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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is considered one of my household’s favourite and I ‘m positive it is going to be yours too! Bites of cinnamon rolls baked off like a monkey bread and drizzled with a luscious cream cheese icing! You’ll eternally change your thoughts about cinnamon rolls while you do this fuss free and straightforward model! Video under!

close up of monkey bread cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing showing one piece

Cinnamon rolls have by no means been simpler! These are significantly addictive, scrumptious, tender and completely festive to make and luxuriate in throughout Holidays and on particular events. 

Do-it-yourself Cinnamon Rolls

Whereas the cinnamon rolls dough will be intimidating, I guarantee you this can be a idiot proof recipe that I’ve been utilizing and instructing for over 12 years! And it’s fairly totally different than a lot of the recipe–due to a secret tip of creaming the butter first. 

I experimented with this dough a few years in the past and it was an enormous success! I hope you give it a try to make home made cinnamon rolls every time you crave them. Should you’ve tried my Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls earlier than, you’ll understand how tender and tender this dough is.


Right this moment’s Monkey bread cinnamon roll is even simpler than making home made cinnamon rolls since you skip your entire rolling, submitting, rolling again and slicing of the rolls. You truly simply dip these mini rolls into melted butter advert roll them in cinnamon sugar. They TASTE simply the identical if not BETTER!! 

Now let’s not neglect the Cream Cheese Icing –the precise icing on the cake! Significantly this makes all the pieces style SO MUCH higher! It’s simply cream cheese, vanilla, confectioner’s sugar and milk. Like how simpler does it get?

So let’s make cinnamon roll monkey bread from scratch and I’m breaking down the step-by-step particulars with images. Don’t neglect to look at the video too! 

A fork breaking up the cinnamon roll monkey bread

Oh and simply in case you’re searching for cinnamon sugar love– strive these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. The most effective pancakes! Cinnamon Roll Muffins with a hidden layer of cinnamon sugar and the identical icing plus Do-it-yourself Caramel Sauce as a bonus! 

Should you love all the pieces cinnamon sugar like us–give these  Pumpkin Donuts With Cinnamon Sugar a strive! Not into pumpkin? Then this Baked Donut Holes with Cinnamon Sugar are ALL YOU NEED!

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Substances 

Ingredients for the cinnamon roll dough including flour, some soft butter, egg, yeast, sugar, salt, egg

  • Butter : Unsalted and room temperature butter is finest.
  • Flour: Use common all objective flour.
  • Sugar : Granulated white sugar.
  • Salt: Kosher salt or Mediterranean sea salt is finest
  • Milk : I exploit 2% milk, nevertheless skim or 1% have labored effectively. And naturally, full fats milk works nice.
  • Yeast : Prompt yeast is my favourite.
  • Egg : One massive egg, additionally room temperature is healthier.

A hand holding a bowl of cream cheese icing

2 bowls for the coating, one bowl with cinnamon sugar and the other bowl with melted butter

  • A bowl of melted butter
  • One other bowl of cinnamon sugar — I really like utilizing brown sugar and cinnamon

How To Make Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Right here’s the step-by-step breakdown. We’ll make one of the best Monkey bread dough after which we’ll take the dough and create these soften in your mouth cinnamon roll monkey bread bites, and at last, we’ll serve them!

Monkey Bread Dough:

the butter and sugar are being creamed first in a stand mixer

  1. You’ll begin by making the dough. I really like utilizing my Ankarsrum Mixer as a result of it’s simply so heavy responsibility, straightforward to make use of and makes baking a breeze! I’ve tried (and I’m positive you may have too in the event you bake!) many different manufacturers–and this one is my ABSOLUTE favourite!

    A small pitcher with the yeast and milk mixed in

  2. Step one to making ready the dough is to cream the butter and sugar–which is uncommon for a dough recipe. Nevertheless this trick creates tender, pillowy, soften in your mouth cinnamon rolls dough/monkey bread dough.
  3. Within the meantime you’ll combine the milk with the yeast in a small pitcher and wait till that foams barely.
  4. As soon as the butter and sugar have creamed you’ll add within the egg and the milk yeast combination.
  5. Now whereas the mixer is working, you’ll add within the flour, one cup at a time watching intently.
  6. You desire a tender dough, one that basically sticks to your hand in the event you press it down slowly. However on the similar time, in the event you work the dough rapidly–it shouldn’t stick.

    Monkey bread dough ready and placed in a bowl to rise. Close up showing the texture of the dough

  7. The dough is now able to rise till a minimum of doubled in dimension –which ought to take anyplace from 1-2 hours. this will depend on how heat your kitchen is and the humidity degree.

    A perfectly risen dough that's about triple in size in the same bowl

  8. That’s significantly what you’re searching for! Easy and effectively risen dough. Now it’s time to form, roll and make cinnamon roll bites out of this tender dough!

Cinnamon Roll Bites

the monkey bread dough is patted down into a rectangle over a wooden board

  1. Take that excellent dough and use your fingers solely–no want for a rolling pin or something fancy right here! Pat down the dough right into a rectangle (or sq.) that’s about half an inch thick. Use your fingers to make it possible for thickness is even throughout the dough.The patted dough is cut into 1 inch squares
  2. Take a knife and reduce the rectangle into 1 inch dimension squares. You’ll merely reduce traces lengthwise after which crosswise. 
  3. Now take every sq. and roll it right into a ball–you’ll additionally find yourself with about an inch diameter dimension balls. The ball of monkey bread dough is dipped into a bowl of melted butter
  4. Right here’s the enjoyable half! Drop every ball into the bowl of melted butter. 
  5. Use a fork to take away the coated balls, the fork helps extra butter to drip again into the bowl.

    The dough is now dipped into a bowl of cinnamon sugar and coated well using a spoon

  6. Now drop that buttery dough right into a bowl of cinnamon sugar. We love making our cinnamon sugar utilizing gentle brown sugar–SO GOOD!!!

    a sprayed bundt pan and a hand arranging the dipped and coated cinnamon roll monkey bread pieces at the bottom of the pan

  7. At that time you may have an ideal piece of cinnamon roll monkey bread in your hand! Spray your bundt pan and begin arranging the cinnamon roll bites. 

    Fully arranged cinnamon roll monkey bread bundt pan ready to bake

  8. Proceed with the remaining items till you may have 3 layers of cinnamon roll monkey bread within the bundt pan. They don’t need to be completely stacked or organized. Moderately it’s finest in the event you prepare them irregularly to assist with even baking. 
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 levels F and let the dough relaxation throughout this time earlier than baking.
     Cinnamon roll monkey bread baked and ready out of the oven. A knife is run around the pan to release the monkey bread
  10. As soon as the oven is prepared, place the pan within the oven and bake till doubled in dimension and prepared–which is about 35-45 minutes relying on the scale of your monkey bread.
  11. Let the cinnamon roll monkey bread cool within the pan for 10 minutes earlier than inverting it on a plate.
     A hand pouring the cream cheese icing over the monkey bread generously
  12. Drizzle a hefty quantity if the Cream Cheese Icing everywhere in the cinnamon roll monkey bread.
  13. break it aside and ENJOY!

A hand holding a piece of cinnamon roll monkey bread showing how soft it is

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread TIPS and F&A:

  • Use a top quality stand mixer in your dough–I really like my Ankarsrum Mixer.
  • The home made cinnamon rolls dough is completely essentially the most tender and softest one you’ll ever make so do give it a strive–the creaming of butter and sugar earlier than continuing is the KEY to this tender dough.
  • When the dough is prepared, use your fingers solely to flatten it right into a rectangle, don’t use a rolling pin until you may management the thickness of the dough with out risking it being too skinny.
  • As you dip the balls into the melted butter, use a fork to take away extra butter and permit it to drip again into the bowl.
  • We love making cinnamon sugar with brown sugar because it has a deeper caramel molasses like taste which is so good mixed with cinnamon.
  • Don’t neglect to spray your bundt pan earlier than arranging the cinnamon roll monkey bread items.
  • A bundt pan is crucial to make use of.
  • Make the cream cheese glaze because it’s so good!!
  • See under for storing leftovers and varieties on Monkey Bread!

A bitten chunk of cinnamon roll monkey bread showing the fluffy inside of the dough

What does the time period monkey bread imply?

It’s a sort of bread made widespread in California and was characterised by items of bread which had been pulled aside and eaten as if by “monkeys” lol. 

What are you able to add to Monkey Bread?

You’ll be able to significantly make it savory or candy, add cheeses, veggies, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, and no matter you’re feeling prefer to make various kinds of monkey bread. 

Can I exploit retailer purchased cinnamon roll dough for this recipe?

Sure! You completely can, though I can’t suggest sufficient attempting my most tender cinnamon roll dough from scratch.

How do I retailer Monkey bread?

Greatest to retailer leftover monkey bread, lined within the fridge. Subsequent day, in the event you’d prefer to get pleasure from some, simply microwave for 30-45 seconds and eat instantly! Relying in your serving dimension, you might microwave a small plate for 15 seconds at it is going to be simply sufficient so use your judgement as you recognize your microwave finest.

A final plate of cinnamon roll monkey bread with glaze on a plate

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is considered one of my household’s favourite and I ‘m positive it is going to be yours too! Bites of cinnamon rolls baked off like a monkey bread and drizzled with a luscious cream cheese icing! You may eternally change your thoughts about cinnamon rolls while you do this fuss free and straightforward model!

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes


Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 6
    unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/3
  • 1
  • 1 1/4
    heat milk combined with 2 teaspoons prompt yeast
  • 1
  • 3 – 31/2

Cinnamon Roll Combine:

  • 1
    melted butter in a bowl
  • 1 1/2
    Mild brown sugar combined with 3 Tablespoons cinnamon in a bowl


  1. Put together the dough.

  2. Assemble the Ankarsrum mixer.

  3. Begin by mixing the yeast and heat milk in a cup and let it sit for five minutes till foamy.

  4. Within the meantime cream the butter and sugar for 3 minutes till softened.

  5. Add within the egg and milk combination.

  6. Combine and add within the flour one cup at a time whereas mixing.

  7. Knead the dough with the Ankarsrum machine for 6-8 minutes

  8. The dough ought to really feel barely tender and sticky-not dry.

  9. Place the dough in a bowl coated in oil and permit it to rise for two hours till tripled I dimension.

  10. Flatten the dough right into a rectangle about 1 inch thick and use a pointy knife to chop into strips and squares about 1 inch In dimension.

  11. Roll every sq. right into a ball.

  12. Dip the ball into the melted butter and use a fork to take away and add it int the cinnamon sugar bowl.

  13. Use a small spoon to roll the dough into the cinnamon sugar on all sides.

  14. Spray a bundt pan and begin arranging the cinnamon sugar dough on the backside of the pan and layer it into three ranges.

  15. Cowl the pan whereas the oven preheats.

  16. Preheat the oven to 375 levels.

  17. Place the pan in to the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes till the monkey bread is prepared.

  18. When out of the oven, take away from the pan by flipping right into a plate advert drizzle the cream cheese icing.

  19. Pull aside the monkey bread and luxuriate in!!

Diet Information

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Quantity Per Serving

Energy 800
Energy from Fats 324

% Each day Worth*

Fats 36g55%

Saturated Fats 10g63%

Trans Fats 1g

Polyunsaturated Fats 3g

Monounsaturated Fats 9g

Ldl cholesterol 80mg27%

Sodium 580mg25%

Potassium 438mg13%

Carbohydrates 150g50%

Fiber 8g33%

Sugar 51g57%

Protein 32g64%

Vitamin A 1063IU21%

Calcium 137mg14%

Iron 14mg78%

* % Each day Values are primarily based on a 2000 calorie weight loss program.



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