Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

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This pull-apart Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is sweet, perfectly cinnamon-spiced, and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.

The finished cinnamon roll monkey bread recipe with the cream cheese frosting, showcasing the texture and flavor of this delightful dessert.

The Best Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

My oldest boy’s favorite treat is a homemade cinnamon roll. While he prefers homemade, he’ll happily eat them from the can if that means he gets a cinnamon roll.

The other day he had several friends over, so I thought it would be fun to make a twist on traditional monkey bread and make it with canned cinnamon rolls. Not only did this dessert get two thumbs up all around the table, but my son also requested it for his birthday cake in a couple of weeks.

Cinnamon rolls that go into this monkey bread being cut into fourths.

Ingredients

  • Canned Cinnamon Rolls: Serve as the main dough and flavor base.
  • Sugar & Cinnamon: Coat the dough for added sweetness and spice.
  • Butter, Brown Sugar, & Vanilla: Create a rich sauce for flavor and moisture.
  • Cooking Spray & Flour: Prevent sticking in the Bundt pan.
  • Icing: Adds a sweet finish to the cinnamon roll monkey bread.

The dough cut into fourths and then rolled in cinnamon sugar.

How To Make Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

  1. Preheat & Prep: Heat oven to 400ยฐF. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  2. Cut Dough: Quarter the cinnamon rolls.
  3. Sugar Coat: Toss dough pieces in a mix of white sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Layer in Pan: Place coated pieces in the pan.
  5. Pour Sauce: Mix melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla, and pour over dough.
  6. Bake: Bake 25-35 minutes until set.
  7. Cool & Flip: Let it cool, then flip onto a plate.
  8. Add Icing: Drizzle with cinnamon roll icing.

The dough pieces being added to the bundt pan and the brown sugar sauce being poured on top.

STORAGE

Storage

  • Refrigeration: Only refrigerate cinnamon roll monkey bread if using cream cheese icing. Otherwise, it’s best covered, at room temperature to avoid hardening.
  • Make Ahead: Assemble in a greased Bundt pan, cover, and refrigerate. Before baking, let it reach room temperature (30 minutes), add the brown sugar mixture, and bake at 400ยฐF for 20 minutes.
  • Freezing: Wrap leftovers tightly and store in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge. Note: Freezing affects texture and flavor. Don’t freeze uncooked dough.

The finished dessert/breakfast displayed on a cake stand, with cream cheese frosting on top, a delicious treat full of flavor.

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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

4.85 from 19 votes
This pull-apart Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is sweet, perfectly cinnamon spiced, and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.
Cinnamon roll monkey bread baked and ready to eat, sitting on a cake stand, with icing dripping, delicious and full of flavor.
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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Cinnamon roll monkey bread baked and ready to eat, sitting on a cake stand, with icing dripping, delicious and full of flavor.
4.85 from 19 votes
This pull-apart Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is sweet, perfectly cinnamon spiced, and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon roll monkey bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings (it's sweet, so a little goes a long way!)
Chelsea Lords
Calories 360kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (17.5 ounces each) Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously grease (with cooking spray) and then lightly flour a large, 12-cup Bundt pan.
  • Remove the cinnamon roll dough and cut each roll into quarters.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar and then toss the cinnamon roll dough quarters in the bowl until well coated.
  • Once coated with cinnamon sugar, add roll pieces to the prepared Bundt pan.
  • Melt butter and stir in the brown sugar and vanilla; pour over the dough in the Bundt pan.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until no longer gooey in the center. Remove and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Once it's still warm, but no longer hot, you can flip the Cinnamon Roll Monkey bread onto a plate.
  • Transfer the icing from the can into a plastic bag. Snip off the tip with scissors and pipe it all over the cake.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 709IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. I noticed it says in the body of your blog to spray or butter the pan. You might want to add that to the directions in case people miss that. Thanks for the recipe! Canโ€™t wait to try it for guests!

    1. Iโ€™m making this tonight for โ€œCard night with friendsโ€ but plan on adding chopped pecans.. thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    We have been making monkey bread since I was in hs, 25+ years now and this is BY FAR the best and easiest recipe to date. Everyone including myself LOVED it!

  3. I noticed when I took it out the outside was crispy but the inside was still doughy. How do I fix that?

    1. You can tent some foil over the top. Is your oven calibrated to the correct temperature? If the temperature is off, that might be why the outside is cooking quicker than the inside.

  4. After I took mine out I let it sit for 6-7 minutes. NOT long enough! It broke in a couple of pieces and some stuck to the bottom. Still edible just only for us. ????

    1. I’d let it sit more like 10-15 minutes after removing from the oven so it stays together! Glad you enjoyed though ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi! Would it be ok for it to sit overnight or will that mess up the monkey bread? Love your recipes by the way ????

    1. Thank you so much Jessica, I appreciate that! ๐Ÿ™‚ To be honest with you, I’ve never made it overnight, so I’m not sure. I think the cinnamon rolls could deflate or dry out a little, but it was covered carefully, maybe it would be okay. Sorry, just guessing here!

  6. 5 stars
    SOOOOOOO delicious!! Made this for my son and his friends and they loved it! I ate what was left, and OMG! This is my go to monkey bread from now on!

  7. Great recipe for monkey bread! Made it a few times! 2 things you could do to change it up is add cookie dough the the bottom of the bunt pan. (I used chocolate chip and everyone loved it!)

    If you making it by the recipe I always add a teaspoon of nutmeg to the sugar and cinnamon mixture and it gives it such a nice flavor!!

  8. You might want to also add to the recipe to not let it cool more than about 5 mins. I let me sit while I did a few things and it was impossible to remove from the pan.

  9. 5 stars
    We have made this 2x in the last month and we LOVE it. Itโ€™s yummy, looks gorgeous and is really easy. Definitely a keeper

  10. I only had one canned so I cut all the ingredients in half but what would be the cooking time. I know I canโ€™t cut the cooking time and a half

    1. Glad you enjoyed the flavor! Your oven may run a little hot, maybe try reducing temp 25 degrees next time? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 4 stars
    I think 400 is too high 30 min and it was kinda burned and crunchy. We still ate it! Next time I’ll try 350. It was yummy all in all

  12. 5 stars
    I made and it turned out great! I waited for about 20 minutes before flipping it over and it stayed together perfectly!!

  13. This was posted on MSN in an article titled Easy Crockpot Desserts that will free up your oven but the recipe clearly describes baking it . Huh????

  14. 5 stars
    My daughter has made this recipe several times. She does not keep track of her sugar consumption or her calorie consumption but I do. How many servings were the Calories and grams of added sugar calculated on. Thanks

  15. 5 stars
    Added pecans as I was layering in hells. Also cut some rolls into 1/8 pieces to fill in gaps

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