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Caramel-Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies

Like Sticky Buns in cookie form!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Sticky Buns
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 36
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter, salted or CC Plant Butter (240 grams)**
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (380 grams)
  • 1 large egg white lightly beaten with a fork

Filling

  • 4 tablespoons butter, salted (56 grams)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar (60 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons honey or dark corn syrup (60 grams)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, plus some extra

Instructions

  • Put the softened butter (or margarine), sugar, corn syrup and egg yolks all together in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed just until blended and smooth. Reduce mixing speed to low and stir in flour.
  • Scrape the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and divide it into 4 equal parts. Wrap or cover and chill for at least an hour.
  • Remove each dough section one at a time and shape into 9 balls (for 36 total). Keep the dough balls chilled while you make the filling. This is also a good time to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a saucepan, heat butter over medium until it melts. Reduce heat to low and add confectioners' sugar, dark corn syrup and nuts. Stir everything together and remove from heat. It can sit while the cookies bake.
  • Arrange 12 dough balls about 2 1/2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. I recommend making one sheet at a time.
  • Put the sheet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, brush the dough balls lightly with egg white, then use the bottom of a half teaspoon to make a deep well in the center of each ball.
  • Using a half teaspoon, fill the well with nut mixture. Return to the oven and bake for 6 to 9 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are very brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Notes

If you substitute unsalted butter in the dough, add 3/4 teaspoon plus a tiny pinch of salt.