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Rolo Stuffed Monkey Bread

Rolo Stuffed Monkey Bread |

Let’s talk Rolos vs. Caramel Filled Hershey Kisses.

For straight up snacking or for topping cookies, you want the Kisses. They’re great in rice krispies treats and dips too– pretty much anything you don’t have to bake them in.

But for anything you have to bake? You need Rolos all the way.

I actually can’t stand Rolos out of the package. They’re too stiff and chewy for me. I’d much rather pop a caramel filled Hersheys Kiss any day! But something magical happens to Rolos when you bake them, and they become about a bazillion times better than they were before melted. Even after they cool and harden, I swear they’re still better then than they were straight out of the package! I’d be interested in knowing the chemistry behind baking a Rolo… any smarties out there who could educate me on this?

Anyway. I think it’s that stiff chewiness that makes a Rolo the best caramel filled candy candidate for baking. They hold up under the heat really well, so that after the baking happens, the gooey caramel is still there.

Have you ever baked a caramel filled Kiss? More often than not, it seems like the caramel sort of soaks into the rest of the dessert, and you totally lose the caramel “it” factor. They’re too soft and just don’t hold up to the heat as well. Don’t read me wrong here– I like that “softness.” I like it going from that golden tin foil wrapping into my mouth!

But when it comes to baked goods– you’ve gotta stick with Rolos. They’ll never fail you under pressure.

Rolo Stuffed Monkey Bread |

They worked beautifully in this monkey bread, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve about decided that all monkey bread is addictive fresh and right out of the oven. But it takes something special to still be just as addictive a day later, left uncovered, and nuked twice for photos.

This monkey bread? It’s something special.

Rolo Stuffed Monkey Bread


  • 3 - 7.5 ounce cans refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 24 Rolos, unwrapped


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Grease a bundt pan well, and set aside.
  2. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a large zip top bag.
  3. Open the cans of biscuit dough. Place a Rolo in the center of each piece of dough and roll each one into a ball.
  4. Place the dough balls into the zip top bag, 3 or 4 at a time, and shake to coat the dough. Repeat until all of the pieces of dough are coated in cinnamon sugar.
  5. Place the coated dough balls in the bundt pan.
  6. In a small bowl, microwave the butter, brown sugar, and honey for 1 minute. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the dough balls in the bundt pan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until dough on the outside is brown and the center feels “set” when you lightly push on it.
  8. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then invert onto a plate.

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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23 Responses to “Rolo Stuffed Monkey Bread”

  1. Tanya posted on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm (#)

    I’m not sure I’ve ever had a caramel Hershey Kiss! But I always have rolls on hand! Boy I love a good monkey bread!

  2. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on April 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm (#)

    You.are.a.genius!! I can only imagine how incredible this is :)

  3. Heather @ French Press posted on April 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm (#)

    bread and candy is a win any day in my book…

  4. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm (#)

    MMMM rolos and monkey bread!? Genius :) Wish I could have a bite or five ;)

  5. Liz posted on April 17, 2013 at 7:25 am (#)

    Another way to use one of my favorite candies! Genius idea!!! Congrats on your new home!!!

  6. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:00 am (#)

    Oh yum, this looks amazing!

  7. Erin @ Making Memories posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:41 am (#)

    Hold the phone! Rolos inside monkey bread! Holy heck! This looks amazing!!!!

  8. Megan @ The Pink Flour posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:48 am (#)

    I’m totally with you that Caramel Kisses are for eating and Rolos are for baking :) And this monkey bread looks ah-mazing!Congratulations on your new house! How exciting!

  9. Nancy P.@Thebittersideofsweet posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm (#)

    Seriously I think I may have drooled when I saw this! Monkey bread is my all time favorite and you have just made it so much better!

  10. Gloria @ Simply Gloria posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm (#)

    This is so delectable! Commence drooling…
    ps I’m your newest follower!

  11. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on April 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm (#)

    Drool city over here. Ashton, this is phenomenal. SO insanely amazing. I freaking love monkey bread. And rolls (!!!!). I love your creative mind in the kitchen. :)

  12. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm (#)

    It’s funny how they have better applications.

    This rolo application is frankly incredible.

  13. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#)

    P.S Happy Moving!! Hope everything goes well.

  14. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm (#)

    Yet another thing we have in common. TEAM CARAMEL KISS. :) Rolos are too hard and chewy! This monkey bread, well. You know how I feel about Monkey bread!

  15. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm (#)

    This is pretty much the best idea EVER.

  16. Christi @ Love From The Oven posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm (#)

    I really have no words. Drool, lots of that, but no words. Those look in-flipping-credible.

  17. laurasmess posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 am (#)

    Hello there Ashton! Argh… this bread looks dangerous. I think I’d want to eat the entire loaf at once (whilst the chocolate was still molten and gooey with caramel, mmm). This is my first stop-in at your gorgeous blog and I just wanted to say that I’m in love with your gorgeous treats. Though… ‘Monkey Bread’ and ‘Poke Cakes’…? I’ve never heard of either!!! Maybe it’s not something we eat in Australia?! I’d love to know the origin of these names ;)

  18. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm (#)

    I am with you on the eating caramel kisses! Rolos stick to my teeth, so I generally don’t buy them anymore unless I have a baking plan! This monkey bread…it needs to be made! And I hear you on trying to make food look appetizing the day or two after making it!!!

  19. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on April 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm (#)

    I am dying of OMG I want to eat this right now!!! Best use of a rolo ever!

  20. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm (#)

    I just now saw that you linked up to my Monkey Bread. Thanks Ashton!!


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