Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They’re a surefire way to cure the winter blues!

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These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!What do you do with your old beer bottles?  We typically repack them in the boxes and return them to the beer store for a refund.  New York is one of the states with the extra deposit on bottles.  I personally find this deposit super annoying.  We have a recycling can right next to our trash can, and I’d happily toss the bottles in there.  But because of the deposit, I have to save our old bottles and drive them back to the beer store.  Some of my friends just treat the deposit as an added 5¢ tax on each bottle of beer.  I’m too cheap practical to toss that money out, so every couple of months we make a mega run to the beer store with all of our cans and bottles in tow.

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!Well, a guy here in upstate New York has a different philosophy when it comes to beer bottles.  He saves ’em.  Yup, he has saved a bottle from every beer he’s tried over the past 30 years.  He has 10,000 bottles displayed on shelves in his basement.  10,000 bottles of beer.  Take one down, pass it around, 9,999 bottles of beer on the wall.  (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one…)

To be fair, this guy has some pretty cool bottles.  One is a commemorative bottle celebrating Charles and Diana’s wedding back in 1981.  Another bottle is an original Guinness bottle from the 1800’s.  But one of the drawbacks about a beer collection of this size?  The dust.  Can you imagine the dust that collects on 10,000 bottles of beer?  When Laura heard about this collection, she quipped that it’s every guy’s dream and every woman’s nightmare.  I asked if I could start a collection of bottles.  She just looked me and walked away.

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns

I saw the story about the beer bottle collection on the local morning news.  And shifting over to our breakfast that morning, I’d warmed up a couple of these Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns.  These sticky buns are delicious!  Think cinnamon rolls with a honey + brown sugar + pecan topping.  I had to deliver half of this batch to our neighbors when they came out of the oven as I can’t trust myself around homemade sticky buns!

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!I made these Honey Pecan Sticky Buns a couple of years ago, but those are baked in a muffin tin.  I’ve been on a real kick with my cast iron pan lately, so I decided to take that recipe and bake it as skillet sticky buns instead.  The taste of the sticky buns is the same, and the muffin tin version definitely keeps a ‘cleaner’ shape…but there is just something so rustic and fun about baking in a cast iron skillet.

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!If you’re looking for a fun weekend breakfast (or dessert…I totally ate one of these for dessert), then these Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns need to be on your radar!  Happy baking, my friends!  Oh, and if you make a batch of these sticky buns, swing back by and leave a comment.  Or better yet, snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) so I can see your creation!

Looking for other tasty breakfast ideas?  Check these ideas out, too:

Cinnamon Rolls without Yeast
Easy Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls
Braided Cinnamon Roll
Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls
Overnight Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!

Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 289kcal


For the Rolls

For the Filling

For the Honey Pecan Glaze


  • Using either a microwave or small saucepan, heat milk until warm. (Note: The milk should only be lukewarm, not hot.)
  • Stir yeast into warm milk; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Using a countertop mixer, add the flour, sugar and salt; stir until well combined.
  • Add egg and milk/yeast mixture; stir until well combined.
  • Add butter; mix for 4-5 minutes, or until smooth. (Note: Dough will be very soft at this stage.)
  • Transfer dough into a large greased bowl and lightly cover with towel or plastic wrap. Let sit in warm spot for 1 hour, or until approximately doubled in size. (Note: I like to let dough rise in my oven. I don’t turn the oven on, but I do keep the oven light on.)
  • Turn dough out onto a well-floured countertop. Fold dough several times, cover lightly and then let sit for 15 more minutes. (Tip: This dough is soft and sticky. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of flour to help fold and roll it.)
  • Meanwhile, using a small bowl, make the filling by whisking together sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. (Note: The butter will be used later.)
  • On a well-floured countertop, roll the dough into an 8”x8” square.
  • Brush the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle the surface with cinnamon-sugar filling, leaving a ½” border on all sides.
  • Roll dough into a cylinder and press edges together to seal.
  • Gently roll/stretch dough into a 12” long cylinder; slice the dough into 12 (1”) pieces. Place rolls in cast iron skillet; cover lightly and let sit in a warm spot for 25-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a small mixing bowl, make the Honey Pecan Glaze by mixing together the brown sugar, butter and honey until well combined.
  • Add water and stir until mixture reaches spreadable consistency; stir in chopped pecans. Spread the Honey Pecan Glaze evenly on top of the rolls.
  • Bake for 44-46 minutes, or until tops of rolls are golden brown and centers are completely baked. (Tip: Tent the top of the skillet with foil after 30 minutes to prevent rolls from burning.)
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

These Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns are topped with a tasty honey pecan glaze.  They're a surefire way to cure the winter blues!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m confident Laura and I would be good friends because I had the same reaction she did to alllll those bottles. Come on! The Charles and Di bottle sounds neat though; I might hang on to that one and get rid of the rest. . .I’m thinking I need a few of these sticky buns right now. I’ll bring the coffee, you’ll have them waiting right?

    1. Haha! I see all those bottles, and I’m like “woah, that’s cool.” You and Laura see all those bottles, and you both think dust. You’re killin’ me, Kelsie! 🙂 And if you show up with some coffee (dark roast, please) then I’ll absolutely have a batch of these sticky buns waiting. Cheers!

  2. 5 stars
    10,000 bottles? Say whaaaaat?? That’s a lot. Like you, we return ’em for the deposit back. Usually, we save our recycle money until the end of the year, around Christmas and use it towards something for the holidays, typically beer wine or food. I love any type of dessert in a cast iron skillet and these sticky buns are no exception. I can imagine how good they would be on Saturday morning with lots and lots of coffee. Pinned! Hope your week is going great, David!

    1. That’s a cool idea about saving the recycling money for something at the end of the year! I might have to start doing that. The holidays are the best excuse for doing something fun like that…especially when it comes to food or drink. Plus, it gives you a great excuse to have a glass of vino or beer. “Well, we need to build up the Christmas stash!” 🙂 Oh, and you totally nailed it about these buns. They’re perfect on weekend mornings with coffee! (The amount of coffee is directly related to what time Robbie woke up that day. Haha.)

  3. Hi David! I know I’ve mentioned that I am not a breakfast person, but these would sure change my mind! I haven’t made sticky buns or cinnamon rolls in forever and I think it’s time I remedy that. There is nothing better than the aroma of something baking!! A friend recently gave me some Godiva dark chocolate truffle coffee which might go nicely with these!

    1. I think that might be the only area where we differ in terms of food, Dorothy! I absolutely love breakfast foods. I do think you should get out there and make a batch of cinnamon buns or sticky buns. And that Godiva chocolate truffle coffee sounds super delicious! It would be perfect for serving with homemade buns! 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        After cooking for 40+ years I am attempting to master baking which I have failed at miserably in the past. The first sticky bun recipe I attempted two days ago was an Amish recipe…..they were thrown out😑. This is the second recipe I tried since I have a soft spot for cast iron cooking and it turned out excellent. The only addition that was requested by my father was to add a powdered sugar icing, he has the biggest sweet tooth ever! Thank you for a descriptive and successful recipe.
        Wishing you the best, Mary

        1. Hey Mary! I’m so glad this recipe worked out well for you. It’s definitely a favorite of mine! In fact, I haven’t made sticky buns in a while, so now I’m craving them. I do love the cast iron version of these, but I also posted a muffin tin version. Pretty much same exact thing, just in a different format: Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment, too! Happy baking, and I hope you and your Dad continue to enjoy these sticky buns!!

  4. What do we do with your old beer bottles? That’s an easy answer. Nothing. We don’t drink beer haha. Tell me about this extra deposit on bottles! We have same thing in Nova Scotia (That was a new thing to us as Ontario doesn’t have this policy). I believe this deposit is 10 ¢ here, and I cannot agree more – this is annoying. That’s why we stopped buying plastic water bottles and got a water filter instead. As for other bottles, we just throw them away even though it’s sad to waste the money. Needless to say that these cinnamon rolls with honey and pecans look and sound beautiful! Could you please ship me some? You can even include a deposit on package 🙂

    1. Yeah, the extra tax on bottles is downright annoying. We didn’t have this down South, and we recycled everything. Now up here we have to save all of our cans and bottles to take them back in. And then we still need a regular recycling can. I say we just make a big batch of sticky buns and forget about all of the recycling cans we have to keep now! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I love the idea of making sticky buns in cast iron – all those delicious crispy edges!

    And the guy with all of the beer bottles: dust, yes, but how about the smell!? It must smell like a frat house extraordinaire!! lol!

    1. Oh, you nailed it, Marissa! Cast iron is so much fun to bake with. I loved the sticky buns in the muffin tins because they were all perfectly shaped, but there is just something so fun and rustic about baking with cast iron! Also, you make a very valid point about the bottles and the smell. I’m assuming he probably washed them out, but still…that smell of old beer can be quite potent!

  6. 5 stars
    David, these look so perfectly delicious! I’m just imagining the cheers I’d get from my kids if they woke up to these on a weekend morning!

    My brother collected thousands of beer bottles (with help from friends and local beer joints), crushed them up, mixed them with some kind of epoxy, and made a counter top out of it. It’s beautiful!

    I’m not a drinker, but I do get a refund on my milk bottles! 🙂

    1. That’s the best feeling in the world, right? If you’re a morning person like me, then the thought of waking up early and making a batch of sticky buns in a quiet house sounds pretty awesome. Of course, a nice cup of coffee would have to be involved there, too!

      Wait, what? Your brother made a counter top out of beer bottles? Share a photo sometime?? That sounds so cool!

      Also, I love that you still get milk in bottles. I’m not sure we can even do that around here…

  7. I love sticky buns, my Mom used to make great cinnamon rolls but somewhere along the years she lost her touch and her cinnamon rolls are dry as the dessert. please don’t tell her I said that haha. California is a bottle deposit state also, it get annoying and expensive and I need to recycle more. I need to purchase a new cast iron skillet and as soon as I do I’m making your sticky buns. My boyfriend would love it.

    1. Oh no! Poor mom and the dry cinnamon rolls. 🙁 I say you pick up the torch, Mary! You should become the family expert on cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. (After all, these two recipes are just close cousins of one another.) Thanks so much, my friend!

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made sticky buns in a cast iron skillet too and somehow they just seem to taste better, don’t they? But I’m with you. Get them to the neighbors as soon as possible! My dog groomer is also very happy to accept anything from my kitchen. But thank goodness I don’t have to worry about beer bottles. Please don’t give Colorado any ideas!

    1. There really is something magical about that cast iron skillet! I don’t know what it is. It might actually taste better. Or it might just seem like it tastes better. Either way, I love cast iron! You make an excellent point about the dog groomer. Little Ethel has a haircut coming up soon, and I think her groomer might need some treats. 🙂 Oh, and I’ll keep the whole beer bottle deposit between you, me and the state of NY. It’s a real pain, I tell ya! Thanks, Abbe!

  9. 5 stars
    I can’t even imagine dusting all those bottles! That’s just crazy!!! I love sticky buns and these look great – especially the maple and pecans! Yum!!! I need to start baking in my cast iron pans. I actually don’t think I ever have. I use them all the time on the stove top but not in the oven. These sticky buns would be a good place to start!

    1. Tell me about it, Kathy! We just finished cleaning the new house top to bottom, and I don’t think I ever want to see a roll of paper towels again! I can’t imagine having to deal with all those bottles, too. Maybe he was smart and put them in a sealed off room? I say we forget the dusting and make sticky buns instead! Sounds like a plan, right?? 🙂

  10. Cast Iron Skillet Sticky Buns, I’m in! Good on you to share with the neighbors, maybe they sew…The only thing that would make those buns better is if they lived next door to me.
    Pant (deposit) is universal here. Every bottle or can carries a “pant”. A beer bottle is 2 kronor (18 cents US) and large pop bottles are 4 kronor (32 cents). Every grocery store has an automated machine that takes back the glass bottles, cans, plastic bottles and then prints a rebate slip. We return each week when we go the market. The system works, as rare you see cans or bottles lying about the streets.

    1. Hah! Ron, you crack me up. Not only do you have a great memory, but you’ve got a knack for the perfect line…like the sewing quip here. 🙂 Wow, those deposits over there are quite expensive compared to the 5 cents here in New York. I mean we save all of our bottles and take ’em back anyways, so it wouldn’t change much I guess. But still. I like the idea of returning them each week. We let ’em build up until they take up the entire truck of the car. Hope you have a great weekend, my friend!

  11. Haha – I broke into song (in my mind) when I saw 10,000 bottles of beer too! WOA – thats a lot of beer bottles – and a ton of dust! I don’t ever end up with that many beer bottles – now wine bottles are another story… but… lets talk about these delicious and easy sticky buns! So love that they come together in a skillet! I need to unpack my drone and send it your way!

    1. Hah! My belated apologies for putting that song in your head, Shashi. 🙂 Back in Georgia, the bottles were easy to deal with since they didn’t have the deposit. We’d just toss ’em in the recycling bin and off they’d go each week. But here we have to save the old bottles and then load ’em into the car. Oh well. I much prefer talking about sticky buns as compared to old bottles. Haha! Send that drone on up here to get a batch. Well, on second thought, wait until tomorrow. We’re having 60mph (!) winds through here today, and I wouldn’t want your drone to get hurt!

  12. Whoa, that’s quite a beer bottle collection! I used to collect wine glasses – I say used to because my husband has banned me from buying any new ones haha – and I have A LOT of different glasses that I like to display in my kitchen in some way. I also like rotating which glasses we use (I think I have a glass for every holiday & season!), which means I’m always washing them out before we use them.. because dust does accumulate really easily on 100 wine glasses! 😉

    These sticky buns remind me of cinnamon rolls, which I just made for the first time in a cast iron skillet last week and OMG they were like crack.. Everyone that tried them couldn’t stop eating them!

    1. Yes! I did the same thing with pint glasses for a while. I use pint glasses for water on a daily basis, so that was ok…but not when I had like 20+ glasses in our kitchen cabinet. Laura finally convinced me to pare the collection down to about 8. Now it’s more manageable…I guess. 🙂 Sticky buns are totally like cinnamon rolls, and those are another one of my all-time favorites. Give these a shot next time you’re looking for a fun brunch-y type of treat. Thanks, Nicole!

  13. 5 stars
    Yum, these are delicious David. And another great idea for me to try in my cast iron skillet! We too have a glass recycling bin in our back yard. As well as a compost /food waste bin and a waste paper / plastic one too. All useful stuff is recyled and the rest goes to a plant where it is used to make electricty. No money back for any of it though. Just extra taxes to pay for the disposal of it in an environmentally friendly way. I’m happy to pay for it though. We’ve all got to do our bit for the environment I think.

    1. You’re totally right, Neil! I have no problem helping out the environment. After all, we (the collective ‘we’ here) produce a lot of trash and garbage. I just have issues with the way New York state makes us pay the deposit. I mean I’d totally drop the bottles in the recycling bin. Nice and easy. But since I paid a deposit on it, now I have to save those bottles and schlep ’em back to the store. Oh well. I don’t mind too much…at least I don’t have 10,000 bottles like that one guy! 🙂

  14. Wow, what a great idea of making sticky buns in cast iron. You know what, my daughter is crazy about these kinds of recipes. She would never say no to it. Thank you for sharing this recipe David. 🙂

    1. Cast iron skillets are actually great for baking, too, Puja! While I use my cast iron more for savory dishes, I still enjoy pulling it out for sweet treats, too. Thanks so much for commenting, my friend!

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