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Monkey Bread Muffins

Monkey Bread Muffins are a super quick and easy breakfast recipe!

monkey bread muffins on white plate

I’m sure you’ve had Monkey Bread before, right? Well, this recipe for Monkey Bread Muffins allows you to enjoy Monkey Bread in individual servings. The muffins are made in a muffin tin. You’ll get muffins that have that same pull-apart consistency as the classic recipe. Because these are portion-sized, maybe you’ll be able to control yourself from eating too much!

30 Minute Cooking from Frozen Cookbook Cover

The 30-Minute Cooking from Frozen Cookbook

This recipe comes from The 30-Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook by Carole Jones ( This cookbook has 100 delicious recipes that will save you time and money by using some frozen foods in the ingredients for the recipe (no pre-thawing required!) Carole shows you how to make affordable, wholesome meals for you and your family in less than 30 minutes. You’ll also learn what to look for in the frozen food aisle and how to maximize nutrition using frozen ingredients.

I don’t usually use a lot of frozen foods in my cooking, but I like this cookbook because it calls for using “some” frozen ingredients in the recipe. Each recipe calls one or two or a few frozen ingredients that will “shortcut” the recipe and make it easier and quicker to prepare. Here are a few recipes in the book that I’ve bookmarked to make: Peach Cobbler Oatmeal, Quick Breakfast Pizza, Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole, Vegetable Fried Rice, Sweet Pea and Bacon Salad, Baked Barbecue Chicken Sliders, Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie, Garlic Butter Cauliflower Pizza, Pot Sticker Soup, Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, Baked Shrimp Scampi, Greek Avocado Salmon Salad, Loaded Waffle Fry Nachos, Roasted Vegetable Tacos, Peach Pie Roll-Ups, and Grilled S’Mores.

making monkey bread muffins in glass bowl

How to make Monkey Bread Muffins:

Sugar and cinnamon are combined in a bowl.

biscuits cut into pieces

Frozen biscuit dough is cut into pieces. You can defrost the biscuit dough in the microwave (or let it defrost at room temperature).

making monkey bread muffins in glass bowl

You will dip each piece of biscuit in melted butter and then place into a muffin cup. Use a 6-cup muffin tin. Nine dipped biscuit pieces will go into each muffin cup- to create six Monkey Bread Muffins. If you only have a traditional 12-cup muffin tin, use 4 or 5 pieces per muffin cup.

whisking icing for muffins

While the muffins are baking, you can make the glaze (a simple mix of powdered sugar and milk).

monkey bread muffins on a white plate

When your Monkey Bread Muffins come out of the oven, drizzle them with the glaze. 

bite taken out of monkey bread muffin on white plate

Serve and eat them while they’re warm and wonderful. You can pull them apart and experience a gooey and delicious treat. I highly recommend that you double the recipe to make 12 muffins instead of 6. Monkey Bread Muffins would also be perfect to make for holiday mornings. Enjoy!

Here are a few more breakfast recipes you might like to try:

monkey bread muffins on white plate

Monkey Bread Muffins (from The 30-Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook)
A super easy and delicious breakfast treat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings (1 muffin per serving)
Calories 378 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 375℉. Grease a 6-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Lay the biscuits flat on a microwave-safe plate and microwave at 30 percent power in 30-second increments until thawed, flipping biscuits over after each increment. Thawing will take 4 to 5 times total. Alternately, you can leave the biscuits at room temperature (covered) until they are thawed out.
  • In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon.
  • Use scissors to cut each biscuit into eight even pieces. Dip each piece first in the butter, and then toss in the cinnamon sugar to coat completely. Put nine pieces in each muffin cup and bake until golden brown and centers are set, 16 to 18 minutes.
  • While the muffins bake, in a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk and whisk together until smooth to form a glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the baked muffins and serve immediately.


  • If you only have a traditional 12-cup muffin tin, use 4 or 5 pieces per muffin cup.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 623mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 246IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
Keyword monkey bread, muffins
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Recipe Rating

Bonnie Drake

Tuesday 28th of March 2023

Could this be made with frozen bread dough? Thaw, cut, roll in sugar/cinnamon, put in sprayed tins and let raise. I think I'll try that.


Thursday 20th of April 2023



Thursday 1st of April 2021

Can you use canned biscuits instead ?


Wednesday 19th of May 2021