No Monkey Business!

I love 3 day weekends, but why do I get so mixed up as to what day it is. I was thinking it was Saturday all day today. I guess there are not too many Mondays we spend all day swimming and BBQ’ing. I was also able to squeeze in another yoga session this weekend and I am happy to report there were no tooters in class, thank goodness. I parked my mat in the corner by a nice lady to be safe!

This morning I had my cute niece Courtney over and we made these fun “mini” Monkey Bread inspired treats. This just confirmed my mini fetish, I am a freak! Talk about a breakfast treat. Cinnamon and sugar coated bread dough drenched in sweet buttery caramel sauce that turns crunchy and sweet, I was in heaven!

This is a great recipe to get the kids involved.The kids can help cut the dough into little pieces with their “safe” scissors and have fun tossing it in the cinnamon sugar mix.It takes a whole 10-15 minutes of prep time then it’s in the oven.It wouldn’t be a treat of mine without a sweet drizzle, so drizzle away!

Monkey Bread Bites with Sweet Cream Drizzle

1 roll Pillsbury French Bread Loaf

6 Tablespoons Sugar

3 Tablespoons cinnamon

½ Cup butter, (1 stick)

½ Cup brown sugar

½ Cup powdered sugar

2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove bread roll from packaging and carefully unroll so it is in a rectangle. Fold dough in half with long ends folded over each other; press edges slightly. With scissors, cut dough into ½ inch strips then cut each strip into ½ inch little cubes. Combine sugar and cinnamon into a large bowl. Gently toss all pieces of dough into sugar mixture.

2. Spray a 12 count traditional muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Divide bread pieces into the 12 muffin cups with or without paper liners. Set aside.

3. Place butter and brown sugar into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until melted and bubbly. Pour evenly over each muffin cup.

4. Bake for 18-20 minute or until bread is cooked through. Remove from oven and let sit in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

5. Place powdered sugar into a small bowl and slowly whisk in heavy cream until smooth and desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over each little cup. Serve monkey bites warm or at room temperature. I ate them all day and they were good warm or room temperature.

12 servings


Have a great short week! I’ll be back soon to post some of the good grub we had over the long weekend!

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74 Responses
  1. Amy

    Okay…I love the mini obsession…I too love the mini farfalles, I feel like my kids will think that they are cuter and more appetizing! I must have missed the tooters post, I am still laughing!

  2. michela

    hi jenny???
    how are u? I’m Michela from Rome Italy.
    visit my blog and look my dish “fondu savoyarde”

    thanks, kiss
    please read and tell me if you understand

  3. Live.Love.Eat

    So cool!! Monkey Bread, never made it before. How suuweeet to be able to bake with your fam!!!!!

  4. Claire

    I tried to do mini monkey bread one time using some mini “bundt” (glass) pans from my grandmothers. Didn’t quite work as nicely as this!

  5. Jenny

    Me too Sara! The more drizzle the better!

    How cute would these be in mini bundt pans?!! Great idea!

    Hi Stephanie,
    I agree, I love Pillsbury french bread. Quick and easy!

  6. Stephanie

    Yum! I love that this uses the pillsbury french bread. Super easy! I love monkey bread and I also love mini things! Mini gives you just the right serving, plus you don’t feel bad eating two of something:)

  7. Sharon

    Yum, I love monkey bread! I have some mini bundt pans I’d love to make these in.

    I was so confused all weekend. I kept wondering why all the stores weren’t closed early yesterday because I thought it was Sunday!

  8. Jenny

    Too funny Steph, we obviously think very much alike!

    Hi Maria,
    I hadn’t made monkey bread in a while and it was such a treat. I think we’ll be making it again very soon!

    Anytime Shelby!

    Thanks Mikky!

    Glad to know I’m not the only one Lori!

    Thanks Lucy!

  9. Lucy

    Jenny, what a wonderful idea of making these in a mini version, love it!! TY for you’re sweet comment 😉

  10. RecipeGirl

    Monkey bread rocks! And, yes… I was confused all weekend as to what day it was!! Hope you had a good one 🙂

  11. HoneyB

    your too cool! I want to come monkey around in your kitchen (and probably gain about 20 pounds in the process!) LOL.

  12. Maria

    Monkey bread is a staple at our house. My husband loves it! Yours looks really really good!

    I haven’t done yoga in awhile…I need to get back at it.

  13. Steph

    Jenny, I had this idea sitting in my brain for a while now! I absolutely LOVE monkey bread, and I was thinking of making them mini! Great minds think alike!

  14. Jenny

    Thanks Barbara!

    Sweet, but great for brunch. I bet they’d be great with a homemade roll recipe. Yum!

    Hi Holly,
    Really fun in little muffin tins.

    Hi Snell Family,
    So glad your family enjoyed the cinnamon rolls! Enjoy these too! Your are so lucky to not crave treats when you are pregnant. I crave everything sweet!

    Hey Emiline,
    Do try some, you’ll love them.

    Thanks Stephanie!

    Hi Bridgett,
    Yes, anytime my niece comes over we are in the kitchen cooking something up!

    I’ll check it out Brines, thanks.

    Hi Pam,
    Hope you enjoy!

    Me too Rita, drats we ate them all yesterday.

    Thanks Mandy, Aggie and Carrie!

    Lucky you Emily, it was always cold cereal for us in the morning!

    Hi Natalie,
    It was uber tasty for sure!

    Thanks Kimmy,
    Enjoy CA this week you lucky!

    Hi Katrina,
    I’m going to check out your mini treat too!

    Hi Carol,
    I’ll keep on cooking and baking! Thanks for your great comments!

  15. carol

    Hmmmmmm…these make my whole wheat toast look not so appetizing!!! 🙂 They look WONDERFUL-I’ll have to tell my daughter about these-she’ got 2 little guys which “mini” is the perfect size for!
    Jenny-I don’t know how you come up with all these wonderful ideas…but however you do it, PLEASE don’t stop!

  16. Katrina

    You and I are both on the same wave length with the mini things! Love the monkey bread, how cute and fun. My 4 year old keeps asking me when I’m ever going to make cinnamon rolls again, maybe we’ll do something like this. Thanks.

  17. Emily

    I love monkey bread! The best school days were days when we’d wake up and my mom had made it for breakfast! I love your mini creations!

  18. Aggie

    Another yummy sweet treat! I bet my kids would love this (and of course me too!).

    3 day weekends are the best!

  19. Clumbsy Cookie

    You are really the mini treats queen! And I love it! That does sound fun and delicious! I want some for my breakfast now!!!

  20. Pam

    Oh, I am drooling. My children would love these. I guess I know what I am making for breakfast on Saturday.

  21. Bridgett

    Monkey bread is divine and what fun that must have been spending time baking with your niece. The icing looks fantastic.

  22. Stephanie

    So cute! I’ve always loved monkey bread. This takes it up a step from kid-friendly to my-kid-raves-every-time-I-make-this. How fun!

  23. Emiline

    I’ve never made monkey bread. It sounds really good! I could use some…I’m craving donuts.

    I’ve never tried Pillsbury French bread before. I like their thin crust pizza dough.

  24. The Snell Family

    Okay your killing me :):) 7 months preggo and normally not a sugar craver, but I will tell you this…these will be made this week :):) I made the mini cinnabuns the other day and DH thought they were the best things ever!! I told him “chalk another one up to Jenny on the picky palate” he thinks your an amazing cook!!!

  25. Prudy

    Thanks for a fun and fast breakfast treat. I know they’d go over big around here. We like to make them when we have extra dough leftover from making homemade bread or rolls. Glad you had a scent free yoga session this time.

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