Make Gooey Cinnamon Monkey Bread Right In Your Crockpot Slow Cooker!

Crockpot Monkey Bread

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

total time: 3 HOURS

Ingredients

For the Monkey Bread:

  • 16.3 oz package of flaky biscuit dough (such as Pillsbury Grands 8-count)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (*optional)

Cream Cheese Glaze (optional):

  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

1

Prep a slow cooker with parchment paper on the bottom, or spray using non-stick cooking spray.

2

Remove the 8 biscuits from the packaging and cut each one into 6 pieces.

3

Grab a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon to it. Shake well to combine.

4

Dunk each piece of dough into a bowl with melted butter, then place it into the plastic bag filled with cinnamon and sugar. Once done, shake the plastic bag to coat all the pieces.

5

Pour remaining melted butter in the Crockpot slow cooker. Place each ball of dough in a single row on the surface of the entire oval-shaped slow cooker. If using nuts, sprinkle those on top.

6

Close the lid and cook on LOW for about 2 hours & 45 minutes. Check on things towards the end of cook time to make sure it's not burning. The dough should be soft, yet cooked through.

7

Optional step: Whip up the cream cheese frosting ingredients in a bowl using a hand mixer. Drizzle the frosting over the top.

8

Serve warm and enjoy!

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Taking monkey bread slice out of Crockpot with spatula

Treat your family to this delicious Crock-Pot idea!

Consider baking yummy Crockpot monkey bread using store-bought biscuit dough as a special breakfast or dessert idea. It’s super convenient and fun to make using a slow cooker.

I enjoy experimenting with unexpected dishes that can be made easily in a Crockpot slow cooker like lasagna, lava cake, and now I can add cinnamon sugar Monkey bread to that list!

placing monkey bread dough into crockpot

Crockpot Monkey Bread tastes like a combo of sticky buns and cinnamon rolls! 

In case you haven’t experienced monkey bread before, it’s a soft and sticky sweet pastry dish baked using small pieces of dough dipped in cinnamon and sugar. It’s an idea that’s adaptable to taste, so there are lots of variations and add-ins like nuts and raisins to consider.

We have made a cinnamon apple version and also pumpkin spice monkey bread recipe in the past so if that sounds yummy, check those out too!

ingredients for crockpot monkey bread

For this Crockpot recipe, I am making a basic 5-ingredients version with some walnuts that are yummy, but totally optional if you’d prefer yours to be nut-free.

I’ve also finished it with a simple cream cheese drizzle that is optional as well. It’s sweet enough on its own, but the cream cheese frosting makes this Crockpot monkey bread over the top delicious!

cutting biscuit dough

A few recipe tips to keep in mind when making Crockpot Monkey Bread:

    • For easy clean-up, I recommend covering the bottom of the slow cooker with parchment paper. I used a couple of these pop-up sheets and it worked out great!
    • The baking time could vary a little depending on how hot your Crockpot slow cooker runs, so check towards the end of cook time to be sure it doesn’t burn (2 hours and 45 minutes seems to be perfect using my slow cooker).
    • Keep this delicious bread warm and gooey using the warm setting on the slow cooker while waiting to serve. Such a great perk of “baking” in the Crockpot!

mixing sugar in a ziploc bag

monkey bread in a ziploc bag

slow cooker with monkey bread in it

finishing recipe with cream cheese drizzle

Crockpot monket bread on fork


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Crockpot Monkey Bread

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

total time: 3 HOURS

Warm gooey cinnamon sugar bites of flaky dough pastry made using the Crockpot for convenience.

Ingredients

For the Monkey Bread:

  • 16.3 oz package of flaky biscuit dough (such as Pillsbury Grands 8-count)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (*optional)

Cream Cheese Glaze (optional):

  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

1

Prep a slow cooker with parchment paper on the bottom, or spray using non-stick cooking spray.

2

Remove the 8 biscuits from the packaging and cut each one into 6 pieces.

3

Grab a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon to it. Shake well to combine.

4

Dunk each piece of dough into a bowl with melted butter, then place it into the plastic bag filled with cinnamon and sugar. Once done, shake the plastic bag to coat all the pieces.

5

Pour remaining melted butter in the Crockpot slow cooker. Place each ball of dough in a single row on the surface of the entire oval-shaped slow cooker. If using nuts, sprinkle those on top.

6

Close the lid and cook on LOW for about 2 hours & 45 minutes. Check on things towards the end of cook time to make sure it's not burning. The dough should be soft, yet cooked through.

7

Optional step: Whip up the cream cheese frosting ingredients in a bowl using a hand mixer. Drizzle the frosting over the top.

8

Serve warm and enjoy!

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monkey bread on a spatula

This tastes like it came from a fancy bakery!

My family loved this idea, in fact my teen son tried to take off with the whole Crock-Pot like we wouldn’t notice! LOL!

Plus, you save yourself from the heat (and some money on your cooling bill) by avoiding having to turn on the oven for this recipe.

Enjoy!

slow cooker monkey bread up close


Bake “cheater” cinnamon rolls using this easy method!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 19

  1. MaaMaaBear

    I had no idea you could use parchment paper in a crockpot! Do you think it would be okay in the Ninja Multi-cooker style Crockpot?! These look delicious and easy!! Thanks I can’t wait to try it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya I think if it has a slow cooker function should do well- enjoy!

    • Stefanie Morrison

      I may have missed it, but approximately how many people would this recipe feed? Thanks!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        There’s about 8 rolls total so that’s probably about a good guide – so about 8

  2. Juliee

    I wonder if you could prep it all the way through the night before and just dump into crockpot the next morning?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would say yes. 👍 great idea!

  3. Joni

    I made instant pot monkey bread this morning!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s fun!

    • Allison

      That sounds like a great idea! Would you be able to share the recipe for the instant pot? Thank you!

  4. babymair

    Hi Lina,do you think I could double this recipe? Or do you think it may not turn out ? I have a seven quart slow cooker. Any help would do ? Thnks. God bless.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya I thought about that too – but unsure how the middle would cook if we stacked another row. If you try let us know! Thanks so much for stopping by today!! 💕😍

      • Nana Donna 2 6

        Did you use a “large capacity” slow cooker, Lina? I used a small capacity (5-6 cups, I think) and had about 2 layers. Although the bottom was “done”, the ones on top were not. I ended up flipping them over (somewhat), using a large spatula and continued cooking on low for about 20 mins. I was probably better off just using the oven and being done in about 20-30 mins. But on a hot/humid Iowa day, the slow cooker is the way to go for sure to not heat up the kitchen, just remember to use a large-capacity slow cooker. Or, I’d recommend cutting the recipe in half if all you have is the smaller size.

  5. mommyof51987

    Any one know of a keto version? Maybe with Fathead dough?

  6. Snowflake1211

    I made this tonight and I don’t recommend it…..it’s too good! My family wouldn’t stop eating it and I only got a little bit and they are already begging me to make it again lol Very good, thanks for sharing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Haha so true it disappears fast!

  7. Billsgirl7

    Will the crockpot liners work in place of the parchment?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would think so. Thanks for sharing, I didn’t think of those 👍

  8. Lisa

    Great special treat when I splurge from my diet.

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