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Surprise Monkey Bread

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (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


  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat brown sugar and butter on high for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Layer with half of the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar and butter mixture and 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers.
  • 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 brunch-worthy take on Danish.
  • No fluted tube pan? No problem! This works in a 13x9 pan as well.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 467 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


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    • Shirley
      Oct 26, 2019

      rubyflash isnt there 10 biscuits to each can of biscuits??? just asking

    • rubyflash
      Jan 10, 2018

      This is a very confusing recipe. You have 16 biscuits, but it says to cut the cream cheese into 20 cubes. It's good though.

    • Luvs2Cook14
      Jan 31, 2015

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

    • IslandWife
      Nov 11, 2014

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

    • hamhock32
      Oct 24, 2014

      Everybody loved this one. Want it again soon!

    • marciekaygreen
      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.)

    • reremcf
      Mar 13, 2014

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

    • pajamaangel
      Nov 30, 2013

      Sinfully delicous!

    • Stine Kruysman
      Dec 19, 2012

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    • aprilaten
      Dec 13, 2012

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