Sticky Buns

These Sticky Buns are an easy, overnight recipe, and they’re a delightful choice for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

One Sticky Bun

What are Sticky Buns?

Sticky buns are a sweet breakfast treat.  They’re sweet rolls that are baked in a sugary/buttery/pecan mixture.  They’re referred to as “sticky” because of all of the sticky juices that are poured on top as they are popped out onto a platter.

This Sticky Buns recipe is an easy, overnight recipe.  Simply make the night before and bake in the morning.  They’re perfect for feeding family over the holidays or as a surprise weekend breakfast treat for your family!

How to Make Sticky Buns

How to make Sticky Buns with frozen bread dough:

This recipe is so easy because you don’t have to roll anything out, and there is no kneading involved.  In fact, you don’t have to make the dough at all!  Use frozen bread dough.  The frozen rolls are placed into a pan and drizzled with a buttery/sugary mixture.  Then you get to let them sit overnight to rise..  That’s all the work you have to do- it’s so easy!!

The next morning, you’ll pop the Sticky Buns into the oven to bake.  When they come out of the oven, you’ll invert the pan onto a platter and then scrape all of the sugary juices on top. Place the platter on your breakfast table, and let all of the hungry people tear apart the sticky buns to sample.  They’re so delicious!!

Sticky Buns

Are Sticky Buns and Cinnamon Rolls the same thing?

Sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same thing.  Sticky buns are made with dough (sometimes frozen dough) and the balls of dough are placed into a pan with a butter/sugar mixture drizzled over the top (sometimes the syrupy mixture is placed into the bottom of the pan).  You’ll also see recipes for Sticky Buns where the dough is rolled out, sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar and cut like cinnamon rolls. They’re left to rise, just like cinnamon rolls..  In the end, they’re dumped upside down onto a platter with the sticky syrup drizzled over.

When you make cinnamon rolls, you’re rolling out the dough, brushing with butter and sprinkling with cinnamon/sugar.  The dough is then rolled up and sliced into rolls.  The rolls are set side-by-side in a pan and left to rise.  After baking, cinnamon rolls are usually iced or drizzled with glaze.  If you’re more interested in making cinnamon rolls, be sure to check out my recipes for Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls and Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls.

Up close Sticky Buns

Look at all of that decadent, gooey stuff!  That’s what you’ll get in every bite of a sticky bun!

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Can Sticky Buns be frozen?

I’m gonna say that you technically could freeze the sticky buns after they’ve already risen… and then just seal them well with plastic wrap and foil.  Then you’d have to let them come to room temperature again before baking. But there isn’t any real reason to freeze them, and it’s just going to take a lot of extra effort to do so.

This recipe is extremely easy, so just make them the night before and bake them in the morning.  I recommend you avoid the freezer!

One Sticky Bun

If you’re looking for more decadent breakfast recipes, you might like to try my Cinnamon Roll Pancakes or these No Yeast Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing. Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Cassserole, Caramel Apple Monkey Bread and Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries are great breakfast recipes too!

Here are a few more breakfast recipes that can be made the night before.  These are the best Overnight Breakfast Recipes!

5 from 11 votes

Sticky Buns

Easy overnight sticky buns recipe.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 195 kcal


  • 20 frozen dough rolls (such as Bridgeford)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • One 3-ounce box Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding (don't use instant pudding)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted


  1. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray. Place the frozen rolls in the pan.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients together (sugar, pecans, pudding and cinnamon) and sprinkle over the rolls. Drizzle the melted butter over the rolls. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter overnight (or place it in a cool oven).

  3. In the morning, remove the plastic wrap and bake the rolls in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  4. When the rolls are done, dump them onto a large platter upside down and drizzle the extra gooey juices on top. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Sticky Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Lois wrote:

    DO NOT USE INSTANT PUDDING. It honestly does make a difference.

  • Lois wrote:

    I have been making these for years. I cover bottom of pan with chopped walnuts and then lay bread dough on top. After mixing rest of ingredients together, pour over bread dough. I also put parchment paper on the bottom so after baking, flip pan over and baking pan comes out clean.

  • Lynae wrote:

    Where exactly has this recipe been all my life?!?! Thank you, thank you!

  • lynn weaver wrote:

    what is the gooey juices made of to pour over the sticky buns after you flip them?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      The butter, pudding and sugar…

  • Shirley Como wrote:

    I make this recipe with cooked type butterscotch pudding mix . So yummy!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Great tip, thank you!

  • Debbie wrote:

    On the sticky buns it reads 13 oz pudding should it read 1 -3oz pudding?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      yes, it reads as 1 3-ounce pudding

  • Dix wrote:

    Hi Lori, this recipe sounds simple and delicious! Just a question, have you tried using instant vanilla pudding instead? Would the result be the same?
    Thank you.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried instant, so I’m not sure!

  • Cathy Pollak wrote:

    Oh my gosh, so perfect for Christmas morning!

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore wrote:

    My kids can’t wait for me to try it again! They really loved it!

  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    These are like the sticky buns my Mom used to make! Love them.

  • Brenda wrote:

    This is an easy, delicious way to enjoy a sticky caramel breakfast treat!

  • Barbara Schieving wrote:

    Sticky bun perfection!

  • Aysegul D Sanford wrote:

    These sticky buns are a classic in our house. SOOO GOOD!

  • Melissa wrote:

    These sticky rolls are addictive!

  • Liz wrote:

    Oh, my gosh, these were amazing. I took a spoon and swooned over the caramel left in the pan!

  • Diane wrote:

    Pretty sure you didn’t mean “2 rolls”. So what is it? 12? 20? Something else?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Ack! Yes, 20. Photos tell all. Fixed and Thank you!!

  • Edwina wrote:

    Wow, these look so decadent, I must make them next time I’m doing brunch. I can’t wait – all that sticky flavor. Thanks for a great recipe idea.

  • Natalie wrote:

    I love sticky buns! They look so gooey and delicious! Perfect for Sunday brunch ?