Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread Recipe
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Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread Recipe

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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
Featured In: Top 10 Caramel Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
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°)
  • 1-1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup melted butter, divided
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 334 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, eggs and 5 tablespoons 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.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  3. Punch dough down; shape into 40 balls (about 1-1/4-in. diameter). Pour remaining melted butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar. Dip balls in butter, then roll in sugar mixture.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Yield: 1 loaf (20 servings).
Originally published as Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p36

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cjoy49 User ID: 4355241 239577
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8355830 233425
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1386846 110092
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6814027 107482
Reviewed 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!"

Tahani User ID: 4089657 104101
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Most delicious caramel bread I have ever made, it's moist -the pecans are very tasty,perfect pecan blend. My kids love it. Best of all the next day it's still soft and moist full of flavor.

Favorite Mag."

jslvsclf User ID: 919747 110089
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"I'm sure these are good. I have one question. Would a stand mixer work for these or is there a more powerful mixer out there that is not one of those expensive Cuisinarts?"

Schwarz12 User ID: 6554924 211599
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"Does the dough have to be refrigerated overnight or can it made right away? I've never made bread before. Usually the recipes call for the dough to rise twice before baking."

tluckenbaugh User ID: 4801957 104100
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"This is a holiday favorite for my familly. There are rarely any left overs! The only thing I do differently is add extra cinnamon to my dough as I'm rolling them into balls."

maryvandorin User ID: 1430948 107481
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"These are so good while they are warm. They can be warmed slightly in microwave to make them taste fresh."

peeweemow User ID: 4096956 171600
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"this was my first time every making or having monkey bread. and talk about a hit??!! the whole family loved and couldn't stop eating it. if at all possible i make things from scratch instead of the short cuts and boy am i glad i did this time too!"

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