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Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

The kids will get a kick out of pulling off gooey pieces of this delectable monkey bread. It's hard to resist the caramel-coated treat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water. Melt 5 tablespoons butter. Add milk, eggs and melted butter; stir in 1/4 cup sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Punch dough down; shape into 40 balls (about 1-1/4 in. diameter). Melt remaining butter. In a shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar. Dip balls in butter, then roll in sugar mixture.
  • For caramel, bring brown sugar, butter and cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir 3 minutes. Pour half of the caramel into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan; layer with half the pecans and half the dough balls; repeat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until golden brown, 30-40 minutes. (Cover loosely with foil for last 10 minutes if top browns too quickly.) Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  • For optional glaze, beat cream cheese and butter until blended; gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over warm bread.
Nutrition Facts
2 pieces: 334 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


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  • Brieyana
    Jan 31, 2021

    This is by far THE best dessert or breakfast recipe. It’s so much better than a cinnamon roll or a donut. This is a new family favorite and we will be making this recipe for many years to come. It’s definitely worth the time and effort because the end result is unexplainably delicious.

  • jstowellsupermom
    May 26, 2020

    Wonderful recipe! Worth the time and effort!

  • amsm
    Mar 22, 2020

    I love this monkey bread. It was worth the time to make it. The only change that I made was that I left the pecans out since my family does not like them. Next time I might make the dough balls a little smaller.

  • rena 55
    Feb 8, 2020

    I usually stay away from homemade yeast bread...glad I tried this recipe. It turned out so beautiful and delicious! Now I have confidence in doing yeast breads. My husband couldn't get enough of this and he is not a sweets guy!

  • John
    Jan 27, 2020

    Love the caramel sauce smothered all over it. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be making this again and again.

  • grumpydarla
    Dec 13, 2017

    I cheated and used frozen dinner rolls but I love the caramel sauce. It makes for a wonderful variation and everyone devoured it.

  • cjoy49
    Dec 16, 2015

    It is not a sweet bread, and it seems to be dry. It was better when it was sliced and toasted with butter. Made three in a row , it was ok but I wanted a sweet bread.

  • kelskelli
    Sep 25, 2015

    I love it I remember making this wonderful snek. So I seen it so now I'm going to do it for my kids.

  • Summy
    Oct 7, 2014

    I love monkey bread...especially when it's flavored like my favorite pecan rolls. Yum! And, frankly, the name Monkey Bread is just so darn cute! Does anyone know why it's called monkey bread?

  • JKvigne
    Mar 16, 2014

    We made these for a church breakfast and everyone loved them! The best monkey bread I've ever tasted? Definitely a keeper!