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Easy Cinnabon Monkey Bread

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been trying to make a change to the types of recipes I’ve been posting lately. I mean, I’m not going to start posting lasagna or anythingdinner-like (shudder)! But I have been trying to post more “functional” dessert recipes (yes, they exist).
My mom once told me that she enjoyed looking at the pictures on my blog, but that she didn’t know what to “do” with the recipes.
And, at first, I was all, “Mommmmmmmmm. You make the recipes and then eat them!!! Geez….” Right? Right. …right?
It’s so hard to take constructive criticism from your mom, isn’t it? But hard as I tried to fight it, the soul searching began and I thought back on some of my favorite recipes…
108 Oreo Cake? Unbelievable, yes. But let’s be honest here. Who’s really whipping that up in a flash to take to the church pot luck?
Deep Fried Cadbury Eggs? Out of this world delicious. But practical? Maybe not so much…
…Ok. Actually you really can’t go wrong with that one ;)
Anyway. The point is: my mom was right. And not only was she right, but I also realized: my mom is totally my target demographic!
And had any other stay-at-home/mommy/baker/pinterest-lover said that same thing to me, I would have immediately thought, “Ok, what changes do I need to make so that this woman wants to make my recipes?”
So in an effort to create some more “practical” dessert recipes (which may be some sort of joke… I still haven’t decided), I give you: Super Easy Cinnabon Monkey Bread. It feeds a crowd, doubles as a meal and dessert, and takes less than 10 minutes to prep. Voila!
That’s one fully functional dessert! ….thankyouverymuchmom.
Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites Cookbook
Easy Cinnabon Monkey Bread


  • 3 cans Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls dough
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey (or you could use Cinnabon syrup if you can get your hands on it)


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Grease a bundt pan well, and set aside.
  2. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a large zip to bag.
  3. Open the cans of cinnamon roll dough. Cut each cinnamon roll in 2 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place about half of them into the zip top bag. Shake to coat the dough.
  4. Place the coated dough balls in the bundt pan. Place the remaining dough balls into the bag and repeat coating. Place all of the dough in the bundt pan.
  5. In a small bowl, microwave the butter, brown sugar, and honey for 1 minute. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the dough balls in the bundt pan.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until dough on the outside is brown and the center feels “set” when you lightly push on it.
  7. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then invert onto a plate. Drizzle Cinnabon frosting over top before serving.
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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

58 comments on “Easy Cinnabon Monkey Bread”

  1. this sounds great, can’t wait to try

  2. I can’t wait to make this recipe, looks fantastic, keep them coming, love your site…………..Linda

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  4. This looks scrumptious!
    Is the ZipList link available?

  5. That sounds great but you don’t tell us how to make the Cinnabon frosting that we are supposed to drizzle on top???

  6. I’m trying to pin or save this recipe via zip list so I can find it for Christmas morning but can’t seem to do it. Help!

  7. This looks fantastic! However, if, for some crazy reason, I was reading your lovely blog from Australia, what would be a good substitute for 3 cans Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls dough? Hope you can help! Thanks for your time! :-)

  8. Quick question. Can the prep be done the night before? Want to make Christmas morning but don’t want to be working while opening presents!! Thanks.

  9. Someday you will be a diabetic. It’s a sure thing, mark my words!
    But, lol, I’m on this site because I’m a rebellious diabetic already!

  10. Quick question – if I think 3 cans of this stuff will be WAY too much for my little family, and want to scale it down, what sort of pan do you think would work for 2 cans? Just a smaller cake pan maybe? Thanks!

  11. Love your idea of frosting, any good frosting (white) drizzled over monkey bread after done would be great. I have been making monkey bread from a recipe I found in newspaper 25,yrs ago or more. I use four cans pillsbury dough. Here in californiavpillsbury has a 4 pack just for use monkey bread lovers. I am makingv 3 of them for Christmas gifts. I am gonna frost one &try it. Main key is to stay with the oven at 15 min. & keep watch on it don’t cook much more than 20 -25 mins. If you have an acurate oven less is betters so it is gooey. I made one for my sons work & the small staff & w owners ate it & my son called us in few mins of dropping it off saying they ate it all and wanted more & he didn’t get ny. He said someone btrought one they made &. It was horrible. He told them his mom made killer monkey bread. They keep begging so I am taking 2 over for them fresh made & hot…….love your recipes & website….keep up the good work.i am from Tennessee & my mom moved back there & made my monkey bread. & everyone thought it was amazing…….. Merry Christmas & thanks. ………Linda waters

  12. Ok – YES DELICIOUS!!!
    And makes the house smell so wonderful on Christmas morn!!!
    Many wonderful memories and conversations will be made over this monkey bread in our family.

    Thanks for posting this, I totally pinned it.

    -Patty (fanta4two.com)

  13. I will give this a go as a diabetic. using non sugar powdered sugar, splenda, and cinn, is great for the diabetic,

  14. Best version yet, add honey, or molasses for added sweet flavor and sticky lip smacking goodness

  15. sounds like a waste of cinnabon roll dough. Why not just fix the rolls?

    • Why not make monkey bread? It’s awesome. But I really appreciate your negative feedback on a recipe it sounds like you’ve yet to try.

  16. You are ruining my diet! Not cool :) I’m drooling over the pumpkin monkey bread and this monkey bread and eating carrots :(
    5 more pounds and I shall reward myself with some of this monkey bread!

  17. This is delish ! I make “Angel Biscuits”, also cinnamon rolls w/biscuit dough. I bet Monkey bread would also be good using the biscuit dough! What do you think?

  18. Well my new years resolution was going well…until this made it onto my pinterest feed. Worth the entertainment for my two little girls, though…it’s in the oven baking. Can’t wait to indulge!

  19. Can you use any pan other than a bundt cake pan?

  20. I really like the recipe, except that after 25 minutes the dough is still raw…so far mine has been cooking for 40 minutes and it still wont stay together

    • I have found there can definitely be some variation with different bundt pans and even between gas vs electric ovens! I’ve baked it for up to an hour and 10 minutes in a gas stove when I used 4 packs of cinnamon rolls instead of 3. If you cover it with foil and continue to bake it, testing for doneness with a toothpick every ten minutes (after about 50 minutes), it’ll turn out alright!

  21. Hi, I had 3 different cinnabon packages in my store, did you use the 5 roll packs (not grands), the ten roll packs (not grands), or the 5 roll pack that are grand biscuits? Thanks in advance!

    • Honestly… I’m kind of thinking it was an 8 pack… which doesn’t match up to what you said, so I’m probably remembering wrong! But, really, it doesn’t matter too much. Just be sure to cut the dough down into approximately 2″ chunks, and don’t fill the bundt pan more than halfway with dough :)

  22. Did this yesterday using Cinnaon’s new mini bites and it was a huge success! Didn’t have to cut them p and ended up with lots more little bites. Thanks for this easy and awesome recipe!!

  23. Question???
    Everytime I buy the rolls and bake them they are dry. This won’t come out dry?

    • Hard to answer this as I NEVER feel like the store bought rolls are dry! I didn’t think this turned out dry either…. but I’m thinking you and I may have different dry “meters” :) Sorry I can’t be more help!

  24. These came out so gooey, and delicous. I didn’t add the canned frosting, because they were perfect as is. Thanks for the great recipe!

  25. It was money honey flavored than I was hoping for but it was still good!

  26. Made this last night DELICIOUS!!! Looking for more great recipes on it site. Thanks for the recipe an it was easy.

  27. Interesting site – – planning on trying your recipes over the next months – – starting with the monkey bread! Thank you sooo much.

  28. I made this recipe tonight with my 4 year old daughter, and I have to say… This turned out AMAZING!!! Thank you for this creative and fun recipe! The only change I made was using maple syrup instead of honey, honestly because I was out of honey and it was too late to run to the store again. I’m excited to have this in my recipe files! Thanks again!

  29. So, there is a Cinnabon rolls dough? Where the heck have I been?

  30. Of course! It’s in the Pillsbury biscuits case with all other doughs (pizza dough, cookie dough, Grands biscuits). It’s called Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls Cinnabon Style…some have cream cheese icing, some don’t. Look for it!

  31. Where do you buy the special syrup you mention in the recipe?

  32. I had a lot of cinnamon & sugar left over after coating the dough. I wondered if you did as well & what, if anything did you do with it…throw it out?

  33. I always added raisens to the layers. UMMMMM good!

  34. I think it would serve a lot of people better if you link (you don’t even have to create) a recipe on how to make the cinnabon dough from scratch. Thanks!

    • That’s a totally different recipe than what I’m trying to showcase here. If you’d like, I have two from-scratch doughs in my sidebar that could be used in place of the canned dough :)

  35. This is the most delicious monkey bread recipe I have ever tried and I’ve tried lots of them. I have made it many times and it’s often requested by my adult daughter when she wants something special cooked by mom. My office co-workers are always excited when it’s my turn to bring the “treats” to our Friday morning meetings because I usually bring this. Yumm!!

  36. Thank you for sharing this recipe – it is absolutely the best!! I came across the recipe probably about 4 months ago and have made it at least a dozen times or more for family, friends & co-workers and everybody has raved about it. It’s so easy and tastes so good!! Thanks again for sharing it!

  37. Can I make this in a cake pan instead? I don’t have a bundt pan on hand :/

  38. do we have to use the brown sugar/butter glaze!? just wondering cuz im pregnant, its late and dont wanna run to grocery store just for brown sugar lol 

  39. I wonder if this could b made in a crockpot?

  40. Hello! I made this last night and it was a huge hit! One problem I had though was I thought there was too much of the brown sugar sauce on it and it made it too caramely. Is that normal for it to harden up like that or did I do something wrong?? Everyone else liked it anyway, but I’m wondering if there’s a way to fix that problem. Thanks in advance. :)

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