5 from 6 votes
Apple Butter Pecan Sticky Buns
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
dough rising
2 hrs
Total Time
55 mins

If you love apple butter and pecans, you're going to be in heaven with these Apple Butter Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns! This easy to make brioche dough will amaze you!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brioche dough, easy brioche dough, pecan buns, sticky buns
Servings: 8
Calories: 604 kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated yeast 2 packets
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 8 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 Cups unsalted butter melted (3 sticks)
  • 7 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Caramel Topping
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Karo syrup or Honey
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
Filling for Rolls
  • 1 cup Musselmans apple butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup 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 1 1/2 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 1/8 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
Nutrition Facts
Apple Butter Pecan Sticky Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 604 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 766mg32%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.