Peanut Sticky Buns

Peanut butter sticky bunsEven though these are called peanut butter sticky buns, there’s actually no peanut butter in them. Before you cry foul hear me out. The dough contains PB2, powdered peanut butter. PB2 is something my sister turned me onto. It’s a powder that you can add water to create a peanut butter mixture, or you can add it to smoothies or baked goods. Today we are going to use it to make sticky buns.Peanut butter sticky bun recipeRabbit trail: I was intending to create a PB&J sticky bun when I worked on this recipe. These buns you see pictured do in fact contain jelly (rhubarb!). But I found that with all the other elements at play, namely the sticky peanut glaze, you really couldn’t taste the jelly filling. Sometimes kitchen adventures don’t turn out exactly as you plan, but this one still turned out incredibly delicious. So I’ve omitted the jelly filling in the recipe notes below. If you want to give it another go though, be my guest. 🙂Easy homemade sticky bunsPeanut Butter Sticky Buns, adapted from The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

For the dough:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
3 1/3 cups flour
2 tablespoons PB2 powder (original or chocolate)

In a small pot melt the butter. Over low heat stir in the milk and sugar until just warmed and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in the yeast and allow this to sit and bubble for 8-10 minutes. In a large bowl stir together the flour, salt and PB2. When the yeast is ready stir it in along with the egg yolks until a dough begins to form. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 4-5 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise for 2 hours.The best cinnamon roll recipePb2 cinnamon rollsToward the end of the rise time prepare the peanut glaze. You’ll need: 3/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 1/2 cups chopped peanuts. In a pot melt together the butter, sugar and corn syrup until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peanuts. Pour the batter into a buttered 9×13 baking dish. Or, if you find you don’t have a 9×13 baking dish for some reason, then two 8×8 baking pans.Peanut sticky bun recipeRoll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a large square. For the inside brush on 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle in 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Roll up and slice into cinnamon rolls. Place the rolls in the prepared pans. Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and CAREFULLY flip the rolls out of the pan, revealing the peanut glaze on top. The best is if you can lay a cutting board or serving dish over the pan and flip it all together. Use oven mitts. Be careful. Don’t get hot peanut glaze on your forearm. That would totally hurt, like a lot.Sticky bun recipeHomemade sticky bunsThese are best if served immediately, while they are still warm. The glaze will begin to harden as the sticky buns cool. But you can always just give them a few minutes in the microwave or a warm oven if needed. Enjoy! xo. Emma

  • These look amazing, but I don’t think I could find the PB2…think I could sub in regular PB?! I sure hope so!!

  • you post the best looking food i swear!

  • Charlotte Mae- Not sure, haven’t tried (yet). My guess would be that it would be fine. It may make your dough slightly more dry, if it does trying adding a little more milk. Good luck!

  • Oh I love these! They look scrumptious, but yep, no PB2 power in the UK. I will have to go for a scrumage around my nearest Costco and hopefully find some! Beautiful post!

  • I am allergic to cinnamon, so I really thought I couldn’t enjoy sticky buns of any sort ever. If I can FIND PB2 here, I will make these for my family!

  • these look simply delicious. lol. i get a lot of mishaps in my kitchen adventures too. i have to try so many times before i actually get something worth making over and over.

    love, x

  • Oh wow! I go through SERIOUS peanut butter kicks. DEfinitely saving this for next time I get on one of said kicks.

  • These just look too good! I can’t get enough of peanut butter at the moment so these sound just perfect xxx

  • These look SO delicious! Mmm my mouth is watering 🙂


  • Oh my goodness! These looks so delicious! Thanks for posting 🙂

  • oh my they look pretty amazing, i could so go for one right now for breakfast.


  • This is my kinda food!!! They look blooming marvelous 😀

  • :O Peanut butter! I’m definitely trying this; I am in love with all things peanut butter.

    lots of love, Dana Carmella ♔

  • Oh boy… my boyfriend is obsessed with both PB & Sticky buns but we have never had both in one. I’ll have to try these soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh man I did it again! I licked my phone screen! PB2 huh, I’m going to have to get some of that. Great job you guys these look delicious! They remind me of panera bread’s pecan toll. I hope you guys have a great Wednesday evening!


  • My husband would love these!! He can’t get enough Peanut Butter!!

    Thanks for the recipe!


  • Holy smokes, these look absolutely divine! I swear to god, this blog may be single handedly responsible for the five pounds I’ve gained SINCE christmas.


  • Thank the Almighty above that there is already PB2 in this household. Ohmygosh. I might die. These look too good.

  • Looks amazing!
    I’ve never ever seen PB2. Time to experiment with it 🙂
    Liz @

  • Such an awesome (& yummy) idea!! I’ve had a jar of peanut butter ‘powder’ in my cabinet & I’ve barely touched it! I’ll have to try these 🙂


  • Looks fab! There’s def a sticky bun theme going on right now lol, ever since the VW Ad on Super Bowl night!

    I ditto the sentiment above, all the recipes on this Blog look amazing….


  • I literally said “Oh my God” when I saw this post. I need these in my mouth now lol

    xo Jennifer

  • Oh awesome! I bought some PB2 awhile back but haven’t decided what to make with it yet. This is awesome even though I was a bit taken back at first when you said teere was no peanut butter in it haha

  • Love ,love the idea ! I will definitely try this !

    XX Luba

    Playing with khaki pants and nude accessories in my post :

  • Peanut butter is a favourite of mine so these are a great creation! Amazing!!

    Lulu xx

  • PB2 sounds like a great idea, we don’t get it in South Africa. I made PB&J cupcakes a while back.

  • Oh my gosh these look so amazing but probably so fattying!! Oh well right. Great post.

  • Are you kidding me? Powdered peanut butter? And there’s a CHOCOLATE version?? This opens up a whole new world of trouble 🙂 The buns look amazing, by the way!

  • This looks soooo good! It’s mouth watering.

  • Oh those look SO yummy!!!! If only I was more patient…I hate waiting for dough to rise.

  • They looks so incredibly tasty.. I’m addicted to anything that contains peanut butter, so perhaps I’m going to give this recipe a go soon. Thanks for sharing Emma!

  • I’m a huge fan of using PB2! These sticky buns look delicious and perfect for a brunch with some coffee on the side.

  • Holy MOTHER. Thanks for this. Or maybe my post-baby fat shouldn’t thank you quite yet. And can you please tell me where you got your cute teal measuring spoons Emma??

  • Oh heavenly sweetness!! It’s snowing outside for the first time this year and I want to celebrate with this for breakfast. Mmmm.

  • Hmmm I’ve been wanting to try the PB2 powder. This looks like a great excuse!!

  • Here we are not very used to peanut cream or butter… we use more nutella, it sounds very exotic, all about peanut creams

  • Ooooh they look good, but I bet they are super rich! One of those once-a-year type treats!

  • I have been craving sweets ALL day and I’m on a diet. Now it’s 10000x worse, haha. I wonder if eating the pictures directly from the screen on my laptop will make me gain weight??

  • Oooh these look so good. I bet we can’t get anything like PB2 in the UK though, you guys get all the good stuff!

  • Mmmmm, these look soooooooo good!
    Where do you get the PB2?
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • i didn’t have breakfast this morning so this is absolutely KILLING me. these look delicious
    kw, ladies in navy

  • I’m afraid if I make these the smell would lead people to my apartment and I’d have masses of sticky bun lovin’ peeps lining up for some in my living room. I think that’s a risk I’m willing to take.

    Lauren at

  • Sticky buns are among my favourite things in the entire universe. That’s no exaggeration. In Norway, we really know how to make’em!
    Now that I live in Paris, I miss them a lot (stupid brioches are not the same, haha), and I don’t have an stove in my tiny apartment, so I can’t make my own. Luckily, every time I have visitors, I can demand a bag of sticky buns as payment for their stay! My sister and mother are coming in a week, and I’ve already let them know what they have to do.
    These peanut butter sticky buns look delicious, so I will definitely try this recipe when I have a stove again!
    Love from Paris!

  • My granola for breakfast is now even more unsatisfying after looking at these scrumptious photos. Off to the kitchen to rectify the situation with sticky buns! 🙂

  • These look delicious, great recipe. Although I don’t believe we have anything like this PB2 powder here in Germany. I need to stick to regular peanut butter then 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love peanut butter! I can’t wait to try these.

  • What a wonderful post to wake up to before breakfast! These sticky buns look so yummy 🙂

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