A delicious canned crescent roll monkey bread topped with pecans and a divine caramel sauce.

Perfect Holiday Breakfast Idea

While most people may be thinking about what to serve for holiday lunches and dinner, I can’t stop contemplating what I’ll be whipping up for breakfast on Christmas morning. It has to be special, memorable, and one that the family will ask for year after year.

Crescent Roll Monkey Bread

What is Monkey Bread?

Monkey bread is a sweet, pull-apart bread made from bite-sized pieces of dough that are typically coated in sugar, cinnamon, and other sweet ingredients like caramel, chocolate, or nuts. These dough pieces are often layered in a bundt pan or a baking dish and baked until they become golden and sticky.

When the bread is done, it’s typically inverted onto a serving platter, so the caramelized, gooey topping drizzles down the sides, creating a delicious, finger-friendly treat. It’s called that because of the way people eat it, picking apart the small, individual pieces, just like monkeys picking at their food. This sweet bread can be enjoyed as a dessert, a sweet breakfast, or a delightful snack.

Making Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

So, for this holiday I’m going with a delicious caramel monkey bread topped with pecans, which is one of our favorites!

Delicious Caramel Sauce Makes All the Difference

Oh my goodness, look at it!

The caramel sauce in this Monkey Bread recipe is heavenly because it adds a rich, sweet, and indulgent layer to every bite. It infuses the bread with a luxurious sweetness and a buttery, caramelized flavor that’s hard to resist. It’s the secret ingredient that takes your Monkey Bread from ordinary to extraordinary, making it a truly divine treat.

Easy Crescent Roll Monkey Bread Recipe

The best part of this recipe is the canned crescent rolls because it saved me a ton of time when putting this sweet breakfast dish together.

Easy Crescent Roll Monkey Bread Recipe

Let’s get on with the recipe, shall we?

Easy Crescent Roll Monkey Bread Recipe

Ingredients for Crescent Roll Monkey Bread

Butter: A creamy, fatty ingredient that adds a rich, buttery flavor to the monkey bread.

Chopped Pecans or Walnuts: These are small pieces of nuts that provide a delightful crunch and nutty taste to your monkey bread.

Light Brown Sugar: A sweet, tan-colored sugar with a caramel-like taste, used to sweeten and caramelize the bread.

Water: A simple liquid used in the recipe.

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls: These are pre-made crescent roll dough from Pillsbury, which makes the monkey bread easy to assemble.

Easy Crescent Roll Monkey Bread Recipe

It’s amazing what canned crescent rolls can create, amirite?

Easy Crescent Roll Monkey Bread Recipe

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Easy Crescent Roll Monkey Bread

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts nuts can be excluded if you wish
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 - 8- oz cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan, then cover the bottom and sides of a bundt pan with 2 tbsp of the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle pan with 3 tbsp of nuts. Add remaining nuts, brown sugar and water to remaining melted butter in saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil 1 minute while stirring constantly, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Remove dough from cans, but do not unroll. Cut each long roll into 8 slices. Arrange 8 of the slices, cut side down, in the bundt pan. Spoon half of brown sugar mixture over dough and then place remaining 8 dough slices alternately over bottom layer. Spoon remaining brown sugar mixture over slices.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Let cool 3 minutes in pan before inverting onto serving platter or waxed paper.