Dessert & Sweet Breads Recipes from Your Bread Maker

Bread machines can do much more than the usual white bread, wheat bread and occasional gluten-free. They can also produce some excellent dessert breads that are warm and reassuring at breakfast, satisfy a sweet tooth as a dessert, or offer a sweet counterpoint to a savory dish like a sweet Hawaiian style roll. Some of these recipes can be finished in your bread machine while others require you to remove the dough and shape to your liking for a final finish in your oven.

The key thing is to make sure your proportions are right. Many of these recipes depend heavily upon sugar as an ingredient. Too much sugar can cause the sugar to carbonize and you’ll have a burnt marshmallow taste. Other recipes include things like chocolate chips. It’s important to know exactly when these kinds of ingredients should be added. If you add them too soon, they’ll simply melt and you’ll have a smear of chocolate across your loaf or roll. The recipes do the best to give you an idea when to add delicate ingredients like chocolate chips and fruit or nuts.

If your machine has an automatic fruit or nut dispenser things can be easier, but even without one you can master these recipes and serve them again and again. Most every bread machine features a series of beeps informing you that it’s time to add those extra ingredients like fruits, nuts or chocolate chips. Take a good look at your instruction book if you’re in doubt. The recipes that follow should guide you well but double check with your instruction book.

With that in mind, let’s jump in and start making dessert breads in your bread machine.


Bread Machine Turtle Bread Recipe:

Chocolaty and sweet with a dark chocolate coating. If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the dessert bread for you.

(Serves 8 to 12)


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 10 wrapped caramels
  • 2 2/3 cups Bread Flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tspn active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans


Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips and pecans to the bread machine pan in the order indicted above or the order recommended by the manufacturer. Add chocolate chips and pecans at the Fruit/Nut signal or 5 minutes before the last kneading cycle ends. If you have an automatic fruit/nut hopper – add the chips to the hopper chute. Select the Sweet or Basic/White cycle. Use Medium or Light crust color. Remove baked bread from pan, and cool on wire rack.


Hawaiian Style Sweet rolls Recipe:

You’re using the bread machine to make the dough and then removing it to finish in the oven. Many of us love this sweet bread for savory, snack sandwiches or as a complement to savory dishes like Turkey, pork or beef. Great with a pat of butter or dipped in gravy. Make a bunch and keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for breakfast or lunch.


  • 11/3 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps active dry yeast


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk whisked into egg


Select Dough course and remove after kneading cycle. Shape into roll shapes and glaze with egg and milk mixture. Bake at 375°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.


Monkey Bread Recipe:

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This a fun recipe that kids love because it’s essentially finger-food. You tear off a piece and eat it with your hands, or you can eat it with a fork but few people do that. It’s sweet and simply fun to eat. Some people call them “sticky buns” because they’re so drenched with a sugary, sweet coating. Most grownups like it too.


  • 1 c. warm milk (about 110° F.)
  • 1/3 c. warm water (Sane 110° F.)
  • 2 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp. yeast

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  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Add to your bread machine in this order of the order it indicates. Set to “Dough Setting.”
  2. Now you get to roll up your sleeves. Grease a Bundt pan with butter or oil. Dump out the dough from the machine onto a floured surface and roll into an 8 by 8 inch square. Cut it into about 60 pieces.
  3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl, melt butter. Dip dough pieces into the butter, then coat with the sugar/cinnamon. Arrange in Bundt pan, staggering seams as you put the pieces in.
  4. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour or so, until the dough is 1-2 inches from the top of the pan.
  5. Heat oven to 350°F and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let it rest for about 5 minutes, then turn upside-down onto a platter. Try to get a piece for yourself before the kids get to it.

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This is only the beginning. There are many more recipes you can make and bake in your bread machine, or start with a dough-cycle and finish in your oven. It’s not just about a loaf or white or wheat bread anymore. Try some of these recipes and get creative with all of the things you can do with your bread machine.

Steve Nubie

Steve Nubie has been writing professionally for 38 years. He is a Chef and has traveled across Asia and Europe studying language, culture and cuisine. He instructs culinary classes in the Culinary School at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and has written extensively on cuisine, cooking, diet and nutrition. He is a published author of 10 books including a cookbook and continues to write on subjects related to culinary trends.

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