Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling is a satisfying and easy breakfast recipe to enjoy pull-apart style! Kids love to help make the brown sugar coated dough pieces filled with delightful pockets of rich cream cheese. Nothing compares to this finger-licking sweet cinnamon roll breakfast cake!

Title image of Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling drizzled with vanilla icing.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

This wonderfully simple recipe for Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling is yet another variation of one of my family’s favorite breakfast or dessert treats, next to my Praline Monkey Bread. It’s a fun-to-eat breakfast cake made from canned cinnamon rolls and baked in a bundt pan for a gorgeous shape that’s easy to pull apart with your fingers!

This is an absolutely delicious recipe for Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread filled with pockets of savory cream cheese, coated in a buttery, finger-licking brown sugar glaze and drizzled with sweet vanilla cinnamon roll icing.

Monkey bread is one of those recipes that looks incredible while being incredibly easy to make, and we make it often in our house! Plus, the kids love to help when wrapping and rolling the dough around the cream cheese cubes. You have to give this cozy and satisfying cinnamon roll recipe a try!

Monkey bread is served on a plate, with one piece pulled apart.

What is Monkey Bread?

Commonly made in a bundt pan, traditional Monkey Bread is made from sweet, sugar-coated balls of dough baked together into cake form. The idea is to pull apart the sticky-sweet bread pieces in a way that’s similar to how monkeys pull apart their food – giving this fun sharing recipe its name!

Recipe Ingredients

Thanks to the use of pre-made, canned cinnamon rolls, this recipe is insanely simple in terms of the other ingredients. Including the rolls, the list is only 4 items long!

  • You’ll need three tubes of canned Cinnamon Roll Dough (8 rolls or 12.4 oz each). However, if you can’t get your hands on ready-made dough, you can make your own!
  • One stick of Butter
  • Cream Cheese, cold from the fridge and cut into cubes
  • Lastly, Brown Sugar
A collage of the process for wrapping cream cheese cubes in flattened cinnamon roll dough.

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

To make the perfect monkey bread, I use a bundt pan lightly coated in cooking spray. Other pans will also work, but the bundt shape is especially great for bread that pulls apart! While your oven is preheating, here’s how you’ll make this super easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread.

Cinnamon roll dough with cream cheese filling is placed into a bundt pan before baking.

Fill the Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese: Place one square of cream cheese in the center of a flattened cinnamon roll, then fold the dough around the cheese. Give it a pinch to seal the dough closed! Place the first dough ball into a lightly greased bundt pan and repeat with the remaining cinnamon rolls. 

A mixture of melted butter and brown sugar drips from a spoon, with a bundt pan filled with cinnamon roll monkey bread in the background

Combine the Butter and Brown Sugar: Melt the butter and brown sugar together in the microwave, give it a good stir and pour the mixture over top of the cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese baked to golden perfection in a bundt pan

Bake: Bake the monkey bread in a preheated oven until the top of the cake is a nice golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Invert the Bundt Pan & Serve: Give the monkey bread 5 minutes to cool before turning the bundt pan over onto a plate. Once free from the pan, you can drizzle the monkey bread with the icing that comes with the cinnamon roll tubes, have your fingers at the ready, and let the monkey business begin!

Monkey Bread inverted onto a serving plate, coated in melted butter and brown sugar

Tips for Success

  • Prepare Monkey Bread Ahead of Time: This recipe is easy to make ahead of time! You can follow the recipe right up until baking, and store the bundt pan covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly or allow the monkey bread to reach room temperature again prior to putting it in the oven.
  • Making Sure the Monkey Bread is Cooked: Due to the nature of this pull-apart bread, the best way to check if it’s finished baking is to use a thermometer inserted into the cake. The internal temperature should be about 190°F.
Vanilla icing is drizzled over a baked cinnamon roll monkey bread

How to Store Homemade Monkey Bread

Store monkey bread sealed in a ziplock bag and out of direct sunlight for up to 2 days, or airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Can I Freeze This?

If you’d like to store monkey bread for longer than a week, freezing is the best way to ensure freshness (and to avoid the bread going stale)! You can freeze baked monkey bread tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or sealed in an airtight freezer bag for up to 3 months. Leave it in the fridge overnight to thaw.

A piece of pull-apart monkey bread is served on a plate with a fork

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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category Category: Breakfast
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Nothing compares to this sticky and sweet Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling! An easy and satisfying recipe for pull-apart breakfast cake that the whole family will love.


Ingredients:

  • 3 cans Cinnamon Rolls (12.4 oz, containing 8 rolls in each)
  • 1, 8 oz block cold cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

  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

Keywords:: monkey bread recipe, cinnamon roll recipe, breakfast cake

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Adele Aiken
August 19, 2019 8:28 am

one more ? – I have 4 cans of cinnamon rolls as I was planning on making breakfast for about 30 people. Could I use all 4 cans or would it work better to make 2 cans in one pan and 2 another – or perhaps cooking all 4 in a 9×13 pan?

Adele Aiken
August 19, 2019 8:26 am

how many would this serve/

Lyndsay
November 24, 2016 8:30 am

I’ve cooked this a few times bc it’s amazing! But every time I cook it the rolls that are touching each other still seem doughie when we eat it. I don’t want to cook it longer bc I’m worried it will be dried out or will burn. Any advice?

Billie
February 20, 2015 9:28 pm

i use the biscuits and put cream cheese cube inside. I also put chopped pecans in mine too. I call it Gorilla Bread.

Kara
April 19, 2014 10:30 pm

I was going to make monkey bread, but I came across this recipe and couldn’t resist trying it. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing!

Ala
November 10, 2013 5:43 pm

The filled layer in the middle reminds me of this gorgeous fudge tunnel chocolate cake I make on big gathering occasions. This will need to be done for the next breakfast-themed event though, for sure–thanks for sharing!

Donna
April 11, 2013 1:22 pm

I went one step further, and rolled each piece in sugar/butter mix BEFORE adding it to the pan.
Then I added pecans, and poured the butter/sugar (to which I added 1T cinnamon) mix on top. SERIOUSLY addicting. Next time i will be adding white chocolate chips.

merri
April 11, 2013 1:00 pm

This is a fantastic idea. I am going to add just one thing. and i dont know if someone else came up with idea or not but, prepare the roll the same add the cream cheese fold and put in a muffin tin with muffin cup inserted drizzle and engoy. With only 2 in the household and being diabetic it would make it easier to control what is in it with out denying my partner to his joy in things sweet.

April 26, 2012 2:33 pm

That’s a whole chunk of yummy cream cheese oozing into your mouth….
I think I stared at the picture for a full minute, not blinking.

Then, I hit print….. I’m so making this Saturday morning.

April 24, 2012 5:26 pm

I pinned this a few days ago, but am just now getting around to seeing the whole post. Holy. Moly. This is genius.

April 22, 2012 9:34 am

Holy yum that looks amazing!

April 21, 2012 10:12 pm

Yum! I have always had trouble with not eating all the glaze! These look delish! 🙂

April 21, 2012 4:52 pm

i’m not sure which item of decadence i prefer, this or the awesome snickerdoodles you discussed earlier. this is too much of my favorite stuff back to back! 🙂

April 21, 2012 2:17 pm

Wow! This looks really, really amazing! Pining now!

April 21, 2012 10:01 am

I grew up with my mom always making monkey bread…love it! I would have never thought it could get any better until this! Can’t wait to try this..looks amazing!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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