Cranberry Walnut Sticky Buns

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
+ 1 hour of standing time
Baking Time: 35  minutes
Servings: 36 buns

What you need:


  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2/3 Cup warm water (hot to the touch)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 5-6 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm milk (hot to the touch)
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 Cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 4 Cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Cup chopped walnuts

Extra cinnamon and sugar as desired

What you do:

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve 2 teaspoons of sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle yeast into water mixture. Do not stir.
  2. Set aside for 10 minutes, and then stir well.
  3. Add warm milk, sugar, salt, butter and eggs to yeast/water mixture.
  4. Add 3 cups of flour. Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat      vigorously until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Gradually add the remaining flour until dough is soft.
  6. Roll dough into a ball and place on a floured surface.

    Giant Ball of Sticky Bun Dough Ready to be Rolled

    Giant Ball of Sticky Bun Dough

  7. Knead for 5-10 minutes, adding small amounts of flour if necessary until dough is no longer sticky.
  8. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and then a towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
  9. Punch down and roll out dough into long rectangle.
  10. Grease pan or pans (4 8×8″ pans would work well if you wish to freeze some).
  11. Brush the flattened dough with softened butter.
  12. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of brown sugar with the cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over each dough shape, then sprinkle cranberries and chopped walnuts top.cran-walnut-sticky-buns
  13. Roll up into long tube shape and seal edge of roll by pinching dough together with fingers.
  14. Using a sharp knife, slice each dough shape into 1 1/2 to 2 inch slices.Place about 3 rows of 3 in the bottom of each pan. You may fill 3 or 4 pans depending on how thick the slices are.
  15. Cover pan with a dry, clean cloth and let rise at room temperature until double the size. (Usually 1 hour).

    Cranberry Walnut Sticky Buns Ready for the Oven

    Cranberry Walnut Sticky Buns Ready for the Oven

  16. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place buns in preheated oven and bake for 30-35  minutes.
  17. Cool in the pan for 15 – 20 minutes before icing them or just serve warm with butter!

Cream cheese topping optional

  • One 8oz  package of cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Teaspoon of milk
  1. In a small bowl blend cheese and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Slowly add icing sugar to the cream cheese mixture. Add a few drops of milk and continue to blend until desired spreadable consistency is reached.
  3. Spread cheese mixture on warm buns, remove from the pan and serve.
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