Ooey Gooey Walnut Sticky Rolls Recipe

How I’m ever going to lose weight when I am compelled to make things like this is beyond me. Looking through a stack of old cookbooks I ran across my 1978 edition of Family Circle “Breads and Sweet Rolls”, Heaven help me. Walnut Stickies practically leapt off the page and screamed eat me.

So I did.

Not the page, the ones I made with a loaf of frozen bread dough.

walnut sticky buns

They even look good raw.

walnut sticky rolls raw

Tell me that you can resist them, go ahead… your willpower is stronger than mine if you can.

walnut stickie rolls

Whip these up for your family right now, they will give you sticky kisses after you’re all done licking your plates clean of the ambrosial syrup. They’re super easy I promise!

walnut sticky roll

Ooey Gooey Walnut Sticky Rolls Recipe
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These sticky buns topped with gooey syrup and walnuts are quick and easy to make with frozen bread dough.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • 1 loaf Frozen Bread dough, thawed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp grated orange rind
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 Tbs butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 9 inch round cake pan or 8x8 square pan with non stick cooking spray.
For topping
  1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, cinnamon, orange rind, and salt. Stirring constantly, heat to boiling. Then continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes, or until it starts to thicken slightly. Pour half of the syrup into bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Reserve remaining syrup.
For filling
  1. In small bowl mix together the ¼ cup of sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon.
Shaping, Baking, and Eating the rolls
  1. Pat or roll thawed dough out into an approx 12" x 16" rectangle, gently stretching to shape. Pour melted butter over dough and spread evenly. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  2. Starting at long side, roll dough towards other side, gently stretching to keep shape as you go. Pinch end of long side into roll gently to hold together.
  3. Cut roll into 16 slices using a sharp knife, and place cut side down on top of syrup and walnuts. Cover lightly and allow to rise in a warm place for 15-25 minutes or until slightly puffed.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and gently spread remaining syrup over buns. return to oven and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove pan from oven and place serving platter over rolls in pan. Using potholders, carefully and quickly invert both pan and platter. Gently lift pan off of rolls and allow syrup to drip down sides. Refrain from licking it.
  6. Eat them while they're warm, or pop into the microwave for a few seconds to reheat!
Follow the directions on the back of the frozen dough bag to thaw the dough. Your dough should be completely thawed and warm to the touch before you begin. You can allow it to rise to double if you want, but it isn't necessary.


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  1. 1

    Holy yum! I think I just gained a pound eyeing them. They look amazing and sticky!!

  2. 3
    Mary Shaffer says

    Thank you for this recipe! I had most of the set of family circle cookbooks but lost the one with this recipe. Used to make them a lot. They are so good. Going to make them for Christmas! Thanks again. Mary

  3. 5

    These look so tasty. I love walnuts and these rolls would be great for breakfast and snacks

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  4. 6

    These looks AMAZING!!!!! I have to try them!

  5. 7

    That looks delicious!

  6. 8
    judy gardner says

    i love cinnamin rolls and man do these look good!! i like the use of the frozen bread!

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