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Walnut Sticky Buns from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
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Walnut Sticky Buns

These Walnut Sticky Buns are the perfect decadent breakfast for the holiday season!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
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


  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Combine the melted butter with 1 ½ cups brown sugar, vanilla extract, 1 cup walnut pieces. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan. 
  • Combine the remaining brown sugar and remaining walnut pieces and set aside.
  • 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.  
  • 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.