Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sticky Buns

This is post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.

These sticky buns melt in your mouth! And my version is made easier by using Kings Hawaiian Rolls, so you don’t have to waste any time waiting on dough to rise or bake.
Melt-in-Your-Mouth EASY Sticky Buns

Sticky buns are one of my favorite sweets that I forget about the most often. And then when I make them, I’m all like heeeeeeeeeeeeey, why don’t I make these every day of my life??

They’re almost like a cinnamon roll (bread + gooey + breakfast food), but different enough that they need their own name in the world. Instead of bread filled with cinnamon and butter and topped with icing (although… we’ll get to that part in a minute), sticky buns are smothered in pecans and a caramel sauce that gets quite thick and sticky once it’s baked.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth EASY Sticky Buns

In many recipes, you actually make the caramel sauce in the bottom of the pan and add the rolls on top, bake, and then invert the buns onto a plate letting the caramel sauce drip down.

I was going for easy in this recipe, so we’re just going to pour the caramel sauce and pecans over top and let it ooze to the bottom. Same results, but less mess since you don’t have to invert a hot, sticky pan onto an additional plate. Win-win.

Speaking of making things easier, let’s talk about the elephant in the room here… we’re not baking any dough in this recipe!!! Nope. I totally skipped that part and used King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls instead. That’s right– NO yeast, NO rising, and NO baking dough (although, we’ll still be using the oven to get that caramel sauce baked on these buns just right!). This recipe seriously could not get any easier.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth EASY Sticky Buns

Or any more delicious for that matter. If you’re unfamiliar with Kings Hawaiian rolls, let me fill you in on a little secret: these rolls are made with lots of REAL butter. So when you heat them up…. magic. They get ultra melt-in-your-mouth-gimme-more soft.

Which is exactly the right amount of softness for the perfect sticky bun ????.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth EASY Sticky Buns

I added cream cheese icing. It was kind of compulsive.

These sticky buns seriously do not need icing, and a traditional sticky bun doesn’t have any.

But… this isn’t a traditional recipe. And as a cream cheese icing addict, I just felt like I had to do it. Feel free to take it or leave it though. These buns are pretty perfect as is.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth EASY Sticky Buns

If you do decide to add frosting though, please add googly eyes too and make your sticky buns look like mummies.

Because, Halloween. Duh.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth EASY Sticky Buns

Okay, so let’s recap here:

Easy (SO easy).

Impossibly soft.

Unbelievably sticky and gooey.

Melts in your mouth.

Cream cheese icing and googly eyes optional.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sticky Buns

These sticky buns melt in your mouth! And my version is made easier by using Kings Hawaiian Rolls, so you don't have to waste any time waiting on dough to rise or bake.


8-10 King's Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls (I could only fit 8 in my dish, but there is enough sauce for up to 1o rolls)

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 tbsp butter, melted

Cream Cheese Icing:

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Liberally grease an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the King's  Hawaiian rolls in the dish.

Sprinkle the brown sugar and pecans on top of the rolls.

Whisk together the butter and corn syrup, and pour evenly over the rolls. If needed, use a spatula to make sure the glaze covers all of the tops of the rolls (there shouldn't be any dry brown sugar).

Spray nonstick cooking spray on a piece of foil. With the greased side down, cover the rolls.

Bake for 22 minutes, until sauce is bubbly. Serve warm.

Optional: beat together the icing ingredients until smooth (don't worry, the sugar will dissolve after a few minutes and will not be granular any longer). Spread or pipe over the sticky buns.

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Try this Overnight French Toast using King’s Hawaiian Rolls next!

Overnight French Toast

This is post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.