Pecan Sticky Buns

School started last Thursday and look at this I am already in the cooking mode.  I could not wait.  Schedule changes have not even  been finalized and I  just had to show this group of very interested teens what was in store for them.  Anytime that I bake with cinnamon everyone appears at my door.  MMM it smells so good.  There is nothing like a little sensory blackmail to get them into my class and then there is no turning back!  Some of them are so funny.  They made comments like this, ”  This class is just like being in the audience of a Food Network Show. Do you feel like your on TV, Mrs. Lupo?”  I am telling you I had their undivided attention for the entire class period.

Students are continually finding recipes they want me to prepare for them in class.  This recipe for Pull-Apart Pecan Sticky Buns is one of those pulled from some unknown magazine and has been sitting in a folder waiting for me to try it.      Today was audition day and it was a winner. You can’t go wrong with butter, cream cheese, and pecans.    I made several changes.   The recipe called for using a tube pan and I used two 8- in cake pans to hasten the cooking time.  I do strongly suggest using 9 inch cake pans.  In my opinion the buns in the middle of the pan were a little doughy.  My students said they were good, but I prefer a flakier crust.   The original recipe made 20 buns and I divided each biscuit into two layers making 40 servings.  This of course makes more servings, but now each serving has half the calories.  This is by no means a healthy recipe unless you count the pecans as protein! The sticky topping with the pecans  is heavenly.  If this is a little too much for you check out these rolls that I did at the beginning of last semester.  They are very good, just not as many calories.

You cannot go wrong with biscuit dough wrapped around cream cheese that has been rolled in cinnamon and sugar. More decadence comes by dipping the ball of dough into butter then into more cinnamon and sugar.  Sinful!  Next time you are looking for a good easy addition to breakfast or brunch try the Pull-Apart Pecan Sticky Buns.

Pull-Apart Pecan Sticky Buns   adapted from an unknown magazine

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup ( I used pancake syrup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 can (12 oz.each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 pkg. 8 oz. cream cheese cut into 40 cubes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  I used convection bake.
  2. Lightly grease 2 round cake pans.  I suggest using 9 inch.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl and mix with syrup.
  4. Divide the  pecans  placing them in the bottom of the prepared cake pans
  5. Drizzle the butter and syrup mixture over the pecans and set aside.
  6. Melt the remaining butter in a small bowl.
  7. Mix together cinnamon and sugar.
  8. Separate each biscuit into 2 circles.  You will then have 40 circles.
  9. Roll cubes of cream cheese in sugar.  I put about 10 in at the time and stirred gently until they were covered.
  10. Flatten each biscuit circle a little while hold in your hand and place a cube of cream cheese that has been rolled in sugar in the middle of the biscuit circle.  Pinch the edges together.
  11. Dip top of each ball into butter, then into cinnamon sugar.
  12. Arrange the balls cinnamon sugar-sides up in prepared pan.   20 balls for each pan. 
  13. Drizzle with remaining butter.
  14. Bake for about 20 – 30 minutes until golden brown.  The length of cooking time will depend on the size of the cake pan.
  15. Cool for 1 minute in the pan; invert onto serving platter.  Serve warm

Makes 40 servings     You can easily cut this recipe in half by using just 1 can of biscuits and adjust the other ingredients.

Here are some photos to give you an idea how each stage looks.

Pop in the oven

Ready to go in the oven

Right out of the oven and ready to flip on a platter.

Could not resist.

So good! Pecans and cream cheese!



Filed under Biscuits, Breakfast, easy

88 responses to “Pecan Sticky Buns

  1. Nice!!! How many times have you been voted Teacher of the Year! You’re students are so lucky to have you. I would love to come and observe you in action on day. 😉

  2. Caitlin Coxwell

    these were so good!

  3. Alexis D. 1st

    These smelled sooo good!!:)

  4. Please tell me what school and which grade I have to register for to get you for a teacher. Do you have remedial classes? I can pretend.

  5. pecan stick buns where extremely good but i only wish that we have class longer so that it would be cooked all the way through. but extremely tasty.

  6. Chase Ducharme

    Mrs. Lupo i didn’t really know what to expect when going into your class, but learning how to cook these sticky buns have made me excited for the rest of semester. I’m looking forward to learning different recopies.

  7. Amy

    Those look delicious!! That’s funny, too! Hope you’re having a great start to the year!

  8. Taryn 1st period

    The sticky buns turned out very well.

  9. Mandi

    Those were really good!

  10. these are awesome–all the goodness of made-from-scratch sticky buns but with less than half the work. they’re quicker, too, which is always good. winner!! 🙂

  11. KatyBurger

    I never knew you weren’t supposed to use non-stick spray. I’ll be sure to use Crisco from now on!

  12. caitlin coxwell

    This taught me how to make 3/4 of a cup with two measuring cups. thanksss(:

  13. Nicole

    I learned that its better to use crisco than spray pam because pam ruins your cook ware.

  14. Mandi Mills

    I learned that it takes 15 minutes to preheat the oven, and that you shouldn’t use the spray on pam!

  15. Kateca

    I learned that you should add water to your measuring cups so that the substance doesnt stick

  16. Dacia King

    I learned that it takes 15 minutes to preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  17. Alexis D. 1st

    I learned that you shouldn’t use the spray on Pam because it will ruin your pans and that you should use unsalted butter otherwise it will make your food taste salty.

  18. Rachel Carvalho

    I was surprised by the fact that non-stick spray could ruin your pans… I’ll be sure to let my family know too! 🙂

  19. jonathan 1st

    i learned how to wash out the the measuring cup with water before putting syrup in there.

  20. Kristin 1st

    I learned that you preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  21. Jessica Headen

    I learned that damping a papertowel and putting it over things in the microwave will keep it from coming off.

  22. taryn h.

    i learned that in order to make all of the buns cook fully you might need a bigger pan.

  23. Megan 1st

    I learned that pancake syrup and butter actually taste very good on sticky buns.

  24. Ladd 1st period

    I learned you can use pancake syrup instead of actual maple syrup

  25. avery 1st

    i didnt expect a simple desert to have so many steps. i learned that there were many prepartion steps and ingredients then the ending results showed.

  26. Megan 1st

    I learned that pancake syrup and butter together, taste really good on sticky buns.

  27. Myah Edwards (:*

    I learned how to divide the sticky buns in half to make more .

  28. Kayla Daniels

    I learn how to place cream cheese in cubes of biscuits and put cinnamon sugar on the biscuits.

  29. Brett

    I learned that you don’t mix melted butter and cold syrup together.

  30. Heather (:

    I learned that if you put a tiny bit of water in the measuring cup then your syrup wont stick as much and will come out easier!!!!

  31. Mariama Jallow

    I’m so mad I missed out on this treat! Those buns sound so good. If I was to try and make them I now know it would be better to use a 9-inch cake pan instead of an 8-inch. This recipe is perfect for me because I love pecans and I love cream cheese!

  32. Jessica Turner

    I learned that even the weirdest things mixed together can be really good!

  33. Kristin 1st

    I learned that you melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl and mix it with syrup. I didn’t know that syrup was involved in this recipe.

  34. cody griggs

    i learned that it is better to use a 9 inch pan instead of a 8 inch pan

  35. Lucinda H.

    I like the idea of changing the recipe from serving 40 people to 20 by dividing the recipe in half. This really cuts down calorie intake and makes enough to serve more people. I will definitely use this information in the future.

  36. KhaMaria Jones

    The sticky buns looked so good, I hate I came to your class late. I totally agree, I don’t like doughy buns, so I’ll be sure to use 9 inch pan when i make these at home for my family. 🙂

  37. Brittany M. 1st block

    I learned that you can put cold water into the measuring cup to make it easier to pour.

  38. i learned that you can make 2 layers to get 40 servings for people to eat

  39. i learned that you can make 2 layers to make 40 servings for people to eat

  40. Sameena F. 1st period

    I learned that if you grease the pan with butter, it won’t mess up your cookware like non-stick spray does.

  41. Abigail Kremer

    I didn’t know that you could put cream cheese in the middle of sticky buns without it oozing out.

  42. Kaytlyn 2nd

    I learned that you need to put water in the measuring cup before putting syrup in so it won’t stick.

  43. Adam

    Hey! I learned from this demo that if you put water in a measuring cup, and then put syrup in it… the syrup will separate from the water and not stick to the cup!

  44. Chase Ducharme

    I learned that when you use convection bake it uses a fan to cook whatever you are cooking faster and more thoroughly.

  45. slaten 2nd period

    i liked how u separated the biscuits into halfs, i didnt know that would still work. and i thought it was interesting you could have it with or without cream cheese.

  46. olivia

    I learned that you could divide the biscuits in two to make 40 in all.

  47. Jenna Hanson

    I learned that you don’t mix cold syrup and melted butter together.


    i didnt know you could Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl and mix with syrup because i thought it would make a bad combo

  49. Brittany J

    I learned that if you put a little water in the measuring cup before you put the syrup in so that the syrup doesn’t stick.

  50. alex head

    the sticky buns were really good. i din’t realize that the measurements were so important. thanks for making them!

  51. Elizabeth 2nd period

    i learned that you should mix water with the syrup so it doesn’t stick to the measuring cup.

  52. Austin Whiteley

    I learned that using Pam on pans ruined your cook wear. i loved using Pam, i guess i got to change that!

  53. shiya hargrow

    I enjoyed making the sticky buns in class. I like the creative idea of using cream cheese in sue of the bums instead of just leaving the inside plain. When you bite into a sticky bun it leaves your taste buds full of excitement that they cant wait to try again:)

  54. Denisse 2nd period

    i didn’t know that buy putting water in the mesuring container before the syrup would help the syrup come out the container much easily.

  55. nick finley

    i learned you could use pancake syrup instead of maple syrup

  56. Thomas Harris

    I learned from the blog that it would be better to use a 9 inch pan rather than a 8 inch pan for the sticky buns to be cooked evenly

  57. Kelsey Reid 2nd.

    I learned that if the pans are touching, the sticky buns will cook faster than the others that are farther away from the pan.

  58. Summer B.

    I learned about washing the measuring cup out before putting the syrup in them to make sure it doesnt stick! haha great tip. (:

  59. Daniel Vinson 2nd

    i learned that if you put a little water in the measuring cup syrup doesnt stick as bad

  60. Leka 2nd

    I learned that it is bad to spray your cooking pans with Pan , use butter instead .

  61. alaina blackstock 2nd period

    i learned that its better to use real butter instead of margarine!

  62. anissa g beason 2

    i learned that the syrup wouldn`t burn

  63. Savoi 2nd

    I learned that you have to always keep your station clean while cooking and mixing different ingredients.

  64. jasmine mccoy

    i have learned that you do not put cold syrup into hot butter.

  65. will

    i learned that you can use this for other ways to make it as well.

  66. Le'Keitha 2nd block

    The outside of the sticky buns were amazing and they tasted really good. I think you should add a little more brown sugar to make the buns say wow

  67. Jamal 2nd pd

    I learned that the length of cooking time will depend on the size of the cake pan

  68. swanette barnett


  69. jermaine love

    well I really didnt get to taste the sticky buns but from the looks of it they look very,very good

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  71. Mallori Mcdowell

    I really enjoyed those sticky buns. I learned alot bout cooking that day. i learned that you shouldnt use pam cooking spray, you should use butter or crisco. But what i suggest is to use iceing instead of cream cheese. (:

  72. Kamron M

    I had no idea that pam could ruin your cookware.

  73. amber w.

    these look so amazing. are we going to make them?

  74. Kaitlyn C

    i learned that , you put the pecans go on the top and bottom !

  75. jessica v

    butter, cream cheese, and pecans…all in the same dish…something i would have never thought

  76. Gifty

    Im not the biggest fan of sticky buns because they have a lot of sugar, but when i saw that you add cream cheese i was hooked on this recipe !

  77. miracle

    I never had sticky buns before but this looks great it makes me want to go out and try out

  78. alyssa baldwin

    I think its cool that you put a piece of cream cheese in the dough and put it together and then cook it in the dough.

  79. melissa cuevas

    they look delicious & easy to make! i look foward to trying this on my own at home

  80. ashton kell

    ive seen sticky buns before but not with pecans, and i love a crunch so i will have to try these because these look very easy

  81. julie o

    i learned that you bake for about 20 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

  82. Chelsea Gray

    You should let your oven pre heat for 15 minutes at 400 degree.

  83. Brittany Smith

    I learned that in order to keep your syrup from sticking to the measuring cup, you have to add a little water to it before you pour the syrup in or else it will stick!!!

  84. galia sayyar

    I learned that you aren’t supposed to use non-stick spray !!

  85. Patrick Hogan

    I never knew you weren’t supposed to use non-stick spray!

  86. Brooke H

    I learned that when your making this recipe you never mix water and syrup together.

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