Quick Sticky Biscuits

I first saw Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey at a bookstore a few months ago. After a brief flip-through, I added it to my ever-growing cookbook wish list. Finally, I bought a copy and sat down with it to give it a good study. My thoughts about this book can really be summed up in one sentence. This has to be one of the most decadent cookbooks I’ve ever read.

For my first foray into its recipes, I chose these biscuits. Calling them biscuits just seems insulting. They are so much more than that. Actually, to me, the biscuits play a very small part in the recipe. They are surrounded by cinnamon and sugar, and topped with a sticky caramel-pecan sauce that would make dentists squirm.

Quick Sticky Biscuits are flavored with cinnamon, caramel, and pecans. A wonderful morning treat!

Quinn and I made these as a joint effort. I don’t know that I’m comfortable calling them “quick.” I suppose they are quicker than a similar recipe made with yeast. But, don’t think you’ll have these mixed up and in the oven in no time. Just think of “quick” as a relative term.

Anyway, the real story is the final result. Oh, wow, these are good. All that sugar and cinnamon and caramel and pecans! This is definitely a dish to be shared. Very rich and indulgent, these are certainly a good example of a little goes a long way.

Quick Sticky Biscuits

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 biscuits

Quick Sticky Biscuits


    For the pecan sauce:
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • For the biscuits:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup very cold or frozen unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups buttermilk
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


To make the pecan sauce:

Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Place brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat. When butter is melted, increase heat to high and bring to a gentle boil. Cook 3-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in pecans. Pour into pan and spread evenly. Set aside.

To make the biscuits:

Preheat oven to 425°.

Sift together twice the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender. Blend until mixture mostly looks like coarse crumbs, with some of the butter the size of small peas.

Make a shallow well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in 1 & 1/2 cups of buttermilk. Blend with a fork to form a soft dough. If dough is too dry, add the remaining 1/2 cup of buttermilk.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times, then pat into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 square biscuits.

To make the topping:

Stir together sugar and cinnamon. Brush the tops of the biscuits with about half of the melted butter. Sprinkle with about half of the cinnamon-sugar.

Place the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar side down into the pan. Brush the tops (that were the bottoms) of the biscuits with remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.

Bake about 15-17 minutes. The biscuits should be golden brown and puffy, and the pecan sauce should be bubbling around the biscuits.

Cool slightly, then invert onto a serving plate. Remove pan to allow sauce to fall around the biscuits. Scrape any remaining sauce from the pan onto the biscuits. Serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.


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  1. Ashley January 2, 2008 Reply

    Mmm caramel, sugar and cinnamon (not sure about the pecans)! These look great. I keep seeing people posting recipes out of this book that look so good.

  2. peabody January 2, 2008 Reply

    Ooey, gooey goodness.

  3. Lewis January 2, 2008 Reply

    I saw this book too and it’s good to see some of the recipes actually tried out. These look great!

  4. amanda January 2, 2008 Reply

    I got this book for Christmas and I agree with you. Every page is filled with rich and decadent treats. I was eyeing this recipe but I haven’t played around with yeast bread much. Great pictures of the buns.

  5. Hilary January 2, 2008 Reply

    I got this cookbook for Hanukkah and have been dying to try this recipe. Now I can’t wait!

  6. jennifer January 2, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, everyone, for the compliments!

  7. Linda January 2, 2008 Reply

    this looks amazing! goodness, I’m trying to get away from these foods (post-holiday pudge) … you’re not helping! it’s ok, i can enjoy reading about it at least 😉 love the photographs, as usual!

  8. Julie O'Hara January 2, 2008 Reply

    These definitely exemplify the title of the book! I hope you have a very fun and delicious year in 2008!

  9. Deborah January 2, 2008 Reply

    Decadent is a wonderful word to describe this cookbook. It is a great cookbook! These look wonderful!

  10. Katie January 2, 2008 Reply

    Ohhh they look wickidly indulgant.

  11. jennifer January 2, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Linda, Julie, Deborah, and Katie! Happy new year!

  12. JEP January 2, 2008 Reply

    You are torturing me:) My 2008 food goal is to make (successfully) sticky pecan cinnamon rolls & seeing this recipe is so much easier & yum!

  13. jennifer January 2, 2008 Reply

    JEP, these are definitely easier and faster than the normal yeast-based sticky buns. Let me know what you think if you try them!

  14. Kevin January 2, 2008 Reply

    Those sticky buns look so good! Just look at the gooey nuttiness oozing down the side.

  15. Tom January 3, 2008 Reply

    Hi Jen a belated Happy New Year!!
    I’ll have to try this one..I had to stop going to certain malls because of my weakness for Cinnabons. When I was down in Florida I knew of this small little restaurant where they would bring you out fresh Sticky buns instead of rolls. My brother asked me where this place was and I told him it’s “None of your Biscuit”

  16. jennifer January 3, 2008 Reply

    Kevin, they are so gooey and yummy…. Words really don’t do them justice.

    Tom, I think that restaurant would be a must-try just for the sticky buns. What a great idea!

  17. Betsy March 8, 2008 Reply

    Made these wonderful biscuits this morning!
    They were great! Love your site ~ thanks for the recipe!

  18. Betsy March 8, 2008 Reply

    And….wanted to let you know that I featured you on my blog today!

  19. jennifer March 8, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Betsy! I’m glad you liked them!

  20. Christy August 10, 2011 Reply

    They look yummy! Maybe the “quick” refers to how fast they go. :)

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