Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
In memories of the summer that's ending and our fabulous trip to Maui this year, I bring you Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns. We actually didn't enjoy these on Maui this year but on Kauai about 6 years back at our favorite little coffee shop Java Kai in Hanalei. Truth be told I have been thinking about one of these babies for the last 6 years and I was so disappointed when I hadn't run into these beauties on Maui. I guess the Hubby was too because his face lit up like it was Christmas when he found out what I was up too.

I mean who in their right mind doesn't like cinnamon rolls topped with  caramelly sticky goodness? Then throw in a few macadamia nuts and you have heaven on a plate! Yes, I said it. Heaven on a plate!

Now step away, stop licking the screen and go get some macadamia nuts so you can have the real thing!

This recipe makes a few extra plain rolls you can set aside and drizzle with a little cream cheese frosting.

Mix yeast, warm water and honey in a mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Allow to sit about 8 minutes until foamy. 
Add sugar's, milk, eggs, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
Add sea salt and flour. Mix on low until most flour is absorbed. Then turn to medium.
Knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic. About 5 more minutes. This picture was taken half way through kneading.
Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time while kneading on medium speed.
Don't be scared. See my dough looked like this too. Just keep kneading, kneading, kneading, kneading. (Think to the tune of Dori from Finding Nemo.)
Eventually dough will pull away and look smooth and elastic. After about 8 minutes.
Now I'm lazy and I just covered the dough in the mixing bowl but if you feel the need to be more technical go ahead and grease a bowl and move the dough to the greased bowl and cover. Rise until doubled in size about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 
In a medium sauce pan combined granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and sea salt. Heat over medium heat until dissolved.
In a buttered 9x13 pan add macadamia nuts and cover with caramel sauce. Set aside.
Divide risen dough into 2. Roll each piece of dough into a 12"x18" rectangle.  
TO MAKE FILLING: In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, honey, cinnamon and sea salt.
Smear half of the filling over each rectangle leaving a 1/2" space at the farthest end. 
Roll dough to make a 18" long rope. Pinch seams closed with fingers. Cut edges and discard. Cut in 2" intervals. Repeat with remaining roll.
Place rolls over the top of  macadamia nut topping. Place leftover rolls into a greased 8"x8" baking pan.  Allow to rise for about 1 hour. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Rolls will be lightly brown and caramel will be bubbly. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
 Use a silpat, foil, or parchment lined baking sheet and remove from pan. Serve warm or cover and reheat. 

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Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Macadamia Nut Sticky Bun recipe are a delicious twist on traditional cinnamon rolls. Recipe includes step by step photos with instructions.
Prep time: PT30M
Cook time: PT30M
Total time: PT4H0M
Yield: 14 Stick Buns
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) Active Dry Yea
  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup Water, Warmed Under 110 Degrees
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk, Warmed Under 110 Degrees
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 whole Eggs, Beated
  • 2 whole Egg Yolks
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour Or All Purpose
  • 3 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 8 tablespoons Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts, Chopped Course
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt
Cooking Directions
  1. For the dough: Mix yeast, water and honey in a mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook. Allow to sit 8 minutes until bubbly, to activate yeast. Add granulate sugar, brown sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs and egg yolks. Mix until well blended.
  2. Add sea salt and flour and mix on low until barely blended. Turn speed to medium and mix until dough is smooth and elastic. About 5 minutes.
  3. On medium speed add butter 1 tablespoon at a time and knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic about 8 minutes. ( Dough will become very sticky before becoming smooth and elastic do not panic just keep kneading.)
  4. Cover bowl and allow to rise for 1 1/2- 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. To assemble: Grease a 9"x13" and 8"x8" baking pan. Place macadamia nuts into the bottom of the 9"x13" pan and set aside.
  6. For the macadamia nut filling: Place brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla and sea salt into a medium sauce pan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the macadamia nuts in the 9"x13" pan. Set aside.
  7. For the sticky bun filling: Mix 6 tablespoons butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, honey, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  8. Divide risen dough in two. Roll each half into a 12"x18" rectangle. Smear half of the filling evenly over each rectangle leaving 1/2" space on the farthest long edge.Starting with edge closest to you roll dough into a tight roll, pressing and tucking as needed. Roll should be 18" long. Pinch seam closed with fingers. Roll seam side down, cut off ends and cut in 2" intervals. Repeat with remaining rectangle.
  9. Place 12 rolls in 9"x13" pan. Add any remaining cinnamon rolls to 8"x8" pan.
  10. Place cinnamon rolls in a warm place to double about 1 hour.
  11. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and caramel is bubbly.
  12. Allow to cool 5 minutes. Use a silpat, foil, or a parchment lined baking sheet and remove from pan.
  13. Serve warm or cover and reheat.

Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns are a copy cat recipe of our all time favorite Cinnamon Rolls from a coffee shop in Hawaii on Kauai!


  1. This is beautiful dessert Serena I wish I can take bite.

  2. Aloha!!! I'm with you on the islands, they are my "happy place". So glad you had a nice visit, and these buns are the perfect memory!!

  3. Good Lord. I think that's the most delicious looking thing I've seen all day.

  4. OMG! This is so heavenly delicious! I've never make buns before & these look amazing! :)

  5. Wow! You've got my attention! This looks so delicious!
    Hope you have a beautiful day!

  6. Love these!! I love white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies. . .in sticky buns it would be amazing!

  7. Those look amazing. Come link up any of your recipes if you like sometime. Visiting from

  8. Great idea to use macadamia nuts in sticky buns!

  9. ...I just want these in front of me now...

  10. That looks a-maz-ing! I want a stand mixer :( One day, one day soon...

    But seriously - love these, the caramel and macadamia nut sounds like a great topping.

  11. Wow--bring it on!
    My parents took their 6 kids and spouses to Hawaii for their 50th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful trip we had. No kids just 14 adults having a marvelous time. I remember eating breakfast outside (it was December--snow in Utah) at a little cafe with my Dad. We ate the best Macadamia Bread. Dad's been gone for 7 years now, I'm glad I have that memory. I think I'm going to find a recipe for Macadamia Bread.
    Thanks for letting me relive a fun moment in my life.

  12. I can't wait to make these! I too, had them in Hawaii. Is it true there are 5 1/4 cups flour total in this? Seems like a lot!

    1. Yes it takes 5 1/4 cups flour but it is 14 larger cinnamon rolls.

    2. Thank you!!


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