family traditions

Where did the last 2 weeks go? I swear I had all of my posts lined up ready to share with you guys. Easter's coming up and Passover too… In my family we celebrate both. I wanted to share some of our family recipes with you guys and then things got crazy, like INSANELY crazy. I started a new job and I've been working like a madwoman. AND last week my little sister was in town. It was great, except I forgot to share my awesome family recipes with you guys… so sorry! So I'll overload you this week to make up for it, k?

Every family has their own traditions. In my family, early morning before a special holiday, we have Aunt Bobbi's Buns. We don't have an Aunt Bobbi, I have no idea who she is - but I'm thankful for her buns!!

It's an insanely easy recipe to make and the best part is it only requires you to turn on the oven in the morning. The rest of the prep is done the night before (if you can really call it that). Some people call this monkey bread and I'm sure tons of people have their own spin on it. This is how my family does it. For us, everyone fights over the center pieces (the extra soft, gooey pieces). My sister Carolyn and I always fight over our other sister's pecans (they're not into the nuts). I usually win - the joys of being the oldest sibling. 

What are your family holiday traditions?

aunt bobbi's sticky buns
my mother's recipe adapted from a newspaper clipping from long ago but I found it online here
yields 8 servings

1 package Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
1 box Jello cook-n-serve butterscotch pudding mix
¼ c. melted butter
½ c. packed brown sugar
½ c. pecan halves
¼ t. cinnamon

the night before:
Spray a bunt pan with non-stick cooking spray (I use PAM). Sprinkle nuts into the cake pan and then top with 14 - 18 of the frozen rolls. Enough to fill the pan but not so many that the balls overflow the pan. Pour the pudding mix over the frozen rolls.

In a small bowl, mix butter and brown sugar together and then pour over dinner rolls with pudding mix. Finally, sprinkle with cinnamon, cover with plastic wrap,  and set it in a cool oven overnight. I know this sounds crazy, but trust it… it works and it's awesome. 

in the morning:
Pull out your cake pan (this is REALLY important, don't forget like I have before). Preheat your oven to 350º F and bake your bobbi's for 18-20 minutes until the frozen dinner rolls are cooked. They should sound slightly hollow when tapped (you know what a cooked dinner roll should look like - you eat them). Place a large plate over the top and invert and let sit for a few minutes. Pull the pan off and you have yourself a gorgeous and EASY special breakfast! 

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!!

improv style:
i'm sure you could use any type of frozen dinner roll as long as it was a basic dinner roll and not a crescent, etc… if you try another brand, let me know how it works! maybe try a whole wheat brand? unfortunately, the pudding mix is kind of essential to this recipe but if you're trying to be healthier (calorie wise), you could use margarine instead of butter. i don't recommend this. and finally, how do you feel about nuts? not a fan? leave it out… only have walnuts, substitute it! i bet some crumbled dried fruit would be a nice addition as well. maybe a little drizzle of rum (2 - 3 T.) would give it an extra holiday kick?! 


  1. Do You cook the Jello Pudding mix before pouring over? Or do you sprinkle the jello from package uncooked?

    1. sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. you do not cook the pudding mix, just pour it over uncooked.

  2. They are NOT kidding. These are simply amazing and I'm eating some RIGHT NOW on Christmas morning. Thank you.

  3. do you mix the pudding with milk and then pour it over rolls

  4. That is my question too...do you mix the pudding with milk and then pour over or do you just sprinkle the mix over the rolls?

    1. You just pour the dry pudding mix over the rolls. Hope you enjoy!

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