An Easy Monkey Bread Recipe That Tastes Like Cinnabon!

Monkey bread is soooooooooo good. It gets its name because you are essentially baking balls of dough together and when you are ready to eat it, you are picking or pulling it apart, just like a monkey. This dessert has been making its rounds through different countries for god knows how long. Nancy Reagin even served it in the White House and it has become a Christmas tradition in certain families. While, like any recipe, you can make everything from scratch, I’m going to teach you my short cut version that is quick, easy and oh-so delicious. It tastes just like a Cinnabon!


Can of biscuit dough (I buy whatever is on sale)

3/4 cup white sugar

Cinnamon (varies)

Nutmeg (varies)

1 stick of butter

1/3 cup of brown sugar

Container of cream cheese frosting

Traditionally a bundt cake pan is used, but since I don’t have one, I use any cake pan I have lying around. I actually prefer using a regular cake pan because each gets an equal amount of all the seasonings.

Now what?

Coat your pan in butter.

Melt the rest of the butter and brown sugar together and set aside.

Cut each piece of biscuit dough into 6 pieces.

Put the sugar in a paper bag or a container that you can cover. Put in cinnamon and nutmeg to taste to make cinnamon sugar. Simply add to your liking. Make sure it is mixed well.

Add a few pieces of biscuit at a time and shake in the cinnamon sugar. After each piece is coated well, place them in the pan next to each other. You don’t have to leave any space.

After you have laid down each piece, pour the melted butter and brown sugar over it. Bake according to the directions on the biscuit can. Take it out and let it cool.

When it has cooled down a little, melt the cream cheese frosting in the microwave till it melts, about a minute. Make sure that you take the foil off first! When it’s melted, pour it all over the baked dough and there you have it, yummy goodness. Serious yummy goodness! Eat it while it’s hot or after it cools down, either way it is fantastic. And don’t forget! You can make it a variety of different ways by adding raisins, nuts,  by not adding frosting, by changing the frosting, etc.


-Joyce Huang


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