Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is easy to make and cooks in a crockpot!

I have monkey bread on the brain, y’all. Which is why this recipe comes at the perfect time: Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread.

That’s a pretty big mouthful of a title…but it’s a pretty good one at that.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is made with cinnamon rolls in a crockpot!

Until recently I used my slow cooker for one of three things: Salsa Chicken, Pot Roast, or Crockpot Marinara Sauce. Then, over the summer, I learned you could make dump cake in the crockpot. Then, a few weeks ago, I learned you could make actual cake in the slow cooker.

Like, those discoveries? #lifechanging

All my life I’ve been making dessert in the oven and my slow cooker has sat, mostly dusty, on the garage shelf, only making occasional appearances at dinner. Poor crock pot, so neglected. Not anymore!

Last week I bought two cans of Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls because (1) I’m addicted to those suckers (and, yes I do work for them but no this is not sponsored, I really do love them) and (2) I was going to make baked french toast with them. And then I got scooped; Heather made Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake. I almost cried…and then I remembered Monkey Bread.

It is almost Christmas, after all. Monkey Bread rules the day on Christmas in our house. I decided…why not make monkey bread? With Cinnamon Rolls? In the SLOW COOKER???

Guess what? I like this monkey bread way better than when it’s made in the oven. Way, way better.

You can make monkey bread in a crockpot!

The reason I love it so much more? Because it’s more doughy.

I find that, when I make monkey bread in the oven the outside gets so hard and crunchy and done in order for the center to get fully cooked. I prefer my monkey bread to be soft, not hard, so this creates a problem. It’s like a fight to the death: who will get to the center of the monkey bread first?

By making the monkey bread in the crockpot, the bread steams as it cooks, keeping it soft and doughy but actually baked all over. It’ll get a little browned around the edges, as you can see, but even the browned parts stay soft.

That’s the perfect monkey bread, if you ask me!

You can make a traditional monkey bread this way, using Grands! biscuits, but I went one step further and used cinnamon rolls because, well, why not? Cinnamon rolls > Biscuits in my opinion.

Plus? Cinnamon Rolls come with icing.

You can make monkey bread in a crockpot using Grands! Cinnamon Rolls!

The prep for this recipe is less than 20 minutes. You open your two cans of cinnamon rolls (5 rolls per can) and cut each into 6 pieces. Shake the pieces in cinnamon sugar to coat, then you layer them in the slow cooker with a melted butter and brown sugar mixture.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

My crockpot baked this in about 2 hours. The edges were browned, the center looked like it might not be done, but upon testing with a toothpick, it was. Note: not all slow cookers are created equal. Mine is a digital model, about 10 years old. I cooked it on the HIGH 4-hour setting and it was done in 2 hours. Because your machine might cook differently, be sure to watch it after an hour, then check again at an hour and a half.

This will feed a lot of people, probably 8-10 unless you’re my family, then 4. 😉 Drizzle the top with the cinnamon roll icing like syrup and you have monkey bread that everyone will remember (and request again and again).

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is made with cinnamon rolls in a crockpot!

But is that really a bad thing? 🙂

Did you make this recipe?

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Make your favorite Monkey Bread…in a slow cooker! Use Grands! Cinnamon Rolls instead of biscuits for a new twist on an old favorite, then set it in the crockpot and forget it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Grands! Cinnamon Rolls (5 per can)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Open each can of cinnamon rolls. Reserve the icing. Cut each rolls into 6 pieces.
  2. Place the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a gallon size ziploc bag. Add the cut up cinnamon rolls (the pieces will fall apart a little) to the bag. Seal and shake to coat the pieces with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Stir together the brown sugar and melted butter.
  4. Spray a 5-7 Qt slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place half the dough pieces in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour half the melted butter mixture over the top, then add the rest of the cinnamon roll pieces and the rest of the melted butter.
  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high power for about 2 hours. (Check it at one hour, then again at one and a half hours, just to be safe.) The edges will start to brown, but the top will still be a little gooey looking. Turn off the slow cooker and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Optional: Drizzle the icing that came with the rolls over the top of the monkey bread in the crockpot, or pour it over like syrup after serving.
  7. Note: Not all slow cookers are created equal. Mine has a high 4 hour setting and that is what I cooked mine on.
  8. Note: The monkey bread will stick as it cools. Serve from the warm slow cooker and make sure that you take it all out before it cools all the way or it’ll require soaking.

Notes:

Substitute regular Grands! Biscuits for a more traditional flavor. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips in step 4 for a flavor twist.

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103 comments

  1. Great recipe! I also used to only use my crock pot for giant cuts of meat. Now I love using it for dessert, like that slow cooker dulce de leche you made a while back. And here’s another great one!

  2. Omg. WAY too easy. Like way.  This may be the recipe that takes me from savory to sweet with my slow cooker! I mean i  WANT to make sweet stuff in it….I just never really know what.  Now, I know!  

    And 2 posts in a day? You’re …amazing!

  3. You say 8-10, or maybe 4 servings…I say 1.
    When it comes to cinnamon rolls with icing…you just don’t share.
    And the fact that these are MORE doughy and made in the crockpot is making my heart skip a beat.  Pinned!

  4. Wow!! Love this! I especially like that it is in the slow cooker! 

  5. cinnamon rolls in the crock pot is a brilliant idea!!  I would probalby wake up in the middle of the night and eat them all before the rest of the family could stretch!!  These look amazing!  🙂

  6. Who would of thought cinnamon rolls in a crock  pot could be so delicious? They look amazing and so doughy. Genius idea, Dorothy!

  7. No way!! I absolutely love this idea! Sharing!

  8. Oh wow I would definitely not be able to have this in my house, I would eat the entire batch!  Is there anything better than cinnamon roll monkey bread?  I didn’t think there was but then you switched it up and threw it in the slow-cooker.  Amazing!

  9. Whoa. This looks so gooey and cinnamony and just plain delicious. Perfect for the holidays!

  10. So….I am pretty much resorted to making this for Christmas morning breakfast. You twisted my arm. Ouch. 🙂 
    Seriously, this looks amazing! And as far as slow cooking, I even went the route of trying to cook bread in it when my oven blew up on me last year! Crock pots FTW!

  11. I’m starting to feel like the bowl of Cheerios I had this morning was kind of lame. I totally wish I’d had THIS for breakfast instead. Serious drool going on over here!

  12. Monkey bread is my absolute favorite! I’ve never made it in the slow cooker though. Definitely trying this out! Pinned!

  13. Oh my goodness, how delicious does this look!!!!!

  14. Yum! Who doesn’t like monkey bread! Making it in the slow cooker is such a great idea!

  15. I love love love using the crockpot, but I’ve never tried anything “desserty” with it. After seeing this, I’m going to have to start using my crockpot for sweet things 🙂

  16. Yum, Yum and Yum! Cinnamon, good. Sugar, good. Dough, good! Excellent recipe and pinned! 😀 x 

  17. You had me at cinnamon roll and slow cooker. I totally agree with you about the crunchy monkey bread. I like the doughy center bites better. So glad this slow cooker version doesn’t leave you with any hard pieces 🙂 Pinned! 

  18. Oh my goodness, this is genius!!

  19. There are so many recipes to make with a slow cooker. I just love mine. The fact that I can make monkey bread using a slow cooker has made my day!

  20. I loved monkey bread as a kid, my mom used to make it all the time.  I’ve never thought to make it in the crockpot, but that’s a great idea.  Pinning this!

  21. That icing shot is crazy awesome, Dorothy!

    PS, I’ve made so many things in my crockpot but never a dessert!  How crazy is that? 😉

  22. Wow! Amazing! Monkey bread is another one of those mysteries I have yet to taste or make but this looks INCREDIBLE! 

  23. I’ve never made anything sweet in my slower cooker either! Would love to try this for a Sunday brunch with my family. Pinned!

  24. Holy cow!! I do really love the idea of throwing it in the crock pot and forgetting it! I will have to try this!

  25. Monkey bread with cinnamon rolls made in the slow cooker sounds life changing to me too! Love how easy it is and I think I may just gobble up that entire pot by myself! It looks amazing!

  26. This looks absolutely incredible Dorothy!! I love slow cooker recipes and now to have breakfast in one? YUM!! Pinned 🙂

  27. Reason number 546839283 why I love slow cookers! This looks fabulous 🙂

  28. This has nothing to do with today’s recipe – I take a cycle class at my gym & there was a new instructor & when she walked in I REALLY thought it was you! I thought for a few minutes & tried to remember if you ever mentioned teaching. She eventually said her name & I realized she just must be your twin! Pretty funny! 

  29. Wow! MIND BLOWN. I am clearly not using my slow cooker to it’s capacity. I need to get on the ball. Thanks for sharing this, Dorothy! XO

  30. Seriously, I need to make more sweet foods in my slow cooker. This looks insane!

  31. Yum! That looks sooo good! Slow cookers are amazing, I’m still shocked at all the things you can cook in one.

  32. Bread in the slow cooker?  What a great idea.  I need to try that, my slow cooker use is most definitely in the occasional category!  Also, I’ve never made monkey bread.  That needs to change ASAP.  🙂

  33. your monkey bread in the crock pot kicks my baked french toast’s ass – seriously I am drooling over here

  34. Yum, looks great. Maybe we should start a new breakfast tradition for the day after Thanksgiving…?

  35. Officially the best idea I’ve seen all day! I love my monkey bread soft too! So smart! And cinnamon rolls are always a win. Monkey bread for breakfast!!! 

  36. Love this, using the slow cooker is a fantastic idea!

  37. Ummm just wondering what it can of cinnamon rolls, I live in Australia and we don’t have this product, help. I’d love to make this monkey bread. Thanks

  38. Oh crockpots… what did we ever do before them? Ha ha. I can only imagine how this would smell while cooking…. mmmmm….. I’m imagining it now! Thanks for sharing!

  39. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the center of the monkey bread. I may or may not have actually stepped on people’s faces.

    And I’m usually not a dessert in the crock pot fan at all, but I have to say this looks FAB. 

  40. This looks TOO good!

  41. Thank you for enabling my monkey bread addiction by somehow making it even easier!!

  42. WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Another reason to bring my slow cooker out of the pantry closet! This would be perfect for breakfast for when the in-laws come into town for Thanksgiving. Okay, for anytime really.. 🙂

  43. SO brilliant Dorothy!! I have an issue with monkey bread in the oven for the same reason. Crispy edges are fine, but… Not when you’re a fudgy brownie, chewy cookie, and on the edge of raw in the middle quick bread type of girl. 😉 Pinned!

  44. This monkey bread – OMG! Slow cooker monkey bread #FTW!! I cannot wait to try this on Christmas morning! Yum!!!

  45. I seriously need to get my slow cooker out of storage. The poor thing is so neglected and sad…and I want gooey monkey bread in my life! love this so much!!!

  46. Never used my slow cooker to make anything sweet before.. you definitely have inspired me to change that, thanks for the idea Dorothy!

  47. SUCH an easy peesy recipe!! and ooey gooey goodness!

  48. I am soooo looking forward to make this in the next few days =] But on a silly note, right under the ingredients on my computer, there is an add that sayd “asdd more flavor with swansons beef stock.”
    That seems like a bad idea 😉

  49. Wondering if this would work using a crockpot liner?  Has anyone tried that.  Was thinking easier to get out and easier cleanup. 

  50. How much butter do you use if you use (2) 8 pack cinnamon rolls?

    • I’m not sure of the size of those rolls. I used the Grands! ones, that come 5 to a can. I think the ounces of the can I used were 17 ounces each and I googled and I think the regular size rolls are 12 ounces each. So the difference would be 24 ounces (your rolls) to 34 ounces (my rolls). The ratio of 24/34 ounces compared with the 4 ounces of butter means you’d use 2.8 ounces of butter instead, which is about 3 tablespoons.

  51. This looks WONDERFUL!!! Is it something I could prepare the night before and store in the refrigerator??

  52. I have a larger slow cooker. I want to make this in a bigger batch for a Christmas get together. Can I double everything and if so how long should I cook them?

  53. I’ m making this for Christmas morning tommorrow….my husband LOVES soft doughy, so this will be a perfect surprise! Merry Christmas!!!!

  54. I am scouring the internet for monkey bread, I will have to try yours! looks great.

  55. We stay in a motorhome for 6 months, and the oven does not work.  Always llooking for crock pot recipes.  Love dessert recipes.   Thanks.

  56. Just love this idea, but if I wanted to take it to a 6AM meeting, could I make it the night before and warm it up the next morning or would it be too hard? I hate the thought of getting up at 3 AM to do this ! LOL

    Thanks

    • No, for sure that would not be good, lol! You can make it the day before and warm it up, just make sure and remove it from the slow cooker before it cools. The sugars become glue!!

  57. I made this the other week and it was amazing! It fed me and my husband for only a couple days, lol. You can’t just eat a little bit.

  58.    ilove crazy crust . i can go to website any time & find what iam looking for ,  thank’s crazy crust 

  59. I want to make this for a church brunch Sunday. I have a question about it sticking. Are you saying that I need to remove it from the crock pot before I leave for church (before it cools) bc otherwise it would stick or would I be safe to take the crock pot to church to serve it out of the pot? Did anybody have any luck doubling the recipe? Thanks!

    • Yes, be sure to remove it before it cools. If you want it to cool in the pan, I would line the pan with parchment paper first. I haven’t done it that way but I’ve seen other crockpot recipes that do it. Doubling – I’m not sure. I want to say it should work but I do worry that the edges will brown too fast for the center. If you try it let me know!

  60. I made this today. It tastes amazing. My only problem was the very middle was still raw and the outer bits were burned black. i cooked it on high for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Do you think 4 hours on low would be better?

    • The only answer I have is that not all crockpots cook the same. Some cook hotter in some places; mine always burns on one edge. Yours may cook hotter around the edges than the center. I think in that case cooking on low – but watching the time after an hour and a half – would be a good thing to try. If only they all cooked the same it would be so much easier!

  61. Can you put this together and place in the fridge and then turn it on in the am to cook?

  62. Has anyone tried it with a double batch? If I layer them will they still turn out? We’re having A LOT more people than I originally thought for Sunday brunch.

    • It should work as a double batch, but you may want to cook it longer on low. I know, at least in my crockpot, that the outer edges cook faster so lower and slower might be better if it’s fuller.

  63. When making the Crockpot Cinnamon Monkey Bread, you’ve said to cut each of the five cinnamon rolls into six pieces. My question is – how do you keep the cinnamon roll swirls from falling apart once you cut them up? Or, is that what’s supposed to happen?

  64. Putting this in the crockpot now. Can’t wait to try it!

  65. I know a few people asked about doubling this recipe, but no one actually came back and said how it worked. I was thinking of doubling and cooking on low overnight. Any thoughts?

  66. I am wondering if anyone has tried the Rhodes bread dough rolls in this instead of biscuits. Thinking it may be a more authentic yeast roll taste like a real cinnamon roll? Just a thought!

  67. This turned out SO WELL! I used a large sheet of parchment paper to line my crock pot and I pulled out all together with no problem. I also used the pumpkin spice Grands cinnamon rolls (who knew that was a thing??) and added 1/2 bag of fresh cranberries and the zest of two tangerines to the sugar/cut rolls when tossing. The zing of the cranberries & zest complimented the sweet deliciously!

  68. Oh my! I have no words… a co-worker brought it to work for a food day and I can honestly say it was one of the best things I ever ate! Now, it is the only dish she is allowed to bring for treat days. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Go a head and make it, it will change your life! LOL!!

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