Cranberry Sticky Buns


  • For Dough & Filling:
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package (1/4oz, or 7g) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

  • For Topping:
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup pecans (roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries


In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine warm water, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

To the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add milk, 5 tablespoons room-temperature butter, remaining sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, salt and 3 cups flour. Using the dough hook, mix on low speed until blended, then slowly incorporate the remaining 1 cup of flour.

Increase speed to medium, kneading dough until smooth and slightly sticky (adding a little more flour if too wet), about 3 to 5 minutes.

Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large, greased bowl (use remaining room temperature butter). Turn the dough over to coat with the butter from the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour (may take up to 2 hours if rising in cooler temperatures). Once the dough has risen, punch down. Turn out onto a lightly floured cutting board or surface and let it sit for 20 minutes

While the dough rests, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt butter; keep separate.

Roll out the dough into a 12" x 18" rectangle. Brush the surface of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar

Roll the dough jellyroll-style by starting with the long side, roll until it looks like a long cylinder. Place seam side down on a flat surface and cut crosswise into 12-15 slices.

For the topping, in a 1-quart saucepan, add brown sugar, light corn syrup, butter, and honey or maple syrup. Place saucepan over low heat; stir until combined and butter is melted. Pour mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan and sprinkle pecans and Craisins® dried cranberries on top.

Place the dough rounds, flat side down, on top of prepared topping. Make sure to crowd them so they touch.

Preheat oven to 190°C and let the buns rise for another 15-20 minutes while the oven preheats, then bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and immediately (please be very carefully when flipping, as the product will be extremely hot!) invert onto a serving tray or baking dish. Let buns cool slightly and serve warm.

Optional: If making the night before, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Let rise about 30 minutes before baking.


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