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Monkey Bread Muffins

Monkey Bread Muffins – these are an easy to make, fun, and delicious breakfast treat! Use store bought cinnamon roll dough to make them so fast and easy on busy mornings.

Monkey bread was a staple growing up in the Mid West. It is the perfect sweet, cinnamon-y, and decadent breakfast treat. The only problem is it can take a long time to make.

It usually bakes in a bundt pan, and takes about an hour to bake. But these Monkey Bread Muffins are done in about 15 minutes! You can’t that! And if you want a fun fall twist, check out these Pumpkin Caramel Money Bread Muffins.

monkey bread muffins with glaze on white plate

What Is Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a soft, sticky, and sweet pastry that is often served for breakfast. It is very common to use biscuit dough that you toss in melted butter and cinnamon and sugar, and then pile into a bundt pan. It then puffs up as it bakes, and you get an almost caramel-y sweet sauce when you turn it onto a plate once it is cooked.

Sometimes it is served with a glaze drizzled over the top, like one what you could with Cinnamon Rolls. No matter how you make it, it is a decadent breakfast treat that is perfect for brunch!

monkey bread muffins ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Cinnamon Roll Dough
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk

The thing that makes these different and even better than the traditional version is using Cinnamon Rolls!! I mean, you can follow the exact same recipe and use the classic biscuit dough, but cinnamon rolls take it to a whole new level.

drizzling glaze on muffins

How To Make Cinnamon Monkey Bread Muffins

  1. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with baking spray or butter. You want to make sure the cups are well coated, so your muffins come out clean. Set aside until you are ready to fill.
  2. Open the tube of dough, and separate the rolls. Cut each roll into 6 small pieces.
  3. In a gallon-sized plastic bag mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the cinnamon roll pieces and toss it around so the rolls are coated.
  4. Place 8 pieces of the rolls into each muffin tin and press it down slightly.
  5. In a small saucepan melt together the butter and brown sugar over medium-low heat. Make sure to stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Pour this mixture evenly over each muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 14-16 minutes until the glaze is bubbly and the tops of the muffins are browned and crisp.
  7. Let the muffins cool in the tin for 5-8 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool.
  8. While the muffins cool, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and mix until it is nice and smooth.
  9. Drizzle the icing over the muffins and serve warm or at room temperature.
drizzling icing over monkey bread muffins

Recipe Tips

  • You want to make sure to let the muffins cool in the pan for the 5-8 minutes the recipe says before you try to remove them. This allows the sauce to set up and the muffins will keep their shape and not fall apart.
  • If you want to take a short cut, you can use the glaze that comes with the cinnamon roll dough.
  • You can use traditional biscuit dough in this recipe, just follow the same instructions.

Storage

Store any leftovers in an air tight container for up to 3 days. Place one in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it through.

close up monkey bread muffins with glaze

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Yield: 12

Monkey Bread Muffins

close up monkey bread muffins

Monkey Bread Muffins - these are an easy to make, fun, and delicious breakfast treat! Use store bought cinnamon roll dough to make them so fast and easy on busy mornings.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cans original cinnamon rolls (8 count)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

For the icing:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 
    2. Place a piece of foil or a large baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch any drippings.
    3. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with baking spray, set aside.
    4. Separate the rolls, cut each one into 6 pieces,
    5. In a large plastic ziplock bag, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the cinnamon roll pieces, and toss together until everything is well coated. cinnamon roll pieces in brown sugar and cinnamon mixture
    6. Place 8 pieces of dough into each muffin cup, pressing down slightly. Set aside.
    7. Make the glazy by melting together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Pour evenly over each muffin cup.boiling monkey bread muffin glaze
    8. Bake for 14-16 minutes until the glaze is bubbly and the tops of the muffins are browned and crisp. The glaze may overflow the pan, this is why you need to add a baking sheet or piece of foil on the rack below in the oven. drizzling glaze on muffins
    9. Let the muffins cool in the tin for 5-8 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. baked monkey bread muffins
    10. While the muffins cool, make the icing by creaming the cream cheese in a small bowl until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix it in until smooth. Add the vanilla and the milk, starting with 1 tablespoon of milk, mix it in until smooth. The mixture should be thick but pourable, add more milk if needed. drizzling icing over monkey bread muffins
    11. Drizzle the icing over the muffins and serve warm or at room temperature.




Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 238Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 25mgSodium 137mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 0gSugar 30gProtein 1g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Cathy

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

These are PERFECT and I love that everyone gets their own!

Catalina

Monday 18th of October 2021

This is my favorite flavor! It's such a great idea to make muffins!

Beth

Friday 15th of October 2021

I love this new take on monkey bread! I have made so much monkey bread in my life, but I've never made it as muffins. I love this idea.

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