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Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread

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Soft, buttery bites coated in gooey pumpkin caramel sauce and a drizzle of white chocolate. My family loves this pumpkin caramel monkey bread!

It's September, and pumpkin caramel monkey bread is here for us! Soft, buttery, bready bites coated in gooey caramel sauce and a drizzle of white chocolate, all ready to go in 30 minutes. Yes, please!


Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread


Caramel being poured on pumpkin caramel monkey bread

Lindsay's Notes

I've never seen a group of people turn into a pack of hungry wolves as quickly as it happened when I pulled this out of the oven last week. Friends and family just descended on it and it was gone almost immediately.

I've made this several times now, and without fail, this will bring the people around. They will be hungry. They may or may not use forks. Things will get a little chaotic. A drizzle and a drip here. Sauce licking over there. White chocolate on little fingers. “Just one more bite” a few more times.

This is the perfect recipe for the first back-to-school week that we're in - we need something special for this Saturday morning, Minnesota is giving us fall, and also: we're tired. Thank goodness this recipe can do it all.

This idea came from the 100 Morning Treats cookbook by Sarah Kieffer (affiliate link) - a Minnesota gem and talent! I first saw this idea in her book; I didn't have time to do it the fully-made-from-scratch way, so I made an easier, slightly different version based on her genius.

The main thing to know: you basically make a caramel sauce and whisk some pumpkin in. I like my caramel sauce to be extra rich, which is why I used heavy cream, and I prefer the butter and brown sugar flavor to be the dominant one, which is why I didn't clutter the sauce with any other spices. You can use more or less pumpkin; these are the amounts I settled on to get a sauce that I thought was still appropriately silky and runny, but still had the addition of pumpkin, which makes it almost officially fall. Right? I'm not ready but I'm ready!


Let's Walk Through Making This Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread

Step 1: Make the Pumpkin Caramel.

Basically, you whisk pumpkin into caramel. It's... very delicious.

Pumpkin being whisked into caramel sauce

Step 2: Toss Your Dough with Cinnamon Sugar.

You can use a few types of dough here - for these photo I'm using refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough. It's the easiest, and right now, I love whatever is easiest.

Dough pieces being tossed with cinnamon sugar.

Step 3: Pour the Caramel Over the Dough.

I usually save about 1/2 cup of the caramel for drizzling and dipping after it comes out of the oven.

Baked dough being covered with pumpkin caramel drizzle.

Step 4: Bake and Invert Onto a Plate.

Have fun. It is just delightful.

Fully finished pumpkin caramel monkey bread.

And then, to finish it off, a white chocolate drizzle.

White chocolate drizzled on top of pumpkin caramel monkey bread.

It's easy, it's fun, and it's never not gone within an hour.

We LOVE this recipe!

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Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Description

Soft, buttery bites coated in gooey pumpkin caramel sauce and a drizzle of white chocolate. My family loves this pumpkin caramel monkey bread!


Ingredients

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Pumpkin Caramel:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a good pinch of kosher salt, to taste

Bread:

  • one 16-ounce can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

White Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Make the Caramel: Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar, heavy cream, pumpkin, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until smooth. Bring to a low simmer and let it bubble gently until it's incorporated and slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes (you don't want to overcook it or it will get too thick). Remove from heat. 
  2. Prep the Dough: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the biscuits into 6 even pieces (half, then into thirds). Toss the biscuit pieces with cinnamon and sugar. Transfer to a round 9-inch cake pan or baking dish.
  3. Assemble: Pour most of the pumpkin caramel over the biscuits until mostly covered. Set aside the remaining 1/4 to 1/2 cup caramel for topping.
  4. Bake: Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let rest for just 2-3 minutes and then invert onto a serving plate.
  5. Optional Topping: Melt the white chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring in between. Once melted, drizzle over the monkey bread. Drizzle with reserved pumpkin caramel (optional). Serve warm.

Notes

To use with Rhodes frozen dinner rolls: Thaw the rolls for about 45 minutes at room temperature. Cut into 4 pieces, toss with cinnamon sugar and an extra tablespoon or two of melted butter. Transfer to the baking dish and let it sit on the counter for another 1 hour to allow the dough to rise. Once the dough has doubled, pour the sauce over and bake according to the recipe above - adding a few extra minutes if needed.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin caramel, monkey bread

Frequently Asked Questions For Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread

What can I use instead of refrigerated biscuits?

Rhodes frozen dinner rolls work well here! We also have a recipe for monkey bread that uses a homemade brioche - that is excellent if you have the time!

How long do leftovers last?

First of all, I doubt you will have many! Secondly, if you do have any, I would keep them wrapped on a plate for a day or two in the fridge (because the sauce is more wet than a normal caramel) and just reheat in the oven or microwave.

How do you make this gluten-free and/or dairy-free?

This is heavily based around both gluten and dairy, but I think you could follow the same format here if you just used a gluten-free bread option (like this) and a dairy-free caramel option (like this). If you're looking for something that is naturally gluten and fairy free, these no-baked salted caramel cups are super fun and reeeeally good!

Can you make this in a bundt pan?

I think you could - but I would increase the amounts. As written, the recipe is just right for a 9-inch round cake pan or baking dish, so you'd probably want to 1.5x or 2x the recipe to fill a bundt pan (and adjust the baking time so you ensure the middle gets fully cooked).

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    This Pumpkin Caramel Monkey bread is an absolute winner, and an absolute fall delight. The blend of pumpkin and caramel flavors is both comforting and indulgent. The Caramel sauce may remind some people about delicious Pralines and cream ice cream from Haagen Dazs. Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    I saw these yesterday and immediately did a Target order for the ingredients for a special end of the school week breakfast! I left off the white chocolate drizzle due to allergies, but these were still SO good!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

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  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I made this in a bundt pan and it turned out great! I doubled the biscuits and cinnamon/ sugar mixture but left the caramel sauce amounts the same and it was plenty gooey and saucy for our preferences. So yummy!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    My family and I had this for supper. The kids wouldn’t touch it. My husband said that it was “good, just more of a dessert” than an actual meal. I personally think it would have been better without the pumpkin, but get that it’s nearly fall, and that’s part of the point of this recipe. Would never make again.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I’ve never heard of anyone having monkey bread as a meal…certainly not dinner. I’m not big into sweets, so I wouldn’t even have it as breakfast…but definitely a good snack/dessert idea.

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Amazing and very pumpkineee. Left off the white chocolate and it was perfect.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    Delicious! Loved the pumpkin twist on classic monkey bread! If I had pumpkin pie spice on hand I would have tossed the biscuits in that + sugar instead of cinnamon + sugar for extra fun. 🙂

      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try making Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread with my partner, who also works with me at the essay writing service. It seems like the perfect treat to enjoy together while we unwind after a busy day of crafting top-notch essays. Thanks for sharing this tempting recipe!