Butterscotch Glazed Pecan Sticky Buns

These Sticky Buns are made from a sweet dough rolled with cinnamon and brown sugar, and topped with a butterscotch glaze.
Course Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword pecan sticky buns, sticky buns
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 470kcal


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (6 tbsp softened, 2 tbsp melted)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 20 oz all purpose flour, by weight (4 cups, measured)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

For the glaze:

  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp bourbon whiskey
  • 1.5 tsp corn syrup
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1/16 tsp baking soda


  • Heat the milk to 110 degrees. Place the milk in the bowl of a stand mixer along with the yeast. Add the sugar and 6 tbsp softened butter. Mix at medium speed until the butter is broken up, about 1 minute.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time. Next, add the flour and salt, and mix on low for 2 minutes. Bump the speed up to medium, and beat for another 2 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and cover the bowl with plastic. Let the dough rise for 45 minutes (it will barely rise).
  • Lightly flour a work surface, and roll the dough out into a 10 by 24 inch rectangle.
  • Mix the light brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter, and spread evenly all over the dough. Cut the dough into 12 strips (so each strip is 2 inches wide and 10 inches tall). Roll each strip up tightly and place into buttered muffin tins. Let rise for 1 hour.
  • Bake the buns in a 325F oven for 25-28 minutes, until golden on top. Plan to prepare the glaze 5 minutes before the buns are done so you can add the glaze to the buns while they’re hot (that way the glaze soaks in a bit).
  • For the glaze: Bring the brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, bourbon whiskey, corn syrup, and butter to a bubble over medium high heat, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla, salt and baking soda. Stir for 1 minute until it has dissolved. It’s now ready to be poured onto the sticky buns.
  • Finish the sticky buns by sprinkling the tops with the toasted pecans. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from an American Express Food & Wine Annual Cookbook in 2010. 


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 199mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g