Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

September 26, 2008 · 24 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Bread / Rolls, Breakfast

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Warning! This is so incredibly bad for you, but tastes so ridiculously good that you aren’t even going to mind not being able to fit into your pants on Monday morning. I’ve made Monkey Bread quite a few times the traditional way — with refrigerated biscuit dough, but last weekend I got a very naughty idea. What if I followed the same basic premise but substituted cinnamon rolls for the biscuits? [Cue evil scientist laughter].

To make this breakfast treat even more fabulous I sprinkled walnuts and cranberries amidst the cinnamon and sugar coated dough before baking. Then I heated the pre-packaged icing and drizzled it over the top of the cooling mountain of bellyache producing sweetness. When paired with a great cup of coffee you have a seriously sinful Sunday morning on your hands. Enjoy! Just make sure you set your alarm a bit earlier on Monday so you can run around the block a few dozen times.

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread (based on the Grands Monkey Bread Recipe found at

1/2 cup sugar
2  teaspoons cinnamon, divided
2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
Cinnamon Roll icing

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan.

In large plastic food-storage bag, mix sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Separate dough into 16 rolls; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.

Mix brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and butter; pour over cinnamon roll pieces.

Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate. Warm the packaged icing in the microwave briefly (20-30 seconds) and drizzle over the bread. Pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Note: Can be reheated in the microwave the next day.

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1 Abbey September 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I wish you could have heard the noise that came out of my mouth when you said, “What if I followed the same basic premise but substituted cinnamon rolls…”

The last time I made Monkey Bread back in high school for Home Ec. class. I had forgotten the wonderfulness of it all! And now that you suggested using cinnamon rolls instead. Ugh! I can hardly take it.

Erin…I’m blaming you if I gain 30lbs this Holiday season.


2 Heather September 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Oh my god Cinnamon Rolls? GENIUS!!! I have loved Monkey Bread ever since a friend of mine made it at her Super Bowl party. It is so incredibly good and since you can pick little pieces off of it, no one actually sees how much you actually eat 🙂


3 grace September 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

i’m well aware of how detrimental this would be to a person’s diet, but i plan to make it anyway and keep it all to myself. diet shmiet. 🙂


4 zestycook September 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm

WOW – it is 9:40pm and I am drooling. These look amazing and I cannot wait to try them. Love it!



5 Lindsey September 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm

This is sinful indeed, and I need to make it!


6 Tarah September 29, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Cinnamon rolls? Oh yes. You’ve done it again. This look amazing!


7 Patricia Scarpin October 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Oh, I am making this, Erin. You bet!


8 [email protected] Eats October 1, 2008 at 2:27 pm

okay Erin, i kind of want to jump thru my big screen and take a big bite out of that… if i lose 5 more pounds, i may be able to fit thru it! 🙂


9 Allen of EOL October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

I love the way you think. Something inside you says, “how can I make this even more sinful”. I’ve gained 5lbs just reading your post. Don’t stop being such a naughty girl! 🙂


10 Kevin October 3, 2008 at 7:04 am

That looks so good. I have been wanting to make a monkey bread for a while.


11 Cze-Johnson Carrie October 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I’ve never had original monkey bread, but now I totally don’t want it cause I want THIS. that picture alone makes me want to go to the store RIGHT NOW to get the rolls and pray the kids don’t wake up while I’m gone or before I’ve had time to eat the whole thing myself. just sayin’.

I love that this is mostly pre-made stuff. sounds very easy to pull together in case of hormonal overloads.


12 robin @ caviar and codfish October 6, 2008 at 7:02 pm

OoO… monkey bread is my worst food love. It’s so bad for you… but SO friggin’ GOOD! hehe ;D


13 Haley October 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Oh my, this does look sinful! Monkey bread is a holiday breakfast tradition in my family, but I may have to tweak that tradition a bit now! Yum!

We would love to feature this bread on our blog and possibly on the Demy!! If interested email [email protected]


14 Michelle September 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Was at the store trying to think of somthing to make for desert, i decided on making monkey bread but not remember if it needed biscuts or cinnamon rolls, so i grab cinnamon rolls. Long story short i found your site and saw that i could make them with the rolls but can i use little bunt pans instead of the tube pan? I want to make little individual ones for my kids


15 Denise December 31, 2009 at 11:25 am

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!!! But I did !!!! It was rediculous. SO GOOD !!!! (over a two day time table)


16 Jen February 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

AMAZING!! I made this (without the walnuts, cranberries, or drizzled topping) and it was awesome. I can’t wait to make it again!


17 julie August 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Try adding a small cube of cream cheese inside each quarter of dough. Roll into a ball, then drop into sugar mixture before arranging in the pan. OMG!!!! So delicious!!


18 Mary May 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Try using the refrigerated orange rolls by Pillsbury. Added a little orange zest used orange juice and powdered sugar to drizzle over top in addition to the icing they give you with the rolls. OMG it went so fast I had to make two more for the holiday.


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