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Monkey Bread Muffins

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Monkey Bread Muffins are the perfect grab and go breakfast or dessert option, no bundt pan required! By using pre-made ooey gooey cinnamon rolls for the base and coating them in a sticky sweet brown sugar and cinnamon glaze, these muffins are quick and oh-so addicting. Don’t forget to drizzle with that cream cheese icing for the ultimate sweet treat!

Monkey bread muffin next to a cinnamon stick.

Monkey Bread Muffins

Craving monkey bread but don’t have the time or energy to make it from scratch? Now you don’t have to! These Monkey Bread Muffins are quick and easy to make. If you’ve got 20 minutes, you’ve got monkey bread!

The muffin version is perfect for grabbing on your way out the door on a busy morning or enjoying with a hot tea at the end of a long day. Make a big batch for a party for a decadent dessert everyone will be swiping!

Key Ingredients

Muffins:

  • cinnamon rolls: 2 (8 count) cans of original cinnamon rolls. Or play with a unique flavor like orange cinnamon rolls!
  • light brown sugar: This will be the base coating and what helps make monkey bread, monkey bread.
  • ground cinnamon: For spice!

Glaze:

  • butter: Unsalted butter is preferred.
  • light brown sugar: This will give you a nice, rich, caramelized glaze to hold those muffins together.

Icing:

  • cream cheese: Make sure to soften to room temperature for easier mixing.
  • powdered sugar: This will combat the tart flavor of the cream cheese.
  • vanilla extract: We like pure vanilla extract for this recipe, but imitation vanilla will also work.
  • whole milk: Or the milk of your choice. Although whole milk will make for a richer icing.
Ingredients needed for monkey bread muffins.

How to Make Monkey Bread Muffins

Muffins:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Take the unbaked cinnamon rolls and cut each one into six equal pieces. Set these aside as well.
  3. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, seal closed, and toss until combined. Now add in the cinnamon roll pieces, zip closed, and gently toss so the rolls are evenly coated. Be gentle when tossing so the dough isn’t crushed. Place 8 coated cinnamon roll pieces into each cavity of the muffin pan and press down gently to form together. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, add the butter and brown sugar and stir until it begins to boil and the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour this mixture evenly over each set of cinnamon roll pieces.
  5. Place the muffin pan onto a baking sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes. The glaze should be bubbly and the tops of the muffins will be browned and slightly crisp. The glaze may overflow, hence the need for the additional baking sheet to catch any spills!
  6. Remove from the oven and let the muffins cool in the pan for about 5-8 minutes. Take the muffins out by running a butter knife around the edge of each muffin and scooping them out underneath, or if a liner was used they should pop right out. Place on a wire rack to finish cooling.

Icing: 

  1. Now, while the muffins cool we can move into the icing. In a small bowl, use a hand mixer to mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2.  Add in the vanilla and milk, adding a tablespoon of milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached. The mixture should be thick but pourable. You can always add more milk if needed.
  3. Drizzle the icing over the muffins and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Collage showing how to make monkey bread muffins.

Tips and Variations

  • For a thicker icing, use less milk. For a thinner icing, use more.
  • Be very gentle when taking these muffins out of the pan. They tend to fall apart easily. Waiting for them to cool in their pan for those 5-8 minutes really helps them to stay together.
  • Top with chopped nuts like walnuts or pecan pieces for an added crunch!
  • Biscuit dough can be used as an alternative to the cinnamon roll base.
Cinnamon muffin with cream cheese drizzle.

Storage and Reheating

Storage: You can store these monkey bread muffins in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days or your refrigerator for up to 5.

Reheating: Place a muffin on a plate and microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

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Cinnamon roll monkey bread roll with drizzle.

Monkey Bread Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Monkey Bread Muffins are the perfect grab and go breakfast or dessert option, no bundt pan required! By using pre-made ooey gooey cinnamon rolls for the base and coating them in a sticky sweet brown sugar and cinnamon glaze, these muffins are quick and oh-so addicting. Don’t forget to drizzle with that cream cheese icing for the ultimate sweet treat!

Ingredients

Muffins:

  • 2 (8 count) cans original cinnamon rolls
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Glaze:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed

Icing:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F, and prepare a 12-cup muffin pan with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Cut each unbaked cinnamon roll into six equal pieces, and set aside.
  3. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, seal closed, and toss to combine. Add the cinnamon roll pieces, close, and gently toss so the rolls are evenly coated. Place 8 cinnamon roll pieces into each cavity of the muffin pan, press down gently, and set aside.
  4. Stir the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over low-medium heat until it begins to boil and the sugar has dissolved. Pour this mixture evenly over each set of cinnamon roll pieces (they should be in the muffin pan cavities).
  5. Transfer the muffin pan on a baking sheet, and bake for 14-16 minutes until the glaze is bubbly and the tops of the muffins are browned and slightly crisp. The glaze may overflow the pan, so it’s important to have it on a separate baking sheet to catch any spills.
  6. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5-8 minutes. Take the muffins out by running a butter knife around the edge of each muffin and scooping them out underneath. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. While the muffins cool, make the icing In a small bowl, use a hand mixer to mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and milk, adding a tablespoon of milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached. The mixture should be thick but pourable, add more milk if needed.
  8. Drizzle the icing over the muffins and serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 muffin. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Dana DeVolk of This Silly Girl's Kitchen.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 28gProtein: 1g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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