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Bubble Rolls {Semi-Homemade}

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Bubble Rolls were not on my radar until I made this easy, not from scratch recipe that is now a family favorite!

Bubble Rolls | An easy, semi-homemade breakfast or brunch treat!

Semi-Homemade Bubble Rolls

When I asked the gang what they’d like for Christmas breakfast, 3 out of 4 replied, “Bubble Roll!”I was dreaming of whipping up a new egg casserole, French toast or some gourmet concoction.  Nope, they wanted this simple recipe for monkey bread, rolls coated with caramel and baked in a tube pan.

Bubble Rolls | An easy, semi-homemade breakfast or brunch treat!

Tips for Making Bubble Rolls AKA Monkey Bread

Now, I’ve made monkey bread from scratch, and even commented on my distaste for artificial butterscotch flavor in that post. But even so, besides my youngest, everyone who has tried this has been impressed.

  • I’ve  made a version replacing the butterscotch pudding with  a box vanilla pudding mix and adding a teaspoon or so of cinnamon to the dry mixture. That version one was more pleasing to me, but the kids still prefer this original.
  • This recipe is perfect for the holidays or overnight company. You set up the pan and let the rolls defrost and rise overnight. Just bake in the morning!
  • Save this recipe for bubble rolls when you need a super easy, make ahead breakfast or brunch recipe!
Bubble Rolls

Bubble Rolls

A gooey, caramelly make ahead monkey bread!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 servings


  • 24 ounces frozen roll dough (I use half a package of Rhode's frozen white roll dough)
  • 1 package butterscotch pudding mix, not instant
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  1. Spray 10 inch solid tube pan with Pam. Place rolls in bottom of pan.
  2. Combine brown sugar, sugar and pudding mix. Sprinkle evenly over rolls. Pour melted butter over rolls.
  3. Cover with a tent of foil sprayed with Pam. Let sit overnight on counter.
  4. In the morning, preheat oven to 350º. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. Carefully turn out onto serving plate (butterscotch glaze will be very hot).


Adapted from The Graham Inn's Recipes

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g
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15 comments on “Bubble Rolls {Semi-Homemade}”

  1. Monkey bread! With butterscotch pudding. I gotta try that.

  2. Hope you like it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, BakingWithoutABox!

  3. Beautiful and fingerlicking! I love them with some freshly brewed tea!

  4. Thanks so much, Angie 🙂

  5. These look great! Such a unique shape (very fun). Looks delicious! Hope you’ve had a great holiday Lizzy. Look forward to reading more of you in 2011! Am following you now in Google Reader.

  6. Oh look at what I’ve been missing! I’ve never had bubble rolls – time to reconsider! Thanks, Lizzy!

  7. Boulderlocavore…thank you! And thanks for following, too 🙂

    Diethood, hope you try them!

    Flourchild, I’m with you on the sugar…no baking till tomorrow!

    Kate, you’re welcome anytime 🙂

  8. Anything with goo is bound to be my favourite. Will this make me skinny?

  9. LOL, Adora! I may not be skinny for long with all this temptation in my kitchen 😉

  10. Oh this looks good. I would have to remember to share. 😉

  11. Thanks, Briarrose! My daughter was up way before my son, who has a birthday today. I suggested she save one of the 3 rolls for his breakfast..nope, she ate them all! We need to work on the sharing, too 🙂

  12. We ended up having French Toast but I actually wanted to make monkey bread. I will in the next few days because I have all of the ingredients. For something different I got cinnamon rolls to try. I really like your idea of the butterscotch, and will have to try incorporating that too.

  13. Oh, I bet monkey bread would be great made with cinnamon rolls…my kids would love that!

  14. Gosh, I love the whole “let sit overnight on the counter.” There’s nothing better than a morning meal that just gets popped in the oven instead of having to be put together. Thanks for sharing this.

  15. Mom Chef…yeah, anything that saves time (and dishes!) in the morning is A-OK with me!

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