This Caramel Monkey Bread is gooey, fluffy deliciousness made with only 5 ingredients you probably already have on hand!
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.
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.
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!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas filled with hope, laughter, rest, and sticky fingers!
P.S. If you can’t get enough finger food like this recipe, then check out these related favorites!
- Breakfast Pull Apart Bread (it’s like the savory doppelganger of this Monkey Bread)
- Healthy Pumpkin Muffins (a grab-and-go favorite when the pumpkin spice latte just isn’t cutting it)
- Roasted Blueberry Oat Bars (because I’ve gotta eat more fruit)
- 1 can Grands buttermilk biscuits
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Recipe by NeighborFood–adapted from my lovely friend, Megan