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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

With only 10 minutes prep, this Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is an easy breakfast or brunch casserole for the holidays!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon roll monkey bread, monkey bread casserole, monkey bread recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 220kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cans (12.4 ounces each) refrigerated cinnamon roll dough
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, melted

Instructions

  • Spray a large (13 x 9-inch) baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon.
  • Separate cinnamon rolls and cut each roll into quarters (reserve the icing packets for later). Add the dough to the bowl and toss in the cinnamon and sugar until each piece is lightly coated. Place in the prepared dish.
  • Sprinkle dough with pecans.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cooled, melted butter until sugar dissolves. Pour over the dough.
  • If prepping ahead, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake the next day. Then allow the dish to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to come to room temperature before proceeding with baking instructions below. If you prefer, you can bake immediately after preparing.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and dough is cooked through.
  • Allow the monkey bread to rest for 5-10 minutes, then drizzle with icing and serve. Enjoy warm!

Notes

  • Turn these into Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Muffins by dividing the ingredients among 8 muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees F for just 10 minutes, and then drizzle with icing.
  • How long does Monkey Bread last? Store the Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Casserole in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • Can I freeze this casserole? Yes -- once the casserole is baked, you can freeze the leftovers wrapped tightly for up to 2 months.
  • Use other varieties of cinnamon rolls (such as the Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls) to mix up the flavor.
  • Swap out the pecans and use walnuts in this Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Bake.
  • After drizzling with icing, add festive-colored sprinkles on top.
  • Make this Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Apples! Simply add 1 peeled and diced Granny Smith apple to the dough pieces when you toss them in the cinnamon and sugar. Then transfer the apples and dough to the prepared dish and proceed with the rest of the recipe instructions.
  • Prepare this Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread in the Crock Pot! Arrange the dough and the rest of the ingredients in a slow cooker, just as you would in a casserole dish. Cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours, but check the dough after 1 hour and after 90 minutes (since every slow cooker bakes at a slightly different temperature). The edges will brown, but the top will still be a little bit gooey. Turn off the slow cooker, uncover, and let sit for 5-10 minutes before drizzling the icing over top and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/12 of the monkey bread | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.3mg