Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9” nonstick cake pan with nonstick spray.
Lay wax paper or parchment paper on a flat surface.
Open crescent roll sheet and unroll on parchment paper. Open second crescent roll sheet and place next to first one. Seal common edge by pushing together with fingers then patting flat.
Spread surface with soft butter.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle evenly over butter.
Sprinkle ⅓ cup chopped pecans over cinnamon sugar.
Starting at the shorter end, roll up into a cylinder.
Cut into 18 slices.
To prepare pecan topping, whisk together brown sugar, melted butter, maple syrup and corn syrup.
Pour into bottom of prepared cake pan.
Sprinkle with ¾ cup pecans.
Lay cut rolls on top of topping with spiral of filling facing up. Lay next to one another around outside then fill in center.
Bake for 22-24 minutes or until rolls are lightly browned and done.
Let cool 5 minutes on wire rack.
Place a plate, larger than the cake plate on top of the sticky buns and flip carefully as the caramel topping will be very hot. Lift off cake pan.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sticky Buns
What’s the difference between a cinnamon roll and a sticky bun?
A cinnamon roll is softer, fluffier and more buttery. In addition, it requires two rises in the dough preparation. A sticky bun is heartier and usually sweetened with more brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s a quicker and easier, less doughy sweet bun and usually contains nuts.
How do I store sticky buns?
The buns will keep for 2-3 days at room temperature. They need to be covered with plastic wrap or sealed in a plastic bag to prevent them from getting dry and stale. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Can you freeze sticky buns?
You sure can! Just bake and let cool then seal in a plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. They also taste great reheated.
How do I warm up my sticky buns the next day?
Pop a sticky bun in the microwave for 45 seconds then into a 400 degree oven for 1-2 minutes to get a more fresh tasting crust.