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Sometimes, you just should not mess with a good thing.

Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread |

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.


Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread |

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!

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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.

Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread |

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?

Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread |

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.

Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread |

Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 16 servings
Calories Per Serving: 673 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 2-3 loaves of defrosted Rhodes bread dough
  • 3 boxes butterscotch pudding mix do not use instant
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter melted


  • Grab 3 medium size prep bowls. Add the melt the butter to the first, the butterscotch pudding to the second and brown sugar to the third.
  • Grab your defrosted bread dough loaves and, using a sharp knife, cut the dough into bite size (or larger if you're in a hurry - this is my mom's way, she is always in a hurry!) pieces. Working one piece at a time, dip the balls into the melted butter, allowing excess butter to drip back into bowl, then butterscotch pudding and then roll through the brown sugar. Layer the balls evenly in your greased bundt pan. Repeat with the remaining balls. If you have any butter, butterscotch pudding or brown sugar left over pour or sprinkle the leftover over on top the bread.
  • Cover the Bundt pan with plastic wrap and place in warm place for 40 to 45 minutes or place in the fridge overnight. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the monkey bread on a cookie sheet and bake for about 40-50 minutes until the crust is a deep dark brown on top. When it's finished cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to sit for about 10-15 minutes. The turn the bundt over onto a plate for 5 minutes or so. Serve warm!
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Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread |

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  1. 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

    1. Hi Sarah,
      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

    1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

    1. You need 3 boxes of pudding. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  4. Please help me. how much butter should I melt? The recipe says the following
    • 2 cup sticks unsalted butter melted, 1

    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 ? 🙂

  5. 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!

    1. 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 ? 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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.