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Mini Caramel Pecan Monkey Breads

School is on the verge of starting, which HOW? How did the summer fly by so quickly? I'm trying very hard to maintain an attitude of denial about the whole thing because I swear it's still spring. On the rare occasions that I acknowledge that the leaves are about to fall, I do crazy things.

Crazy things like tell Alexis to invite a bunch of friends over for a sleepover.

That's the short version of how it came to be that there were four sixth graders at our house this weekend. Did you know that four sixth graders can be very loud? Like, WOW. So loud.

They used some of their loud to talk me into making Monkey Bread, which wasn't terribly hard since I almost always want to eat Monkey Bread. It's even more fun when I can make a couple of variations because one of them wants the caramel type and the other one doesn't and EVERYBODY IS HAPPY! Hooray!

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Mini Caramel Pecan Monkey Breads

1 large package biscuits (the ones in the whack-a-can)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. You're making 9 little monkey breads because muffin-sized ones are convenient and stuff.

2. Cut the biscuits into small chunks. Go for about 8 chunks per biscuit.

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3. Toss the sugar and cinnamon into a large Ziplic bag. Drop the biscuit chunks into the bag then shake to cover the biscuits completely.

4. Drop about 1 teaspoon of pecans into each cupcake liner. 

5. Top with sugar-coated biscuits. Fill those suckers up until they are heaped over the top.

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6. Melt the butter in the microwave in a mug or large measuring cup. Stir in the brown sugar.

7. Spoon the "caramel" over each little Monkey Bread.

8. Bake at 375 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned.

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9. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. I suggest taking what you want before showing any kids what you have because otherwise you won't get any. Trust me.

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