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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

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

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is made in the crockpot. Which makes this an easy recipe that will please many!

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 thisSlow Cooker Cinnamon Roll 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 this 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 this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll 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? 🙂

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is an easy dessert that won't last long in a crowd!
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Servings: 8 -10 servings

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
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

Instructions

  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.

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112 comments

  1. Love your recipes. Will be making the cinnamon roll monkey bread soon.
    Also the German Chocolate cake in the crock pot.

  2. Anyone have luck with the double batch?! If so, how was cooking time impacted?

    A bunch have mentioned thinking about it, but no one has left results!  🙂

  3. Making this now. My store had a 3 for $5 so i’m using all three cinnamon rolls. So happy I came across this one, thanks( it won’t let me rate it)

  4. I made this today and its delicious. I know i will be making this again.

    Rating: 4

  5. everything looks good

  6. Would crockpot liners work, i’m trying the double batch on Tuesday. Thank you

    • I would not recommend the liner. I used one and took it out about 3/4 the way through. I don’t think it got the right heat distribution. also, I did not use the extra sugar and cinnamon. I did use the better and brown sugar. everyone loved it!

  7. Anyone know if I can prepare them the night before and put them in the fridge overnight and throw them in the crock pot in the morning?

    • @Megan yes you can!  I did it a few weeks ago so I could easily get it going the next morning.  I put the cut cinnamon rolls in a gallon ziplock and coated them with the cinnamon sugar & put it in the fridge overnight. I had the butter unwrapped and in a quart ziplock with the brown sugar.  The next morning when I was putting it all together, I tossed the butter/brown sugar ziplock into the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until melted and used my hands to mix it.   Poured it directly out of the bag, no mess, no extra cleanup.

      For those asking about using a liner- I’ve made this twice (tomorrow will be the third time) and the first time I used cooking spray but the crock pot was a pain to clean.  More recently I used a liner.  It worked great for cleanup but it took my recipe that was 1/3 smaller than the regular recipe almost 3.5 hours to cook when the same crockpot took just under 2 hours without a liner.  So it definitely works (though the other commenter I think is right about uneven heating) but it depends on how long you want to wait.  

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