Cinnamon Sticky Buns
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Cinnamon Sticky Buns with Bourbon Glaze

I recently got the bug to do some baking and my brain turned to Cinnamon Sticky Buns! To counter-act the sweetness of your standard sticky bun, I made a quick bourbon glaze sauce for these which is definitely worth your time!

Some cinnamon rolls are best left to proof overnight or at least for a few hours but the dough for these Cinnamon Sticky Buns is surprisingly easy to work with and only needs an hour total to rise. It’s soft and slightly sweet and the perfect vessel for a date and brown sugar filling.

The bourbon glaze just soaks all up in there and will leave you drunk on the sweetness.

  • The recipe was updated March 31, 2019 to add new images and update directions!
Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Cinnamon Sticky Buns with Bourbon Sauce

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Delicious homemade (but quick) dough shaped and rolled into muffin tin sticky buns and drizzled with a luscious bourbon glaze.

Ingredients

Dough:

3/4 cup milk, warm
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 cup pecans, toasted

Bourbon Glaze:

1/2 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons bourbon
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
Pinch of salt
Dash of vanilla
Pinch of baking powder
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Helpful Equipment

KitchenAid Muffin Pan

Directions

1) In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together milk (warm), sugar, and yeast. Let proof for a few minutes until the mixture starts to foam. Then add softened butter, eggs, and kosher salt. Stir together.

2) Using a dough hook attachment (or a large spoon) add flour by the cup until all the flour is added. Then stir or mix the dough for 5-6 minutes until it’s a light, soft, springy texture. It’s okay if it’s a bit sticky at this point.

3) Cover the dough and let it rise for 30 minutes.

4) After rising, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into roughly a 10×24 inch rectangle. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Then dot the dough with chopped dates.

5) Roll dough into a tight cylinder and cut into 12 even pieces. Place pieces, cut side down, in a lightly oiled or buttered muffin tin. Let rise a second time for 30 minutes.

6) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. After a second rise, bake the buns for 25-30 minutes at 325 degrees F. until they are golden brown and puffed.

7) Remove buns and let cool. Toast pecans in the hot oven on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Then roughly chop.

8) Meanwhile, stir together all the glaze ingredients except the salt, vanilla, and baking powder in a small pot. Heat until it’s lightly simmering. Simmer the glaze for about two minutes, stirring continuously until it thickens and is an even texture. Then remove from heat and add salt, vanilla, and baking powder.

9) Remove buns from muffin tin and place them close together on a clean plate or baking sheet. Drizzle heavily with the bourbon glaze. Let the buns really absorb the glaze.

10) Top buns with chopped toasted pecans and serve. They are best while warm.

Adapted slightly from a Huffington Post recipe.

Homemade Cinnamon Sticky Buns Dough

As far as homemade doughs go, this is easier than most. The nice thing about an enriched dough like this (with eggs and butter and milk) is that it’s really soft and easy to work with. You don’t need to knead it for hours or anything.

Dough Ingredients - Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Dough basics

Add the warm milk, sugar, and yeast together in a large bowl (maybe the one for your mixer) and let the yeast bubble a bit. After a few minutes, add in the eggs, salt, and softened butter.

Enriched dough - Homemade Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Enriched!

Mix this all together and then slowly add your flour a cup at a time.

I used a stand mixer to beat mine together with a dough hook (five minutes or so on medium will do the trick), but the dough is so easy to pull together that you could do it with just a large spoon and your hands.

Either way, the finished dough should be slightly springy, soft, and a bit sticky.

Let this rise, covered, for just 30 minutes. You could do longer but there’s no real need.

Enriched dough - Cinnamon Sticky Buns

It’s a soft dough.

Making the Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Once the dough has rested for 30 minutes, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. It’ll be a bit sticky still so you can use a heavy hand with the flour.

dough - Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Rollin’ with the buns.

Roll the dough for the Cinnamon Sticky Buns out into a large rectangle… about 10×24. There’s not need to measure or anything. Just get close and remember that you are going to cut it into 12 even pieces so a good goal is to make sure each piece is two inches wide.

Then brush the dough with some melted butter and sprinkle it with brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped dates. The dates are kind of like raisins but somehow better. The kind of melt into the filling and make it more interesting.

Dates added - Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Love the dates in this.

Roll up the dough into a tight cylinder and then chop them up with a sharp knife!

Sliced buns - Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Rolled and sliced!

Place these delicious Cinnamon Sticky Buns in a lightly buttered or greased muffin tin and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

Ready to bake - Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Ready to bake!

Baking Sticky Buns

Bake these beauties for 25-30 minutes at 325 degrees F.

The finished Cinnamon Sticky Buns should puff up substantially in the tins and be golden brown around the edges.

Baked Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Beauties!

While these cool off a bit, toast the pecans on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes and then chop them up.

For the glaze, just add all the ingredients to a medium pot over medium heat (except the salt, vanilla, and baking powder). Stir that together and let it simmer for about 2 minutes. The mixture should thicken and be an even consistency.

Then remove it from the heat and add the salt, vanilla, and baking powder. It will bubble like crazy when you add the baking powder. Just keep stirring until it calms down.

Then remove the Cinnamon Sticky Buns and place them tightly together on a clean tray. Slowly pour over all that delicious glaze. You’ll lose some glaze over the edges, but your goal is to get as much as possible soaked into the buns.

Bourbon glaze on Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Heavy drizzle.

This glaze isn’t like a powdered sugar glaze. It won’t really harden. It will always be, well, sticky at room temperature.

I had to take a bite as soon as possible!

I took these into Betsy’s office because they had to get as far away from me as possible.

By the time I got home, Betsy had already texted me that they were gone.

I guess everybody else is in the same mood as me. Or it’s just impossible to say no to a good cinnamon sticky bun!

Here are a few other great breakfast bread recipes!

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