The holidays make me feel like a Mad Men woman and I don’t hate it.

I must admit that 50% of the time I don’t care that much about domesticity. It’s embarrassing how easily doing things like washing my sheets (on top of normal laundry), cleaning my bedroom floors, and things like meal-planning really slip through the cracks. One of my closest friends recently admitted to me that fall (and subsequently part of winter) make her want to nest. The reality is that I totally do the same thing. Something about fall is romantic, takes me back to “my roots,” and makes me feel like I could spend days if not weeks handcuffed to the stove without a worry in the world.

I pulled this recipe out of the woodworks tonight for a Thanksgiving food-swap tomorrow at work, and the only thing I fear at this point is that my co-workers will all quietly slip into a food coma at approximately 9:43AM. Not exactly productive. At any rate, I tried a couple different things with the recipe, and figured those things (and this recipe) would be worth sharing again because I think EVERYONE should make these around the holidays.

For lack of a better title, these are called The Best (in your mouth) / Worst (for your body) Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread.

STEP ONE: Caramel Sauce
In previous run-throughs, I have done this step second, but I really wish I would have done it first. You’ll see that I did it differently in the photos, but I would recommend doing the sauce first before anything else. 

1/3 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

I repeat. This recipe is the worst thing for you. But so worth it if you’re sharing with lots of friends around the holidays!

Heat butter, brown sugar, and ice cream over medium heat. Bring to boil, let boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the burner. Let cool momentarily, then pour into greased 9×9 or 8×8 pan. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

STEP TWO: Bread
I’ve mastered this step, so get excited. 

2 Cans Pillsbury Rolls (Approximately 40 Total Pieces)
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Stick Softened, Unstalted Butter
Cinnamon, to taste
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

Roll all pre-sliced bread rolls into ball shapes and line the pan that you JUST poured the caramel mixture into (see above). Make rows snug. Then, melt butter in microwave for no more than 30 seconds to make sure that when you combine all ingredients you get the correct consistency. Combine sugar, butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then, scoop/spread this mixture to coat the pan of bread balls. (Please note that I did NOT first coat my pan with the caramel mixture, and I did that second in the pictures).

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetPictured Above: The caramel mixture, but poured on top of bread since I did things differently than I’m telling YOU to. 

Place in oven (pre-heated to 350 degrees) and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the brown gets to be too brown that you’re starting to worry about burning. Use your own discretion.

STEP THREE: Frosting
Almost there. 

While the bread is baking, whip up the following ingredients.

1/2 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 Teaspoon Milk

Once bread is baked to perfection, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before spreading with frosting mixture. Serve warm!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

K

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