Within my first day of signing up, I had already encountered more fedoras and puca-shell necklaces than should ever exist, a man who self-identifies as a platypus, more topless bathroom-mirror selfies than necessary (about half of which were of torsos that should not be without cover), a man posing with his new bride, aaaaand a man who said he’s still trying to figure out how to “self-narrate”, whatever that means.
I figured there had to be a diamond in the rough in there somewhere. Surely this site wasn’t filled with only guys with neckbeards and people who don’t understand the power of periods and commas. But alas, I was yet again at the same crossroads as I was before I quit the site: tons of boys, none of ’em men. That sounds like it should be a bumper sticker. Can someone make this happen? Tons of boys, none of ’em men. Featured with like, a rattle under the ‘boys’ and a rifle under the ‘men.’ We could charge like, $10 for these in car wash lobbies, people.
ANYWHO. Back to these buns. They’re awesome. Total dreamboats. The whole package. Sweet, soft, sticky… wait. Um. Well. This is awkward.
But forreals, these sticky buns are one awesome treat. For one, they are made from start-to-finish in just one hour. Sixty minutes! You’re 60 minutes away from having soft, chewy, sticky-sweet cinnamon buns. That ain’t half bad.
And for two, they’re delicious! Homemade sweet rolls loaded with cinnamon and brown sugar, and coated in a thick, syrupy caramel and nutty pecans. Absolute heaven on a plate.
*adapted from my One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 1 pkg yeast
- 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- FOR FILLING:
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- FOR CARAMEL SAUCE:
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- About 2 cups chopped pecans (I like using Diamond of California)
- Preheat oven to 350* degrees F. In a small bowl or Pyrex measuring cup, microwave the butter and milk on high heat for one minute. Stir, then heat for another 30 seconds. Stir again, and heat for another 30 seconds or until butter is mostly melted and liquid is hot to the touch. Set aside briefly, for about a minute or two to cool or until it's warm but not hot.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the milk mixture and the yeast until combined. Add in the sugar, egg, and THREE (3) cups of the flour with the dough hook on medium speed. Turn the speed to medium-high and gradually add in the remaining ½ cup of flour or until the dough begins to form a ball at the center of the mixer bowl. Beat for 5 minutes, then remove the dough hook and cover the bowl with a damp cloth for 10 minutes.
- While the dough rises, make your sticky caramel sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, then stir in the pecans. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Lightly dust a flat work space with flour. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle. I don't have dimensions as I just eyeballed it, but you want it to be at least ½" to ¾" thick. Spread the softened butter over the plane of dough, then evenly top with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, patting it gently into the dough.
- Beginning with the left side, begin tightly rolling the dough into a log. Move the log toward you so you're facing it horizontally. Using flavorless dental floss, begin cutting the dough into 12 evenly sized pieces. Spray a 13x9" baking dish liberally with cooking spray and spread the sticky caramel sauce all over the bottom, evenly spacing the pecans if needed. Top the sauce with the cinnamon rolls in 4 rows of 3 rolls. Cover with a damp cloth and place on top of the oven to rise for 25 minutes.
- Once rolls have risen, bake for approx. 15-20 minutes or until rolls are puffy, lightly golden and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes - no longer - before carefully and quickly inverting the rolls onto a plate or dish. Rolls are best when they're hot or warm. To eat later, reheat briefly to help loosen the sticky caramel sauce. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature.
So remember that part when I said these were heaven? Yeah. About that…
Hope you guys enjoyed! I know you’ll enjoy them even more in 60 minutes, am I right?