Holiday Coffee Cake Recipe

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

For several decades now, my mom has been making her holiday coffee cake recipe for Christmas morning. She thinks that the recipe originated from the back of a Pillsbury biscuit can. Its hard to say since we've been enjoying this delicious sweet brunch treat for so many years.

I finally asked mom for the recipe this year. I had no idea how quick and easy this coffee cake is to make. Its just perfect for hectic holiday mornings. Warm, gooey and filling, holiday coffee cake is delicious when enjoyed with fresh fruit, orange juice, bacon and.... yes.... coffee!

Next time you are hosting book club, or will be having the extended family over for a holiday gathering, plan on serving this delicious caramel coffee cake treat, straight from the oven and still warm.

Holiday Coffee Cake
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Ingredients for Holiday Coffee Cake

You probably have most of the ingredients for holiday coffee cake in your refrigerator or pantry.

Other than the refrigerated biscuits, a trip to the grocery store is one less thing on your to-do list this time of year.

The recipe is pretty straight-forward:

  • ½ C butter
  • ¾ C firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ C chopped pecans or walnuts (we always use pecans)
  • ¼ C real maple syrup
  • 2 (10 oz.) cans refrigerated flaky biscuits

You will also need a circular bundt pan and butter or shortening to grease the pan. I highly recommend that you not use cooking spray because it is too hard to get into the crevices to prevent sticking.

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Cook Time for Holiday Coffee Cake

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: Serves 12 people

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Directions for Making Holiday Coffee Cake

Holiday coffee cake can be prepared in less than 1 hour with little prep time. That frees you up to spend time with the family!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 12-cup fluted tube pan or Bundt cake pan and set aside
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in brown sugar, pecans and maple syrup.
  4. Pour approximately 1/4 c. of the sugar mixture into the prepared pan
  5. Open the cans of biscuit dough and separate into 20 biscuits. Stand them on edge, slightly overlapping around the prepared pan.
  6. Pour remaining sugar mixture over biscuits.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  8. Carefully invert holiday coffee cake onto a lipped serving plate (to catch syrup) and serve warm.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

The Holiday coffee cake looks good enough to eat ... right off the page.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks BJ - it is soooo yummy! Our family looks forward to this every Christmas (in fact, its super for Easter brunch too) Cheers, Stephanie


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minnow 6 years ago from Seattle

it looks wonderful! thanks for posting it.


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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This coffee cake looks absolutely delicious, thanks


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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

I bet this is a really great coffee cake. My wife is a baker and is always experimenting. Thanks for this recipe.


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chinemeremz 6 years ago

uhmmm, you recipe is really cool. I can't wait to try it


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tlpoague 6 years ago from USA

I love the coffee cake, but have to admit money bread is my weakness. I am still learning how to make my grandmother's sticky buns that is a favorite in the family. Great hub! Now I feel the need to go bake...


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks you guys - I love baking too and spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen yesterday (just perfect this time of year!) Fiddleman, I hope your wife likes this recipe!

Tipoague, this holiday coffee cake is a lot like Monkey Bread and sticky buns. Gooey and yummy! Cheers all, Steph


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

oh my God, how have I forgotten "Monkey Bread", a favorite of mine as a child, my grandmother would always lure us back indoors with the wonderful flavors flowing out the window above her stove! Oh how I loved it. I will be over for coffee cake for Christmas,LOL! thanks for the recipes and reminder of forgotten great cakes, I now have to head to the store to gather ingredients and get to baking with my daughter next weekend!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

You are welcome around the Christmas breakfast table any day! Hope you enjoy the coffee cake/Monkey Bread recipe. Smiles, Steph


shygirl2 6 years ago

yummy! Looks great! there is nothing else like a good coffee cake. :)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

I agree! Thanks shy!


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LindaJM 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

This looks delicious! ...And easy to make!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Super easy - that's why I love this coffee cake recipe so much! :)


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Your delightful Hub took me right down memory lane, Steph. I used to make monkey bread a lot, but always with my own yeast bread dough, not with a prepared biscuit. Your mom's version is so much easier that I think I'll give it a whirl..or a swirl!


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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The recipe looks easy and delicious, and the photo makes me wish that the cake was baking in my oven right now!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Sherri - this recipe is so easy, you'll be making Monkey bread every weekend! Cheers to you - hope you love it!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Alicia - holiday coffee cake is so simple, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Go pick up some refrigerated biscuits and soon the cake CAN be baking in your oven! Enjoy - Steph


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. I thought this cake is so delicious. I'll show this to my mom. I hope she could make this cake for me. Rating Up!

Prasetio


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

You will be so lucky if your mom will make this holiday coffee cake for you! That way you can simply enjoy... thanks mom! ;-) Best to you Prasetio!


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

I am loving all these recipe hubs you are posting, Steph-- great, easy to follow recipe for the holidays-- thanks


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Robie - its the holiday baking time of year! Enjoy, Steph


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lbidd54 5 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

'Can't wait to try these recipes. there's nothing like a good coffee cake.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi ibidd, thank you! I love coffee cake any time of the year, too. Best, Steph


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I need some right now! Like my Mom, I love coffee and cake in the morning —I guess I shouldn't read hubs about coffee cake before breakfast! Gonna try this one!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hahaha! Good idea, Stephanie! I do the same thing - I read hubs with delicious recipes and and I get super hungry! Enjoy the coffee cake! Best, Steph


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, Some of the most delicious recipes originated on the backs of boxes decades ago! Your mother's Holiday Coffee Cake is no exception. I can assure you that I won't be waiting for the holidays to make this coffee cake.

Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe.

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