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Quick Sticky Biscuits

These Quick Sticky Biscuits are topped with cinnamon sugar, then finished with sticky caramel and pecans. Make them for a brunch or weekend breakfast and watch them disappear!

Quick Sticky Biscuit on plate with fork, with additional biscuits on plate in background

Easy Homemade Sticky Biscuits

I adapted this recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, which might just be one of the most decadent cookbooks I’ve ever read. These biscuits were the first recipe I made from the book, but really, calling them biscuits just seems insulting. They are so much more than that. 

The biscuits play a very small part in the recipe. Think of them more as a delivery method for a sticky caramel-pecan sauce that would make your dentist squirm. It would be uncouth to spoon that sauce straight into your mouth, so instead, you spoon it onto cinnamon sugar biscuits! These Sticky Biscuits are so rich and decadent, you’ll definitely want to share them.

Although the recipe from the book is called Quick Sticky Biscuits, I don’t know if I’d call them that myself. I suppose they are quicker than a similar recipe made with yeast, but don’t think you’ll have these in the oven lickety-split. I guess quick is a relative term!

Overhead shot of ingredients

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make gooey, decadent Sticky Biscuits.

For the pecan sauce:

  • Light brown sugar
  • Dark corn syrup – If you have light corn syrup and molasses on hand, you can use three parts syrup to one part molasses as a substitute for dark corn syrup.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Chopped pecans – You’ll need to toast the pecans to bring out their flavor. You can do this in the oven, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. You may prefer the stovetop method because it lets you keep a close eye on the nuts so they don’t burn. Toast them in a skillet set over medium heat.

For the biscuits:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter – For flaky biscuits, you’ll need the butter to be as cold as possible.
  • Buttermilk – A scant two cups of whole milk plus two tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar can be used as a substitute for the buttermilk.

For the topping:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Unsalted butter
Sticky Biscuit on plate with fork with additional biscuits in background

How to Make Quick Sticky Buns

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to bake! Here’s what you’ll need to do, step-by-step:

Prepare. Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray and preheat your oven to 425ºF.

Start the pecan sauce. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan set over low heat. Once the butter has melted, increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Cook the sauce for 3-5 minutes, or until thickened, then stir in the pecans. Pour the sauce into the prepared pan, tilting it as needed to make sure it’s evenly distributed.

Start the biscuit dough. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl, then cut in the chilled butter using a pastry blender or two butter knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs, with some pieces of butter the size of small peas.

Overhead shot of dough in glass bowl

Finish the biscuit dough. Make a shallow well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk. Combine the flour and buttermilk with a fork to form a soft dough, adding more buttermilk if the dough is too dry.

Overhead shot of rolled out biscuit dough

Knead and form biscuits. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it a few times, then use your hands to pat it into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 12 square biscuits.

Make the cinnamon sugar topping. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush the tops of the biscuits with half of the melted butter and sprinkle them with half of the cinnamon sugar.

Overhead shot of biscuits in baking pan before baking

Assemble the biscuits. Place the biscuits in the pan with the cinnamon sugar side down. Brush the biscuits with the remaining butter and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar onto them.

Biscuits in baking pan after baking

Bake the biscuits. Place the pan in the oven and bake the biscuits for 15-17 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and puffy, and the pecan sauce is bubbling around the biscuits.

Four Sticky Biscuits on a plate

Cool and serve. Cool slightly, then invert the biscuits onto a serving plate. Carefully remove the pan to allow the sauce to fall around the biscuits. Spoon any remaining sauce from the pan over the tops of the biscuits, then serve.

Tips for Success

Here are some hints and tips I’ve picked up along the way while making Quick Sticky Biscuits:

  • Don’t over-knead. If you do, the biscuits will have a tough texture and the butter will melt while you’re working the dough, so you won’t get the flaky layers. Unlike a loaf of yeast bread, you really only need to knead a few times.
  • Spoon the flour. If you use your measuring cup as a scoop, you’ll end up with too much flour in the recipe. Instead, lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup or measure by weight.
  • Spray your pan generously. Make sure you get every nook and cranny! The caramel sauce is sticky, so using a lot of non-stick spray will help the biscuits slide out of the pan when you invert it.

How to Store

Store these Sticky Biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 or 3 days. You can also keep them in the fridge for up to a week, but I recommend warming them up in the microwave before you eat them!

Closeup shot of Quick Sticky Biscuit on plate with fork

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze Quick Sticky Biscuits. Place a layer of parchment paper or wax paper on the sticky tops before wrapping the biscuits in two layers of plastic wrap or placing them in a freezer bag. Let them thaw at room temperature.

Serving Suggestions

These Quick Sticky Biscuits are a great addition to any sweet-and-savory brunch or breakfast spread. I think they pair especially well with fall flavors! Serve them with:

Four Sticky Biscuits on a plate with tea towel in foreground

Quick Sticky Biscuits

Yield 12 biscuits
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

These sweet, gooey, nutty Sticky Biscuits are such a fantastic indulgence!

Closeup shot of Quick Sticky Biscuit on plate with fork

Ingredients

For the pecan sauce:

  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (156g) dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) chopped pecans, toasted

For the biscuits:

  • 4 cups (480g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (226g) very cold or frozen unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups (355 to 474ml) buttermilk

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

To make the pecan sauce:

  1. Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat. When the butter is melted, increase the heat to high and bring to a gentle boil. Cook 3-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the pecans. Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Set aside.

To make the biscuits:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Sift together twice the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender. Blend until the mixture mostly looks like coarse crumbs, with some of the butter the size of small peas.
  2. Make a shallow well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in 1 & 1/2 cups of buttermilk. Blend with a fork to form a soft dough. If dough is too dry, add the remaining 1/2 cup of buttermilk.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times, then pat into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 square biscuits.

To make the topping:

  1. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Brush the tops of the biscuits with about half of the melted butter. Sprinkle with about half of the cinnamon-sugar.
  2. Place the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar side down into the pan. Brush the tops (that were the bottoms) of the biscuits with the remaining butter and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  3. Bake about 15-17 minutes. The biscuits should be golden brown and puffy, and the pecan sauce should be bubbling around the biscuits.
  4. Cool slightly, then invert onto a serving plate. Remove the pan to allow the sauce to fall around the biscuits. Scrape any remaining sauce from the pan onto the biscuits. Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.

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    20 Comments on “Quick Sticky Biscuits”

  1. Mmm caramel, sugar and cinnamon (not sure about the pecans)! These look great. I keep seeing people posting recipes out of this book that look so good.

  2. Ooey, gooey goodness.

  3. I saw this book too and it’s good to see some of the recipes actually tried out. These look great!

  4. I got this book for Christmas and I agree with you. Every page is filled with rich and decadent treats. I was eyeing this recipe but I haven’t played around with yeast bread much. Great pictures of the buns.

  5. I got this cookbook for Hanukkah and have been dying to try this recipe. Now I can’t wait!

  6. Thanks, everyone, for the compliments!

  7. this looks amazing! goodness, I’m trying to get away from these foods (post-holiday pudge) … you’re not helping! it’s ok, i can enjoy reading about it at least šŸ˜‰ love the photographs, as usual!

  8. These definitely exemplify the title of the book! I hope you have a very fun and delicious year in 2008!
    Julie

  9. Decadent is a wonderful word to describe this cookbook. It is a great cookbook! These look wonderful!

  10. Ohhh they look wickidly indulgant.

  11. Thanks, Linda, Julie, Deborah, and Katie! Happy new year!

  12. You are torturing me:) My 2008 food goal is to make (successfully) sticky pecan cinnamon rolls & seeing this recipe is so much easier & yum!

  13. JEP, these are definitely easier and faster than the normal yeast-based sticky buns. Let me know what you think if you try them!

  14. Those sticky buns look so good! Just look at the gooey nuttiness oozing down the side.

  15. Hi Jen a belated Happy New Year!!
    I’ll have to try this one..I had to stop going to certain malls because of my weakness for Cinnabons. When I was down in Florida I knew of this small little restaurant where they would bring you out fresh Sticky buns instead of rolls. My brother asked me where this place was and I told him it’s “None of your Biscuit”

  16. Kevin, they are so gooey and yummy…. Words really don’t do them justice.

    Tom, I think that restaurant would be a must-try just for the sticky buns. What a great idea!

  17. Made these wonderful biscuits this morning!
    They were great! Love your site ~ thanks for the recipe!

  18. And….wanted to let you know that I featured you on my blog today!

  19. Thanks, Betsy! I’m glad you liked them!

  20. They look yummy! Maybe the “quick” refers to how fast they go. šŸ™‚

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