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Walnut Sticky Buns from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
Walnut Sticky Buns
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins

These Walnut Sticky Buns are the perfect decadent breakfast for the holiday season!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Walnut Sticky Buns, Walnut Sticky Bun recipe. how to make sticky buns, sticky bun recipe, simple sticky bun recipes
Servings: 10 people+
Author: Gaby Dalkin
  • 1 recipe Basic Sweet Dough (recipe below)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups California walnut pieces
Basic Sweet Dough
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
For the Basic Sweet Dough
  1. Warm milk over medium high heat. Once warm, add sugar, salt and butter and stir to dissolve the sugar. Set aside to cool until lukewarm.

  2. In another bowl, combine the warm water and yeast and stir to combine until dissolved. Once the yeast has dissolved, add the milk mixture, eggs and ½ of the flour. Mix until smooth. Add the remaining flour and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Once the dough has risen, punch the dough down and use as instructed below. 

For the Sticky Buns
  1. Combine the melted butter with 1 ½ cups brown sugar, vanilla extract, 1 cup walnut pieces. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan. 

  2. Combine the remaining brown sugar and remaining walnut pieces and set aside.

  3. Divide the dough in half and roll out each half to a 12-inch square. Sprinkle each half with equal amounts of brown sugar walnut mixture. Roll up lengthwise and cut into 1 inch slice and place, side by side, in the prepared baking dish. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.  

  4. Once the dough has doubled in size, transfer to a 350-degree oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Flip the sticky buns out of the baking dish, upside down and serve.