these Sticky Buns! They look delicious and I love that you incorporated the maple syrup into the glaze.

  26. Im so sorry to hear about your loss Lizzy.
    What a sweet husband. At least he tried!!! Your sticky buns look awesome. Nothing better than sticky buns!

  27. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured today on Today’s Menu Round Up.Thank you for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday! —Sheryl—

  28. I am so sorry for your loss Lizzy, but glad you have some of her warmth and spirit to comfort you.
    These buns look delightful!

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