Maple Sticky Buns Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

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Maple Sticky Buns are a gooey explosion of flavors! The warm, tender rolls are packed with an orange-cinnamon filling, then baked in a maple cognac glaze and crunchy pecans. Out-of-this-world delicious!

Looking for other ways to use pecans besides the usual pie form? Enjoy those familiar flavors with a twist in these Pecan Pie Cookies, Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Pecan Pie Bars!

How to Make Sticky Buns

Maple Sticky Buns are one of the most indulgent treats ever! If you love cinnamon rolls, then be ready to go nuts (literally) about these. They are so much fun to make, as you basically bake them in the glaze upside-down, instead of topping them with the glaze after baking!

Oozing with zesty spiced sugar and smothered in a thick caramel glaze with crunchy pecans, there’s no better way to start your day or end a meal. 

And the smell that fills the house as they bake—those amazing aromas of caramel, spice, orange, and fresh-baked rolls will get the whole neighborhood drooling and asking for a piece!

They are absolutely delicious, and good that they are sticky as you will lick your fingers clean. They are loaded with a cinnamon filling that has been spiced with orange zest. The rolls after that are baked in the most delicious glaze!

The glaze is made of cognac, brown sugar, and lots of crunchy pecans!

What are Maple Sticky Buns?

It’s very similar to cinnamon rolls, because they’re also filled with spiced sugar, rolled up, then slice. The unique thing about them is that they’re baked in caramel sauce topped with nuts.

Once done, the dish is inverted so that all that ridiculously yummy sauce is now on top! Usually eaten for breakfast or dessert, but frankly, they’re awesome any time of the day!

Who invented Sticky Buns?

The original term for these treats is “Schnecken,” which has a Germanic origin. We’ve got the Pennsylvania Dutch to thank for bringing them to America!

How are cinnamon rolls different from sticky buns?

Their base is similar – a soft, sweet dough spread with butter and spiced sugar, then rolled into a tight log then sliced. 

At that point, cinnamon rolls are ready to be baked. Finally, it’s drizzled with vanilla icing or cream cheese frosting.

Sticky buns take that a step further. You cook a topping made of sugar, spices, cognac, and other ingredients, pour that into a dish, then top the sauce with pecans. The sliced dough is arranged on top, baked, then inverted into a dish when ready to serve. 

How to make homemade sticky buns?

  1. Prep the rolls: Use warm milk and sugar to wake up the yeast. Once it’s foaming, add the other wet ingredients. Combine with the dry in your stand mixer, then knead with the hook. Let rise until double in size. Afterward, flatten into a rectangle. Brush generously with melted butter, followed with cinnamon sugar. Slice after rolling up. 
  2. Prep the caramel glaze: Melt the butter and sugar along with the spices and maple syrup. Pour into your baking dish, then roughly chop some pecans and sprinkle on top. 
  3. Bake: Carefully place in the oven and bake until golden, about 35 minutes. 
  4. Serve: Let the buns cool for a bit, then invert onto a dish. Enjoy warm!

Recipe Variations:

  • Use other nuts: Almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts, pistachios, and even peanuts will add a delish nutty flavor and crunch. 
  • Try other fillings: Mix the sugar filling with cocoa powder for a chocolate version. Skip the cinnamon and stick to brown sugar and butter if you want to tone down the spice. Use lemon zest instead of orange. You can be endlessly creative with this recipe!
  • Use honey: Instead of maple, use honey for the glaze!
  • Add chocolate chips: You can never go wrong with chocolate, take a cup of chocolate chips and add it to the filling!!

How to fix sticky dough?

Add a touch of flour to the dough during kneading to absorb the excess moisture. Use just enough, a teaspoon at a time, until there’s no stickiness anymore. 

How long do sticky buns last?

At room temp, they will retain peak freshness for around 2 days. They can last up to 5 days in the fridge, and as long as 3 months frozen.

Can I freeze sticky buns?

Sure! You can do so right in the tray itself, or portion them out. Wrap in cling then foil, then freeze up to 3 months.

How to store:

Once cool, place in an air-tight container. You can also cover the entire tray tightly with cling wrap then foil. Keep on the countertop for 2 days, in the fridge for 5 days, and up to 3 months in the freezer. 

Can you reheat sticky buns?

Yes. Thaw, then bake at 200F until hot and toasty.

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Recipe tips:

  • If the tops are browning too quickly, cover with foil then continue baking. 
  • Use unwaxed floss to cleanly slice the raw dough!
  • For the most intense caramel flavor with hints of molasses, use dark brown sugar.
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5 from 6 reviews

Maple Sticky Buns

Maple Sticky Buns are a gooey explosion of flavors! Packed with an orange-cinnamon filling, then baked in a maple cognac glaze with pecans.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 buns
Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes Total time: 3 hrs








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Nutrition information

Calories: 619 Carbohydrates: 79 Protein: 8 Fat: 32 Saturated Fat: 14 Cholesterol: 99 Sodium: 487 Potassium: 280 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 45 Vitamin A: 775 Vitamin C: 2 Calcium: 142 Iron: 4
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So delicious, these were great for dessert and they'll be great for breakfast tomorrow!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

These Maple Sticky Buns are sound delicious! Dangerously good...


Dennis Yannakos

OMG they look so tempting! I cant resist that! Thanks for the recipe!


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Sara Welch

Such a beautiful dessert; can't wait to give these a try! Looks too good to pass up, indeed!



This is so good!! Everyone at my house loved it!!


Amanda Livesay

These turned out perfectly! Everyone in the house loved them.



Our new favorite breakfast buns!



Everyone at my house was impressed with this! So good and delish!


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