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Hungry Girl Today: 12.13.11
CHEW THE RIGHT THING


BITE IT!
HG's Nutty Caramel-Coated Sticky Buns

Pecan You Dig It?

Imagine sinking your teeth into a sweet, sticky, spiral-shaped bun studded with pecans. Now imagine that the treat you're chewing is guilt-free. QUIT IMAGINING THINGS! That bun is REAL, and the recipe is right here...

Ingredients:
Filling
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Buns
1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet (or HG Alternative!)

Topping
3 tbsp. fat-free or light caramel dip (like the kinds by Marzetti)
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
2 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup
1 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
3 tbsp. chopped pecans

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

To make filling, combine brown sugar with butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 10 seconds, or until butter has mostly melted. Mix in cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

Lay dough on a dry surface with the short sides on the left and right and the long sides on the top and bottom. Roll or stretch out dough into a large rectangle of even thickness. Evenly spread filling onto dough, leaving a 1-inch border around all edges.

Tightly roll up dough from the bottom, forming a log. Pinch the long seam to seal. Gently turn so the seam side is down. Cut log widthwise into 8 equally sized buns. Place a bun in each of the 8 sprayed muffin cups, spiral side up. Set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine all topping ingredients except pecans. Microwave for 30 - 45 seconds, until butter has mostly melted. Add pecans and mix well. Evenly distribute topping among buns, about 1 tbsp. each.

Bake in the oven until golden brown, 12 - 15 minutes.

Let cool slightly. Gently remove buns from pan while still warm. Enjoy!

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

HG Alternative! If you can't find the Recipe Creations dough, go for Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent roll dough. (The products are nearly identical.) Then just pinch/seal up the perforations for a seamless sheet.

Serving Size: 1 bun (1/8th of recipe)
Calories: 169
Fat: 7.5g
Sodium: 323mg
Carbs: 23.5g
Fiber: 0.5g
Sugars: 10.5g
Protein: 2g

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