Apple Butter Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns

One of the great joys of life has got to be sticky buns warm from the oven!  Especially since they tease you as they bake, with that delicious aroma making its way through out the house…..sigh.   Life is good!  And someday’s it gets even better!

Last month I attended the Big Summer Potluck and one of the sponsors was Musselmans and one of the gifts we received was a large jar of apple butter.   Being a southern boy, I was raised on apple butter and biscuits, so I do know the joys of apple butter!   I had been thinking of making a batch of brioche dough, and one of my favorite things to do with it is to make cinnamon sticky buns.   But you know as well as I do that bloggers can’t keep making the same things over and over again  no matter how much we like them, so I started thinking of a twist I could add to those delicious buns.

It didn’t take too long to remember that there was a  jar of apple butter in my pantry, just  begging to be opened and devoured, and that I also had a jar of Amelia’s Cinnamon Pecans  that would go perfectly with my apple butter buns.

I don’t know if you’ve ever made brioche dough, but the recipe I use from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day  has got to be the easiest brioche recipe I’ve ever used.  It’s basically fool proof, and makes an incredible rich dough that lends itself to so many types of baked goods.  You have to try it!

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Apple Butter Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns
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Recipe type: Breakfast Breads
Serves: 8
  • 1½ cups(360 ml) lukewarm water
  • 1½ Tbsp (22 gm) granulated yeast (2 packets)
  • 1½ Tbsp (22 gm) coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 8 eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (120 ml) honey
  • 1½ Cups (360 gm) unsalted butter, melted (3 sticks)
  • 7½ cups (900 gm) all purpose flour
Caramel Topping
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp (3 gm) salt
  • ½ cup (90 gm) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) Karo syrup or Honey
  • 1 cup (150 gm) cinnamon pecan pieces
Filling for Rolls
  • 1 cup (240 ml) Musselmans apple butter
  • 2 tsp (10 gm)cinnamon
  • 1 cup (150 gm) Amelia's cinnamon pecans
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  1. Mix the yeast, and water in the bowl of your mixer, mix well
  2. Add in eggs, honey and melted butter, and continue to mix until well blended
  3. Add in flour and salt. using your dough hook, incorporate all the flour, mix just enough so that all the flour is mixed in.
  4. The dough may look loose and wetter than you think it should be, it may also look like it has lumps, that's ok.
  5. Transfer dough to another bowl, cover with a towel and allow to sit and rise for two hours.
  6. Chill dough for at least 2 hours, before making the rolls*
  7. For topping cream butter,salt and brown sugar, spread evenly over the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan, then scatter cinnamon pecans over the topping and set aside.
  8. Using floured hands cut out a 1½ lb piece of brioche dough.
  9. Dust dough with more flour and shape into a ball by stretching the dough around and under in quarter turns until it is fully shaped.
  10. Using a rolling in roll out the dough int a ⅛ inch thick rectangle (about 12"x8") add flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the rolling pin or surface.*
  11. While dough is resting mix the apple butter, pecans, cinnamon and pepper, then spread the mixture evenly over the dough
  12. Start rolling the dough along the long side of the dough, so you end up with a roll.
  13. If the dough feels to soft to cut, allow it to chill for about 20 minutes.
  14. When dough is ready , with a serrated knife, cut the log into 8 equal pieces and place in prepared cake pan.
  15. Cover with plastic and allow to rise for 1 hour*
  16. Place rolls in a 350 degree preheated oven, and bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and set in the center.
  17. Run a knife around the sides of the pan and turn out the rolls onto a platter immediately*1
  18. Serve the rolls and get ready for rave reviews

What a great way to wake up the household!  Those Apple butter buns couldn’t have been better, and it’s a good thing that brioche dough is so easy to make, because your family is going to want you to make them oh a regular basis!

Have a great week my friends, as you read this the Old Chef will be back at work on Monday starting his 8th year at the Mount!    Where has the time gone?


  1. Don’t you just love Amelia’s Spicing Pecans? Some of the very best, huh? And by one of the sweetest men! I hope you are doing well. This looks like it would make the perfect start to me week. Now if only I could make a batch while also sleeping in. I hope you have a blessed week, my friend!

  2. What incredible sticky buns! I love the apple butter with the cinnamon pecans – perfection!

  3. Chef, These sticky buns look fantastic! I’m not familiar with Amelia’s Cinnamon Pecans, but the addition of them, along with the apple butter must take these rolls into the stratosphere. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. These look amazing. I have loved cinnamon rolls ever since my first bite of one in Toronto many years ago (known to us as Saint Sin – we did not have cinnamon rolls in Australia). I love that your recipe has metric equivalents. Now that the girls are back in school I think it is time, once and for all, that I conquer my fear of yeast. If I do the rewards will be sweet and oh so yummy.

  5. I haven’t had Sticky Pecan Buns since long time, and yours looks perfect!

  6. I would love these with coffee:) Yum ♥¸.•*´¯*♥

  7. These look gooey and delicious. I’m always up for a good sticky bun.

  8. These look absolutely awesome!!! Your photos are beautiful!!!

  9. I love the ingredient list for these sticky buns. They sound moist and delicious. I’d like to pull one apart right now and eat it!

  10. Oh my goodness gracious! The apple and peanut butter I am having for breakfast right now just doesn’t seem enough now that I am seeing this. Oooey and gooey and delicious is what that looks like!

  11. Just reading the recipe´s name is enough. Wonderful!

  12. What a great idea to use apple butter! I love the beautiful photos of your gorgeous sticky buns.

  13. I’ve made that brioche dough before and it truly is incredible. The taste is fantastic on top of being some of the easiest dough I’ve ever worked with! I love the combination of flavors you used, Chef Dennis. I know that I would have eaten WAY too much of this!

    Are you ready for the new year? I thought of you the other day as the kids in my area are headed back to school now. I hope you have truly enjoyed your summer break!

  14. Oh my goodness, these sticky buns are superb! I just made some apple cake with the Musselman’s apple butter and it was so good. But we have a 2nd jar waiting for my attention and I think I will make these sticky buns — my boys will just love this. Thanks for the recipe, Chef Dennis!

  15. These look incredible Chef Dennis!! So perfect for fall…I love that you used apple butter in the recipe! 🙂

  16. I believe your sweet tooth has been in full action lately – these look awesome.

  17. Oh geez, this looks amazing and is my fantasy breakfast. I was recently looking at my Julia Child book and trying to motivate myself to make some kind of morning dough but it takes soooo long, but as you know, we bloggers don’t give up easily so this is perfect for me. Now I just have to think of a way to adapt it 😉

  18. I’ve mostly had cinnamon rolls and sticky buns made with dough- some lighter, some heavier- but never brioche. Particularly like the fast aspect of your sticky buns with brioche. Have to tell you, as I scrolled down your post, I was wondering if I’d see coconut oil used in the recipe!

  19. As a nice northern girl, I’ve never had apple butter. But I sure do love cinnamon buns so I can only imagine how good this smelled and tasted!

  20. If only I have apple butter at home. I dont see them in the supermarket too or I would love to try this. Maybe I should google for homemade apple butter….these cinnamon buns looks great and I am already starting to drool on my keyboard 🙂 It must smell good while it is baking in the oven . Good one Chef and have a nice day !

  21. Hi Dennis 🙂 What a delightful way to use your apple butter, I am sure it makes these buns to die for. I wish you a nice and easy start on your fantastic job.

  22. Yummmmm!!! O my goodness, these look so good that I want to take a bite now. And I don’t even like apples!!!!!

  23. There is nothing better than the smell of Sticky Buns baking. I never thought of Apple Butter in my sticky buns…but boy does it sound amazing. I really will have to try your recipe….I’m sure my boys will be thrilled. Thanks for sharing.
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

    • Thanks Pam, it was a nice change to the buns and I’m an apple butter lover so they were perfect for me. The easy brioche dough is the best part of the whole roll though,

  24. These sound wonderful! I always make cinnamon rolls but never think to make sticky buns instead. Going to have to fix that.

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