I want to live in a world where having sticky buns for breakfast everyday are okay and totally healthy. I want my oven to just know that this is what I need in my life, and just makes it for me. Why haven’t we reached the day of The Jetson’s where we only need to tell our oven what to cook? I was pretty sure as a kid that by NOW that would be a reality! Oh well, I can still dream, and for now, I can still bake!
When I walk into a bakery, I stand there staring at all the goodies and wondering if I shall be “adventurous” and try something new, but I am a creature of habit and always get the same thing, a sticky bun or cinnamon roll. There is something comforting about cinnamon. It makes you feel warm and gooey inside, just like its center. It makes me think of Christmas, and how my family would always burn the store-bought cinnamon rolls, but we still ate them anyways. My mother wasn’t very kitchen-savvy, and baking was definitely a chore. Once I learned how to make these from scratch, it was all over. I was and AM the only one allowed in the kitchen during Christmas time, it was meant to be, I suppose.
Molasses and cinnamon are best friends. They understand and compliment each other in every way.
Molasses has a strong note that, if you’re not from the south, may seem a little odd at first. It has a strong aroma of sugarcane, while tasting bitter and sweet at the same time. Accompanied by spices and other complimenting flavors, it creates smooth and moist baked goods, perfect for the holidays (or any time of the year). The molasses and cinnamon together take these sticky buns to another level.
With this sticky bun recipe, you no longer need those store-bought, super scary to open cans of cinnamon rolls. I always made someone else open them (I don’t like that kind of surprise pop mechanism!). The directions may seem complicated, but I promise it’s so simple, and you’ll want to tell the whole world that your cinnamon buns are the best (they will be). The sticky bottom with pecans are beyond amazing, and you’ll feel like an expert baker who has studied the arts of sticky buns your whole life. You’re now a sticky bun master, you’re welcome.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and avoid the disappointing burnt cinnamon roll disaster on your next holiday, just make these instead! Share them with your friends, or don’t, I won’t judge.
Originally from Miami, Reilly is a military wife currently stationed in San Antonio, TX who has enjoyed baking and cooking since she was 9 years old. Her Cuban influences combined with her flair for simplifying and adapting recipes to her own style make for the mouthwatering creations you find on her own blog.