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This Pecan Caramel Buns Recipe Is the Best Gooey, Nutty Dessert — Perfect for Sharing

These cinnamon-sugar-filled sticky buns are topped with coffee-infused caramel.

Any opportunity to make an indulgent doughy dessert, and we jump on it. Similar to this Hot Cross Buns recipe, you can’t go wrong with fluffy rolls coated in sugary goodness. And our favorite pull-apart treat has to be this pecan caramel buns recipe. It’s so easy with frozen bread dough and takes just 15 minutes to prep. Plus, we coat it with a delicious cinnamon-sugar filling. And don’t forget that gooey, sticky caramel and pecan sauce with coffee extract.

Similar to an upside down cake, this gets placed in the bottom of the pan before the buns for that iconic caramelization during baking. Your sticky buns will come out the “old-fashioned way,” and by that we mean delicious. Love pecans? Try this ‘Lazy’ Pecan Pie in a Mug recipe.

And here’s a bonus tip: After making this pecan caramel buns recipe, flip your finished buns perfectly using a large cutting board for no mess and easy serving!


12 servings

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  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temp.
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1 lb.) loaf frozen bread dough, at room temp.
  • 2/3 cup caramel sauce, such as Ghirardelli
  • 3 Tbs. half-and-half
  • 2 tsp. coffee extract
  • 1 cup pecan pieces


Heat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9” square baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. In a bowl, mix butter, sugar, cinnamon and flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 14”×9” rectangle; top with sugar mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style. Cut crosswise into 12 pieces.

Combine the next 3 ingredients; spread in the pan. Top with pecans, then rolls, cut side up. Cover; let rise in a warm place, 45 min. Bake 25 min. Let cool 10 min. Invert onto serving plate.


  • Calories: 270 kcal
  • Fat: 13 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 4 gram
  • Protein: 3 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 36 gram
  • Fiber: 2 gram
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sugar: 13 gram
  • Sodium: 240 mg
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