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Cinnamon Monkey Bread


Are you looking for the perfect treat to enjoy on Christmas morning? I have taken my cinnamon roll recipe and turned it into a monkey bread. It was so delicious your whole family will love it! (Warning  – it is sweet!)

There are a few ways you can get the dough. You can use the following recipe below or order it from your favorite bakery.

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Dough (Skip this step and buy pre-made dough)

  • 1 ¼  cups warm milk (Put in your microwave for about 45 seconds.)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
  •  4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼  cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons milk (you can add more if you want it runnier)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Grease bread machine. Place all ingredients in order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer. (I just put them in the bread machine in the order the recipe goes.)
  2. Start the dough cycle. (Mine takes about 1 ½ hours on the dough cycle.)
  3. When the dough cycle is complete put it on a floured surface.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 350*
  5. Grab little balls and roll them into a circle about 1 inch in diameter. I had about 70 balls.
  6. Make the coating: melt 1/2 cup of butter in a small bowl. Mix white sugar and cinnamon together in another small bowl. Set aside. You will use the rest of the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla later.
  7. Dip each ball, one by one, in the melted butter and then generously roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat them.
  8. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of butter and whisk in the brown sugar and vanilla until combined. Pour the buttery mixture over the dough balls in the bundt pan.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  10. Icing Instructions – Combine all the ingredients for the icing and spread over the warm Monkey Bread. (Please note – this makes a lot of icing so you don’t need to use all of it.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. What do you eat on Christmas morning?

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Saturday 12th of October 2019

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Friday 16th of January 2015

This is a great recipe for Christmas brunch.

Laura J

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

Oh that looks so good! I used to make a garlic monkey bread many years ago, but lost the recipe. I am going to have to try this cinnamon one! YUM!

Helena Baillio

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

My kids would kill me if they knew I had this recipe and didn't make it!


Sunday 11th of January 2015

Yummy!! I'm no good in making dough, I'll just buy pre-made one. Thanks for sharing.

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