Surprise Monkey Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.


1 loaf (12 servings)

Updated: Sep. 21, 2022
When my neighbor hosts brunch, she always asks that I make this monkey bread recipe. I also make a savory version with garlic and cheese for dinner. —Lois Rutherford, Elkton, Florida


  • 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 each with a cream cheese cube. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal tightly.
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Layer with half each of the biscuits, remaining 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Halve the amount of cream cheese and add 1 teaspoon of your favorite jam to each biscuit for a fun, brunchworthy take on Danish.
  • No fluted tube pan? No problem! This works in a 13x9 pan as well.
  • Nutrition Facts

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