Chocolate Caramel Monkey Muffins

Chocolate caramel monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

I think monkey bread was the first thing my younger brothers ever baked. They loved the gooey mess of making them as much as the caramel goodness of eating them. Truth told, when I leave the house for any amount of time, my husband makes them with my own boys. He waits until I leave, because he knows the ovens won’t be in use and he can sneak the tube of biscuits into the house. Yep, I’ve found the discarded tubes in my house. As a result I never get to eat them, which I think is part of his master plan. Here is my twist on the classic with chocolate tucked in homemade biscuits. I’ve baked them as individual Monkey Muffins to make them even more festive for a party or Sunday brunch.

Some of you may know that I’ve partnered with Gold Medal Flour for my bread website, breadin5.com. It was a natural fit, since we always tested our bread recipes with their flour. Gold Medal is the most widely available and it has consistent results loaf, after loaf. They have recently redesigned their flour bags and sent me a bunch of samples to take a look at. One of the new designs is for the self-rising flour. I can’t use this in my yeasted bread recipes, but I love making biscuits with it. The results are perfect every time and it means having to hunt for less ingredients. 

 

Gold Medal flour | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Chocolate Caramel Monkey Muffins

Biscuits:

2 1/2 cups self rising flour (if you don’t have self rising flour you can use 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon baking powder + 3/4 teaspoon salt)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup chocolate chips, may need more for top

Cinnamon sugar topping:

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Caramel topping:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon corn syrup

2 tablespoons heavy cream

To make the biscuits:

Preheat oven to 400°F

Line 12 muffin cups with papers or grease generously

Blending flour and butter | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In a large bowl blend the flour and butter together until it resembles coarse meal.

Adding buttermilk to butter and flour | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Add the buttermilk

Monkey muffin dough | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

and combine until it is evenly wet.

Monkey muffin dough | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Put the biscuit dough on a floured surface and press it together into a rectangle.

Slicing dough for monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Roll into a 1/2 thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 48 even pieces. Place two chocolate chips on each and gently pinch the dough around the chips.

Rolling muffins in cinnamon and sugar | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In a small bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Roll the chocolate filled dough in the cinnamon sugar.

Place 4 of the biscuits in each muffin cup.

Over low heat, melt the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup together in a small sauce pan. Cook until the sugar seems to be dissolved, you will need to whisk to keep the butter from separating. Spoon half the mixture evenly over the biscuits.

Baking monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown and set in the middle.

Adding chocolate to monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Remove the biscuits and top with more chocolate chips. Reheat the remaining caramel, and add the heavy cream.

Drizzling caramel on monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

When the caramel is warm and smooth, spoon it evenly over the hot biscuits.

Chocolate caramel monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Let them cool slightly before serving, but they should be eaten slightly warm.

Chocolate caramel monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Chocolate caramel monkey muffins | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François