Cookie Butter Monkey Bread Disneyland Copycat Recipe!

Sharing Cookie Butter Monkey Bread, a favorite inspired from Disneyland’s Riverbelle Terrace! This gooey Monkey Bread recipe could not be more magical, delicious and decadent!

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Monkey Bread

If you haven’t had Monkey Before, you are in for quite a treat with this cookie butter version inspired from Disneyland’s Riverbelle Terrace! It was one of my very favorite desserts to enjoy at the Parks. It was seasonal, so I’m hoping it makes a comeback. Until then, we can enjoy it at home with my version!

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How To Make Monkey Bread

  1. Heat oven to the warm setting and spray large oversized 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. If you want to make the ones that look just like Disneyland, use a 2-cup 5 1/2 inch round Ramekins. If you’d like the ramekins, search on Amazon for at least 12 ounce ramekins to order.
  2. Cut thawed rolls in half with scissors and pinch bottom corners to make more of a round ball. Place brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium size shallow bowl, stirring to combine. Dip dough balls in melted butter then in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place 3 coated dough balls into each of the muffin cups until all dough has been used up. If using the larger ramekins as shown in my finished photos, place 8 dough balls inside each ramekin. Place prepared monkey bread dough into warm oven covered with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Turn off warm oven and let rise for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a large baking sheet under the top rack in the oven to catch any drippings from the monkey bread. Bake monkey bread for 18-20 minutes, until puffed and baked through. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer bread to serving plates and top with ice cream, melted cookie butter and a cookie on top. I used some 6 inch cast iron skillets to serve my monkey bread in, that looks similar to how they served it at Disneyland 🙂

What Is Monkey Bread?

Monkey bread is a soft, sweet, sticky pastry served in the United States for breakfast or as a treat. It consists of pieces of soft baked dough sprinkled with cinnamon. It is often served at fairs and festivals. The origin of the term “monkey bread” comes from the pastry being a finger food; the consumer would pick apart the bread as a monkey would.

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Cut the Rhodes rolls that have been thawed in half with scissors then pinch bottom edges together so they’re mostly round.

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First, roll the cut round dough pieces in melted butter.

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Once rolled in butter, roll dough balls in cinnamon/sugar mixture.

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Place 5 coated dough balls into 2-cup size ramekins 5 1/2 inch round or place 3 dough balls into large muffin tin cups. I found that using the larger muffin pan size worked best, but a regular one will work too if that’s what you have on hand. The dough just bakes up and partially over the regular size muffin pan. Both ramekins and muffin tin should be sprayed with cooking spray before placing dough balls. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until dough is baked through.

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Remove bread from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to serving dishes. Note that in the above photo, this is how the bread looks when baked in the 2-cup size ramekins. The muffin tin rolls are much smaller. Still delicious, but know they’ll look smaller than my photos were I used the large ramekins. Optional- put a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream on bottom of serving dish to melt before placing Monkey Bread on top.

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While still warm, place a large scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream on top, then drizzle with melted cookie butter and a Biscoff Cookie Butter Cookie. I get the Biscoff brand of cookie butter. Check your grocery stores near the peanut butter. I can find mine at my local Target locations. Amazon is another option if you have trouble finding it.

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Cookie Butter Monkey Bread- Disneyland Copycat Recipe

This Cookie Butter Monkey Bread recipe was inspired after the deliciuous Monkey Bread from Disneyland's River Belle Terrace. This at home version is a huge hit!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 270kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $20
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Equipment

  • large 12 count muffin tin
  • Oven
  • Bowl
  • 2 cup size Ramekins x 2 if making like Disneyland

Ingredients

  • 24 Rhodes Frozen Rolls thawed
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 cup Cookie Butter Biscoff brand
  • Biscoff Cookies to garnish on top

Instructions

  • Heat oven to the warm setting and spray large oversized 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. If you want to make the ones that look just like Disneyland, use  2-cup 5 1/2 inch round Ramekins, also sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cut thawed rolls in half with scissors and pinch bottom corners to make more of a round ball. Place brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium size shallow bowl, stirring to combine. Dip dough balls in melted butter then in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place 3 coated dough balls into each of the muffin cups until all dough has been used up. If using the larger ramekins as shown in my finished photos, place 5 dough balls inside each ramekin, tightly together. Pour remaining butter and sugar evenly over rolls. Place prepared monkey bread dough into warm preheated oven covered with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Turn off warm oven and let rolls rise for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a large baking sheet under the top rack in the oven to catch any drippings from the monkey bread. Bake monkey bread for 20-22 minutes, until puffed and baked through. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer Monkey Bread to serving plates and top with ice cream, melted cookie butter and a cookie on top. I used some 6 inch cast iron skillets to serve my monkey bread in, that looks similar to how they served it at Disneyland 🙂

Notes

  • If you're searching for the ramekins I used, check on Amazon, search for 12 ounce ramekins. Those are very close to the ones I have.
  • I served my Monkey Bread in small cast iron skillets that I found at World Market years ago. They're 6 inches in diameter for your reference.
  • Before serving the Monkey Bread, place a tablespoon or so of vanilla ice cream on serving plate to melt before adding Monkey Bread. That's what you see if my finished photos.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Responses
  1. Brian

    What are Rhodes Frozen Rolls ? We don’t have them in my area. As a finishing, you say ‘top with ice cream, melted cookie butter and a cookie on top.’ When do I melt the cookie butter? Is it melted over a double-boiler or can I melt it in a microwave?

    1. Hi Brian, Rhodes Frozen Rolls are uncooked rolls that you thaw then use for the recipe. You can also use Pillsbury French Bread Loaf in the can too. Just divide and form into 1 inch dough balls for the monkey bread. You can melt the cookie butter in a heat proof bowl in the microwave for 20-25 seconds. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy to help.

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