Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Recipe + Video

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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread combines all the best parts of these two delicious treats! Make this crockpot recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. There’s no denying why this pull-apart bread is a fan favorite. It’s the perfect breakfast recipe that everyone will crave! 


What’s better than ooey gooey, soft, and buttery sweet cinnamon roll morsels that you can pull apart into little bite-sized pieces?

I think that this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast and a great recipe for homemade monkey bread.

The golden brown goodness, paired with the biscuit dough, creates the best cinnamon roll monkey bread recipe ever. 

I love using simple ingredients to make this easy recipe! It means that I’ll make it for often than just for a special occasion.

In fact, delicious recipes like this should be celebrated and made more often! 

The last thing that you should do with this sweet bread recipe is limit how many times you make it.

It’s the first thing I think about when I have other people coming to the house! 

cinnamon roll monkey bread ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

This monkey bread with frozen bread dough recipe is so much easier to put together than mixing and rolling out dough for a pan of rolls. 

With a drizzle of sweet frosting, you won’t be able to taste the difference!

If you’re craving something more savory, I have another easy monkey bread recipe that’s loaded with sausage, eggs, and cheese.

Or, try caramel and cinnamon pull apart bread that tastes like apple pie or Bananas Foster! How about a quick air fryer cinnamon roll instead?

cutting up dough for pull apart bread recipe

How To Make Crockpot Monkey Bread

Thaw a package of frozen dinner rolls, then cut them into quarters. Coat the pieces in butter and toss in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

Add them to a buttered crock pot and cook on High until they are fluffy and cooked through. Start checking at around 1 ½ hours, though it can take up to 3 hours total.

Just before the dough is done, whip up the cream cheese frosting. Drizzle it over the top and serve immediately. 

Or, turn the monkey bread with frozen bread dough out onto a serving tray before icing.

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust time and temp as needed. Since every slow cooker heats differently, I recommend keeping a close eye on this the first time you prepare it. 

    If yours runs hot, you may want to set it to Low for a longer period of time to prevent scorching around the outside.
  • Double the frosting. If you prefer to have extra icing for dipping, you’ll want to make twice the listed amount.
  • Add fruit or nuts. Peel and chop up a firm apple or two to mix in with the dough pieces or sprinkle some walnuts or pecans between the layers of cinnamon roll monkey bread!
  • Tip for easy cleanup: Line your crockpot with parchment so you can lift the treat straight out when it’s done! 

    Keep in mind that it may take a bit longer to cook with this extra layer.

Crockpot Monkey Bread Kitchen Tools

  • Slow Cooker – Great for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more! I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.
  • Kitchen Shears make quick work of cutting up the dough balls for this easy monkey bread.
  • Mixing Bowls – I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Electric Hand Mixer – I’ve had this one in my kitchen forever and it still works beautifully.
removing piece of monkey bread from loaf

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls FAQs

What brand of frozen dinner rolls do you use?

For this crockpot monkey bread recipe I used Rhodes, and it’s also what I use for my famous bombs! You could also whip up a batch of homemade white bread dough if you prefer to use that.

Does cinnamon roll monkey bread need to be refrigerated? 

It should be fine at room temperature if you leave off the icing, otherwise, it will need to be chilled.

Because the texture is more doughy than traditional baked versions, it won’t become tough in the refrigerator.

Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and warm individual portions in the microwave.

Can I add other toppings to this pull-apart cinnamon roll monkey bread?

You bet. You can follow the original recipe as listed on the recipe card or add something new to the top of the monkey bread. A little bit of cinnamon-sugar mixture is my go-to for this sticky bread, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add cream cheese icing, light brown sugar and butter, or more cinnamon flavor as well. 

The great thing about this pull apart bread recipe is that it’s versatile in how it can be enjoyed. Add any topping that you want for your favorite way to create this addictive bubble bread – and you’re sure to get the best results. 

This easy cinnamon roll monkey bread would taste divine with a brown sugar butter mixture, icing, or just a drizzled glaze. You could even dip the bite-sized pieces of dough into a small bowl of dark brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice for a fun fall flavor! 

dipping cinnamon roll monkey bread in sauce

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taking a piece of the cinnamon roll monkey bread

Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
Cinnamon roll monkey bread combines all the best parts of these two delicious treats! Make this crockpot recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 8 – 12


  • 24 frozen dinner rolls
  • 16 tablespoons butter, 2 sticks. melted
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Place frozen dinner rolls on clean counter top or cutting board to thaw enough to cut, about 15-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile: melt butter in medium bowl and prepare cinnamon sugar. To prepare cinnamon sugar, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag. Seal and shake to combine.
  • Add 1/4 cup of melted butter to the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker, brush butter up the sides or use a paper towel. Set aside.
  • Using clean kitchen shears, cut dinner rolls into 1/4’s. Place a handful of the cut rolls into the butter. Stir to coat. Remove from butter and toss in cinnamon sugar.
  • Place half of the cinnamon roll bites into the slow cooker in an even layer. Repeat to make 2 even layers. Pour any remaining cinnamon sugar over top and pour remaining butter over top. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2-3 hours (mine were perfect at 1 hour 45 minutes).
  • If you place paper towels around the lid of the slow cooker it will help with the consistency of the recipe.
  • Meanwhile prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • In a tall bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar and continue to mix until incorporated. Add cream and salt. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Drizzle frosting over the entire batch of pull apart bread or serve on the side.
  • Enjoy!



Serving: 1 | Calories: 781cal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 983mg | Sugar: 37g | Fiber: 6g | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 5mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2016, updated and republished April 2024

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  1. Which brand on dinner rolls would you suggest?? This recipe looks AMAZING – can't wait to try it out Christmas morning! x

  2. I just made this. Wow, soooo delicious! & So quick and easy to make. It is really VERY good!
    Question: does this need to be stored in the refrigerator??

  3. 5 stars
    I’m going to gain so much weight because of how often I make this recipe! It’s such a good sweet snack to have after dinner, I can’t get enough of it!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian is a total game-changer! So easy to make and absolutely delicious. Donna and Chad never disappoint!

  5. 5 stars
    Donna’s recipes are always a hit in my house, and this one was no exception! I added a little extra cinnamon for an even richer flavor.

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