Surprise Monkey Bread Recipe
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Surprise Monkey Bread Recipe

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This recipe is really just a glorified Monkey Bread. I also make it with garlic and cheese for dinner sometimes. When my neighbor has her Christmas brunch, this is one recipe that's always requested. —Lois Rutherford, Elkton, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 467 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein


  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).
Originally published as Surprise Monkey Bread in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p33

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"My whole family loved this bread. It was so hard to walk away from it!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"My hubby and daughter both said these were delicious! I made homemade biscuits, but otherwise made as directed. Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Everybody loved this one. Want it again soon!"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"I have been making this for ages. Came from one of Paula Deen's cookbooks and was called Gorilla Bread (according to Paula it kicks monkey bread's butt.)"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"Absolutely LOVE this bread - for breakfast, as dessert - anytime! It is scrumptious!"

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