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Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast treat or dessert and you love the taste of cinnamon, have I got an easy recipe for you! This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread comes together in minutes and only requires a handful of simple ingredients!

Breakfast in a Hurry

Have you ever been in a hurry but wanted to make something sweet for your loved ones? That was the predicament I found myself in this morning. I was headed to my daughter’s house and wanted to take something sweet for the grandkids.

It was pretty early in the day and we’re on holiday here in South Texas so I knew they probably hadn’t eaten breakfast yet. With that in mind, I decided to whip up an easy Monkey Bread using some canned cinnamon rolls.

I’ve made Monkey Bread before, using canned biscuits. But this time I wanted extra cinnamon. So I decided to use the same recipe, substituting cinnamon rolls for the biscuits.

And y’all. . .can I just say. . .wow!

This is one recipe so easy, so tasty, that I’ll be making it over and over!

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Ingredients

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at the ingredients you’ll need for this fun Monkey Bread. You probably have most of these items in your kitchen already!

  • Cinnamon Rolls (any brand)
  • butter (salted or unsalted, your choice)
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • chopped pecans (optional)
  • vanilla extract (optional)

That’s it! Just a handful of simple ingredients.

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

This recipe came together so easily! You’re going to love the simplicity.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray. (I used Baker’s Joy.) Be sure to cover every spot or the monkey bread will stick.

Open two cans of cinnamon rolls. Set frosting aside.

Cut cinnamon rolls into quarters. They will probably break apart on you but that’s totally fine.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Place sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Working a little at a time, coat one can of chopped biscuits in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Place in the bottom of the prepared bundt pan.

Add a handful of the chopped pecans.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Now repeat the process with the second can of cinnamon rolls. Add them and then top with the rest of the pecans.

Add a stick of butter to the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and microwave for one minute or until butter is completely melted. Mix well.

Pour over the cinnamon rolls, getting as much coverage as you can.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Place in preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until Monkey Bread turns a golden color.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Remove from oven and set bundt pan on wire rack to cool.

Allow to cool for 10 – 15 minutes.

Turn out onto a plate.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Swirl on the two packets of frosting.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Sprinkle with more pecans.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Serve warm or cold.

Chances are pretty good you won’t have any left but if you do place it in an airtight container and store at room temperature. It should be good 2 – 3 days.

What to Expect from This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

It’s light, it’s crisp, it’s soft, it’s flaky, it’s cinnamon-y, it’s sweet, it’s got that luscious caramelly mix running throughout. . .and it’s topped with frosting. What else could you ask for?

My grandkids were in love with this. Their eye bugged out the moment they saw me coming with this platter in hand. I know they were excited to see me. (Well, I probably came in second to the Monkey Bread.) Honestly? I haven’t seen my youngest granddaughter this excited since we made Homemade Caramel Turtles together a few weeks ago!

Monkey Bread really hits the spot when you need something filling and sweet, something that’s set apart from a typical breakfast.

Variations on this Recipe

There are so many ways to dress up Monkey Bread. You can always add:

Cranberries: Yep, just drop in berries at the halfway point and again on top.

Raisins: This is an obvious addition to cinnamon rolls. Some folks love them!

Apple: Place small chunks of fresh apple throughout, coating the pieces with cinnamon sugar before adding them to the mix.

Fall Spices: If you want an autumn breakfast treat add pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or all-spice to the butter mixture. You can always coat with salted caramel for an additional layer of fall flavors.

Other Breakfast Treats from Out of the Box Baking

If you love breakfast treats we’ve got you covered. Here are a few favorites:

Orange Cranberry Bread Pudding: If you love a luscious bread pudding but you’re also crazy about the mergence of orange and cranberry, have I got a treat for you! This delicious bread pudding is a breeze to make and so tasty you’ll make it again and again. 

Homemade Pumpkin Bread: It’s fall here in the south and everyone is adding pumpkin to their favorite cakes, pies, and cookies. My friend stopped by today and taught me how to make her family’s favorite pumpkin bread. . .from scratch!

Classic Banana Bread with Walnuts: If you’re looking for that classic down-home taste of a great banana bread rich with walnuts, you’ve come to the right place. In this post I’m going to give you a great go-to recipe you can whip up when you’re in a hurry.

Monkey Bread with Canned Biscuits: If you love a good cinnamon roll, one that’s gooey and sticky but light and fluffy at the same time. . .you’re definitely in the right place. This Monkey Bread recipe is rich with brown sugar and cinnamon and will leave you swooning! Best of all, it starts with canned biscuits. Talk about simple!

Easy Cranberry Breakfast Cake: If you love a luscious coffee cake but also love the luscious twang of cranberries, this is the recipe for you! This easy breakfast cake comes together so easily and best of all, it’s from scratch!

Easy Cinnamon Streusel Cake: If you love the combination of cinnamon and sugar and you happen to love streusel topping with crunchy toasted pecans, then I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. This Easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is perfect for breakfast. . .or any time of day!

Check out this fun Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread from South Your Mouth. It looks delectable!


That’s it for this post, friends. I hope you enjoy this luscious Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread!

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you're looking for a quick breakfast treat or dessert and you love the taste of cinnamon, have I got an easy recipe for you! This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread comes together in minutes and only requires a handful of simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Cinnamon Rolls (any brand)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (salted or unsalted, your choice)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • That's it! Just five simple ingredients.

Instructions

    How to Make Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
    This recipe came together so easily! You're going to love the simplicity.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray. (I used Baker's Joy.) Be sure to cover every spot or the monkey bread will stick.
    Open two cans of cinnamon rolls. Set frosting aside.
    Cut cinnamon rolls into quarters. They will probably break apart on you but that's totally fine.
    Place sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well.
    Working a little at a time, coat one can of chopped biscuits in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
    Place in the bottom of the prepared bundt pan.
    Add a handful of the chopped pecans.
    Now repeat the process with the second can of cinnamon rolls. Add them and then top with the rest of the pecans.
    Add a stick of butter to the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and microwave for one minute or until butter is completely melted. Mix well.
    Pour over the cinnamon rolls, getting as much coverage as you can.
    Place in preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until Monkey Bread turns a golden color.
    Remove from oven and set bundt pan on wire rack to cool.
    Allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
    Turn out onto a plate.
    Swirl on the two packets of frosting.
    Serve warm or cold.
    Chances are pretty good you won't have any left but if you do place it in an airtight container and store at room temperature. It should be good 2 - 3 days.

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