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Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

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My Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread is a classic treat that will steal the spotlight at any gathering or make mornings extra special.

This irresistible creation combines the warmth of cinnamon, the sweetness of sugar and Granny Smith apples, and the buttery layers of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls into a decadent, pull-apart masterpiece that’s as fun to make as it is to devour.

My Biscoff Banana Bread, Cinnamon Crumb Cake, Orange Cinnamon Rolls, and Coffee Cake Cookies are all crowd-favorites you need to try, too!

I’ve been making this recipe for years and know you will love it!

monkey bread n a bundt pan.

What you’ll need for this recipe:

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  • Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls (the 17.5 oz size)
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Rum
  • Butter
  • That’s it!
ingredients in small dishes needed to make monkey bread.

What if I don’t have a bundt pan?

You can make this in a loaf pan, baking dish, or a round cake pan.

This can be enjoyed at breakfast or for dessert too. I like to serve it warm with vanilla bean ice cream – it’s like apple pie, right?! I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate lately, so this recipe is a nice break from that!

In preparation for this recipe, I encountered other names people call monkey bread. It’s also known as Monkey puzzle bread, sticky bread, Hungarian coffee cake, golden dumpling coffee cake, pinch-me cake, bubble loaf, bubble bread, or pull-apart bread! I had never heard of bubble loaf; that one cracked me up!

Make them into MINIS!

Feeling overwhelmed by this? Grab your muffin tin and make them into individual mini monkey breads! The recipe is the same; just adjust the cooking.

monkey bread on a plate.
monkey bread with glaze on top.

Can I cook this in the crockpot instead?

Yes! That is how my mom sometimes made it, too. You need to be sure there is enough liquid so the bread does not stick or dry out. I would double the butter and the rum, add 1-2 Tbsp water, and cook on high for 2 hours.

Drooling yet?! Let’s get to baking!

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4.80 from 15 reviews

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 10 people
My Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread is an indulgent treat perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and it's effortless to make! It's warm, ooey-gooey, with plenty of cinnamon-infused layers for family or guests to pull off individual pieces and enjoy. It will be devoured in no time!


  • 3, (17.5 oz.) cans Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (Grands!) (save the glaze)
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and diced small
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp. rum (optional)

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  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-12 cup bundt pan by spraying evenly with nonstick baking spray, or spread softened butter all around the inside of the pan, and shake 1-2 Tbsp. flour around to coat, tapping out any excess flour.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
    1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Open the cinnamon roll packages (reserve the frosting for later, place in the fridge) and separate the rolls. Cut each cinnamon roll in fourths and place them in a large bowl. Toss the 1-2 Tbsp. of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture into the rolls. Set aside.
    3, (17.5 oz.) cans Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (Grands!)
  • Place diced apples in a medium-sized bowl. Mix 1-2 Tbsp. of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture into the apples and stir.
    2 large granny smith apples, peeled and diced small
  • Place half of the apples down in the bundt pan first, followed by half of the cinnamon roll pieces. Add the remaining apples, followed by the rest of the cinnamon rolls, in an even layer.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl (cover with a paper towel so it doesn't splatter). Then, stir in the rum and the remaining brown sugar mixture. If the mixture seems too thin, add more brown sugar until it becomes a goopy consistency. Pour this on top all over the monkey bread.
  • Bake for ~45 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully flip/invert the monkey bread onto a plate. Add the reserved frosting to a microwave-safe bowl and briefly microwave, just for 10-15 seconds. Drizzle on top of the bread once it has cooled down a bit (You don't have to drizzle on all of it, feel free to keep some on the side). Pull apart and enjoy!



  • The apples and rum can be optional, but I love them in this recipe!
  • Recipe inspired by Pillsbury 
  • This recipe was updated May 2024. The original recipe had less butter and less brown sugar. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 150kcal (8%), Carbohydrates: 23g (8%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 6g (9%), Saturated Fat: 1g (6%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 3mg (1%), Sodium: 81mg (4%), Potassium: 92mg (3%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 21g (23%), Vitamin A: 298IU (6%), Vitamin C: 2mg (2%), Calcium: 29mg (3%), Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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This was a big hit with the family. I said I wasn’t going to cook on Mother’s Day but I couldn’t resist trying another one of your recipes. My son, my daughter and her husband and my husband went wild for this. Second helpings all around. So very yummy. Thanks

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Made this for my daughter and her family. Everyone loved it. Making it again in a week for company coming over for dinner!

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how good this would be using storebought Pillsbury rolls. I was proven wrong! This is an excellent recipe and my family devoured this monkey bread!

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Wow we absolutely loved this over here! Never would’ve thought to add rum or even apples to monkey bread. This is a winner for sure.

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Traci W

Delicious and super easy to put together! Great for company.

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I used a silicone bundt cake pan to make this, and it was really doughy in the middle. I had to put it back in the oven. It looked beautiful though as you can tell from the picture! I loved the apples in this the best!

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My family so enjoyed this Thanksgiving morning! Will be making it again for sure!

Emily Liao

Oh my gosh, this was so delicious! The texture turned out perfectly fluffy and the cinnamon apple flavor was to die for.

Patty at Spoonabilities

I love the addition of apples in this monkey bread! I’m definitely making this for Christmas morning!


Using a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls to make this is genius! I’ve never baked a monkey bread any faster. 😉