Stupid Easy Orange Cardamom Sticky Buns

Why did it never occur to me to use pre-made pizza dough to make sticky buns? IT’S GENIUS. I first saw it in a Martha Stewart recipe, which this is based on. So, thanks, Martha! This versionIMG_0262.JPG uses honey instead of sugar, but you can use brown sugar in place of honey, and could make icing for the tops instead of the nuts and butter glaze. Either way, these are super flexible and easy, which is what I’m always looking for.




  • 1 package pre-made pizza dough (I used the Portland Pie multigrain, purchased at Hannaford)
  • 1/2C chopped nuts (pistachios, pecans, hazels, whatever)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2T honey (or about 1/2C dark brown sugar)
  • salt
  • cardamom
  • zest from 2 large navel oranges
  • 1/2C orange marmalade



  • Prep:
    • in a food processor, pulse the nuts until coarsely chopped (with brown sugar if you’re using it)
    • zest the two oranges (or more if they’re small)
    • melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the orange zest, honey, a pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter), and cardamom
  • grease an 8″ glass or ceramic pie pan (or something like it), and then drizzle in about a third of the butter mixture and spread it around, then sprinkle with about half the nuts
  • on a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough so it’s a long rectangle-ish (about 12×18″ if you can manage it, but whatever works).
  • spread the marmalade out on the dough, leaving a bit of a border (1″ on the long sides) and then drizzle another third of the butter mix over it all and sprinkle on more nuts
  • roll up the dough in a long roll, and then using a sharp knife, cut into even sized pieces (I got about 8).
  • place the cut rolls in the pan so there’s a bit of space between them (if  possible) and they’re evenly spaced, and drizzle with the last of the butter mix, and sprinkle with any nuts that’re left. Cover with plastic wrap and put them in a warm place to rise for about an hour (I put them in my oven with just the oven light on)
  • when the dough has risen and the rolls are all touching each other, put in the oven at 350′ for about 30-35 mins. Theoretically, you should invert the pan onto a plate immediately, which I did (actually a cookie sheet with parchment) but I bet you can just kinda wedge them out with a spatula. Or eat the whole pan with a fork and call it good.
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