Chocolate Chip Monkey Bread with Pecans & Cream Cheese Frosting
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Chocolate Chip Monkey Bread

with Pecans & Cream Cheese Frosting

65 MIN
$18.99 8-10 Servings
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This irresistible, pull-apart monkey bread is made by coating dough balls in spiced sugar, piling them into a pan with bites of pecans and chocolate chips nestled between, topping with caramel, and baking it all until soft and gooey. You'll finish it off with a drizzle of savory-sweet cream cheese frosting to cut through the richness.
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    330 Cals (est.)
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Chocolate Chip Monkey Bread with Pecans & Cream Cheese Frosting
Title
  • 22 oz Pizza Dough
  • ¼ cup Roasted Pecans
  • 2 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 5 Tbsps Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 oz Salted Butter
  • 2 tsps Warming Spices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom & Allspice)
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Prepare the monkey bread
1 Prepare the monkey bread

Remove the dough from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar and warming spices. Cut the dough into quarters, then cut each quarter into 8 equal-sized pieces to get 32 total. Roll each piece of dough into a ball. Place each dough ball in the spiced sugar mixture and turn to thoroughly coat. Transfer to a plate. Toss the pecans and chocolate chips in the remaining spiced sugar. Transfer half the coated dough balls to the loaf pan. Evenly top with half the pecan-chocolate mixture. Repeat with the remaining coated dough balls, filling in any spaces (it’s okay if the dough stacks in uneven layers), then the remaining pecan-chocolate mixture (including any remaining spiced sugar).

Make the caramel
2 Make the caramel

In a small pot, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cook on medium-high, whisking frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted and thoroughly combined. Pour the caramel on top of the monkey bread.

Bake the monkey bread & serve your dish
3 Bake the monkey bread & serve your dish

Bake the monkey bread 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and the dough is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 5 minutes. Carefully place a serving plate over the baked monkey bread and invert. Drizzle the cream cheese frosting over the top and serve while still warm. Enjoy!

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Prepare the monkey bread
1 Prepare the monkey bread

Remove the dough from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar and warming spices. Cut the dough into quarters, then cut each quarter into 8 equal-sized pieces to get 32 total. Roll each piece of dough into a ball. Place each dough ball in the spiced sugar mixture and turn to thoroughly coat. Transfer to a plate. Toss the pecans and chocolate chips in the remaining spiced sugar. Transfer half the coated dough balls to the loaf pan. Evenly top with half the pecan-chocolate mixture. Repeat with the remaining coated dough balls, filling in any spaces (it’s okay if the dough stacks in uneven layers), then the remaining pecan-chocolate mixture (including any remaining spiced sugar).

2 Make the caramel

In a small pot, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cook on medium-high, whisking frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted and thoroughly combined. Pour the caramel on top of the monkey bread.

Make the caramel
Bake the monkey bread & serve your dish
3 Bake the monkey bread & serve your dish

Bake the monkey bread 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and the dough is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 5 minutes. Carefully place a serving plate over the baked monkey bread and invert. Drizzle the cream cheese frosting over the top and serve while still warm. Enjoy!

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