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Cranberry-Pistachio Sticky Buns

Looking for a fantastic brunch item? Then try these ooey-gooey good sticky buns. They use frozen roll dough and couldn't be simpler to make. The buns rise overnight in the refrigerator, so you just need to bake them the next morning.—Athena Russell, Florence, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 24 frozen bread dough dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 package (4.6 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract


  • Sprinkle pistachios, cranberries and cinnamon in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Arrange rolls in a single layer on top.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Remove from the heat; stir in the brown sugar, pudding mix, milk and extract until smooth. Pour over dough. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. (Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.) Cool 1 minute before inverting onto a serving platter.
Nutrition Facts
1 sticky bun: 225 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • browns19fan
    Jan 9, 2021

    This was very easy and tasty. I was unable to find frozen (100% unbaked) roll dough, and the un-browned rolls I ended up with, began to resemble giant croutons as they cooled. I’ve since found local non-grocery-store sources for the roll dough and will try the recipe again with the specified ingredient. I made a partial (2/3?) recipe in an 8”x8” baking dish, using a 3-ounce package of pudding mix and reducing the other components accordingly.

  • Sinbad2362
    Nov 3, 2013

    Really easy to make and very good to eat. A very nice fall breakfast treat. The only minor downside is shelling the pistachios, could only find shelled ones.