This cinnamon roll monkey bread is a great way to serve up a breakfast that looks and tastes impressive. Serve it up for dessert or in the morning and you’re sure to have everyone asking for more.
Cinnamon roll monkey bread bake
If you’ve never had canned cinnamon rolls served up this way before, don’t wait too long because you could be missing out on something truly amazing.
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy looking for discount stickers or sales on canned cinnamon rolls, crescents, biscuits, etc. They’re fridge-stable and can last weeks if stored properly (sometimes even months!) Perfect for adding a little something special to your routines at a low cost.
But, what to do when you find yourself with cinnamon rolls and no desire to eat them as cinnamon rolls? Turn them into something else!
Made with maple syrup, cinnamon rolls, butter, and more cinnamon, this breakfast bake is packed with flavor and super moist. Every slice cuts easily but every piece pulls apart wonderfully for cinnamon pull apart breakfast worth sharing with friends and family, especially when warm.
Cinnamon roll pull apart ingredients
- Canned cinnamon rolls
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
What you’ll need to make this recipe
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Tips for making monkey bread recipe with cinnamon rolls
Making monkey bread using cinnamon rolls is an easy process (which adds to why I love it). You can use any canned cinnamon roll, but I recommend the ones that actually roll-up.
Some Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are just cinnamon flavored biscuits whereas the Grands cinnamon rolls will roll as a cinnamon roll should. Using a cinnamon roll that rolls means that there is more cinnamon flavor as well as pieces to share.
You can make this with the smaller cheaper canned off-brand rolls or you can get the large more costly cinnamon rolls. I use the cheaper variety for my monkey bread but you really can’t go wrong if you select your favorite!
A great thing to note about making monkey bread in a bundt pan is that you will need to wait about 10 minutes before trying to remove it from the pan. This will help it to pull away from the sides of the pan as well as allow the liquid mixture to solidify into a syrup instead of a hot boiling mess.
WARNING: Do not wait too long to flip your monkey bread from the pan and onto a plate. You only want it to sit for 10-15 minutes (20 tops). If you wait too long, your monkey bread may become stuck inside of the pan, and removing it will be nothing short of a nightmare. If this does happen, pop it into the oven at 350F for a few minutes (like 5) to warm the pan and loosen the cake and syrup just a tad.
FAQ’s about monkey bread
This monkey bread recipe is best when eaten the same day but can last up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
You can use bread loaf pans, a muffin tray, an 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish, or even a 9×13 baking dish in a pinch. The baking times will vary for all the pans so I recommend starting at 15 minutes in the oven and then checking and adding 5 minutes at a time as needed. You’ll know it’s finished baking when the tops are crisp and bubbly and the centers are no longer gooey.
No. I do not recommend placing it in the fridge unless specified as the fridge will cause the syrups and sugars to harden and could make the bread dry out too.
How to make cinnamon roll monkey bread
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and grease your bundt pan well with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Remove your cinnamon rolls from the cans and chop each one into quarter-sized pieces.
In a mixing bowl, toss together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the cinnamon rolls and toss to coat well.
Add the coated cinnamon rolls to your bundt pan.
In a small saucepan on the stove, melt together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour the liquid over the top of the cinnamon rolls in the bundt pan.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the cinnamon rolls are no longer gooey in the center.
Let the pan rest for 10-15 minutes before flipping over onto a plate.
Snip the corner off of the icing packets and drizzle the icing over the top of the cinnamon roll bundt. You may not need all of the icings.
Slice the cinnamon roll pull apart bread and serve as desired.
Here are some more cinnamon flavored recipes to try soon
- Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
- Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza
- Easy 45 Minute Cinnamon Rolls
- 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Roll Intestines
- Clone of a Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Recipe (Bread Machine Option!)
Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
- 3 cans (12.5oz) cinnamon rolls
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or 1 tsp maple extract)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Remove the cinnamon roll dough from the cans and then slice each roll into quarters.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Toss with the quartered cinnamon rolls to coat.
- Add the coated cinnamon rolls to your bundt pan.
- In a small saucepan melt the butter together with the brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup until the sugars are dissolved.
- Pour the mixture over the top of the monkey bread.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until no longer gooey in the center. Let rest in the bundt pan for 10-15 minutes before flipping over onto a plate.
- Snip the corner of the icing bag and drizzle it over the top of the monkey bread. You may not need all three icings.
- Slice and serve as desired.