Pioneer Coffee Cake Bites

Pull-Apart Pioneer Coffee Cake

Fall is the season that starts to usher in those cool mornings where there is nothing like a warm coffee cake to enjoy with your cup of joe or favorite tea for the perfect morning boost, or even a lazy weekend morning. This Pull-Apart Pioneer Coffee Cake is super simple to make and even more delicious to eat!

Pioneer Coffee Cake Bites

Love this easy coffee cake because you can use home-made biscuits for a quick bake and delicious coffee cake.

This recipe reminds me of what pioneer cooks made in their cast iron skillet over a hot campfire, which is where it gets its inspiring name.

Delight yourself in this breakfast or brunch treat loaded with warm fluffy biscuits drenched in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. This Pull-Apart Pioneer Coffee Cake will soon be a favorite in your home!

Notably: you can 86 the pecans and use a crumb topping or just enjoy it with a brown sugar glaze.  The recipe is super easy and simple and you can whip it up in no time.

Biscuit Recipe

The recipe hails from my aunt which she gave to me in a family recipe book that was created for me as a bridal shower gift, a recipe that I still use after 28 years.

Hands down, it’s simple and delicious with just three ingredients (self-rising flour, butter, and buttermilk) which makes pulling it together quick.

Making biscuits use to be a challenge for me as I could never get them to be moist and fluffy.  Seems I always over worked the dough as well as, over baking them resembling hockey pucks instead of glorious wishful delights.  Ugh.

If you don’t have self-rising flour on hand, no problem!  You can make your own with this formula:

1 cup of self-rising flour:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Coffee Cake Biscuit Tips

A few secrets I learned in making great biscuits:

  • Treat the dough gently and roll it out to ½” thickness, being careful not to over work the dough.
  • Let the baking powder do its work here in allowing them to rise and be light and fluffy.
  • Butter is key here in making these tastes so good.  Use cold butter in the dough and right before and after baking, brushing on the melted version guarantees a stellar biscuit rich in flavor!
Pioneer Coffee Cake bites on a plate

Give this Pull-Apart Pioneer Coffee Cake recipe a try, I bet it will soon be your go-to favorite!

A great coffee cake recipe you must try is this amazing Sour Cream Coffee Cake. It is the bomb!


Pull-Apart Pioneer Coffee Cake

Pioneer Coffee Cake Bites

A quick and easy coffee cake made from buttermilk biscuits and a brown sugar glaze that will have licking your fingers and going back for seconds

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Breads
  • Cuisine: American


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Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 2 1/2 cup self rising flour
  • 1 stick butter (unsalted, chilled, cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 4 TBS butter (melted)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (chopped-optional)



  1. Grease a 8″ round cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place flour in a bowl. Cut the piece of butter in till crumbly.
  3. Add the buttermilk and mix just until the the dough comes together.
  4. Roll out onto a floured service cut into rounds using a 2-3″ cutter, about 1/2″ thick. You can also use a standard biscuit cutter as well.
  5. Place the biscuits into the baking pan, close together, completely filling the bottom of the pan.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350.

Brown Sugar Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, melt the butter and add the sugars and mix well.
  2. Fold in the walnuts or pecans if desired. This is optional.
  3. Pour over the biscuit mixture making sure to coat all the biscuits with the glaze. Pioneer coffee cake ready to bake in a pan
  4. Bake about 20 minutes till biscuits are done. It may need a few more minutes  . Baked Pioneer Coffee Cake


This recipe was adapted by a Southern Living Recipe I saw years ago.

These are ooey- gooey and fun to pull apart with friends and family.

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