I am a stickler for a good tradition and sticky buns happen to be my favorite one of all. Since I was a kid, my Aunt Janet has whipped these up every single Christmas morning and it simply does not feel like Christmas without them.
This was my third year having made them on my own — the first year I used too much dough and woke up to what looked like a volcanic eruption, the second year I burned them, and well, this year was as close as I got to the original.
No matter what your traditions consist of, this is one you may want to consider adding to the mix, especially if you want your future kids to reflect fondly on you year after year. I can’t make this without thinking about how magical my aunt made Christmas and how much I look forward to doing the same for my own kids one day.
Read below for the recipe, and let me know if you try it! And sign up for my email list to get a (super cute) printable recipe card.
This recipe starts the night before Christmas and sits out all night. The ingredients are a bit old school and when in doubt, the more butter the better. You will need a 10-cup bundt pan and a serving plate (or a cake stand if you wanna get fancy).
- 1 package frozen dinner rolls (you’ll only use about 14-16)
- 1 cup either chopped pecans or walnuts (or both) — use as much as you like
- 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 package butterscotch instant pudding mix
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 sticks of butter
- olive oil spray
Prep time: 15 mins | Total Time: 40 mins
01 | Prep the mixture
Melt the butter in a saucepan and mix in cinnamon and brown sugar. Spray bundt pan with olive oil. Sprinkle bundt pan with a layer of nuts on the bottom.
02 | Layer the buns
Place half the frozen rolls (approx 8) around bundt pan and pour a little of the butter mixture over. Sprinkle half of the pudding mix over the rolls, add in some butterscotch chips, and a few more nuts.
03 | Top it off
Top with remaining rolls (6-8). Finish with the rest of the butter mixture, nuts, butterscotch chips, and remaining pudding mix.
04 | Let it rise
Place on the counter, uncovered, overnight (away from dogs and creeping cats). In the morning, while opening presents, place in a 375° oven for 25 minutes.
05 | Serve
Remove from oven and invert on serving plate. No knife allowed — use hands to pull off as much as you want!
With that, you have the secret to my favorite Christmas tradition. Trust me — this is one treat you will look forward to year after year. Serve it with some strong coffee and a big smile.
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