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overnight sticky buns

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Lauren Perkins-Boyd
Portland, OR

When these come out of the oven your willpower will go right out the door.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Need a way to get your family out of bed? Bake a batch of these sticky buns! The dough and filling are prepped the day before. In the morning, let the sliced rolls come to room temperature, bake, and the smell of sticky buns will get everyone out of bed. Once baked, they're fluffy with a swirl of cinnamon brown sugar throughout. The sticky part of these sticky buns is a mixture of brown sugar, butter, honey, maple syrup, and corn syrup. It soaks into the top of the baked sticky buns and makes them out of this world good.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 20
prep time 18 Hr
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For overnight sticky buns

  • 1/4 c
    warm water
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp
    plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 3/4 c
  • 3 lg
    egg yolks
  • 1 tsp
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour (about)
  • 1/2 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 2/3 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    light corn syrup (I use vanilla flavored)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    maple syrup
  • 1 pinch

How To Make overnight sticky buns

  • Sugar, water, and yeast in a measuring cup.
    For the dough: In a cup combine water, sugar, and yeast; stir to dissolve. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Yeast mixture in a bowl with milk, butter, sugar, egg yolks, salt, and flour.
    In a large bowl, with a mixer on low speed, blend the yeast mixture with milk, butter, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolks, salt, and 3 cups of flour until blended.
  • Using a wooden spoon to incorporate the remaining flour.
    With a wooden spoon stir in 3/4 cup flour.
  • Dough onto a lightly floured surface.
    Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Kneading the dough.
    Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, working in enough of the remaining 1/4 cup of flour just to keep the dough from sticking.
  • Ball of dough in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap.
    Shape the dough into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning dough to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (80-85 degrees) until doubled in volume, about an hour.
  • Melting butter; cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
    Meanwhile, prepare filling: In a small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar; set aside. Reserve melted butter.
  • Heating brown sugar, honey, syrup, and butter in a saucepan.
    For the topping: In a 1-quart saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, butter, and salt. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter and brown sugar have melted.
  • Topping mixture poured into a greased glass baking dish.
    Grease a 13" by 9" baking pan. Pour warm melted brown sugar mixture into pan.
  • Punching down the dough.
    Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Dough rolled into a rectangle.
    Roll dough into a 12" by 18" rectangle.
  • Melted butter and cinnamon sugar on the dough.
    Brush dough with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon brown sugar mixture.
  • Rolling the dough.
    Starting at the long side, roll up the dough (like you would a jelly roll). Place seam side down on the surface.
  • Cutting dough and placing slices in the baking dish.
    Cut crosswise into 16 slices. Place slices, cut side down, on the melted brown sugar mixture in the prepared pan.
  • Baking dish covered in plastic wrap to rise.
    Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours or up to 15 hours.
  • Rolls removed from the fridge 1 hour before baking.
    Preheat oven to 375. Remove rolls from refrigerator 1 hour before baking.
  • Baking the sticky buns.
    Bake buns until golden, about 30 minutes.
  • Slightly cooling baked sticky buns.
    Remove from oven. Let cool slightly in the pan; no more than 5 minutes.
  • Sticky buns inverted onto a platter.
    Place the serving tray or jellyroll pan over the top of the baking pan and invert, remove pan. Serve warm.
  • A plate with three Overnight Sticky Buns.
    Leftovers can be frozen in foil, just reheat in foil at 350 for 15-20 minutes.