Mom’s Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix.
Sometimes, you just should not mess with a good thing.
Like your mom’s recipes.
Especially when she only has a handful of them. Seriously, do not be stupid like me and try to make them better or give them more of a wow factor. It just does not work.
I tried with the monkey bread and failed.
Alright, is was not that bad and the bread was still pretty delicious, but hers is better.
So that is what I am showing you today. Actually, over the next three days I will be showing you all recipes that come from my mom. It is crunch time and that just means, everyone wants and needs easy recipes. Well, my mom? Yeah, she totally has you guys covered.
Two of the recipes actually completely break all my food “rules”. Which is really, just use homemade ingredients, never store-bought.
But it is Christmas and tradition is tradition.
FYI, I love traditions. So I will not be breaking them anytime soon.
We eat this monkey bread on Christmas morning and only Christmas morning every single year!
The secret to her monkey bread?
Butterscotch pudding. Yes, yes, yes. It is simply amazing. Some people put their pudding in cookies, but my mom coats her monkey bread in it. I know, she is a genius.
It is an incredible treat for Christmas morning, warm rich and gooey. The best part is that it is so simple! Just make the bread on Christmas Eve and then pop it in the oven on Christmas morning.
Here is the thing, with this batch of monkey bread you see here. Honestly, it normally looks like ten times gooier, sweeter and well… just better.
But this was the first thing I made in the new kitchen and man, can I just say that getting adjusted to a new kitchen and new light is terrible.
Uhg. So not fun.
Anyway, this new kitchen has this terrible “decorative” oven. Kind of like this one. Meaning it is meant to look old and fancy, but honestly, is the worst thing ever. I have decided it just sucks the juice out everything, but somehow manages to still not actually cook anything. Oh, and I should also mention that this oven does not even fit a cookie sheet in it. WHAT?!? Now seriously, how can I work with that?
Anyway, what I am trying to say is that this bread actually should look better when you make it. The coating creates its own gooey sauce and it is just awesome.
I mean, this bread still tasted awesome, but the looks just were not quite there. Bummer.
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This is how Gerard’s eat, no extra plates necessary. And I am not going to lie, we almost never use forks with it either.
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Haven’t been able to make this as I live in Canada and we don’t seem to have Rhodes bread dough. Any ideas of substitutes ? We also generally only have instant butterscotch pudding mix
Any other bread dough that you like will work, it doesn’t have to be Rhodes. Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I now need to purchase a bundt pan haha – do you use a 6 cup or 12 cup for this recipe? Thanks!
Hi Jen! I would suggest getting a 12 cup bundt pan! I hope you love this recipe!! Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with! xTieghan
I bet this would be great with vanilla pudding and cinnamon sugar
Sounds like a great idea!
Hi! The small box of cook & serve pudding I bought is 3.4 ounces. The recipe says “3 (1 ounce) butterscotch pudding mix.” Should I use more than one box? (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 1 oz box of pudding.) Thank you!
I apologize if you already answered this in the comments, but I’m confused about how much butterscotch pudding I need. The recipe says 3 (1 ounce) but the small box of cook-and-serve pudding is 3.4 oz. Do I just use one box?
You need 3 boxes of pudding. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Please help me. how much butter should I melt? The recipe says the following
• 2 cup sticks unsalted butter melted, 1
So sorry for the trouble. It is 2 sticks of butter. Recipe is all fixed. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂
Hi! The recipe says “2 cup sticks unsalted butter.” But isn’t a stick of butter = 1/2 cup? So do you use four sticks of butter (= 2 cups) or two sticks (= 1 cup)? Thank you!
HI! So sorry for the confusion. It is 2 sticks butter. Recipe is fixed. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂
I got a very similar recipe from a former coworker. When I make it, I use the Rhodes frozen rolls (18 to be exact) and I add some chopped pecans to it and let it raise overnight. I usually make it on a weekend, and it is gone before mid afternoon. We Love it!!! I wouldn’t change a thing. The gooey syrup that you can spoon over or dip it in IS THE BEST!
That sounds so great!
My mother in law used to make these, however, she put a piece of waxed paper over the top and set them inside the oven overnight (oven was off). They thawed and rose, in the morning just take off the wax paper & turn the oven on. In about a 1/2 hour or so, you had great pull=a-parts! She also used the Rhodes frozen rolls instead of bread, so you didn’t have to cut them up. You made them up frozen. Works great!
Sounds amazing her way! So happy you liked mine too though. Thanks Sue!
Thanks for the recipe! Do I cook the pudding first or do I just roll the balls in the powder?
HI! Just roll it in the powder! Hope you love this and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Looking for recipes that involve Butterscotch, I wandered upon this just a couple weeks ago. I am going to make this, then have it Christmas morning with my family! I think that we will also make this an each year Christmas treat, and only at Christmas, the same as you! Thanks and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Hope you love it! Thanks and Happy Holidays 🙂
This is so awesome – had to post that my mom also made this recipe on Christmas day only too! Only she always called them Caramel Pull Aparts – thought she did it different with the rhodes dinner rolls. She would put the frozen rolls in a greased bunt pan. about 15 rolls. Then she would sprinkle the brown sugar and Butterscotch pudding “Not Instant” on top, then add a few pads of butter. Cover with wax paper. Leave out over night and pop in the oven for about 45 minutes while we would open Christmas presents. So gooey and yummy! I like to add pecans or walnuts to add a crunch. Love these – is it Christmas yet! 🙂
Thanks so much, Ammie! I am sure pecans or walnuts would be delicious! 🙂
Oooooo! That looks sooooo yummy. I love bread and butterscotch, so this looks divine. However, I live in a land where butterscotch pudding mix isn’t readily available. Could you suggest alternatives? I know this can be made with regular cinnamon and sugar, but the lure of butterscotch has me considering alternatives.
It has been far too long since I’ve indulged in monkey bread.
Oh you must try this!! I know it uses a few shortcuts, but it is honestly the best!