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Yes there are just 5 ingredients in this EASY Sticky Bun Recipe! These are your classic sticky buns: cinnamon rolls with a gooey caramel pecan glaze, but done in about 30 minutes.

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The BEST Easy Sticky Bun Recipe

Easy sticky buns don’t need yeast or rise time! That’s what I love most about this recipe: how easy and fast it is. Because I start with canned cinnamon rolls, it cuts out the majority of the time it takes to make homemade rolls. All you have to make is the caramel sauce for the top, which takes about 5 minutes!

These Easy Sticky Buns are a cheater version of those rolls: 5 ingredients and done in about 30 minutes!

What is a sticky bun?

These amazing rolls, also called caramel pecan rolls, are like cinnamon rolls but they’re baked in a caramel sauce. Instead of serving them from the pan, you instead invert the hot pan onto a serving plate and the caramel ends up on top of the rolls, all gooey and warm.

(Picture making a pineapple upside down cake, but with cinnamon rolls, and you can get the visual.)

ingredients in sticky buns

Ingredients in EASY Sticky Buns

  • Canned Cinnamon Rolls: While I love making from scratch cinnamon rolls, I also love taking some help whenever I can get it. These rolls only take about 30 minutes to make – sticky buns without yeast! – because I started them with canned cinnamon rolls.
  • Pecans: It wouldn’t be a sticky bun without nuts!
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter for best results, but you can substitute salted.
  • Brown Sugar: Makes the BEST caramel! I used light brown sugar.
  • Corn Syrup: This makes them sticky – you can also substitute honey.

How do you make sticky buns?

  1. The caramel is made by mixing brown sugar into melted butter with corn syrup. Let it boil for a minute.
  2. Pour the caramel mixture into a prepared baking dish and top it with chopped pecans.
  3. Squish all the cinnamon rolls over the top.
  4. Bake and then invert them out of the pan onto the serving plate while they’re hot.
sticky buns baked together on a white plate

Expert Tips

  • Want sticky buns with no nuts? Just leave them out!
  • While I love pecan sticky buns, these are also good with walnuts.
  • Squish the cinnamon rolls to get them all in the pan.
  • It’s important to turn these out of the pan as soon as they come out of the oven or they’ll stick!
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How does a caramel pecan roll get the topping on top?

Pour the caramel and pecans in the bottom of your pan, then top with the cinnamon rolls. Once baked, invert the pan over a plate and flip them out of the pan hot and the caramel will be on top.

How you know when caramel pecan rolls are done:

The rolls are done when the tops are golden brown and the center seems cooked. Wait no more than 5 minutes before inverting the pan over a serving plate.

My caramel hardened on my caramel rolls! What do I do?

Don’t worry – this happens often with this kind of caramel. Just be sure to eat the rolls warm from the oven. If the caramel hardens and becomes sticky, simply reheat the rolls in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm it.

How do you store sticky buns?

If they last longer than one meal, loosely cover them on the counter for about a day. Reheat as needed!

What do I do with the cinnamon roll icing?

You can drizzle it over the top before serving or just refrigerate it and use it as an apple dip.

Have you made this recipe?

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Easy Sticky Buns

4.98 from 70 votes
This easy sticky bun recipe has just 5 ingredients and is done in about 30 minutes. Carmel Pecan rolls with cinnamon rolls are the perfect brunch!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 roll


  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted or salted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup may substitute honey
  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 cans cinnamon rolls 8 rolls each can or larger 5 rolls per can
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  • Preheat oven to 375°Spray a 9-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add the brown sugar and the corn syrup and stir until boiling. Boil one minute, stirring. Remove from heat and pour in the bottom of a 9×9-inch pan. Top with pecans.
  • Place cinnamon rolls into the prepared pan. If you’re using 8 small ones, it’ll be crowded, but squish them in.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and seem to be cooked in the middle.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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Easy Sticky Buns have just 5 ingredients – these simple caramel pecan rolls are SO easy to make and so sticky and gooey and perfect.

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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  1. I love this!! Not sure why but my Carmel did not thicken too much on the rolls. Excellent taste but wondering, I used honey instead of
    Corn syrup. Maybe I did not cook it long enough either still yummy!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Dorothy: These cinnamon sticky buns look great and certainly easy enough. Can you tell us how to make the white icing you drizzle on the buns after they are baked? If the instructions and ingredients are here in the recipe, I missed it!
    Thanks and happy cooking

  3. Was one of the easiest sticky buns I’ve ever made I can’t wait to take them to work so I can share them