Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Buns

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A  few years ago, I was in downtown Montgomery when this guy came up to me begging for money.  He told me that his wife was pregnant and that he was stranded and needed money to put some gas in his car to get back to her.   Having recently had a pregnant wife, I felt sorry for him and I reached down into my pockets and gave him all the cash I had.  I then went about my day feeling like I had done something good.  Two weeks later I was back downtown when the same guy approached me with the exact same story.  I was so flustered.  I had been duped.

Since then, it’s been hard to trust people begging for money.  But all that changed last Friday.  I had run by the McDonald’s by my office and was on my way out of the drive-through when I noticed a man in a wheelchair by the exit.  I stopped and rolled down my window.  He asked me if I’d like to buy some peanuts.  He was selling roasted and boiled.  And while I love both kinds, I’ve got several pounds of peanuts left over from J’s birthday party last week.  I was tempted to say my usual “no, thanks” and drive away, but something was different about this guy.  In addition to being wheelchair bound, he was wearing tattered clothes and had an expression that I will never be able to get out of my mind.  He was tired.  Not just from the heat and doing his best to maneuver his wheelchair, but tired from life.  He had the look of someone who had spent his entire life trying, but never succeeding.  The wrinkles on his face were evidence of time – a time that had not been kind to him.  I grabbed a $5 bill – it was all I had, I never carry cash with me – and I handed it to him through the window.  He tried his best to get me to take some peanuts but I refused.  I told him he could take those and sell them to someone else.  He insisted again, but I told him no… that I didn’t even like peanuts.  He looked me in the eyes and told me thank you and as I turned back to pull away, he said, “God bless you, sir.”  Those simple words penetrated me like few words ever have – all the way to my soul.  I realized at that very second that it’s not my job to judge why someone is begging for money.  It was heavy on my heart that day to give him what I had.  So I did.  And the truth his, he could have wheeled his butt down the street and gotten in a brand new car.  I’ll never know.  But, what I do know is that doing that made me feel good.  He wasn’t out there just begging, he was trying his best to sell those peanuts and do what he could to make a living for himself.  I respect that.  And he made me realize that people like him are put in my path for a reason.  They aren’t there to be judged or second guessed.  And while it certainly does my heart good to be able to help someone out like him, it’s not really about that either.  Sometimes people like him are put into our paths to make us realize how fortunate we each are.  So while that $5 might have helped to feed his family that night, that $5 fed my soul that day.  And you can’t put a price on that.  We get so caught up in life that we fuss and complain when we see a sink piled high with dirty dishes, but we should be thankful because those dirty dishes mean we were able to feed our families that night.  There are so many out there who would give everything to have a sink piled high with dirty dinner dishes.  Think about it…

Y’all these cinnamon rolls are going to rock your world.  I promise.  And the best part is, they are SUPER easy.  Your family and friends will never guess these are made with canned cinnamon rolls!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 – 17.5 oz cans of cinnamon rolls (5 per can – I used Pillsbury Grands Flaky Supreme and would recommend using these exact ones for the best results.)

 

Directions

  1. Combine melted butter and brown sugar. 
  2. Spread into the bottom of a metal or glass 9X13 baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle with pecans.
  4. Open cinnamon rolls and separate.  Place in dish on top of pecans and sugar/butter mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Flip out onto serving platter.
  7. Drizzle top with white icing from cinnamon rolls if desired.

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Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Buns

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 – 17.5 oz cans of cinnamon rolls (5 per can – I recommend Pillsbury Grands Flaky Supreme)

Instructions

Combine melted butter and brown sugar.

Spread into the bottom of a metal or glass 9X13 baking pan.

Sprinkle with pecans.

Open cinnamon rolls and separate. Place in dish on top of pecans and sugar/butter mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Flip out onto serving platter.

Drizzle top with white icing from cinnamon rolls if desired.

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  1. Stacey, thank you for sharing your story, it has touched my heart and reminded me to stop complaining about my daily chaos (chores) but to be thankful that I have reason to have to do them! Too often we (society) do pass judgement not knowing the true stories behind what we call “slackers” in life. I am once again thankful for my chaos.

    And these sticky buns! Thank you! I know some football players and cheerleaders who are going to be thankful for them too ;)

  2. Let me tell you folks, not just because he’s my son, but these were the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth !!!! My daughter-in-law called while eating these and said you have got to come over here right now, she scared the death out of me, I thought something was wrong. No,she wanted me to eat one of these, I did, and the rest is history. So good ……

  3. Yum! I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls for the past 2 weeks! This look delicious!

    This is so true (the story). We are so caught up in our daily lives that we don’t even give some people even a second of our time or thoughts. We are blessed beyond measure and we forget to act like it sometimes. It does the soul good to give back to those in need, even if we do get duped once in a while.

    My hubby and I volunteer twice a month at a kitchen that provides healthy meals to those in need. They always smile and say thank you. It’s the ones that come back after they’ve finished eating to say “God Bless” that touch me the most. I know they are all truly grateful. And while I may not be able to give them cash, my time to help prepare a good warm meal for them is just as good.

    • Well, now there’s no reason to keep craving them! :-)

      You and your husband are doing great work, I know it fills your heart to help out like that. Bless you!

  4. yes, it is not for us to judge and if we are moved to give we need to give and not ‘look back’ — but — hey, don’t tell me that canned rolls are as good as homemade — I use this type of ‘topping’ for my home made cinnamon and/or pecan rolls that I sell at our local FM (now closed for the season) and, in fact, made some for a customer this morning —- I guess, in a pinch, ?? but really????? Okay, okay, okay, not everyone has time to make from scratch but — it still is the best way, isn’t it?? Love your blogs anyway.

  5. What a moving story that really touched my heart. Sometimes we get so sidetracked on our own path that we don’t see how grim it is for those around us. Thank you.

    Those sticky buns- that is my kind of cookin’!

  6. Hi, Stacey.
    It says in The Bible… “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it”. That just may have been an angel you helped.

    Through reading your posts, I have determined your mother raised a good man! Bless Her Heart! I know she is proud of you!

    Love the recipe! Going to try it soon! Keep “entertaining angels”! :)

    • You are so right! And it’s not within us to determine if it’s an angel or not. We need to treat them all like angels. Can you imagine what an awesome world it would be if everyone did just that?

      You are too sweet! I’ll share that with my Mom, though I bet she’s seen your comment already. She loves to lurk around the blog. :-) Just for the record, I think she did a pretty good job too!

  7. Thank you for making me step back & be grateful for all that God has done for me. May the Holy Spirit help me to be more like Christ, and not so “complainy” about what I don’t have & probably don’t need!

    Now to those fantastic, easy rolls!!! Wow..will definitely be making these in the future. The pictures are outstanding. Thanks! What a good mama you have – she raised you right!!!!

    • You are so welcome! I really appreciate the little reminder I get every now and then and I’m so glad this was one for you.

      I hope you and your all enjoy these cinnamon rolls!

  8. This brought tears to my eyes! Bless you Stacey!!!

  9. Well I can wow my guys with these. I’ve got a cinnamon-bun-aholic coming home from the hospital tomorrow. I’ll get really good wife points for these buns, and after two days at the hospital wallering around, they look like they’ll take just about as much energy as I’ll have left.

    Oh, and about judging people you see asking for handouts, this was a bit of wisdom passed down to me once: When you are led to donate to someone/something, you are responsible to God for your gift. What that person does with the gift, they are responsible to God for.

    • Well, I think and hospital visit more than deserves some cinnamon rolls like this! I know you must be exhausted, but these really are super simple.

      Thanks so much for sharing that wisdom. It is so true!

  10. Mickie Thomason says:

    Stacey, Thanks for sharing that story with us. Wish everyone was as loving and humble. Belinda…I know you are very proud of Stacey. What an inspiration to us all.

  11. Stacey,
    This reply has nothing to do with your post, and everything to do with the cinnamon rolls. My Mother would make them from scratch with the 1973 Betty Crocker cookbook recipe. I have tried for years to duplicate hers (not that she ever “topped” them with anything)….So I made yours, and the cinnamon/sugar/pecan mix totally replicated what the essence of her rolls tasted like. I am beyond happy with the outcome. The only change that I made was making more icing because I didn’t think that I had enough. Thank you sooo very much for posting this recipe! Have a great Day! 

    • Christy, I am beyond humbled. I am so glad that you got a little taste of what your mother used to make for you. It warms my heart to know that my food reminded you of her. You have a GREAT day, too! And thanks for taking them time to post your comment!

  12. All I was looking for was a doctored up cinnamon roll recipe and what I found was a touching and heart-warming lesson that left me in tears! Thanks so much for the recipe and words of wisdom!

    • Well, just like my encounter with the peanut man, sometimes we find things we aren’t looking for. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and I hope you’ll enjoy the cinnamon rolls too!

  13. I am always disappointed with how dry canned cinnamon rolls are. I just finished making a batch with the brown sugar, butter, and pecans and they are AMAZING. I actually added a bit of butter on the tops (or I guess underside after you flip them) of the rolls and sprinkled the whole thing with a bit of water. The rolls came out exceptionally moist. Thank you!

  14. These were great…thanks for sharing! Have a great day

  15. I just made these and called my husband in to check them out and the first thing out of his mouth was how soon can I have one, which put a smile on my face. 38 years of marriage and I still love making things for him and making him smile. I truly am blessed. Thanks Stacey.

  16. Diane Hillyard says:

    Thank you for these sticky buns, I have wanted some for a long time, and now I will make them and they are so easy. That story is heart breaking, but my husband does the same thing, he gives money to everyone and I am happy he does, as long as we have money for food, he can give until it hurts.

  17. Susan in Portugal says:

    That .. looks fantastic and as I adore cinnamon …and nuts … yum … I will have to make it soon! But .. I am a Brit who lives in Portugal – and so will have to make it from scratch as the dear little dough boy hasn’t arrived here yet !!!! But whatever recipe I use – I will use your topping!!!

    Many years ago in London, UK, I bumped into a young red haired woman who needed directions as she was lost. She was to be a ‘nanny’ for children – so I told her which bus to catch – but she was out of cash. [I can't remember why now ...] So … I upended my money purse into her hands…. it wasn’t that much .. but enough for the bus and a little over …. She was ecstatic … and got on the bus. She smiled at me from the back window – and … well .. mad I may be .. but I KNEW! It just hit me out of the blue – I don’t know why … but I am sure she was an angel!

    • I’m sorry you’ll have to go to the extra work, but I’m sure they will be delicious! I bet you are right! We just never know who we might encounter each day.

  18. Jerri Lee Newton says:

    Hi there,
    I am making the cinnamon rolls right now! I did kick it up a notch by unrolling the cinnamon rolls and laying precooked bacon on the strips, then re-rolling them……they smell divine!

  19. I have triedthis recipe twice and both times the “caramel” came out very sugary. Not a smooth caramel. My brown sugar and butter mixture does NOT look like your picture above. I don’t cook the mixture but there is a lot of butter not incorporated with the sugar. Any advice?

  20. I made a batch of these as directed and made a batch with only 5 rolls in a 9 x 13 pan. The one with less rolls came out much better as they weren’t overcrowded so they cooked more evenly and plumped up nicely. They smelled great :)

  21. Hi…is this salted/unsalted butter? Thank you!

  22. Great story – very inspiring – we need this after all the bad news we hear every day – thank you for great posts!!!

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