These delicious baked sweets originated in Pennsylvania in the 1800s. German immigrants brought the idea with them as they settled near the Philadelphia area.
In German, sticky buns are called “schnecken,” which means snail. This is because they are rolled into a spiral much like a snail’s shell.
Stick buns usually contain brown sugar and cinnamon, and the bottom of the pan they are cooked in is lined with sweet and sticky ingredients like honey, sugar with butter, and maple syrup. Some people even put nuts on the bottom.
The sweet, sticky lining on the bottom of the pan, as well as the nuts, is what makes sticky buns different from cinnamon rolls (sometimes called caramel rolls). Another similar dessert is monkey bread.
The cinnamon bun (or cinnamon roll) was created in the 1920s in Sweden, and a few decads later in 1954 it began to be sold at the University of British Columbia by the Hungarian baker Grace Hasz.
Ideas for National Sticky Bun Day
You can make any of these delicious recipes to celebrate!
Need a delicious cinnnamon rolls recipe for National Sticky Buns Day? This amazing recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheeese frosting will be the best dessert you’ve ever had – they even rival Cinnabon cinnamon rolls!
Aunt Betty Lou's Best Ever Sticky Buns are assembled the night before and then baked in the morning, making them perfect for National Sticky Buns Day, or a holiday morning breakfast or brunch! They are super sticky and sweet and really the best ever.
These Butterscotch Overnight Sticky Buns are soft, pull-apart rolls covered in a delicious sugar glaze and topped with pecans. This yummy dish is perfect for any National Sticky Buns Day family gathering or holiday brunch.
Imagine the amazing smell of these caramel pecan sticky buns on National Sticky Buns Day morning…these sticky buns are seriously the best thing ever! These soft cinnamon buns are topped with gooey caramel and chopped pecans.
Wake up on National Sticky Buns Day to these deliciously easy, finger-licking good maple pecan sticky buns. They're soft and flaky, stuffed with cinnamon sugar & topped with sweet sticky caramel and nuts. Enjoy them warm or cold, for breakfast or an afternoon snack, but whatever way you have them, they'll disappear as fast as you can make them.
If you're looking to use up some eggnog, these egg nog sticky buns are a great way to do so! Full of flavour... and calories. SO MANY CALORIES. The perfect National Sticky Buns Day morning brunch offering!
Sticky Buns are the most delicious and decadent breakfast! Perfect for special occasions like National Sticky Buns Day or a lazy weekend, you’ll love the light, fluffy texture of the yeast rolls and the sweet caramel pecan topping.
Brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and pecans turn an ordinary can of biscuits into the best Slow Cooker Sticky Buns you’ll ever make and taste on National Sticky Buns Day. This is truly a dessert cuisine that will seem like it came from a local bakery!
Golfeados are a wonderfully delicious Venezuelan take on sticky buns. Adding cheese to a sweet roll might seem unusual, but it adds a wonderful layer of flavor. These sweet treats are definitely worth a try on National Sticky Buns Day!
These Vegan Sticky Buns with Apples are warm, soft, cinnamon-y, slightly chewy and stretchy, and so so delicious. They're easy to make from scratch (no mixer needed!). These sticky buns can be prepared ahead for a quick and easy vegan National Sticky Buns Day breakfast or any-time treat.
This recipe for Super Easy Sticky Buns is so easy... and so good! And now for National Sticky Buns Day, there are two ways to make this yummy sticky bun recipe. You can use either frozen bread dough or refrigerator biscuits!
These homemade sourdough sticky buns are as good as it gets for National Sticky Buns Day! Made with active sourdough starter, the brioche dough makes the rolls incredibly soft and full of flavor from the butter. After a convenient overnight bulk fermentation, they’re nestled into an easy caramel sauce and baked, then served warm.
Gooey Caramel Pecan Rolls are perfect for a special occasion brunch lik National Sticky Buns Day. They feature a soft brioche dough, cinnamon filling, and tons of caramel pecan topping. They’re seriously the best sticky buns!
This small-batch sticky buns recipe makes 9 perfectly fluffy cinnamon rolls topped with gooey honey caramel and pecans. This recipe has the option to make same-day on National Sticky Buns Day or overnight sticky buns.
These easy 6-ingredient Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns are made with puff pastry so they come together quick for National Sticky Buns Day and are incredibly delicious. Soft, tender, buttery bites of cinnamon goodness with crunchy macadamia nuts, yum!
Sticky Buns rise in the refrigerator overnight so you can have an indulgent treat just an hour or so after you get out of bed on National Sticky Buns Day. They’re loaded with brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel and pecans.