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I can’t even deal with these photos. I want to lick my screen even though I have this whole platter of caramel pull-aparts in my kitchen. This breakfast is monkey bread on steroids, that’s for sure. And it’s going to be your new favorite, I promise you!

pull apart bundt shaped bread on white plate

So, Jordan walked into my kitchen this afternoon and her head exploded.

{Not literally. I mean, if that happened literally I probably wouldn’t be here….obviously.}

I mean she saw this plate and shrieked “MONKEY BREAD! IS IT CHRISTMAS?” and I had to break it to her that it was not Christmas and there were no presents. Also that there was no monkey bread to which she looked at me like I had two heads.

This gooey, doughy concoction is a Caramel Pull-Apart. But we can also call it Monkey Bread because, um, it’s both. Or, rather Monkey Bread is also a Pull-Apart. Like soda and pop. Which one is it? It’s so confusing.

I’m rambling now. It’s the drool, I can’t help it. I mean…just look!

Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts are perfect for holiday breakfast or brunch!

This recipe comes from my very good friends over at Six Sisters’ Stuff. You know about them, right? They have an amazing blog and I’ve been reading them for years. Their blog is full of yummy recipes, fun crafts, home decor, family ideas and so much more. And they’ve written another cookbook!

The newest book, 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff, is full of recipes, DIY decorations, homemade gift ideas, crafts, and party ideas that are all perfect for the holiday season. And also in the book? This amazing Gooey Caramel Pull-Apart Recipe!

If you’ve been here any length of time, you’ll know that Jordan expects monkey bread every Christmas morning. That girl is all about her traditions…and to her once is a tradition. We had monkey bread for breakfast on Christmas when she was 2. And she’s demanded it every year since.

{Last year I begged to make cinnamon rolls. She threw such a fit I ended up making monkey bread AND cinnamon rolls. Guess what she expects this year?}

When I saw this recipe I immediately knew it was the first recipe I was going to make from the 12 Days of Christmas book. It’s such an easy recipe and it’s so, so good.

Can I tell you a secret? I liked this more than my traditional monkey bread!

Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts are perfect for holiday breakfast or brunch!

The recipe starts with frozen dinner rolls – the kind you let unfreeze, rise, and then bake. I used Rhodes dinner rolls, since that’s what they carry at my grocery store. You let the rolls just defrost, then you cut them up and make the pan of pull-aparts. Then you have to let the rolls rise for bout 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Two things about that:

  1. I didn’t want to wait 8 hours because, if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t read the recipe all the way through before I started. BAD FOOD BLOGGER. But, I was also baking other things the day I made this, so my oven was on and my kitchen was warm. I made the pan of pull-aparts and left it on the stovetop and, from the heat of the oven, the rolls rose in about an hour.
  2. If you want to skip the rising time altogether, I’m almost positive you can substitute Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits for the dinner rolls. I put a note in the recipe about this but it would just need to be assembled and baked, no rising time.

The secret to this caramel pull-apart? Pudding mix!

I swear, pudding mix is the magical ingredient in everything. It makes cookies moist, it adds flavor to milkshakes and ice cream, and now it has a home in breakfast. The recipe calls for butterscotch cook-n-serve pudding. Be sure not to grab instant! The pudding gives the caramel on top a rich golden color as well as so much flavor!

Want to make chocolate pull-aparts? Use chocolate pudding. Banana? Use banana! Vanilla? … You get the idea. 🙂

My favorite thing about this monkey bread is that, unlike traditional monkey breads where the roll pieces are rolled in cinnamon sugar, these aren’t. That makes the end result sweet but not head-rush-hurt-your-gums sweet. The caramel and the bread and the nuts combine to make the perfect breakfast treat. Make this for Christmas…or just because you need it.

I mean, don’t the photos make you want it bad?

Gooey Caramel Pull Aparts for breakfast or brunch!

Sigh. I’m heading back into the kitchen now. Darn you gooey pull-aparts!

pull apart bundt shaped bread on white plate

Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts

5 from 1 vote
This recipe is going to be your favorite fancy breakfast! Easy frozen dinner rolls are transformed into a gooey caramel pecan monkey bread!
Prep Time 10 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 11 hours
Yield 10 servings


  • 16 frozen dinner rolls such as Rhodes
  • 1 3.5 ounce cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding (NOT instant!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
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  • Thaw frozen rolls until they are just thawed (not risen), about 1-2 hours.
  • Use kitchen shears to cut each roll into 6 pieces.
  • Coat a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle all of the nuts in the bottom of the pan. Place half of the roll pieces over the nuts. Sprinkle half of the pudding mix over the rolls. Stir together melted butter and brown sugar in a small bowl. Pour half over the pudding mix. Top with remaining rolls, pudding mix, and sugar-butter mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap coated with nonstick cooking spray and let rise overnight, or at least 8 hours. (NOTE: I sped up the rising process by placing the pan on top of my stove. The oven was running baking other things, and the rolls rose in about 1 hour. I suggest making these the night before and refrigerating them until morning. Let them come to room temperature while the oven is preheating, then bake as directed.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 30-35 minutes until the top is somewhat firm and the center is soft but not gooey-soft. Cool no longer than 5 minutes, then turn pan over on serving dish. Enjoy warm right from the oven!
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Check out the 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff on Amazon today! It has everything you need for the perfect holiday.

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Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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  1. I’m confused by this I made it as directions but used canned biscuits So I didn’t have to mess with the rising.  It didn’t turn out a gooey wonderful creation. It was dry and powdery. Do I need to make the pudding and then add it to the  biscuits? 

    1. No, I just used the powder. That’s so strange! Maybe you needed more butter? I followed the recipe to a T from the book…so I’m not sure what could have happened. Chances are more butter was needed for some reason. Were you using regular butter or margarine maybe?

  2. My mom makes this every year on Christmas morning, although I’m determined to compare recipes because I swear yours looks gooey-er! (Shhhh.) Your pictures of this are unbelievable.