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5 Ingredient Caramel Monkey Bread

This Caramel Monkey Bread is gooey, fluffy deliciousness made with only 5 ingredients you probably already have on hand!

5 Ingredient Caramel Monkey Bread |

This is it guys. We’ve made it. The finish line is just ahead and it reads “December 25th” in big bold red and green print.

And here I am, just as you’re about to hurl yourself over the finish line, with one last holiday recipe.

You’re probably thinking, Gee thanks a lot Courtney. I sure appreciate you adding to my mile long to do list at the very last minute. Thanks a WHOLE lot. 

But friends, it’s really not like that. I promise.

This is one of the easiest, most delectable special occasion treats you could possibly make, and guess what? You probably have the 5 ingredients you need to make it already in your cabinets!

This monkey bread is all about little work and lots of reward, so you can focus your time and energy on more important things like staying in your PJs as long as possible, drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, covering the living room in wrapping paper, and having epic Scattergories competitions. Or maybe that’s just Christmas at our house.

5 Ingredient Caramel Monkey Bread |

For maybe 20 minutes worth of work, the payoff is this: gooey, sticky, caramelized dough that pulls apart effortlessly when you grab a piece. The nature of this dish lends itself to holiday eating. Place one or two of these in the center of the table and people can grab a hunk or two as they wake up or nibble on them throughout the morning.

I suppose this dish should probably serve 8, but in our house it serves about 4. Am I embarrassed of that fact? No way. And you won’t be either once you get a taste of this for yourself. This fluffy golden mess of carbs is worth wearing your elastic waist pants for a few days.

I know there are countless Monkey Bread recipes out there, but this is the best I’ve ever had. Each week, I meet with some other ladies for a “Breakfast Club” of sorts, and this is one of my friend’s signature dishes. She claims she’s not a good cook, but I’m calling foul. Megan, you’re not fooling anyone. This is the stuff of breakfast dreams.

5 Ingredient Caramel Monkey Bread |

You guys know I’m not the type to make you feel like you need to do one more thing to have the perfect Christmas. In fact, I prefer a messy Christmas. The kind that’s noisy and loud and honest and imperfect. Because that’s the world the Christ child entered, the world he came to save, and the world he loves. Let’s celebrate a God who put on flesh and entered our mess this Christmas. Let’s invite Him to share our tables–our crowded, chaotic, messy tables. I’m pretty sure He would love to pull up a chair, tell a few jokes, and grab a hunk of this crazy simple, crazy delicious treat. And you know what? I bet he’d lick his fingers too!

5 Ingredient Caramel Monkey Bread |

I wish you all a Merry Christmas filled with hope, laughter, rest, and sticky fingers!

Caramel Monkey Bread (AKA Bubble Bread)

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 20 minsCook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time
Yields 4-6


  • 1 can Grands buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a bundt pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Cut biscuits into small pieces, at least 8 per biscuit. Combine brown sugar, water and butter in saucepan. Bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Fold half the biscuits into the butter mixture, coating them completely. Remove biscuits from caramel mixture and place in the prepared bundt pan. Add remaining biscuit pieces to the caramel mixture and coat then add them to the pan. Pour any remaining caramel sauce on top.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove and invert onto a serving plate. Serve immediately.


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Recipe by Neighborfood–adapted from my lovely friend, Megan

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  • littleredkitchen December 24, 2013, 11:15 AM

    I need to find a reason to make this. ASAP.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood December 26, 2013, 11:09 AM

      Hmmm…how about I managed to drag myself out of bed the day after Christmas? That seems like reason enough to me! 🙂

  • Liz December 24, 2013, 11:04 PM

    I used to make monkey bread every Christmas morning…hoping my family doesn’t catch a glimpse of your gorgeous version or I’ll be making an early run to the market! Merry Christmas!!! xo

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood January 10, 2014, 3:50 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve never tried it with anything other than Grands and now I’ll make sure not to!

  • lseger January 19, 2014, 12:58 AM

    Can I double this recipe? Would it bake longer?

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood January 19, 2014, 1:51 AM

      You could. You would want to make sure there is enough room in your bundt pan for the mixture to nearly double in size while baking. My guess is you would need to bake a little longer, but I’ve never tried it myself.

  • Vanessa January 23, 2014, 4:20 AM

    Oooh this looks amaaazing! *drool*

  • Alice Choi August 19, 2014, 9:19 AM

    Courtney, love this 5 ingredient money bread! brilliant idea to just use Grands buttermilk biscuits. . love this. . so quick!

  • Wendy Bora October 7, 2015, 10:05 AM

    cut some pieces of cream cheese and stick in the middle of the cut up
    biscuit and wrap the biscuit around it.

    • Jason Newstedt October 10, 2015, 1:33 PM

      Holy crap. That’s a good idea.

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