cinnamon pull apart bread

We’re baking like crazy around here since it’s about to be Thanksgiving in the U.S.  We have weirdness with Thanksgiving.  Sometimes we’re traveling, like we were last year, and sometimes we go it alone.  This year it’s just my little family of four for Thanksgiving Dinner, so yours truly is responsible for all the cooking.

cinnamon bread

I tried this recipe, just for kicks on Sunday, and I think I’ll do it again for Thanksgiving dinner.  The kids went bananas for it.  Sometimes Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread is called Monkey Bread, at least it was in my house growing up.  Maybe that’s why I call my kids Monkeys?

Maybe not.

Anyway, let’s get started.

cinnamon bread

Ingredients for Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread:

  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cans {7.5 oz each} refrigerated buttermilk biscuits or one pound of homemade bread dough
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and divided
  • cream cheese {you can use low-fat, but I choose to ignore that option}
  • powdered  sugar {for making the frosting, oh yes!}

Step 1:

Open up the cans of buttermilk biscuits and pull out all the little discs.  Use kitchen scissors to cut the dough in half and then again into fourths.

buttermilk biscuits

Step 2:

Cut all the dough until you end up with this little pile, then you’re ready to get rolling.  Ha! You see how funny I am?  Funny.


Step 3:

Drop the balls of dough into the melted butter until they’re completely covered.

melted butter

Step 4:

Mix the sugar and the cinnamon together.  Now you have cinnamon sugar.  Do you see how easy this is?  Elementary dear Watson, elementary.


Step 5:

Roll the little balls of buttery goodness around in the cinnamon sugar until they’re completely, and I do mean completely, covered.  Do this with all the dough.


cinnamon sugar

Step 6:

Pop the dough into sprayed muffin tins or an appropriate bundt cake pan.  I don’t own a bundt pan, so I used muffin tins.  They work just fine, you just need to put about 5 little pieces of dough in each one.

cupcake pan

monkey bread

Step 7:

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes if using the muffin tins or 40-45 minutes if using the cake pan.

Step 8:

This step is optional, but highly recommended.

Mix together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until completely combined.  If you need to thin out the frosting add one tablespoon of milk at a time until you have the consistency you want.  This stuff is dreamy, try not to lick the frosting off your fingers while you’re cooking.

cream cheese frosting

cream cheese frosting

Step 9:

Drizzle frosting all over the little morsels of hot, gooey, cinnamon bread.  Try not to eat the whole pan.

{I am not responsible for your thighs, sorry.}

cinnamon bread


Cinnamon pull apart bread.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Tami Warner :

    Yummy! These remind me of my cute little Grami who died last year. She was always making these when we went to visit her. She would put them in a bundt pan. But I love the idea of the muffin tins. Too bad I already went to the store today. I’m not brave enough to go out again. Maybe I’ll have my cute hubby stop on the way home from work! We are going to hunker down up here in West Jordan and this would be the perfect snack for movie and game night.

    • Allison :

      That WOULD be the perfect snack for this particular winter storm. Do it!

  2. Natalie :

    Those look really good. We used to make monkey bread growing up and I haven’t had it in forever!

    • Allison :

      Make some now, it’s irresistible!

    • Allison :

      Lana, YUM.

      I just don’t have the patience to wait for frozen dough to thaw.

      • Lana :

        Oh, you don’t wait for it to thaw!! At night, throw the frozen dough balls in the bundt pan, cover with brown sugar, vanilla pudding mix and melted butter. Throw a damp towel over all and throw those babies in the oven in the morning. Half an hour later and there is heaven right there on the table!1

      • Allison :

        Okay, THAT I can do. The whole waiting 3 hours thing isn’t in my genetic makeup. Funny.

  3. Kelley :

    I love the idea of using biscuits. I’ve used rhodes rolls before but you have to wait for them to rise. Love easy recipes! Thanks for sharing.

    • Allison :


      Happy to help! They’re heaven.

  4. glkira :

    land of nod rolls are excellent with instant butterscotch pudding added instead of vanilla–nothing says homemade without adding fresh pecans!!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Can you see the drool through the screen?

      • Lana :

        OOOHH – good call!! will have to try that next time!