Cinnamon Rolls Versus Sticky Buns

Categories: Sweets

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TheSeafarer
Cinnamon roll.
Once during a Sunday brunch, I confessed to my girlfriend that I was craving a big, fat cinnamon roll. "Oh, yum," she replied, "I love sticky buns."

"No," I countered. "Not a sticky bun. A cinnamon roll. You know, cream cheese icing. Possibly raisins."

"Well," she shrugged. "They're basically the same thing, right?"

No, oh, no. These two breakfast pastries are certainly similar but definitely vary in appearance and taste: The cinnamon roll is an amazing yeasty spiral that might be mistaken for a complex dinner roll if not for its frosting crown, while the sticky bun is a dark brown finger-licking treat dotted with pecans or walnuts.

And because a cinnamon roll requires a double rise in the preparation, it's softer and fluffier, with a stronger salty, butter flavor. A sticky bun is less doughy, heavier in brown sugar, and heartier, thanks to the infusion of nuts.

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roboppy
Sticky bun.
I admit there's a fine line, as with stuffing and dressing, but when push comes to shove you can discern one from the other by the presence (or absence) of frosting. A cinnamon roll must have vanilla or cream cheese icing; a sticky bun marinates in its own brown sugar glaze.

Sadly, I have not been able to find good samples of either in the Houston area. Please don't tell me to go to Cinnabon or The Kolache Factory; I'd rather eat dog food. Central Market and Whole Foods have sticky buns and cinnamon rolls, but I have yet to find a massive, swollen delectable version of the latter in an independent Houston bakery.

Help, please?


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32 comments
Taylor
Taylor

Thanks so much for bringing light to the difference between sticky buns vs. cinnamon rolls.  Next time you're in Tulsa, don't miss the homemade cinnamon rolls at Savoy!

kissmevegan
kissmevegan

Did someone say Sinful Bakery?! Just thinking about those cinnamon rolls makes me seriously weak. I want one from Sinful Bakery now please.

SirRon
SirRon

Can we get a post comparing Alpo, Cinnabon, and those unholy rolls?

SirRon
SirRon

It appears that a certain bakery is doing some astroturfing on this site. I wonder where I can go for a big, tasty cinnamon roll, but also get like great oatmeal raisin cookies and stuff. Vegan and gluten free options would just be icing on this whole search.

Mjsteinberg11
Mjsteinberg11

The best and biggest cinnamon rolls are Sinfull Bakery. You have to try a "sinfull" cinnamon roll today!!!

Shayne
Shayne

Another vote for Cinnamons Bakery in Sugar Land (which sells both cinnamon rolls and sticky buns). I took my 9-year-old son there for breakfast on Sunday and he proclaimed the cinnamon roll to be "gee-double oh-dee good."

TQro
TQro

Sinfull bakery for the win!!! Love them.

hdelmas
hdelmas

Sinfull Bakery's vegan Cinny roll NO DOUBT! Love them!!

salad fork
salad fork

Sinfull Bakery has the best cinn. rolls in town hands down

mel
mel

um, you obviously need to know about SINFULL Bakery (sinfullbakery.com). The best cinnamon roll (and Oatmeal Raisin cookies) you will ever eat!

Molly
Molly

Anon: Georgia's Farm to Market sells her cinnamon buns.

Jay
Jay

The Kolache Bakery on Old Main in League City. Delicious giant cinnamon rolls (killer kolaches too).

food maven
food maven

I second Cinnamon's Bakery in Sugar Land (used to be TJ Cinnamon's before they folded). Also give a try to Three Brother's cinnamon rolls, with or without raisins.

Anon
Anon

Sinfull Bakery's cinnamon rolls are not only MASSIVE (pound and a half each!) but completely amazing. I am seriously addicted to them. As far as I know, the cinnamon rolls are sold only at the Wednesday City Hall Farmer's Market, the Eastside one on Saturdays, and the Sunday one at Discovery Green. Whole Foods and Central Market carry some of her other items, but I have not seen those for sale outside of the Urban Harvest Markets.

with pecans
with pecans

TJ Cinnamons Bakery in Sugar Land. Mmmm.

Ziggy Smogdust
Ziggy Smogdust

I can't ever think about sticky buns without thinking of one my favorite "The Young Ones" episodes. (Motorhead was the musical guest on this episode back in 1984, and they sang the "Ace of Spades" ) Cue the video to about 4:50. The sticky bun "covered with human beings the size of amoebas" is actually an eclair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

SirRon
SirRon

You would "rather eat dog food" than a Cinnabon or Kolache Factory cinnamon roll?!?

How then are we supposed to trust your recommendations for the amazing yeasty spirals or the finger-licking treats?

Just saying.

TxGowan
TxGowan

There's a vendor at the Rodeo every year that has pretty amazing sticky buns.

Diana
Diana

I live for the cinnamon rolls at the rodeo every year...

Allison B.
Allison B.

Come on down to Galveston to The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe..the cinnamon rolls are delish!

stwilhelm
stwilhelm

The Kolache Shoppe on Richmond @ Weslayn. BEST cinnamon rolls and kolaches for that matter!

Danielle
Danielle

Old Town Kolaches on Memorial @ Kirkwood...they have the best Cinnamon Rolls... AND they have the best Sticky Buns!!!!! you. must. go. you won't be dissappointed. :-)

Joanna
Joanna

Don't tempt me, Frodo.

Ever hear of hyperbole?

Leslieblock
Leslieblock

I agree, Sinfull Bakery has the best cinnamon rolls in town!

Houstonheights
Houstonheights

I agree! I've lived in Houston for 2.5 years and have been on a hunt for the best rolls and Sinfull takes the cake.....I mean rolls!

SirRon
SirRon

Sure, ever hear of bathos?

You should try Cinnabon. Those things are sinfully delicious and in nearly every mall food court.

Joanna
Joanna

Har.

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania. Believe me, I've tried Cinnabon. They're artificially sweet and gross.

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