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Crescent Rolls Pecan Sticky Buns

These easy upside down crescent rolls pecan sticky buns are ready to enjoy in less than 25 minutes! Semi homemade using crescent rolls they will surely wow your guests for breakfast!

Crescent Rolls Pecan Sticky Buns

I am all about easy recipes here at The Typical Mom. If I can cut corners a bit and make something wonderful that is semi homemade I am all about it, that’s where these easy pecan sticky buns come into play. (affiliate links present)

Upside Down Pecan Sticky Buns

Since the toppings are all on the bottom as they bake we call them this. It is a way for the coating to really stick and kinda’ caramelize too. When you are ready to serve you can use pot holders with a plate on top and gently flip. Use a spatula to scrape the remaining bits out of the pan and on top. You want it ALL.

The perfect Christmas morning breakfast or weekend treat they have the sticky sweetness you love with the addition of honey roasted pecans, dried fruit and raisins too. They’re so good I have to only make 1 batch or you’d have to roll me out the door! You can make them as air fryer cinnamon rolls or below are oven directions too.

Crescent Rolls Pecan Sticky Buns

air fryer cinnamon rolls

No yeast sticky bun recipe

I am impatient, fresh dough takes a while to make as you need yeast and all. NO waiting for rolls to rise or double in size necessary covered in a bowl.

  1. You don’t even roll dough out, that’s already done for you this way
  2. Yeast is a bit intimidating since I rarely ever use it
  3. I don’t always have yeast on hand, in fact…I never do
  4. I like to have easy breakfast recipes on hand so we can enjoy them at the drop of a hat

Homemade sticky buns

  • I used refrigerated crescent rolls
    • I did NOT unroll the dough once I opened the package
    • I sliced them into 12 equal pieces so they looked like the top image here
  • I whisked together a few ingredients for my sticky bun sauce
  • Fun added toppings could be;
    • I used a handful of dried mixed fruits
    • Raisins
    • Honey roasted chopped pecans

Use what you have on hand and toppings you love. Mini chocolate chips are another option that could be fun but I stick with the nut version here.

sticky buns recipe

Easy Pecan Sticky Buns Recipe

We made these on the weekend for breakfast and they lasted all of about 5 minutes. I had to scoop 3 up for my husband before the kids devoured them all. I personally loved the addition of the dried cherries, blueberries and raisins.

  • Melt your softened butter, add your brown sugar and maple syrup and whisk together.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray non stick spray inside your 8×8 pan.
  • Pour your butter mixture into the bottom of your pan and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle your raisins, dried cranberries (we used a dried berry mixture), and chopped pecans (or other nuts) on your butter mixture evenly.
  • Pop open your can of refrigerated crescent rolls but DO NOT unroll the dough.
  • Put unrolled dough on a cutting board and using a sharp knife cut the roll in half, then in half again, then in half again so in the end you will have 12 equal pieces of your unrolled dough.
  • In a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon. Pick up one of your 12 pieces and gently press cut ends, both sides, into sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  • Then, place each one of your 12 pieces on to your butter/nut mixture in your pan so there are 3 rolls of 4 rolls with cut ends facing the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the rest of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on the top of your rolls in your pan and put into your oven for 18-20 min or until rolls and very lightly browned and feel done (not sticky) when touching the tops.
  • Remove, put on cooling rack.

When scooping sticky buns out of pan flip them upside down on to each plate and spoon some sugar/pecan mixture on each one. Sauce will thicken and become sticky after sitting for just a few minutes.

sourdough cinnamon rolls

Pecan Sticky Buns with Crescent Rolls

As you can see in the step by step directions, the toppings for your sticky buns are on the bottom. That is why we say they are upside down in a sense.

  • So when they are done baking, just barely lightly browned on top so you don’t overbake them in the oven, you will want to scoop each one out and flip upside down on a plate. Serve warm out of the baking dish.

Then spoon some more topping on top of each one and if you wait a minute or two it thickens up like crazy creating this caramel like sauce that is AMAZING!!

These and our sweet rolls are perfect for a Christmas breakfast, and best when eaten almost immediately after pulling them out of the oven. Just minutes after flipping your sweet rolls over and spooning the sticky bun sauce over the top so it can cover it and thicken just a tad.

Pecan Sticky Buns 2

Easy Pecan sticky buns

This is what you’re going to need. The recipe calls for;

  1. Refrigerated crescent rolls – you could easily double this recipe by using a 13×9 pan instead of 8×8
  2. Brown sugar and cinnamon
  3. Melted butter
  4. 1/3 – 1/2 cup crushed Honey roasted pecans
    1. You can make your own toasted pecans too
  5. Raisins
  6. Dried fruit is a great addition too

Upside Down Pecan Sticky Muffins

You could bake these individually in a muffin tin. You’d just divide the bottom ingredients into 12ths and lay one slice in each hole. Then when done use a spoon to scoop out each one and flip over on to a plate. To make things more fun and easier cleanup use silicone baking cups inside each divot.

If you have leftovers wait until they are at room temperature and wrap with plastic wrap. Store on the counter and warm in the microwave the enjoy again the next day. You can jump to recipe below and get started. After you fall in love with these you may also be then looking for more Christmas brunch menu recipes?

air fryer cinnamon rolls 2

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Crescent Rolls Pecan Sticky Buns

These easy crescent rolls pecan sticky buns are ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes! Semi homemade with refrigerated biscuits they will surely wow your guests for breakfast! 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, buns, cinnamon, easy, no yeast, pecan, rolls, sticky
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 243kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt your butter, add your brown sugar and maple syrup and whisk together.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray non stick spray inside your 8×8 pan.
  • Pour your butter mixture into the bottom of your pan and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle your raisins, dried cranberries (we used a dried berry mixture), and chopped pecans (or other nuts) on your butter mixture evenly.
  • Pop open your can of refrigerated crescent rolls but DO NOT unroll the dough.
  • Put unrolled dough on a cutting board and using a sharp knife cut the roll in half, then in half again, then in half again so in the end you will have 12 equal pieces of your unrolled dough.
  • In a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon. Pick up one of your 12 pieces and gently press cut ends, both sides, into sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  • Then, place each one of your 12 pieces on to your butter/nut mixture in your pan so there are 3 rolls of 4 rolls with cut ends facing the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the rest of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on the top of your rolls in your pan and put into your oven for 18-20 min or until rolls and very lightly browned and feel done (not sticky) when touching the tops.
  • Remove, put on cooling rack.
  • When scooping sticky buns out of pan flip them upside down on to each plate and spoon some sugar/pecan mixture on each one.
  • Sauce will thicken and become sticky after sitting for just a few minutes.

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Nutrition Facts
Crescent Rolls Pecan Sticky Buns
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Pecan Sticky Buns
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