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Bacon Pecan Sticky Bun / Cinnamon Roll

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

This is something I came up with for "Sticky Bun" Day (Feb. 21!). I guess it's actually a mix of a sticky bun and cinnamon roll. I learned they are different things. Haha. :) See below.

To make it faster & easier, the base of this is pre-made Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls, but it also has a caramel-y glaze and nuts (which are like sticky buns). Also bacon!

I was inspired to make this by this Trisha Yearwood recipe on the Food Network.


Sticky Bun Day

"Fortunately for those who enjoy a good sticky bun, an entire day is dedicated to celebrating and eating them – Sticky Bun Day.

The exact origins of the sticky bun are debatable, as is the history of Sticky Bun Day. While some attribute the sticky bun to the Ancient Egyptians, others argue that it originates in Germany. However, one thing that is agreed on is that German settlers brought the sticky bun to Pennsylvania in the United States. These pastries were originally called ‘schnecken’ and are a speciality of Philadelphia."


Sticky Buns vs. Cinnamon Rolls

"The process of making sticky buns begins with a caramel glaze, which gives the buns their name. The glaze is poured into the baking dish first, followed by toasted pecans. The buns are placed atop the sticky mixture, and after baking, the pan is inverted so that the glaze is on top."

"Unlike sticky buns, cinnamon rolls are placed directly into a baking dish, and a cream cheese glaze is drizzled on top after baking. Typically, cinnamon rolls do not contain nuts."



As mentioned above, there are a few components to this:


- Cinnamon Roll (I made Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls or you could buy some)

- Caramel Sauce or Dulce de Leche**

- Bacon

- Toasted Pecans

** I wrote above to just use caramel sauce or dulce de leche. I tried to make Dulce de Leche from microwaving sweetened condensed milk like I saw in this Blossom YouTube video. It was an EPIC FAIL; see bottom of the post for funny pictures. I only used a small amount from the can. I think if I had used the whole can of sweetened condensed milk (bigger volume) than it would have worked better & not burned.

To make it:

Bacon: I had made some bacon in the oven for this and for other things. I did it as I wrote in my "Easy 2-Ingredient Candied Bacon" post, but without any brown sugar (link). You could use fully cooked bacon if you would like.


Cinnamon Roll: I baked a cinnamon roll.

Toasted Pecans: While the cinnamon roll was in the oven, I toasted some pecans.

I watched this video to learn how.


"Dulce de Leche": After the fails (bottom of the post), I ended up with not quite dulce de leche, maybe halfway to nice caramel-y color. I would recommend just spooning some caramel sauce or dulce de leche on there.

Then I put it all together. You could microwave it for 20-30 sec. so it all comes together.

The sum is better than its parts. Yum! Bacon Pecan Sticky Bun / Cinnamon Roll!

Give it a try! We are good at this!

EPIC FAILS trying to make Dulce de Leche in the Microwave

After 2 EPIC FAILS (seen here), then I got 1 halfway there (not a nice brown caramel-y color, but kind of there), which I used.

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