Surprise Monkey Bread Recipe
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes
- 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
- 1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat brown sugar and butter on high for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
- 2. Flatten each biscuit into a 3-in. circle. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon in the center of each biscuit. Top with a cream cheese cube. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal tightly.
- 3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar and butter mixture and 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers.
- 4. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings).
Test Kitchen Tips
1 slice: 467 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
Reviews for Surprise Monkey Bread
"My whole family loved this bread. It was so hard to walk away from it!"
"My hubby and daughter both said these were delicious! I made homemade biscuits, but otherwise made as directed. Thanks for sharing!"
"Everybody loved this one. Want it again soon!"
"I made this for my husband coffee group. The men didn't leave me a crumb. One of the guys said this is the best recipe yet. I always made them "monkey bread""
"Made this for a family brunch, and everyone all 25 family members loved it."
"My friend and I made this tiday and it was sooo good. The only thing we didn't put in it was the walnuts. Very easy to make."
"This is usually called Gorilla bread which I made many times with the added sugar and vanilla in the cream cheese. I've also made it in a round and rectagular pans, you just have to ajdust the time."
"I made this for work and they loved it. It is a great dunking cake.I don't think you need 1/2 cup sugar with the cinnamon I would use 1/8cup"
"My sister & I used to make a similar recipe from Home-ec class many years ago & it is yummy! I had forgotten all about it til running across this! My old recipe didn't have cream cheese in it but am DEFINATELY going to try this! Never thought about a savory twist on it-I think I'll try using 1 of the flavored cream cheeses like garden vegetable or chive & onion for the savory type. Running to add to shopping list before I get sidetracked!! :)"
"I didn't have much time, so I made it in a 9x 13 pan and it had to bake about 30 minutes. It was very good the first day, but after that it looses taste."
"This was such a treat for this Valentine's Day weekend. The only thing I did differently was added a couple tsp of powedered sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla to the cream cheese for a more cheesecake taste. I loved how this was like a donut/cinnamon roll/stuffed french toast. Being really really sweet ,I think next time I may lesson the yummy buttery brown sugar glaze. This is a winner!"
"Brought this to work to share and it was a hit. I made a couple of changes. I dredged each biscuit in cinnamon and sugar after flattening them and then added 2 Tbls of sugar to the cream cheese and put a dollop in each biscuit."
"I really enjoyed this recipe and would like the recipe for the garlic and cheese version please."
"This recipe is so simple to make and really good. I won't use the cream cheese in the future because it doesn't match the sweetness. I will use a small pat of butter instead. My family really like this and it will be added to our "Favorite Recipes" file."
"I forgot to mention that this was in the December 2010 issue of Alabama Living"
"I just found this recipe in our Alabama Living Electric Co-op Newsletter. It was called Christmas Morning Monkey bread. I tried it like the recipe calls for the first time and everyone loved it. When I made it for Christmas breakfast I cut the creamcheese into smaller cubes and used 4 cans of biscuits and cut each biscuit into fourths. Everyone still loved it. I like the smaller cubes of cream cheese better. I wil try it with a savory garlic and cheese for a dinner bread like suggested. This is a recipe that my 17 year old daughter wants when she moves out on her own when she is old enough to start her own recipe collection."
"easy and Delicious!"
"This recipe is a Pillsbury Recipe. I too make it and add nuts, raisins or dried fruit."
"I have made this recipe for my family and they loved it..I used fat free items and splendia and even used the brown sugar splendia when I put this together and it tasted great!"
"raised dough is better for this type of recipe"
"It is great"
"Thanx Brenda! It sounds wonderful and will be fun to try........ :-)"
"This is a great recipe and my family asks for it often. I also make it with garlic, some herbs and shredded cheddar cheese. I mix the garlic and herbs with the melted butter and sprinkle the cheddar between layers and over the top."
"I would like to make this bread, but do not have a tube pan, and really don't want to buy one for one recipe. Can I just use a flat pan? Would that change cooking times? Thanks for any advice."
"This is Paula Deen's recipe for "Gorilla bread" and it is a real family-pleaser, to be sure! Cheese & garlic for dinnertime, hmmm? Sounds like a good idea. Do you " replace the cream cheese with a cheddar-type cheese?"
"Just found this recipe this Holiday season. Made it once and my family is already asking for it again. It is delicious!"
"This was very yummy. It needed a little more time in the oven and I would suggest at least 50-55 minutes so it's not too gooey in the middle. I will so make this one again. ☺"