Orange Sticky Buns

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When Sunday mornings roll around, my family is always asking me to make something special for breakfast.  This recipe for Orange Sticky Buns is a beautiful way to showcase fresh citrus flavor.  And they’re a nice departure from the typical cinnamon roll.  They are a soft and tender pastry with a sweet orange glaze.  Delicious!

Orange Sticky Buns

Orange Sticky Buns

Yield: 2 dozen sticky buns

Prep Time: 40 min + rising time

Cook Time: 20 min

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • One .25-ounce envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted


  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  1. To prepare buns: In a small bowl, mix 3/4 cup of sugar with orange zest; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar, salt, eggs, sour cream and 6 tablespoons melted butter. Gradually add 2 cups flour; beating until dough forms.
  3. Transfer to a floured surface. Into dough, knead enough remaining flour in small amounts to make it smooth and elastic with small blisters on the surface. Place dough in a large greased bowl. Cover loosely with a clean dishtowel and let rise in warm place (80 to 85°) until double in size, about 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F. Punch dough down and turn out onto floured surface. Knead about 15 times. Divide into 2 equal parts. Roll each part into a 12-inch circle. Brush circles with remaining butter. Sprinkle with orange-sugar mixture.
  5. Cut each circle into 12 pie-shape wedges. Starting at wide end, roll up the wedges (croissant-like). Place point side down in two greased 9x13-inch pans (or use a large, rimmed baking sheet for all 24 rolls). Cover and let rise in warm place until almost double in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes- or until golden brown.
  7. While buns are in the oven, prepare glaze: In a medium saucepan, mix all glaze ingredients. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Spoon over buns while they are still warm.
*Don't have a warm place for rising? Turn the light on in your oven and use your (closed) oven for rising. You can turn it on briefly (30 seconds) to provide a blast of warm air and then be sure to turn it off!
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  • Diane Neufeld wrote:

    Great recipe, my mother shared it with me decades ago. I’ve made it several times. Yum.