Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling is such a satisfying breakfast recipe! Nothing compares to the deliciousness of this cinnamon roll breakfast cake!

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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

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?

How to Make The Best 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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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:

This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with Cream Cheese Filling is such a satisfying breakfast recipe! Nothing compares to the deliciousness of this cinnamon roll breakfast cake!


Ingredients:

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

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:: cinnamon roll monkey bread, monkey bread recipe, how to make monkey bread, cream cheese filling, breakfast cake, homemade monkey bread, best cinnamon roll recipe

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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
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
Adele Aiken
August 19, 2019 8:26 am

how many would this serve/

Lyndsay
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
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
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
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
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.

JenMarie
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.

bridget {bake at 350}
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.

amanda
April 22, 2012 9:34 am

Holy yum that looks amazing!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
April 21, 2012 10:12 pm

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

grace
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! 🙂

Ashton
April 21, 2012 2:17 pm

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

Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons
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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