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Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls {Sticky Buns}

November 14, 2011
I baked all day yesterday.  I baked 2 cakes, 24 cupcakes, 1 dozen cookies, and of course the add-on frostings and mousse.  I just couldn’t stop baking.  And I wouldn’t have stopped if bedtime didn’t roll around.  
We all know that I bake a lot, no matter what.  But days do come around when I just get this itch to bake as much as possible.  I have all these ideas in my head of what I want to bake and instead of sitting on those ideas, I just go for it and bake them all.
I like those days.  There fun.  The kitchen is truly a place of joy for me, so spending my whole day in the kitchen is the ultimate fun day.    
 If you follow me on Instagram then you see all these treats that I make all day long.  I can’t help but take pictures of the things that I’m baking.  That’s one of the things that keeps this blog going… taking pictures of  my creations :).
On my last all-out baking day, I made these Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls, otherwise known as Sticky Buns.  On the day I made these, I also made bread and a pie.  I will show you those recipes soon :).  It’s funny how I remember when I bake certain things.  I guess I’m weird like that.  
These sticky buns exceeded my expections!  I have made cinnamon rolls before and I thought that they would taste a lot like those.  They were very similar, but brought the cinnamon roll to a whole new level.  
The main difference between these sticky buns and the normal cinnamon rolls is the addition of a thin caramel sauce and pecans.  A brown sugar and butter mixture is spread on the bottom of the pan.  Then you sprinkle pecans on top of the mixture.  The cinnamon rolls are filled with the basic butter and cinnamon sugar, and then with some extra pecans.  After baking the rolls, you invert them onto a serving plate and all the gooey caramel and pecan sauce seeps into the rolls and down the sides.
The dough is soft, the caramel sauce is sweet and sticky, and the pecans are crunchy.  All in all, it’s a perfect morning, afternoon, or nighttime snack.
Starting today, and ending on Thanksgiving, I will be showing treats that will be perfect additions to your Thanksgiving Day.  Starting with these delicious {and dare I say addicting} Caramel and Pecan Cinnamon Rolls.  Enjoy!
Don’t think I forgot about the winner of the Foodbuzz Festival Apron & Mug!  The winner was picked through a random generator.  And the winner is…
Melody said… 
I love your blog and the colors are my favorite! I love a piece of chocolate mocha layered cake! The apron would be a helpful item because everytime I touch flour I end up looking like the Dough Boy!
Congratulations Melody!  I will be contacting you through email 🙂

Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls (Sticky Buns)
Makes: About 10 small-sized rolls
For the Dough
1 ½ cups Warm Water
1 packet Active Dry Yeast
1 tbsp. Salt
3 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
For the Topping
6 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
½ cup Brown Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
1 cup Pecans, Chopped
For the Filling
3 tbsp. Unsalted Butter, Melted
¼ cup Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
¼ cup Pecans, Chopped
To make the dough, dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large bowl.  Add the flour and salt and stir until the dough is moistened and no flour is left behind.  The dough will be sticky, resist the need to add more flour.  Do not knead the dough.
Tightly cover the bowl with a plastic wrap.  Place the bowl in the refrigerator to rise for at least 2 hours – I left mine overnight.
When the dough is done rising and you are ready to assemble the rolls, make the topping.   In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and salt until light and fluffy.  Spread the mixture on the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch round cake pan.  Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.  Set aside.
To prepare the dough, remove the risen dough from the refrigerator.  Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.  Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 1/8” thick.
To fill the rolls, spread the melted butter on the complete surface of the dough.  Combine the sugar and ground cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle the mixture on op of the melted butter.  Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.
Starting with the longer side, carefully roll up the dough to create a long log.  Cut the log into 10 equal pieces, about 1-inch thick.  If you want to make larger rolls, then cut the log into 5 equal pieces, about 2-inches thick.
Place the rolls, cut side down, onto the prepared pan.  Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the plastic wrap from the pan and place in the oven to bake.  Bake the rolls until they are golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.  Let the rolls sit in the pan for 1 minute and then run a knife around the sides of the pan and invert the rolls onto a large serving plate.
To serve the rolls, gently pull apart, and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen

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  • Darlene November 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I love the addition of pecans for some added texture — and a healthy dose of protein! 😉 I think I just gained 10 lbs reading this post.

  • Kiri W. November 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Oooh, these look indeed sticky and ooey-gooie and perfect! Love all those pecans…

  • Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen November 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    YuM! These look so good. I so know what you mean about loving to bake all day! Baking is my favorite too.

  • Patti November 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Wow these look delicious! The picture is great. I want to grab it right from the computer and eat it 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Haha.. I think I gained some lbs. eating these :)!

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 4:25 am

    @Kiri W.
    Thanks Kiri! The pecans did add a great texture 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 4:26 am

    @Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen
    I just get lost in baking & before I know it the day is over, haha 🙂

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  • Kristin Dennis December 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have just finished baking these and the house smells heavenly! Didn’t have any pecans though, as my husband brought home walnuts instead, but it still tastes just fantastic. Will make again and again and again!!!

  • Krissy's Creations December 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Ooo Walnuts sounds fantastic!  I’m SO glad you made them!  They are one of my favorites – I’m craving some now 🙂

  • sally February 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    wow. your sticky buns look PERFECT! my grandmother used to make these every christmas morning. i miss the smell of them! i will have to recreate these sometime soon. 🙂

  • rolling computer desks March 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

    This looks absolutely yummy!