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Giant Vanilla Salted Butterscotch Sticky Buns

These buns. They are really sticky and delicious. The dough is super soft and moist due to the mixture of milk, butter and greek yogurt. It is my all time favorite dough. And then the butterscotch. Oh man, the butterscotch is the best addition to sticky buns ever. Especially, if you add some chocolate chunks in there.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Rest1 hr 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Buns
Calories: 361kcal



Butterscotch Sauce

Vanilla Salt

  • 2 tablespoon flaked sea salt
  • 1 vanilla bean split and seeds removed


  • Place yeast and sugar into stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Add the warm water and gently stir. Let sit until yeast has doubled and is puffed and foamy on top, about 10 minutes.
  • To the bowl add the melted butter, warm milk, greek yogurt and eggs, stir to combine. Add in the flour and knead the dough with the dough hook until the dough is smooth and forms a ball, about 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and oil the boil or use cooking spray. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm area for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • While the dough rises make the butterscotch sauce. Melt the butter in a small sauce pot. Add the brown sugar, heavy cream and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Boil for 5-10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the scotch and set aside. If the sauce gets too thick add in a splash of cream to thin.
  • When the dough is ready and doubled in size spray 2 muffins tins with cooking spray. Flour your workspace and roll the dough with a rolling pin until it’s thin and somewhat rectangular (about 9x24 inches), then brush with melted butter (you may not use all the butter) and generously cover with 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 cup light brown sugar. Ok, this is when would be best to add chocolate chips if you choose :) Now drizzle on about 1/4 cup of the butterscotch sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Next roll up the dough. Starting with the end away from you, roll the dough into a line towards you. Slice the rolls into 18 to 24 slices and place them in the prepared muffin cups. I made 18 rolls, but they were BIG and popping out of the pan. Cover and let the rolls rise for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the oven is hot place the muffin tins on two baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes.
  • While the buns are baking add the pecans to a skillet set over medium heat and toast for 5-8 minutes or until toasted. Add two tablespoons scotch (or vanilla) and 1/3 cup of the butterscotch sauce, stir and remove from the heat.
  • After 30 minutes grab the buns out of the oven and drizzle the pecans over the buns. Return the pans to the oven and bake another 10-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Combine the salt and vanilla bean seed in a small bowl. Use your fingers to ingrain the seeds into the salt.
  • Use a knife to carefully pop the buns out of the tins, they are going to be very sticky! If desired drizzle with more butterscotch sauce and then lightly sprinkle with vanilla salt. Eat while warm and gooey!


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.3mg