Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monkey Bread Muffins

Hello, my name is Sara, and I have a cinnamon sugar problem. I love cinnamon sugar things, and if it also involves fried dough, it's that much better. This recipe doesn't involve fried dough, but it does involve tender slices of bread coated in cinnamon sugar that bake into delicious slightly gooey layers that are super delicious warm from the oven.

If you need inspiration for Easter morning brunch, here it is!

This recipe calls for frozen bread dough. You can use homemade dough if you want. I used homemade the first time I made this, and it was just a little harder to work with, because it was stickier. These photos represent the frozen dough experience...

Start by dividing the dough into 4 equal pieces.

Then divide each fourth into 8 pieces, so you have 32 total.

Press out each piece to roughly make a circle and place on a nonstick cookie sheet, or waxed paper. (You can use a rolling pin if you want but I couldn't be bothered...)

Now brush each piece with melted butter

and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

Now, stack four of the slices one on top of another.

Cut each stack in half,

then place two stacks cut side down in a greased muffin tin cup.

Repeat with the rest of the slices - stacking, cutting and placing in the muffin tin. You should have 8 muffins.

Place the muffin pan on a larger rimmed baking sheet, then bake for 20 minutes or so until the tops are golden brown.

Let cool for about 10 minutes then carefully remove from the muffin pan. While they cool, you'll likely need to change into elastic-waisted pants... I'm just sayin'.

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Monkey Bread Muffins

1 - 1 lb. loaf frozen bread dough, mostly thawed
2 1/2 Tbsp. butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 tsp. nutmeg

In a bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Then cut each quarter into 8 pieces. Flatten each slice with your hands or a rolling pin and place on a sheet of parchment paper or a nonstick cookie sheet.

Brush each dough slice with the melted butter. Then sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Stack 4 dough slice on top of each other then slice the stacks down the middle. Place two of the sliced stacks, side by side, cut side down into a greased muffin tin. Repeat with the rest of the stacks.

Place the muffin tin on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake muffins at 350 for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove from the muffin pan and serve warm. (If you have any leftover - ha! - keep in an airtight container and microwave for about 20 seconds to warm up before serving again.) Makes 8 muffins.

Recipe source: adapted from Wendy See Wendy Do


  1. very lovely blog
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  2. Love these in a mini-form! I'll be making them for Easter!

    Linking up at eatpray{read}love!


  3. I am SO going to make these! This would be a great recipe for kids to help make. Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Kids in the Kitchen. Would love for you to come back next Tuesday! Please know that your family friendly recipes are more than welcome on our site. Kids are not required to be in the photos! :) Have a great week and can't wait to see you again!

  4. Frozen bread dough is a great item to have in ones freezer. Looks like an awesome treat, my family would love these.

  5. My name is Ann, and I have a cinnamon sugar problem, too. :)

    This looks like a wonderful vacation treat--a bit indulgent. I'm going to pin this so I have it on my board for easy access. Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

  6. My name is Trish and I attend meetings with Ann.
    Wow...perfect timing for Easter. I can smell the aroma and see the smiles as everyone rushes to the dining room!

  7. Oh Sara,
    These are just wonderful, so easy for so much flavor. I can't wait to try them. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Yours look so much better than mine! I'll have to switch to your recipe! thanks for linking with Kids in the Kitchen! following ya!

  9. The bread looks really delicious. But I didn't grow up having to eat Monkey bread muffins. But I would like to know, due to curiosity, why is it called "monkey?"


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