Cream Cheese Filled Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread


I have great ideas for weekend breakfasts all the time.

I think about how on Saturday morning I am going to wake up and make a giant stack of pancakes, or dust off the waffle maker,  surprise my kids with a glorious stack of sugary carbs and be deemed greatest mom in all the land.


Unfortunately that doesn’t happen.  Besides being the worst pancake maker in history I tend to be more of an “idea” person.  Ideas fill my brain all the time, but the execution is where I get hung up.

So I decided to get my act together.


On the rare days that my kids aren’t eating cereal or Farina they do enjoy Monkey Bread.

If you are unfamiliar, Monkey Bread is small pieces of biscuits, usually rolled in sugar and cinnamon and baked into a cake form, so it pulls apart easily.

It’s something my kids like to help me make and I’ll take all the help I can get!


So I decided to amp-up the monkey bread that we usually have.

Instead of biscuits, I decided to use cinnamon rolls.  Simple.

ANNND I thought I would stuff each cinnamon roll with cream cheese.  It seemed obvious, don’cha think?

Cream Cheese Filled Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread.

Start with 3 cans of these…

Use whatever brand you want…and don’t get hung up on the ounces or amounts or anything…please.  You won’t mess this up, its basically impossible.

Take a block of cream cheese and cut it into 24 small squares…one for every roll.

The assembly is easy…

Just flatten a cinnamon roll out, put a cube of cream cheese inside and fold the roll around it, pinching to seal.

Toss the rolls into your pan and repeat over and over…

Melt some butter and brown sugar together and pour it over top…

Bake it until it looks like this…

When you flip it out of the pan you are going to dance at the beauty.

Like really dance…I’m talking the Argentine Tango, not the Cabbage Patch.

And since there’s not enough going on here you should go ahead and add some icing.  It came in the can of cinnamon rolls, so it would be a shame not to use it.

I only used two cans of the frosting…because the other might have gone missing…or something.

Then you should eat.  And eat.  Annnd eat.

Weekend breakfast to the MAX!


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Cream Cheese Filled Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
  • 3 cans Cinnamon Rolls (12.4 oz, containing 8 rolls in each)
  • 1, 8 oz block cold cream cheese
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, cut into cubes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a bundt or tube pan lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Cut your block of cream cheese into 24 small squares.
  4. Flatten each cinnamon roll with your fingers and place one square of cream cheese in the center of the flattened roll. Fold the roll around the cream cheese and pinch to seal. Place in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining rolls and cream cheese.
  5. In microwave safe bowl combine butter and brown sugar. Heat for approximately 1 minute until butter is melted. Stir together and pour over the cinnamon rolls.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes until top is golden brown.
  7. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then flip pan onto a cake plate or platter.
  8. Drizzle with the frosting that came in the cinnamon roll cans, if desired.
  9. Serve warm


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64 Comments on "Cream Cheese Filled Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread"


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Debby Pucci
April 19, 2012 12:11 pm

Love the twist on this one. Sounds easy and delicious!

April 19, 2012 12:12 pm

You know what always makes recipes better (besides the addition of peanut butter)? Cream cheese! Yum yum yummy great monkey bread right here.

April 19, 2012 12:16 pm

I completely understand about being an “idea” person… Gotta have to make these for sure, and if they are half as good as the Peanut Butter Banana bread…well, this recipe will reside alongside the banana bread one!

April 19, 2012 12:16 pm

My family is going to love you. This looks so easy and so awesomely good looking.

Shauna from Piece of Cake
April 19, 2012 12:16 pm

YOU JUST STOP IT RIGHT NOW. You make me type in all caps. Gah.

April 19, 2012 12:19 pm

Love the cream cheese filling!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
April 19, 2012 12:23 pm

Oh god… this looks incredible! I’ve only visited the US once but my friend made me cinnamon rolls from a tube and I was blown away, I wish they sold them here in the UK! 🙁

April 19, 2012 12:24 pm

Adding cream cheese just made this the best and most incredible monkey bread!!! I love it!!!! I hear you on the “too many ideas” and “not enough execution” problem. My lists are way way too long.

April 19, 2012 12:33 pm

Holy crap, that looks amazing! I know what I’m making this weekend

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
April 19, 2012 12:33 pm

I have been dying to make something like this! Pancakes are overrated, monkey bread is sooo much better:-)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
April 19, 2012 12:48 pm

Wowee!! This looks insanely delicious! Yummm!

April 19, 2012 1:12 pm

What if I were to make this the night before, refrigerate and cook in the morning? Do you think it would still work?

Chandra Wood
April 19, 2012 1:12 pm

YUM. This recipe looks easy and amazing! I also love that you have an easy printable version of it! thanks for sharing!

April 19, 2012 1:20 pm

Amazing. That’s all I have to say. 🙂

April 19, 2012 1:20 pm

I’m craving looking in this bread I cant wait to try it..Thanks for sharing..

Paula Grant
Paula Grant
April 19, 2012 1:22 pm

It’s very enticing. How many minutes did you prepare everything. Thanks for the recipe. Will try to remake it.


Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
April 19, 2012 1:24 pm

You and Jenny from Picky Palate are all over the monkey bread today! Yum! I seriously need to make this. I’m on a crazy cream cheese kick right now and this is perfect!

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and mor
April 19, 2012 1:26 pm

oh my word that is something I want for diner, forget weekend breakfast!

April 19, 2012 1:41 pm

I have never made monkey bread before but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be making this very soon! It looks dangerously good….

Averie @ Averie Cooks
April 19, 2012 1:59 pm

I took a tube of those cinn rolls and doctored them up with cream cheese last week and now I want to try this. It looks so awesome. I just adore cinnamon rolls!

April 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Seriously amazing looking! Pinning it right now…but wishing I was eating it right now. 🙂 Megan

jenny - Sugar Loco
April 19, 2012 2:22 pm

I’m pretty sure we pin Every. Single. Thing that you make. This one is genius!

Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking
April 19, 2012 2:35 pm

Wow Shelly, I’ve not heard of Monkey Bread until now but it looks and sounds amazing. The biscuit bits in it too, om nom nom!

Kathy Linklater
Kathy Linklater
April 19, 2012 2:38 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. Like monkey bread wasn’t good enough. I MUST try this!

April 19, 2012 2:51 pm


April 19, 2012 3:18 pm

This is pure genius! I love making monkey bread… adding cream cheese to it–I’m really in love!

April 19, 2012 3:56 pm

i must have that- can you ship it to me?

so yummy

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Love the idea of a cinnamon roll instead of a plain biscuit! And icing? Dang, that is a breakfast!

Mal @ The Chic Geek
April 19, 2012 4:32 pm

oooh, this looks sensational!

Christina @ Ovenadventures
April 19, 2012 5:12 pm

i want this now. like i’m not joking or just writing to write I want this entire pan in my face now. fabulous. I am totally making this very, very soon!

the wanna be country girl
April 19, 2012 5:16 pm

My son loves these cinnamon rolls from the tube. He will be blown away with the cream cheese filling. What a great idea, I’m pinning this one, for sure. By the way … Love the plate. 🙂

April 19, 2012 6:51 pm

Cinnamon rolls are the best!

Lizy b
April 19, 2012 8:18 pm

I think I just drooled on my iPad…..

April 19, 2012 9:45 pm

Really. Only a crazy person would not LOVE to wake up to this!

April 19, 2012 9:49 pm

Guess what I’m making for Sunday brunch this week…this ought to make everyone happy!

Cookbook Queen
April 19, 2012 11:13 pm

Is this even real or a mirage????? Amazing.

April 19, 2012 11:18 pm

First of all, I just have to say how impressed I am at your skills in photographing monkey bread. In my opinion, it is one of the hardest things to photograph, and I’ve thrown out a few recipes because I couldn’t make it look good. Your pictures are amazing! Second – YUM!!!

April 20, 2012 12:41 am

Mind = blown. Amazing!! And your photos are stunning!!! Gorgeous gorgeous! 🙂

Debra Kapellakis
Debra Kapellakis
April 20, 2012 2:55 am

All I need is some of those canned cinnamon rolls available to me and I will make these. YUMMY! thank you for sharing

April 20, 2012 5:24 am

[…] Cream cheese filled cinnamon roll monkey bread. That’s a mouthful.  I also wouldn’t mind a mouth full of this bread. […]

Sherri D.
Sherri D.
April 20, 2012 8:59 am

You’re killing me here! Not a morning person! But, I have a reason to be one at least one day this weekend!

jersey girl
April 20, 2012 10:25 am

I think you are the most evil person I’ve ever came across on the internet!

Kate N.
April 20, 2012 10:57 am

JC in heaven, this is all my favorite things in the universe in one pan.

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
April 20, 2012 11:10 am

Can I just tell you that I love you for using canned cinnamon rolls? I just adore that you took something and made it homemade, without making the entire thing from scratch! I mean seriously, who has the time for that?

I think this will be making an appearance at my next brunch!

April 20, 2012 11:42 am

Gracious! You are killing me with these cheese-stuffed treats. I still haven’t recovered from the cheese stuffed snickerdoodles! I made those last Christmas and my family loved them.

Cookie Sleuth
April 20, 2012 2:44 pm

I love that this is made with the canned cinnamon rolls! I don’t want to make anything too complex in the mornings.

Lori @ RecipeGirl
April 20, 2012 2:58 pm

oh my Lordy, this looks freakin’ amazing.

Jessica Thelander
April 20, 2012 6:45 pm

This sounds heavenly!! I always want to load up on cinnamon in my breakfast! I may have to give this a go this weekend.

Deanna @ TheChangingHouse
April 20, 2012 10:37 pm