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Sep132011

Mini Monkey Breads

Raise your hand if you have any objections to quick, delicious, easy, crowd-pleasing, doughy, cinnamon-sugary goodness.  Anyone?  Aaaaanyone??

Of course not!  You read this blog!  CLEARLY, you're all firmly in the yay for quick, delicious, easy, crowd-pleasing, doughy, cinnamon-sugary goodness camp.

(Um and sidebar, if you weren't, you'd probably find you have like absolutely nothing in common with us.  Aw sad.)

Anyway!  We obviously don't have that problem with any of you, so it's full steam ahead!  And we're talking breakfast bon bons.

We have a weakness for breakfast baked goods.  Croissants, coffee cake, donuts, those pastry baskets you get at brunch?  They don't stand a chance. 

We're pretty sure the appeal largely lies in the fact that we're essentially eating a dessert for breakfast, but we'll just chose to momentarily (forever and ever) overlook that fact and continue to refer to all those goodies as legitimate breakfast foods (dessert).

So while we adore these morning confections, we rarely possess the giddy up and go to actually make them for ourselves. 

Sure, we'll bake for a big brunch gathering or a boss's birthday breakfast at the office, but early morning baking for just us??  Um...before coffee??  Ummm....er....yeah no.

But!  All that changed when we recalled that sweet southern treat we VERY rarely (weekly) indulged in while receiving our higher education in lovely little Lexington, Virginia, monkey bread. 

Being raised by Brits, we'd never had the stuff growing up, so our naive little baking brains assumed it required hours and hours of toil. 

Until we discovered the key ingredient is in fact...biscuit dough.  Y'all.  Premade biscuit dough. 

Even we can handle this recipe before coffee.

Mini Monkey Breads

Makes 18 muffins

Print Recipe

3 cans of buttermilk biscuit dough
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cups (1 1/12 sticks) butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
Sweetened condensed milk (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Place muffin liners in each cup and set aside.

Remove all of the biscuit dough from the containers and divide each biscuit into sixths and shape into rough balls.

In a large resealable plastic bag or a large bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.  Stir or shake to combine.

Place all of the dough balls in the plastic bag and shake until all balls are evenly coated with the cinnamon sugar mixture.  If you're using a bowl, just move the biscuit dough around with your hands until evenly coated.  Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt together butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is just dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Drop a spoonful of butter/sugar mixture into each muffin cup.  Take 5 coated dough balls (assuming you divided the biscuits into sixths) and place them in a muffin cup on top of the butter/sugar (you need to kind of squish them in there!).  Repeat, filling each muffin cup with remaining dough.  Spoon an additional spoonful or butter/sugar over each muffin and bake for 15 minutes, until puffed and bubbly.

Serve muffins warm from oven, topped with a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk, if desired.  Muffins can also be made ahead and reheated in a 300 F oven, covered with foil, for 10 minutes.

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Reader Comments (19)

OMG! Want thiiiiis NOW!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

I love breakfast baked goods! yum! I love making monkey bread, but it seems like too much for just me and my husband (just kidding, we eat it all!) these would be perfect!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterALEX

Cute idea to make them in muffin tins!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMackenzie@The Caramel Cookie

Monkey bread was my favorite thing to learn back in the day when home economics courses were cool!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

These look sooo incredibly soft and doughy! And monkey bread looks so much cuter in muffin tins! These are going to be made ASAP.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen

so cute, i love how they are mini cause then you can eat way more and not feel at all guilty.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermis-cakes

No objections from me, I'll take 10!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Hi, I LOVE the look of this recipe but we don't have canned buttermilk dough in the U.K!!!
Is there something else I could use instead, these breakfast treats look way to good to miss out on!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Curry

Hi Lisa - you could very easily make your own buttermilk biscuit dough and just use that (we were just feeling exceptionally lazy). Also, a number of monkey bread recipes call for unbaked frozen dinner rolls in place of the biscuits. Can you get your hands on those over there?

September 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

I've always thought monkey bread would be great in mini portions. So cute.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Drool. I want these little monkey breads so badly right now! They look awesome.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

First look at your mini monkey breads, I knew I wouldn't have any objections. But I'm terrible at baking! Hope I'm able to create the delicious monkey bread.

OMG! I cannot believe how delicious these turned out! AND they are SO easy! THANK YOU!
I can't stop eating them! hahahaha delicious and adorable! right up my alley! :D

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Holy wow. I am OBSESSED with monkey bread. And now I can make mini versions? Everything's better as a mini! What a fantastic idea! I also put chopped pecans on top of mine and it's yummy :)

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda - Leap of Taste

LOVE this!!! ;^D Mmmmmonkey bread! Can't wait to share this version with my daughter, who has loved monkey bread since childhood. ;^) Thank you! ;^D

September 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia L. H.

I have these on my list to try this weekend!! My son and his friends = the best test kitchen EVER!!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne G

I found this recipe a couple months ago on StumbleUpon and was waiting for the perfect time to make them. The perfect time presented itself this last week during finals when I could not push myself to study anymore (I bake/cook when I'm avoiding things) but instead of biscuits I used canned cinnamon rolls and a little bit less cinnamon sugar. They were a huge hit with my roommates. I hope I didn't create a monster!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

Can I assemble these the night before and then throw them in the oven in the morning? Think I would just add 5-10 mins to the baking time? They look so yummy but with three little ones I often have children bugging me for breakfast in the morning and wouldn't have time to assemble in the morning.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEricka

Hi Ericka - Yes you can certainly assemble the night before! We'd just start with an extra 5 minutes and keep checking on them! Enjoy!

March 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

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