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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monkey Bread In A Jar...

45 degrees - 2:00 pm - cloudy with on and off showers...

Oh mason jars... how I love them!  I use them for everything - from canning, to holding my fine tipped paint brushes.  So why not put some Monkey Bread in them also? 

I have two Monkey Bread recipes that I love – one is completely made from scratch (which is how I prefer to cook) and this one; it is a quickie semi-homemade version (which is nice when you’re in a hurry).  These take just a few minutes to prepare and the kids love it when they get to help me cook.

~Monkey Bread In A Jar~
10 refrigerated biscuits – cut into quarters
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 stick of butter, melted (optional)
4 - 8 ounce mason jars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Then spray the four mason jars with cooking spray and place them into a deep sided baking tray.

First, separate the biscuits and cut each one into fourths.  In a bowl mix the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together.

Each piece of biscuit will then be tossed into the sugary mix for coating.  {Optional:  Melt a ¼ stick of butter, and then lightly coat each piece of biscuit before putting them into the sugary mix.  This is not necessary, but it does add to the flavor of the Monkey Bread.}

After the pieces are sufficiently coated, place ten of the biscuit pieces in each of the prepped mason jars, periodically sprinkling some of the extra sugary mixture between layers.  {Note:  Only fill the mason jars ¾ of the way up, this allows for bread to rise and not overflow.}

Place the mason jars back into the high sided pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-17 minutes, or until the dough has risen and you can see the sugar bubbling.
Remove from the oven and let the jars cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

--- Enjoy!

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