Cardamom Sticky Buns

These cardamom sticky buns are a delicious breakfast or dessert. Light and fluffy buns with a sweet cardamom syrup is bound to be a family favorite. This recipe makes 12 rolls.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2.75 hours

Serves: 12


Bread dough

  • 3/4 cup milk, heated to 115° (brought to a simmer, then left alone for 10-15 minutes until warm)
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter (the rest of the stick) at room temp
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch of kosher salt


  1. Stir together milk, yeast, melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl; let sit until foamy, 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt; add to milk mixture and stir until a dough forms.
  2. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, 5–6 minutes.
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit until nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. While you're waiting for the dough to rise, make the cardamom filling. Cream all ingredients together and set aside.
  5. Uncover and punch down dough. 
  6. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and spread filling, roll up, then cut into 12 equal pieces. 
  7. Transfer to a greased 8″ cast-iron skillet or 8" x 8" baking pan, nestling them side by side; cover loosely with plastic wrap and let sit until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours, depending on how warm your kitchen is.
  8. Heat oven to 325°.  Bake until puffed and pale golden brown, 20–22 minutes.

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