Yesterday was our fab new intern Sophee’s first day of work, so I thought it only fitting to welcome her to the team with the scent of freshly-baked sticky buns wafting from the oven…right?! Have y’all ever had a truly great sticky bun? If you have, then you know it’s a thing of beauty. My favorite versions have gooey, cinnamon centers tucked into light-as-air pastry, all topped with a crown of crunchy pecans and caramel. I based my recipe on a Barefoot Contessa version I’d been meaning to try for ages, and added a few tweaks of my own. Follow the jump for the end result and mouthwatering recipe!

I subbed in juicy dried cherries for the raisins in the original recipe, and it gave the buns an added sweetness that made them even more decadent.

Don’t you love how the gooey center with it’s cinnamon stripes mimics the lines of Sophee’s dress? Yeah, we totally planned that…

Cherry-Pecan Sticky Buns

  • 12 tablespoons (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 and lightly toasted
  • 1 package (17.3-ounces/ 2-sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
for filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a 12-cup standard muffin tin on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.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.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, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, 2 tbsp pecans and 1/2 cup of the cherries. Starting with the end nearest you, 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.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the sticky buns are golden to dark brown on top and firm to the touch. Be careful – they’re hot! Allow to cool for 5 minutes only, invert the buns onto the parchment paper (ease the filling and pecans out onto the buns with a spoon) and cool completely.

12 comments
  1. 1
    Rebecca - A Daily Something | August 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Oh Camille….YUM! What a fun way to welcome Sophee 🙂

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  2. 2
    Viola | August 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Yum, this looks delicious!

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  3. 3
    Naomi | August 30, 2011 at 10:11 am

    That is such a sweet (no pun intended) thing to do for your intern!! I love when people do nice things for those under them, just because!

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  4. 4
    Neda | August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Cherries + sticky bun sounds so delicious! And, I love your ring. 🙂

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  5. 5
    Rowaida Flayhan | August 31, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Looks delicious love ur photos Camille

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  6. 6
    Camille Styles | August 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks girlies – and by the way, that’s lovely Sophee holding the sticky buns. So excited to have her on board! Need to ask her where she got her ring…

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    Lara | September 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Must try that recipe, looks amazing! Also, where is that DRESS from!?? Absolutely obsessed…

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  8. 8
    Camille Styles | September 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Isn’t it gorgeous? Sophee – please do divulge your shopping source!

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  9. 9
    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | September 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Yummy! Looks so delicious!

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    Girls Run Faster | August 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    LOVE all the pink on your blog and your nail polish! These sticky buns look waaaaaay to unhealthy to try… but I won’t tell if you won’t 😉

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    juegos friv | August 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I loved the recipe, it’s a bit different. I really want to make it look delicious. <3

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    3 vex | July 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    The cherry looks delicious and very attractive, I want to try it too
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