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

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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.

Miserably.

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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 | halfbakedharvest.com

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 | halfbakedharvest.com

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 | halfbakedharvest.com

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: 290 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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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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    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

  1. 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!

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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 ? 🙂

  4. 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 ? 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. This was by far the best Christmas morning breakfast treat ever. My family went nuts and coukd barely wait the 15 minutes until it cooled. I served it with a goat cheese and spinich frittata and the combination was fabulous. The great thing about this bread was definitely being able to make a yeast bread the night before and then pop it in the oven while we opened presents. Thanks for sharing your Mother’s recipe so that many other families could share in this Christmas delight! I hope lots of people try this as it really is amazing given the short prep time.

  11. I made these today – they were delicious. The thing is I only had one box of instant butterscotch pudding and one box of Cook & Serve butterscotch pudding. I kept my two puddings separate to see if they would turn out different and which would be better. The instant pudding side looked just like yours – not so gooey, but taste is wonderful. The Cook & Serve pudding tasted just as wonderful, but they were gooey, gooey, gooey. Try Cook & Serve next Christmas! Thanks (to you and your mom) for the great recipe.

    1. Haha! So funny you said something! I realized later that I bought the wrong boxes!! I have updated the recipe, but man you are smart! 🙂

      Thanks Julie! SO happy you love this Julie!

  12. I have never made monkey bread before. I need to change that pronto! Adding puddings sounds like a wonderful idea!

  13. looks yummy. I have a few questions.
    “defrosted Rhodes bread dough” -does that mean you let the dough rise? if it’s thawed out, it’s going to rise correct?

    “place in warm place for 40 to 45 minutes or place in the fridge overnight” – how warm of a place? why is it ok to be in a cold refrigerator if it needs to be in a warm place?

    “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.” – so does that mean you take it out of the bundt pan before you bake it?

    1. Hey Rose!!

      For the bread, you just let it defrost until the dough is soft and workable. I like to take it out about 2 days before I make this and let it defrost in the fridge. If you need it to defrost sooner follow the direction on the back of the rhodes bread dough bag.

      Ok, and for the rising you just need to place the dough in a warm, draft free room. If you put it in the fridge this will slow down the rising and will allow it to sit overnight until you are ready to bake it.

      DO NOT take the monkey bread out of the bundt pan to bake it. Place the whole bunt pan on a baking sheet and bake until the top is golden brown.

      Hope that helps and let me know if you have any more questions!
      Merry Christmas!

  14. Tieghan, this sounds amazing!! And I’m with you, don’t mess with a good thing. Sometimes Moms know best. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  15. I got all the ingredients for this today but at the store I could only remember, Rhodes, so I got dinner rolls instead of bread. I’m sure it’ll work just fine! Can’t wait to have this for Christmas morning.

    1. Yup! Those will work great!!

      Hope you love this as much as we do!! Thanks for making it and Merry Christmas!!! 🙂

  16. This looks amazing! Go mom! They always seem to know best, huh? It looks so gooey and delicious. Traditions are definitely some of the most fun parts of this time of year. Yay for family traditions!

  17. T- girl
    Your mom made these for a shower I went to a long time ago!,
    They have made the thanksgiving table ever since. A Gerard family favorite:)
    Keep up the great work. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Thanks so much, Jackie!!

      Wish you guys were here with us! Maggie, Abby, Little Matt and Uncle Matt are all here!

      Hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

  18. I hear you, girl! I almost never cook with “artificial” ingredients of any kind. But all that seems to fly out the window at Christmastime when those mom & grandmother recipes come out.

  19. Moms and their recipes are truly awesome! I must say, Tieghan…I am struggling with the same right now–over whether I should share a fun and festive Christmas recipe on my all-natural baking blog that calls for an ingredient that is not entirely all-natural. So, I completely identify with this post! Thanks for sharing this yummy breakfast treat, girl! xo

  20. No matter what the ingredients, tradition is tradition. And there is nothing (and I mean nothing!) like a good ‘ole mom recipe. I have plenty of them! And it’s recipes like this monkey bread that can be passed down generations. It looks amazing, Tieghan! For the record – butterscotch pudding is my favorite flavor.

    I bet your mom is proud 🙂 Can’t wait to see her next recipe!

    1. Yes, yes, yes! You said it!

      Thanks so much, Sally and I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!! 🙂 I know your house is going to smell amazing!

  21. One of my fave ways to use pudding mix is in my banana bread. I’ve stopped doing it as much lately for the blog b/c I always get too many, but I cant get pudding, but pudding mix has xyz in it, etc so it’s just easier to not go there, but my fave banana bread has it included! I can only imagine how GOOD these rolls are, Tieghan! Thank your mom for the great recipe and thanks for sharing it!

    1. Pudding mix in banana bread? I bet that is awesome!! Is the recipe on you site? I need to check it out!

      Thanks Averie!

      1. The second half of this page http://www.averiecooks.com/category/bread/quickbread there’s about 8 banana recipe recipes, pumpkin-banana, zuke-banana, original banana bread, carrotcake-banana, etc. and they all use it. I do get lots of ‘I can’t get pudding mix’ comments so I’ve moved away from it on my blog BUT off the blog, the results are soooo good!

  22. Please share your knowledge with my children who always think they should try to make it better. Really? 🙂

    I make a bundt cake over the holidays that uses vanilla pudding mix and a boxed cake mix. While I’ve sometimes thought of changing it up I am convinced not to by friends and because it is SO good just the way it is!

    1. Haha!!
      Sometimes leaving things a lone is really the BEST idea! 🙂

      Thanks so much, Barbara and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!!

  23. It looks good! 🙂 We use the frozen yeast rolls (like Rhodes). We melt the brown sugar with the butter, but we sprinkle the dry pudding over the rolls and then pour the melted mixture over top of it. It looks like the difference in the end result is yours has a crusty look to it, where the one I make is very gooey. It’s so interesting to see the different modifications that are out there for monkey bread. 🙂 I don’t really care for the one with the biscuits, as the rolls are sooooo much better.

  24. Butterscotch is my weakness. Bread is another weakness. Glad this is so easy to throw together, but I know I’m going to want to eat this often! Mmm.

  25. What a coincidence that you posted this today as I just pulled out this very thing from my oven for breakfast! Great minds think alike! Love love this recipe. It doesn’t taste like butterscotch, but that pudding makes it magical. The sauce is to die for!

  26. Hey
    I’ve been following your blog for about a year. You have very creative and fun recipes. I’ve tried several. We love the homemade Oreos, I went to high school with your parents. Please say hello for me and happy holidays to your whole family!

  27. I usually make Monkey Bread once a year, too. It just depends on when my daughter has the most friends over. I always feel like monkey bread is a great go to breakfast. Butterscotch is a favorite of mine, though I too, only use butterscotch every so often.

  28. I LOVE monkey bread and have yet to try making it. My family actually eats it on Christmas morning! Unfortunately, having just moved across the world, I will not be seeing them or eating monkey bread….But, maybe I can change the last part now. Your mom is a total genius with the pudding mix! Need this bread in my face yo’

    1. Oh man, I am so sorry to hear you cannot be with your family for Christmas! Hope you make some monkey bread to make up for it! Thanks Taylor and Merry Christmas! 🙂

  29. You have moved already???? WOW!!! When did you all move?

    I made monkey bread years ago but the recipe called for canned biscuit. This sounds much better. I haven’t been using any cake mixes or instant pudding in a while. So much yucky stuff we can’t even pronounce in them. Not that I eat 100% healthy, but I have cute lots of unhealthy stuff out. I use butter instead of margarine and I use coconut oil. Grind lots of my wheat, etc.

    1. Yup!! Last weekend! It has been insane!

      Thanks Charlotte! The canned biscuits have nothing on this! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  30. It doesn’t matter if it’s not 100% homemade if it looks as great as this. Holy Moly, I’m drooling! Your mum is a genius, and I can’t wait to see your next posts!
    Sorry for the new oven stuff :–( Moving to a kitchen which works terrible is horrible indeed! I’ve still haven’t get the hang of the new house’s oven. It won’t fit more than 12 cookies and it drives me crazy!
    Merry Christmas Tieghan! xo

  31. Mother’s recipes are always the best… This looks amazing – we always have toasted panettone with brandy butter for breakfast on Christmas morning and we couldn’t break tradition, but I’m thinking this might be a really nice thing to wake up to on New Year’s day… Really nice… Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂