Some foods bring back distant memories. Some foods bring back more recent ones, like these do for me. A lazy day, snow outside, watching a sweet movie together with loved ones. Looking at this photo makes me wish I could wind back time. But if you’re anything like me, you love the idea of making sticky buns, but whipping up a batch of anything made with a yeast-based dough on a Sunday morning is pretty daunting, if not impossible. That’s why these pecan sticky bites from Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy are such a revelation. “Bites” is the right word — these are tiny.
But take a close look — they’re rolled up just like a real sticky bun. You make a quick dough (no yeast here) and roll it out flat. Then you top the dough with a sugar-cinnamon mixture and roll everything into a log. You cut the log into slices and add the rolls to mini cupcake tins with pecans on the bottom. They puff up beautifully. Then eat while still warm. It will be love at first bite.