Blackberry Sticky Buns

 Soft from-scratch rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and fresh blackberries, topped with a smooth cream cheese glaze. Blackberry Sticky Buns are my favorite way to use up fresh blackberries!

Blackberry Sticky Buns

I need to complain for a minute.

About the weather. This doggone tropical weather that won’t let me get anyyyyything done. The grass has been halfway mowed for oh I dunno, a week? It looks really cool. There is an acre of dandelions between us and the road with a big stripe mowed down the middle. Classy.

And then there’s Lucy. Missy Prissy Lucy that does not want any part of walking in high grass or getting her feet wet which makes walking her pretty much impossible since all we have out here is damp dewy high grass. Can someone please tell her that she is definitely mixed with some kind of bird dog and tall grass is supposed to be her thing? Or maybe we could just explain that she is a dog (one that is currently PASSED OUT on the sofa next to me with her head on a pillow like the diva she is).


Sticky Buns with Fresh Blackberries

There are big muddy puddles at the front door AND the back. So leaving the house in sandals or flip flops means mud between my toes (ew) but wearing my polka dot rain boots means my feet are hot and sweaty (double ew).

The most annoying problem though, besides the fact that my hair now has its own zip code I mean, is that I can’t get any work done!! Example #1- Blackberry Sticky Buns.

It occurred to me that I don’t have any sweet roll recipes on this site which is kind of offensive considering my mutual affection for both breakfast and dessert. So I hauled out my New Best Recipes from Cooks Illustrated book and found exactly the recipe I wanted to play with (for those of you that are unfamiliar, that book is like a kitchen bible. It is full of awesome basic recipes that can easily be adapted and spells out all the reasons why a recipe will or won’t work. It is an amazing reference and I highly suggest you add it to your cookbook shelf!).

Sticky Bun Dough Recipe


Last Saturday morning the sun was shining and I thought, “Ah ha!! Sticky Bun Day!” But no sooner than I could mix up the dough and get it to rise did the clouds return leaving me with a pan full of really pretty Blackberry Sticky Buns that do not look really pretty in photos. So the other day when I was telling you that the food needs to LOOK like you wanna eat it? I was being serious. But where these Blackberry Sticky Buns are concerned please disregard that statement.

Cinnamon Rolls with Berries


Because even though the lighting is all cloudy blue and I moved everything around so much chasing a sunshine that is obviously on summer vacation that nothing is set up right and it all looks a little crayzay, these sticky buns are DELICIOUS. Like warm gooey pull apart bakery quality delicious. Like the local coffee shop with the fresh baked goods has nothin on these babies delicious.

Blackberry Sticky Buns

And they made me forget about all my muddy toe high maintenance puppy woes.

You should know going in that this recipe makes a big pan of pretty gimantico sticky buns. They would be perfect for a sleepover or a family brunch. Or a Saturday morning in my house where the bottomless pits with annoying boy metabolism live. They also keep well (refrigerated) but are best all gooey and warm straight from the oven.

Blackberry Sticky Buns

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Sticky sweet buns loaded with fresh blackberries and brown sugar and then covered in a smooth cream cheese glaze. Perfect for long lazy mornings and a cup of coffee. Remember to make sure you allow time for this recipe. The first rise is 1½ hours. Then the dough is filled, rolled, cut, and needs to rise for another 1½ hours. Active time is only about 30 minutes and these are DEFINITELY worth the wait.
Serves: 12 large sticky buns
  • Dough:
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 - 4½ cups all purpose flour ***see note***
  • Filling:
  • 2½ cups fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup ***see note***
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. In a small saucepan heat the butter and the milk over medium heat JUST UNTIL the butter melts. Keeping it on the cooler side will speed things along (because if it's too warm it will kill the yeast so you'll need to wait for it to cool down some). Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the warm water, yeast, sugar, and eggs + egg yolk until combined. Sprinkle in the salt, warm milk/butter mixture, and 2 cups of the flour. Stir until combined (I use a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon for this).
  3. Add the last 2 cups of flour and work them in (I just use my hands at this point), kneading the dough in the bowl for about 10 minutes, only adding more flour if the dough seems too sticky or wet. It should be soft, pliable, and shiny from the butter.
  4. Shape the dough into a big ball, place in a large oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise for 1½ hours.
  5. Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish. Toss the blackberries with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Lightly dust a work surface with flour.
  6. When the dough has doubled in size lay it on the prepared work surface and roll it out to about 16 X 12, with the longer side closest to you. If you don't have a rolling pin just stretch it and press with your hands. This dough is really easy to work with.
  7. Scatter the blackberry filling evenly across the dough. Roll it up lengthwise (refer to blog post photos for visual aids) and cut into 12 pieces. Lay the pieces in the prepared baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and let them rise for another 1½ hours.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
  9. Bake the risen rolls for 25-30 minutes. They will be golden and pretty.
  10. While the buns bake, mix all the ingredients for the glaze until smooth.
  11. When you take the buns from the oven, let them cool for a few minutes before inverting them into a wire rack. Flip them back over and frost them with the glaze.
  12. Serve warm.
#1- Add only the LEAST AMOUNT OF FLOUR you can manage. You will definitely need the first 4 cups, but only add additional flour if your dough seems too sticky and wet. Humidity will play a role in how much flour you need and too much can make your rolls tough.
#2- The corn syrup in the glaze is what gives it that glossy appearance just like the glaze from a package of cinnamon rolls. If you don't have it on hand feel free to omit it, but based on my results here I would HIGHLY recommend it!!

Recipe only slightly adapted from the New Best Recipe Revised Edition Cookbook

Blackberry Sticky Buns


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  1. Rachel says

    Is it a bad thing that I want to lick the frosting? These look good. Another recipe to add to my growing pile. :) —Rachel

  2. says

    I definitely feel like every time I go to take photographs lately, it starts pouring. No bueno.

    I’m not sure anything could make these glorious buns look bad though!

  3. says

    I love the corn syrup in cream cheese glaze tip. I’ve never done that! Thank you!!! I have played around with all kinds of variables to try to get my CC frosting to stay smooth, not harden up, and get ‘crunchy’ after it’s been exposed to air. I have the best results with using granulated sugar rather than confectioners for some reason. But your idea is way better.

    And your rolls look perfect!! And…The New Best Recipe IS the kitchen bible. Word.

    • says

      It was totally a Cook’s Illustrated tip! One that worked fabulously. Those sticky buns were hanging around here for several days and the frosting never got crunchy or hard– it stayed glossy & creamy. I’ve never tried using granulated sugar for cream cheese frosting- I’ll have to give that a shot!

  4. says

    Sorry about the weather…can’t think of a better way to get through it than with lots of sugary sticky buns. They look delicious!!

  5. says

    Well when I do make these, I’m going to want a big pan full! These are wonderful with all those plump blackberries! I love the name of your dog. If we didn’t end up pregnant with our daughter Lucy, I knew we’d be getting another dog so I could use that name!


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