It’s been awhile since I’ve done a good ooey, gooey treat, and this recipe is definitely making up for lost time! I recently had a chance to review a new cookbook from my pals over at Six Sisters’ Stuff (more on that later in this post), and these Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts immediately jumped right off the page at me. With only 5 ingredients and just a few minutes of prep work, you can have these amazing pull-aparts that are dripping with caramel and topped with sticky-sweet pecans served warm out of your oven. Perfect for weekends, holidays, brunch, or anytime that sweet tooth hits!
Can we just talk about these photos for a minute? I could not stop snapping shots of this gooey caramel goodness! Maybe it was the lighting, maybe it was my grandparents’ 25th wedding anniversary tray with gorgeous patina, or maybe it was the glorious mountain of caramel-covered dough that sat before me… or maybe it was all three.
Either way, these pull-aparts were definitely giving me their best model poses because every shot I took made me drool more and more. I apologize in advance if everything I make from here on out is dripping with caramel and nuts of some sort. It just makes everything so pretty… or puuuuurty as my hillbilly husband would say. Love you, hunny. 🙂
Let’s get to the magic of this recipe now, shall we?
Usually I like to make everything from scratch, but there are a few super simple shortcuts in this recipe that really appealed to me. First, frozen dinner rolls. Don’t worry about messing with the flour and yeast for homemade rolls, just buy the rolls frozen from the store and let them set out on the counter for about 2 hours to thaw. Then to turn the rolls into pull-aparts, you just cut each roll into 6 pieces (kitchen shears work great for this) and layer them in a bundt pan. I already know I’m going to be making this recipe quite a bit for the holidays, so using the frozen dinner rolls will save me the extra effort!
I’ve made homemade caramel sauce plenty of times before (love it in this popcorn recipe!), but I was really intrigued by the ingredients for creating the “caramel” part of this recipe… butterscotch dry pudding mix (the cook-and-serve kind, NOT instant), brown sugar, and melted butter. Sounds pretty easy, right? I was a little skeptical how the caramel would turn out, but when I took that first bite… I. Was. Sold. These ingredients were definitely meant to be together!
These pull-aparts require a lot of prep time, but not much prep work. Since you’re using frozen dinner rolls, they’ll need to thaw for about 2 hours, then rise for about 8. What I like to do is take the rolls out of the freezer around dinner time to thaw and assemble everything before bedtime. Then they’re ready for the oven when you wake up in the morning! So like I said, this recipe does take time, but as long as you remember to think ahead, it’s a piece of cake!
I made this recipe twice this week (yes, it’s THAT good), so here’s a few tips I have for you:
- Spray the pan really well. You want the pull-aparts to easily slide out of the pan when it comes out of the oven.
- Only let the pull-aparts cool for a few minutes (no more than 5) before turning the pan over onto a serving plate. You don’t want the caramel to harden in the pan, making everything stick together.
- I added an additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the original recipe, for a total of 8 tablespoons. The first time I made these, the caramel was more sticky than gooey, so adding the extra butter kept the caramel nice and soft.
- Make sure to wear your fat pants, because you are going to need them with this recipe! It’s rich and decadent, but impossible to stop eating! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂
So as I mentioned earlier, this recipe came from the new Six Sisters’ cookbook, 12 Days of Christmas With Six Sisters’ Stuff. This is now the 3rd cookbook of theirs that I’ve collected, and I have to say that I think it’s the best yet! See all the pages I have marked with Post-its?
The book is jam-packed with holiday desserts like this Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie and Almond English Toffee, plus ideas for easy homemade gifts, family traditions, and more.
You’re definitely going to want this book for yourself, but it’s a great gift idea for the holidays too! Keep scrolling for the Gooey Caramel Pull-Apart recipe, information on where you can buy the cookbook, AND a cookbook giveaway!
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- 16 frozen dinner rolls, such as Rhodes
- 1 - 3.5 ounce package cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding (not instant)
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Thaw frozen rolls in a zip-top bag for 2 hours until the rolls are just thawed, but not yet risen.
- Use kitchen shears to cut each roll into 6 pieces. Coat a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle all of the nuts into the pan in an even layer. Arrange half the cut rolls on top of the nuts. Sprinkle half the package of dry pudding mix over the rolls. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and melted butter. Drizzle half the butter-sugar mixture over the pudding mix. Top with remaining rolls, pudding mix, and sugar-butter mixture. Cover with plastic wrap coated with nonstick cooking spray and let rise overnight, or at least 8 hours.
- Bake at 350ºF for 30 - 35 minutes and cool for no longer than 5 minutes. Turn the pan over on a serving plate and enjoy warm from the oven!
Are you making this recipe? I’d LOVE to see it! Post a photo of your creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyLGWRecipe. It may just get featured!
So now that you’ve seen a sampling of what’s included in the book, I’m sure you want to see the rest! Check out 12 Days of Christmas With Six Sisters’ Stuff on Amazon today! And to kick off the holiday season, I’m giving away a copy of the new Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbook to one lucky reader! Just use the giveaway form below to enter:
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So funny, I was just thinking of an out-of-the-box Thanksgiving dessert idea earlier today and this is perfection. Can’t wait to try it!
I think these will rival any pie on the Thanksgiving dessert table! 🙂 Hope you enjoy, Lorrie!
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a buttermilk pie and my husband’s rum cake! 🙂
Looks delicious Liz! Love that picture with the fork in it : )
I had WAY too much fun photographing these babies! And way too much fun eating them as well. 🙂 Thank you so much, Ashley!
I’ll be making these this weekend when our grands come to spend the night!
I’m willing to bet you’ll get the stamp of approval from the grandkids! 😉 Hope you all enjoy them!
Wow, I can’t wait to try this!!
I hope you enjoy, Amanda! This stuff is SO good!
Yum! I haven’t seen one of these in years. Definitely pinning for this holiday season!!!
Thank you for the pin! I’m definitely busting this recipe out again for the holidays too! 🙂
I’ve tried several of your recipes, and they’ve all been good, so I know this one will be delicious. At Thanksgiving I make a fresh cranberry/orange relish, and at Christmas a yummy concoction of Honeycomb cereal, almond bark, peanut butter M&Ms, and a couple of other ingredients I can’t remember right now! Thank you for your blog, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
That makes me so happy to hear your successes with my recipes! And the Christmas concoction you make sounds absolutely divine! Happy Holidays to you, Edie!
This looks amazing, and the photos are so stunning! It’s hard to believe one could make this so easily! Pinned. 🙂
Thank you so much, Marcie! It really is such a simple recipe, but oh man, does it taste delicious! So glad you stopped by! 🙂
Liz, I wouldn’t be able to stop with the photographs either! You were able to capture the beauty of this easy ooey gooey bread perfectly… I love that you used your grandparents’ platter to showcase the colors and shape! Pinned and will definitely be baking for my family. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Heather! I spotted that platter when my mom was cleaning out her kitchen one day (she had a serious hoarding issue with kitchen supplies!), and thought it would be perfect for some food photography. It looked great with this gooey caramel bread! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
I love to bake all sorts of cookies for the Holidays!!
Yummm! I love making Lebkuchen! We make them at Thanksgiving so they can “age” until Christmas!
I love making the recipes that are traditions in my family like my great-grandmothers Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Molasses Crinkles. I never got to meet her, but I get to see her handwriting and make something she once made.
That is such a special thing, Lauri! Her cookies sound amazing. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Gorgeous photos! You do have a gift. I hope I can find the book here in Canada! Might try a bit of maple syrup in the caramel sauce 🙂
Ohh, maple syrup would be delicious! I hope you enjoy the recipe, Alexandra! I know Amazon sells the book, so you should be able to order it. 🙂 So glad you stopped by!
your picsture are seriouly killing me, I need this recipe even though my bundt pan scares me
Don’t fear the bundt pan, Heather! 🙂 And I seriously couldn’t put the camera down on this recipe. Some days, the food just works, ya know? Thanks for stopping by!
Oh my gosh these look amazing…your photos are incredible!
You are too sweet! Thank you Jo-Anna! Gooey caramel anything tends to be pretty easy on the eyes. 🙂
My family would go crazy for this! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Mine definitely does! Thanks for stopping by, Karly! 🙂
Those look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try them.
I’m already craving another batch of these! Hope you enjoy the recipe. 🙂
YUM! Going grocery shopping tomorrow, just added the ingredients to my list. Intrigued with the caramel recipe as I make caramels every Christmas using a recipe from a 1929 cookbook. Have been looking for a caramel sauce recipe. Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook!
The homemade caramels you make sound amazing! Love hearing about people’s holiday traditions! Enjoy the recipe, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
I’m making delicious pumpkin squares and a warm vanilla pie served ala mode with vanilla bean ice cream… to die for!
I can not wait to try these. Great for Christmas Morning with Brandy Alexanders, Souffle of French Toast made the night before and popped in the oven. Maybe this year I’ll make it savory with ham and two chesses and herbs. Suzann
Sounds amazing, Suzann!!
My favorite recipe for Christmas are Snowball cookies, made with butter, flour and pecans. Everyone loves them, but they are so hard to put down that I only make them for special occasions!
I can imagine those would be hard to put down! They sound amazing!
These are a perfect alternative for all the pies I’ll be making can not wait to try them for thanksgiving
I hope everyone enjoys them as much as we do!! Have a wonderful holiday, Cynthia! 🙂
I love to make homemade muddy buddy mix! It is always a favorite at parties!
Love muddy buddies!!
Deep dish pumpkin pie!
Deep dish… yum!!
Anything chocolate and mint!
This looks great! Perfect for holiday mornings since you make it the night before. Would work perfectly with the Country Breakfast casserole I make for Christmas mornings.
That sounds like the perfect addition to your Christmas morning menu! Hope you enjoy!:)
Do you let them rise on the counter or in the refrigerator overnight? Also, do you cover them while they are rising? Thanks….
Hey JoDee, great question! I spray a piece of plastic wrap with some nonstick cooking spray and cover the pan with that while it rises overnight on the counter (at room temperature). I hope you enjoy the recipe!
This is an old favorite of mine Worth every calorie! Thanks for sharing.
Yes! Worth every calorie, indeed! 🙂
Soooo glad I found you on Pinterest. Simply amazing sweetie!!!!
I’m thrilled to have you here, Michele! Welcome to Love Grows Wild! 🙂
Trying these out today for Christmas treat tomorrow. Thank you for your lovely post; I’m hoping they are as delicious as they look in the photos!
I hope you enjoyed them!! We made these on Christmas Day too! 🙂
My mom use to make this exact recipe for our family every Christmas morning, so this recipe has super sweet memories for me. This is the first time that I have ever seen it posted on Pinterest, but it is a “NO FAIL” recipe. It turns out fabulous every time, and my guest always love it! Thanks for posting this Liz. BTW…she called it the “Overnight Coffee Cake”.