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Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread recipe is a sweet, gooey, buttery treat made with canned cinnamon roll dough and covered in a caramel and sugar glaze. This family favorite recipe is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a special holiday!

close up of cinnamon roll monkey bread on a plate

This Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is an absolute over-the-top showstopper that is fantastic for breakfast or dessert. It tastes just as amazing as it looks with each bite rolled in cinnamon sugar, covered with buttery brown sugar caramel sauce, then drizzled with sweet icing. And it’s super easy to bake since it’s made with canned cinnamon rolls.

This is a hit every single time I serve it for family or guests. Family and friends requested this recipe more times than I can count. Trust me, no one will leave the table without a full belly and a smile on their face. Such a crowd favorite with pull-apart bread for everyone to dig in. It’s the perfect dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion or holiday.

cinnamon roll monkey bread on a plate with a fork and coffee in the background

Only 5 ingredients needed

Cinnamon rolls– canned cinnamon rolls make this recipe so easy! Any brand will work as long as it’s an 8 count and around 12.4 ounces.

Brown and white sugar– this combination gives it that deliciously sweet taste! The brown sugar melts with butter to form a sticky caramel that covers the entire dessert. Then the white sugar gives it a little sweet crisp when you bite into it.

Butter– this helps make the caramel sauce and melts all over the cinnamon roll pieces to make the most amazing flavor! I prefer to use salted butter but unsalted would work just as well. This is up to preference.

Cinnamon– this enhances the cinnamon roll taste.

cinnamon rolls, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter

How to make it

To summarize, all you have to do is:

Cut- the cinnamon roll dough into quarters. I found this easiest to do by using a pizza cutter but a knife will work too.

Mixcinnamon and white granulated sugar together in a small bowl.

Roll– the dough in your fingers to make them into a ball and then roll the ball into the white granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture to completely coat all sides.

Place place half the dough into a very well-greased bundt pan. Repeat- really grease that bundt pan. This will help it not to stick to the pan when the sugar and butter turn into a caramel sauce.

Meltbutter and then stir in brown sugar together. Do not worry if it does not fully combine together. It will combine and spread when it is baking.

Pour– half the butter/sugar mix over the dough.

Add– the rest of the sugar-coated dough to the pan.

Pour– the remaining butter/sugar mixture over the top.

Sprinkle– any remaining cinnamon sugar over the top of the dough.

Bake– for 40 minutes or until the dough is fully cooked through and then remove it from the oven.

Cool- the monkey bread in the pan for about 10 minutes.

Flip– over onto your serving plate. I recommend having help with this since the pan is extremely hot. I’ll usually put a plate on top of the pan, flip it over so the plate is now on the table with the pan on top, and then very carefully remove the pan from the plate. If greased well, the monkey bread should stay together and slide out of the pan. Do not worry though if a few pieces stick to the pan. Just remove them and put them back on the monkey bread. It should stick easily since it will be covered in the caramel glaze.

Warm– the icing that came with the canned cinnamon rolls. It usually only takes a few seconds in the microwave. You’ll want the icing to be thick but still able to pour. This will give it that nice white glazed look. Use as much of the icing as you desire. Typically I use 2 of the 3 containers of icing and save the last one for leftovers… if there are any.

Store– in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Frequently asked questions

How do you know when the monkey bread is done?

You will know when it is finished cooking when the bread is puffy, the outside is firm, and a toothpick inserted into the center of a piece of bread comes out clean. A thermometer inserted into the center of the monkey bread should read 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

Does monkey bread need to be baked in a bundt pan?

To achieve the typical look of monkey bread, a bundt pan is best. However, two- 8×8″ square pans could be substituted in a pinch.

Can monkey bread be frozen?

Yes, this recipe can be for up to 3 months if the cream cheese icing has not been drizzled on the top. Tightly wrap the bread in cling wrap and place in an air-tight container or freezer bag. When ready to eat, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Warm in the oven or microwave and then drizzle the icing over the top.

easy cinnamon roll monkey bread on a plate with coffee in the background
very close up of icing on monkey bread

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Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

This Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread recipe is a sweet, gooey, buttery treat made with canned cinnamon roll dough and covered in a caramel and sugar glaze. This family favorite recipe is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a special holiday!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 416 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3- 12.4 ounce cans cinnamon rolls
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using cooking spray or butter, thoroughly grease a bundt pan.
  • Open the 3 cans of cinnamon rolls. Set the icing aside. Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 pieces.
  • In a small bowl, mix white sugar and cinnamon. Roll and coat the cinnamon roll pieces in the mixture. Place half of the cinnamon roll pieces in an even layer in the bundt pan.
  • In another small bowl, mix melted butter and brown sugar. Pour half the mixture over the top of cinnamon rolls in the bundt pan. This will not spread out quite evenly over each piece and that's ok, it will melt together.
  • Add the rest of the cinnamon roll pieces in an even layer to the bundt pan. Pour the remaining butter/brown sugar mixture over the top. Add any remaining white sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the monkey bread is cooked through. The outside will be firm and have a caramel glaze and the inside should be around 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes (but not any longer to prevent it from sticking to the pan). Carefully flip the monkey bread onto a serving plate. If any pieces remained in the pan, add them to the monkey bread. The caramel glaze will help it remain in place.
  • Warm the icing in the microwave for around 10-12 seconds until it has softened slightly and drizzle over top of the monkey bread. Enjoy warm!

Notes

Tips and Tricks
  • Grease the bundt pan really well with butter or cooking spray. This will help prevent the caramel glaze from sticking to the sides and will help the monkey bread release from the pan without problems
  • Use the regular size cinnamon rolls in the can and not the ones titled “Grands” to be sure the monkey bread is the right size.
  • The brown sugar/butter mixture will spread well when baked. Do not worry if it is a little unevenly spread on the cinnamon rolls before baking.
*Nutritional values and cook time vary due to differences in appliance temperatures and product selection.

Nutrition

Serving: 12gCalories: 416kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSodium: 684mgSugar: 35g
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
Serving Size
 
12 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
416
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Sodium
 
684
mg
30
%
Carbohydrates
 
65
g
22
%
Sugar
 
35
g
39
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Comments

  1. Ohhhhhh my goodness. Now I have to make this for our family Christmas brunch! My mom used to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas and I never quite got the recipe right after she passed away. This seems like it would hit the spot and be a lot easier.

    Guess I need to go buy a bundt pan.

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