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Rosebud's Sticky Buns

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Here is another one of my grandmother's homemade secret recipes: Sticky Buns. This sweet yeast dough is swirled with a butter-cinnamon and walnut center and cooked in a sweet brown sugar and butter glaze. You can't eat just one.

Caramel Corn

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Crispy baked brown sugar and butter coated popcorn. Doesn't get much better than this.

Pineapple upside down cake

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We've had pineapple upside down cake together once before, and I don't want you to feel like I am playing mind games with you by offering a second one. The methods are completely different, save the upside down part, with one cake cooking the fruit in a brown sugar syrup before topping it with a runny, pourable cake batter, then the other cake I am giving you today. The latter of the two is far superior - a schmear of honeyed sugar goo slicks the bottom of the pan, followed by fresh pineapple in it's raw state and a thick, creamy cake batter to fill in the nooks and crannies.

Brown sugar cake with mixed toffee nuts

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A tender, delicious cake with a decadently good caramel topping, packed with nuts!

Hearty Baked Oatmeal

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Dear "oatmeal haters," this recipe is for you (and me)! The secret to Bobbi's baked oatmeal lies in a "custard-like mixture" that the oats sit in overnight to "soak up the delicious flavors" of cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted coconut. "This also gives the oats a chewy, nutty texture, which is quite nice - especially when topped with toasted walnuts and dried cranberries and submerged in a puddle of warm milk."

"Who's hatin' on oatmeal now?" Not me!

Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Because there can never be too much nutty sweetness during the holidays, we offer you these pecan bars as a delicious way to conjure up everything you love about pastry and pecans. Take a buttery crust, top it with a sinful pecan-rich filling and bake to perfection. (If you have local pecans, all the better!)

Recipe: Pecan Bars

Butterscotch Pomegranate Layer Cake

Butterscotch Pomegranate Layer Cake

Take a rich brown sugar cake made mellow and moist with buttermilk, drizzle each layer with pomegranate molasses, top it off with a delicious brown butter cream cheese frosting, and what do you have? You have the star of the party at Megan's POM Wonderful get-together! And I bet not a single precious red seed went to waste!

Story & Recipes: POM Wonderful Dinner Party - 11 Pomegranate Inspired Dishes

Crème Brûlée French Toast

Crème Brûlée French Toast

I've only had crème brûlée french toast once in my life, but when I saw this recipe the memories came flooding back. Coincidentally, it was at a Christmas brunch, and it was heavenly.

Bonnie makes hers with challah bread slices and a butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and egg mixture. A 40-minute bake time results in "a perfectly caramelized top coating, with a delicious crème brûlée custard underneath."

Recipe: Crème Brûlée French Toast

Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Shanon took everything there is to love about pecan pie (and a few extras - bourbon, anyone?!) and translated it into these festive pecan bars. A brown sugar crust and bittersweet chocolate drizzle complete the scrumptious flavor profile.

Recipe: Pecan Bars

Chewy Butterfinger Bars

Chewy Butterfinger Bars

If you're anything like me and Natalie, the trick-or-treaters were scarce this year, and you still have some Halloween candy hanging around. It taunts you every time you walk past the bowl. You don't really want it, but you eat it anyways. It's a vicious circle.

But Natalie has a genius idea for using the rest of those mini candy bars up: she mixes Butterfingers into a brown sugar batter and bakes up these decadent bars. And she's totally right; somehow, taking them out of the wrappers "makes you feel better about eating them!" Go figure.

Recipe: Chewy Butterfinger Bars