Monkey Bread

Our kids might flip out if there weren’t presents under the tree, although not necessarily. They might be upset if we did not open the “surprise” gift of pajamas on Christmas eve, although maybe not. If there were not Christmas dinner or burritos on Christmas Eve they might not notice. But, if the steaming, gooey sweet monkey bread was not ready first thing on Christmas morning…I shutter to think.

If you haven’t had this tradition in your family, now is a good time to start. There is not much to it and grown ups will probably enjoy only a bite or two, but the kids will love it. There is something about tearing it apart that appeals to the under 10 (or 20 or 30) set.


  • 24 Frozen, Uncooked Dinner Rolls or Regular Rolled Biscuits
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Small Butterscotch (regular) Pudding Mix
  • 1 Large Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Chopped Pecans (or any other nut) (optional)


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Sauce Pan
  • Bundt or Tube Pan (non stick is always good)
  1. Butter the pan.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. Place the nuts evenly on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cover with 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture.
  5. Melt the butter.
  6. Dip each roll in the butter then roll them in the remaining sugar mixture.
  7. Arrange in the pan to complete a circle.
  8. Pour any remaining sugar mixture into pan.
  9. Cover with dish towel and let rise to double.
  10. Pre heat oven to 350.
  11. When doubled, but not overflowing bake for 25-30 minutes until browned.
  12. Flip over onto plate and serve warm.

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