Quick & Easy Sticky Buns Recipe with Puff Pastry

If there is any cooking class that I would most benefit from it would be baking with yeast. I have attempted too many recipes, such as rolls and a king cake, that turned out poorly due to the dough.

I was thrilled to find a recipe for one of my favorite breakfast treats, sticky buns, that did not involve yeast.

With a well-stocked freezer and fridge, you can make these great sticky buns in less than 1 hour and surprise your family or overnight guests.


All you need are 4 simple ingredients for Homemade Sticky Buns

  •  box of puff pastry
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • pecans

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Quick & Easy Sticky Buns Recipe (NO Yeast Sticky BUNS)



Using puff pastry is really easy, you just have to take it out of the freezer to defrost 30 minutes before using. Forget to defrost it last night?

No worries, I had a limited time before running out to a soccer tournament so I put our frozen puff pastry into the microwave and defrosted for 2 minutes and kept checking on it until it was soft. Worked perfectly. 

Be sure to check out our other easy breakfast danishes using puff pastry. 


easy Sticky Buns Recipe
No need to roll out dough that only curls back into a circle. Puff pastry is already in a rectangle so you have the perfect canvas to prepare rolled recipes such as these sticky bun recipes.
easy Sticky Buns Recipe
Fill each muffin cup with the butter mixture of the butter and chopped nuts. 

easy Sticky Buns Recipe

The puff pastry is so easy to roll as well since it’s basically a straight rectangle and not that fragile. 

easy Sticky Buns Recipe

 The best way to get equal slices is to cut in half first and then cut the 2 halves in equal parts.
The best way to get equal slices is to cut in half first and then cut the 2 halves in equal parts.


Place them in the muffin tins, swirl side up. Don’t they look like little roses?

  The best way to get equal slices is to cut in half first and then cut the 2 halves in equal parts.

Allow to cook and then invert them onto your lined baking sheet. 

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Ta Da. Make sure you use the parchment for easy cleanup. The caramel sauce can be a bear to deal with.

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  • They were good warm, we were in a hurry that day but they were amazingly cooled later in the day. 


  • You can prepare these sticky buns night before, cover well and allow to get to room temperature before baking.


  • You can also halve or double the recipe easily. We only had 1 sheet of puff pastry and made 6.


  • These would be excellent Brunch recipe, especially a Sunday Brunch since you can have them ready before you head off to church


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Easy Sticky Buns (Made with Puff Pastry)



To complement this easy sticky buns recipe, grab a cup of coffee and some fruit for a great breakfast treat that won’t take all day to make.

What is your favorite Puff Pastry Treat? 

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Easy Sticky Buns Recipe

Yield: 12 Buns
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy Sticky Buns Recipe made with puff pastry is an easy brunch recipe 


  • 12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped in very large pieces
  • 1 package, 17.3-ounces/ 2-sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • For the filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a 12-cup standard muffin tin on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the 12 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture in each of the 12 muffin cups. Distribute the pecans evenly among the 12 muffin cups on top of the butter and sugar mixture.
  3. Lightly flour a wooden board or stone surface. Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry with the folds going left to right. Brush the whole sheet with the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border on the puff pastry, sprinkle each sheet with 1/3 cup of the brown sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon
  4. Roll the pastry up snugly like a jelly roll around the filling, finishing the roll with the seam side down. Trim the ends of the roll about 1/2-inch and discard. Slice the roll in 6 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral side up, in 6 of the muffin cups. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry to make 12 sticky buns.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until dark. Check your buns after 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the buns to cool for 5 minutes, then invert onto the parchment paper.
  7. Spooning out any nut/ caramel mixture left in the pan.
  8. Allow to cool before serving.


Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 Roll
Amount Per Serving Calories 234Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 35mgSodium 18mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 1g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.






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  1. I love how caramelized the nuts get with the butter from the pastry and the sugar!

  2. I love sticky buns! They are so delicious! And this recipe looks like one I could actually pull off. Ok, I’m going to give this a try next weekend!

  3. These look fantastic. I love that they are so easy to make. My kids would be so happy if I gave them these for breakfast.

  4. I love sticky buns. Quick and Easy are two words I want to hear when it comes to a recipe. I’ll have to give your directions a try.

  5. This is a really easy recipe. I can see myself waking up in the morning and making it for my family. That is good because I don’t like to wake up early.

  6. Oh yum! This looks perfect for a Saturday or Sunday morning. My family would be thrilled!

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