Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Monkey Muffins

Okay, I KNOW you all have had monkey bread before… cinnamon, sugar, butter, biscuits baked together until hot gooey and delicious. Monkey bread is typically baked in a bundt pan, but here’s the thing, my FAVORITE part about monkey bread is that bottom outer edge that gets that gooey caramelization going on (you know what I’m talking about)!

So it got me thinking… If I made little mini versions of the monkey bread, every little glorious piece would have some of that coveted caramelization. Plus miniature versions of anything are always SO. MUCH. BETTER!

The individual size makes them perfect little portion controlled bites (scratch that… there is NO WAY to eat just one)! These babies are TOO. GOOD.

Seriously, look at em:


Even the hubs couldn’t keep his hand out of them while I was trying to get my money shot.

That, my friends, is what you call hubby approved. Oh, and the kiddos will love it too! This was always one of my favorite treats growing up… Ah… nostalgia…

Go. Make. These.

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Monkey Muffins

Yield: 16 "muffins"

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Miniature versions of a classic breakfast treat!


2 (16.3 ounce) cans buttermilk biscuits
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 TBS cinnamon
2 sticks salted butter


Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF. Cut each biscuit into 6 equal sized pieces. Roll each of the pieces into balls and set aside. Next, Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. In a third (and microwave safe) bowl, place the butter. Melt the butter in microwave until just melted.

Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Place 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar mixture and 2 teaspoons butter into the bottom of each muffin tin. Next, dunk each dough ball into the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 6 of the coated dough balls into each muffin tin. Repeat until all muffin tins are filled. Place muffin pan on a large jelly roll pan (to catch any spillage).

Bake for 25-35 minutes (until dough is cooked through). Carefully invert muffin pan onto the jelly roll pan and gently shake to remove the monkey muffins. Place on a platter and serve hot.

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25 Responses to “Monkey Muffins”

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    Nichole — January 3, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    Yum! I love monkey bread! I never thought of monkey MUFFINS!

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    Maria — January 3, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    My hubs always begs me to make these! One of his favorites!

    • Kristina replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

      hubbies are so easy to please πŸ™‚

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    Kati — January 3, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    Oh yes! I’ve made them miniature before…..I think it is better in miniature size!! Yummy!

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    Cassie — January 3, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    This is perfect! I love monkey bread. Mini-anything is a winner!

    • Kristina replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

      i’m SO with you… mini-anything!!!!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — January 3, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look insanely good.

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    Chels R. — January 4, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    I must be the only one on Earth who has never had Monkey bread. My 3yr old daughter I bet would love these, because her favorite animals are monkeys and she would get a kick out of the name of this bread!

    • Kristina replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

      seriously!?!?!? make it ASAP – you have been missing out, girl!

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    Kathryn — January 4, 2012 @ 4:05 am

    Oh my goodness, these are so ridiculously cute! Love ’em!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 4, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    love miniature/bite-size food! this is great and monkey bread is soo good. I’ve never made it myself but the fact that these are smaller portioned makes it even better πŸ™‚

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    Sandra — January 4, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    What a fun idea. We typically only have Monkey Bread on Christmas morning, but maybe I’ll have to keep the Christmas spirit alive and make these real soon.

    • Kristina replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      we always do it for Christmas… birthdays… Easter… any excuse is a good one to have monkey bread πŸ˜‰

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    Stacy — January 4, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    These are so cute and look so good!!! I love how you made them into muffins!

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    Kelsey@ ReadySetFeast — January 4, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    YUM! I haven’t had monkey bread in forever, these look perfect!

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    Leslie — January 4, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Ummmm-hello…These are way to dangerous for me to make!!!

    • Kristina replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      haha that’s why i reserve them for holidays… πŸ˜‰

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    Beth Anne — January 4, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    oh my word….. something for my classmates!!! =) I’m so on this for monday!!!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 4, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Want to hear something sad? I have never had monkey bread! I’m to afraid! See I have a horrible addiction to bread and I know if I take one bite of this gooey, delicious, cinnamony bread I won’t be able to control myself!! I do like that you made them in muffin tins, so there is some portion control, but I’d be greatly afraid I would eat like 10 of them! This recipe looks wonderful and I’m thinking this would be a wonderful way to start this weekend off!! Yum!!

    • Kristina replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      WHAT?!!???!!!???!!! Girl… you best make these this weekend!!!! Everyone needs to have monkey bread in their life! for. real. πŸ™‚

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    natalie (the sweets life) — January 4, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    you are brilliant, as always! and you have good taste in plates (i have the same one;))

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    Grace — January 4, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    I just put this link on Facebook!! I’m 12 weeks preggo and the baby needs to eat these!!! It’s a must!!!

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    Mandy — January 5, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Awesome!!!! Gotta make these this weekend. Question for ya: I also happen to be a big fan of gorilla bread, because, well, I’m a cream cheese addict! Would it be possible to stick a cube of cream cheese in the middle of these before baking? Or do you think the bake time would be too long for the cream cheese?

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    Nikki — January 5, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Sooooo Yummy!

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    Beth Anne — January 5, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    I couldn’t wait until monday to make these so I just halfed it for me and the hubs….. oh. my. word. I pinned you to my pintrest so everyone will see how fabulous you are!!! They are amazinngggggg. =)

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