Single Serve Monkey Bread

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Because you’re soooooo craving monkey bread but you don’t want to eat 12 servings of it.

That’s why you should make this Single Serve Monkey Bread.

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Of course, yesterday I talk about how I’m falling off the proverbial “eating well” wagon, and today I post monkey bread.

It’s a hard job, my friends, but someone has to do it. Also? I get to work in my PJs. Jealous much?

Speaking of working in PJs, have you seen this article about working from home? It’s pretty hilarious and right on the ticket. The dog is always one step behind me, I hardly ever talk to anyone, my office parties are all thrown by me (that’s a plus; I don’t have to share the wine or cookies), and no one actually thinks I work. Anyway, it’s a funny read if you can relate. 🙂

Since I work from home, I can pretty much eat what I want whenever I want it. That’s good and bad, which is why single-serve recipes are my new favorite thing. Especially when they’re breakfast. (Ahem, single serve coffee cake.)

Now I’ve turned Monkey Bread into a single-serving recipe. #sorrynotsorry

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You all know by now that Jordan is O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. with monkey bread. Like…she wants it all the time. But I’m not going to make a huge crockpot full of the stuff if she’s the only one eating it. She’s been sick this past week and to try and cheer her up, I decided to make her her favorite breakfast…single serve style.

I’d been wondering, after making the gooey caramel pull-aparts and the pretzel buns, what else I could do with Rhodes rolls (besides inhaling them). Answer? Defrost two rolls and make monkey bread.

I know, right?

Single Serve Monkey Bread

I promise you, I don’t work for Rhodes. I just cannot resist buying bag after bag of the rolls!

(Hmmm…maybe my next foray should be making my own?? #challengeaccepted)

Anyway, this mug monkey bread is way too easy. It does require some time, because the rolls have to defrost and rise, but if you make them in the evening you just have to bake them in the morning. They’ll be hot and ready before your kids eyes are open.

I used two rolls for one serving. Each roll is sliced into 6 pieces, rolled in cinnamon sugar, and placed in a small ramekin. A small amount of butter is melted and mixed with brown sugar and poured over the pieces. Once they’ve sat on the counter an hour (or in the fridge overnight), you bake it.

Then, almost by magic, you get monkey bread. For one. It’s almost too good to be true.

But it’s not. It is true. I proved it. See?

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The end result is a not-too-sweet monkey bread. Perfect for when you don’t want a sugar buzz but you want a little sweetness in the morning. And it won’t completely derail your diet. Single-serve breakfasts and desserts are perfect for portion control. Which is something I need, especially when I make things like this.


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Single Serve Monkey Bread Recipe

Make monkey bread for one! Frozen dinner rolls rise overnight to make the perfect single serving of this breakfast treat. Great for portion control!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 2 frozen dinner rolls such as Rhodes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon packed brown sugar


  1. Place rolls on a plate and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to thaw for about 2 hours (don’t let them rise, just let them defrost). Cut each roll into 6 pieces.
  2. Spray an oven safe container or ramekin (mine was a 7 ounce ramekin) with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon. Roll each piece of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place in the ramekin. Stir melted butter and brown sugar, pour over dough.
  4. You now have two options: one, let it sit at room temperature for about one hour, then continue to the next step to bake. Or two, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove ramekin from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature while the oven preheats. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the dough is cooked through. Cool slightly before eating.

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  1. You are the queen of monkey bread, Dorothy! Jordan is too lucky, waking up to her own personal mug of it! This is very clever of you.

  2. I definitely want to eat the whole batch whenever I make monkey bread! This is so perfect, Dorothy! I love your creativity! Can’t wait to try this out!

  3. Jordan had great taste–monkey bread is the bomb. Only I am sorta wishing you hadn’t posted this because, well, it’s waaay too dangerous!

  4. This is so genius – and dangerous! I envy your job, Dorothy!

  5. OMG – I should not have read this post! My love of monkey bread goes back to my middle school days and I am always scared to make it because I know I’d eat the whole thing. Now that I know I can create a single serving version, this is super dangerous! Time to put on some elastic pants! 🙂

  6. I love that you made this a single serving.  Now the bigger question is can I make 12 servings of the mini ones and eat them all?

  7. I loved the Buzzfeed article! I was rolling by the end. Thanks for sharing that, Dorothy! 

    This single serve monkey bread is pretty dang awesome! And dangerous. It may be single serve but it will single serve me every day. 🙂

  8. Oh this is dangerous. I have a bag of Rhode’s rolls in my freezer at all times. I may just have to give this a whirl (no one would be wiser, right?)

  9. How have I never ever tried Monkey bread?!! It looks so delicious, Dorothy! I cannot wait to try these out soon! 

  10. What a genius idea! Single serve monkey bread. Yes!
    And thanks for sharing that article about working from home. Hilarious!

  11. You are the best at monkey bread; so many recipes! This is a great idea as some monkey bread recipes make a huge amount. Love this and pinned! 

  12. I love this idea, Dorothy! I’ll often not bake something like monkey bread because I just don’t need a big ol’ pan of it tempting me for days! Problem solved! 🙂

  13. I love that you made a single serving of monkey bread – and using Rhodes rolls too? Genius! Now I don’t have to worry if I eat the entire thing by myself – hmmm, on second thought maybe I should make two just to be safe 🙂 

  14. Single serve recipes are the best!! Treat for one 😉 Looks very yummy!

  15. Ummm yeah. This looks pretty amazing. And the fact that I don’t have to share? Even better 🙂

  16. Single serving stuff, especially when it’s warm, white carbs, is a must!! 🙂 Love this idea!

  17. Oh that article is soooo funny! I thought it was just me who had to deal with everyone thinking I just sit at home doing nothing…!! I spend half my life trying to explain what I do and that actually I probably work more hours than they do!

    I actually feel like it’s an accomplishment if I get dressed in a day!! Love this single serve recipe, since it’s just me and the dog most days!!

  18. I love this single serve alternative! Great BuzzFeed article. I laughed at your comment about not sharing the cookies or the wine. Hilarious!

  19. Single serve stuff is the best, you don’t have all the leftovers staring at you all day long!!  This is a great idea using a couple dinner rolls for a mini monkey bread, I am definitely making these for my kiddos soon for a special breakfast treat!  They will love this!

  20. There are 1000 things you can make with Rhodes! Salty or sweet. I will definitely be trying this with my kids!

    ….and for myself!


  21. So. This. Thiiiissssss. I sort of love you and hate you all at the same time. You feel me, right? 

  22. I was so excited to see this! And then I realized this is going to be my nemesis. Like, bad. Thank you?

  23. Dorothy, I followed you from a fellow blogger’s page! Really liked the very post I saw! single serve monkey bread!!! what a great idea! loving it!

  24. Perfect single serve idea…and the fact that it’s not loaded with sugar is a plus if you decide to have a mid week splurge. And my kids will still think I’m a hero because I keep planning to make monkey bread from scratch and it just hasn’t happened yet….but, this can happen just about any time!

  25. As per usual, Jordan and I are on the same page. I love monkey bread. and this single serving version is so geeeenius!

  26. That article is so accurate! Well, my coworkers (meaning my dog) may not send me baked goods, but I’ve usually got that department taken care of anyway… 🙂 But, I’m so about this monkey bread! Single serve? Done. 

  27. Good idea making this single-serve. I don’t know how to stop once I’ve started eating monkey bread. SO addicting!

  28. The only problem (like, the ONLY one) with single-serve everything is that I’ve got to make them and devour them like, ASAP. My life really does depend on it, and I love monkey bread so much! Great share, Dorothy!!

  29. But you can double the recipe, right 😉

  30. You are a GENIUS!!! This recipe is too perfect. Pinned! Off to read that article…

  31. Did you say single serve monkey bread?! What a genius idea!! I’m absolutely in love with this recipe!

  32. Hahaha!  That article…so funny and so true!  And single serve monkey bread…I’m so in trouble!  This is the perfect afternoon treat and no one will even know 🙂

  33. It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.

  34. I have always wondered why it’s called MONKEY BREAD!

  35. Rhodes needs to hire you. Because you are on a legit streak right now. This is (again!) absolutely genius! Single serve FTW always. Haha, I know it, I can’t decide if being able to eat whatever whenever is a blessing or a curse 😉

  36. Monkey bread for life!! And in a mug too – perfect!

  37. This is perfect and you are a genius! These are killer for those Friday nights when nothing sounds good but carbs and sugar. 🙂 

  38. Forced self control! I’m a fan (actually my waistline is a fan, but thats a different story). Monkey bread is so indulgent and beyond delicious. Yum!

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