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Screwdriver Orange Sticky Buns with Vodka Glaze

There wasn’t a lot of food suggested in Blindsighted but I love a challenge. As soon as I read the screwdriver quote, I knew that I would somehow be incorporating vodka, orange juice and a southern breakfast dish. Pecan sticky buns make me think of Georgia. And so, voila- Screwdriver Sticky Buns. I literally had to slap my husband’s hand away from the steaming bun to get this picture. He took one bite and declared this a Christmas morning tradition. 

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Screwdriver Orange Sticky Buns with Vodka Glaze

Paula Deen herself would approve the amount of butter that went into this recipe.  Perfect for brunch or Christmas morning.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Rising Time1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 42 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, oranges, pecans, yeast
Servings: 12
Calories: 326kcal



  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm orange juice pulp free, 106-112°F
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 tbsp citron vodka
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Add the warm orange juice to the yeast. Cover and let sit until bubbly, about 10 minutes. *it is so important to measure the temperature of the orange juice. 106-112 is ideal. Too low and the yeast wont activate, too high and the yeast will die.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs and zest. Mix.
  • Add flour and salt. Stir to mix. Knead on medium for 5 minutes. Let rise until just doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Once the dough is ready, make the filling by mixing the cinnamon, sugar and melted butter.
  • Roll the dough out into a 12 inch by 8 inch rectangle. Spread the filling over the entire rectangle and sprinkle with the remaining pecans.
  • Roll the longways so that you have a 12 inch long log. Cut into 1 inch slices and place evenly into a 13x9 baking dish.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the rolls and let rise for 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling by mixing the sugar, vodka, juice, melted butter and vanilla.
  • While the rolls are still warm, drizzle the glaze over them and sprinkle with the remaining pecans.
  • Enjoy!!


Sodium: 139mg | Calcium: 25mg | Vitamin C: 13mg | Vitamin A: 504IU | Sugar: 36g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 92mg | Cholesterol: 39mg | Calories: 326kcal | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 39g | Iron: 1mg

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