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Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls – turn them into MONKEY BREAD made in the slow cooker. This recipe is one of my favorites – it’s easy and SO delicious. Making it in the crockpot means it’s no fuss.

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Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

You have heard of monkey bread, but have you heard of Crockpot cinnamon rolls? They are the same thing just, better. That’s right…better! You’re probably asking yourself how you could possibly make monkey bread better than it already is, well when you make it in a crockpot with cinnamon rolls the edges don’t get as hard and crusty. The whole thing is more soft and doughy; just how I like them! 

ingredients in monkey bread

Ingredients Needed

  • Grands! Cinnamon rolls- You can also use biscuits, but let’s face it. Why would you use biscuits when you could use delicious cinnamon rolls? They come with frosting! That’s always a bonus. 
  • Sugar- Granulated Sugar is used to coat the cinnamon rolls
  • Cinnamon- Mixed with the sugar it makes the perfect coating
  • Brown Sugar- Make sure to use packed brown sugar, light or dark.
  • Butter- Unsalted, make sure it’s melted for ease of use!

How to Make Monkey Bread in a Crockpot

  • Cut and coat the cinnamon rolls: Open the cans of cinnamon rolls and cut each roll into 6 pieces. Put the icing aside. Then, place the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a gallon-size Ziploc bag. Add the pieces of cinnamon rolls to the bag (it’s ok if they fall apart slightly). Seal the bag and shake the pieces until they are completely covered with cinnamon sugar. 
  • Make sugar butter and coat cinnamon rolls: Stir together the brown sugar and melted butter. Stir until it’s mostly combined.
  • Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. I recommend using a slow cooker liner for easier clean-up but it’s not a necessity (if you do, be sure you coat it with spray). Add the coated cinnamon rolls to the Crockpot and pour the brown sugar butter mixture on top. Stir gently to coat all the pieces. 
  • Cook: Place a paper towel over the insert. Then, add the lid in order to keep the condensation off the monkey bread.
  • Icing: Drizzle the icing that came with the rolls over the top of the monkey bread in the Crockpot or pour it over like syrup before serving. 
  • Serve: If you notice some parts of your bread are getting really brown while cooking and not the others, flip the insert around. Some Crockpots have random hotspots in them where more heat gathers than in other areas of the pot. Take the Crockpot cinnamon rolls out of the pot when they are still warm or they will stick inside and serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

How long does it take to cook?

Low: Cook the monkey bread on low for about 2 hours. At around 1 ½ hours check in to make sure it’s not getting too brown around the edges. Once it’s dark around the edges that means it’s time to take it out, the center will still look doughy. This is how you want it to look.

High: If you are cooking your Crockpot cinnamon rolls on high, cook them for about 1 ½ hours but check them after one hour. Remember once they are dark around the edges, take it out; even if the center is still rather doughy (it’s good that way!). 

Expert Tip

Make sure you get all of the cinnamon rolls out of the crockpot before it cools or they will be stuck and very hard to clean. The same goes for serving them. You want to serve your crockpot cinnamon rolls right out of the pot when they are still warm to avoid any sticking. 

monkey bread covered in icing on a white plate

FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Doubling the recipe is not recommended just because it may be too much for your Crockpot to handle. Although, if you have an extra large Crockpot and you think everything will fit while still cooking effectively, then try it out!

Can I make this ahead of time? 

Yes, you can assemble the cut rolls the night before to make it easier for yourself the day of. 

Is light or dark brown sugar better?

Dark brown sugar is better! It makes everything taste richer, and with monkey bread, that’s a must. 

How do I store leftover monkey bread?

To properly store monkey bread, make sure it is in an air-tight container. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated just make sure it’s not sitting out in the open. 

monkey bread covered in icing on a white plate

Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls Monkey Bread Recipe

4.88 from 31 votes
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!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cans Grands! Cinnamon Rolls
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , melted
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Instructions

  • Open each can of cinnamon rolls. Reserve the icing. Cut each rolls into 6 pieces.
  • 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.
  • Stir together the brown sugar and melted butter.
  • Spray a 5-7 Qt slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. I recommend using a slow cooker liner for easy clean-up. If you use the liner you should also spray it with nonstick spray.
  • Add the coated cinnamon roll pieces to the slow cooker. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the top and stir gently to coat.
  • Place a paper towel over the insert and then add the lid – this is to keep the condensation that collects on the lid off the rolls.
  • LOW: Cook on low for about 2 hours. Check it at about 1 ½ hours to make sure it's not getting too done around the edges. It will get dark brown around the edges and look doughy in the center (the pieces will be light, not golden). Once it gets dark around the edges it's done – don't let it burn.
  • HIGH: Cook on high power for about 1½ hours, but check it after 1 hour. It will be very dark around the edges and somewhat doughy in the center. (We sometimes like it that way!) Once it gets dark around the edges it's done – don't let it burn.
  • 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.
  • Not all slow cookers are created equal. Some have hot spots in some areas. If you notice it's browning too much in one area, flip the insert.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

  • You can also substitute Grands! Biscuits (or one can of each cinnamon rolls and biscuits).

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on November 30, 2022



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121 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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

    1. They’re made with a Pillsbury refrigerated dough product. Do you have refrigerated cinnamon rolls at all? Or frozen ones? Those might work too!

  3. 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!!!