Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

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Slow Cooker Monkey Bread has all the gooey cinnamon sugar goodness as the original, made in a crockpot. All you need is a few ingredients and 15 minutes prep!

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread is a really easy recipe to make, and you’ll love how rich and gooey it turns out. Just like my original Monkey Bread, this is a perfect Breakfast Recipe for a crowd, especially on a busy holiday weekend. 

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

SLOW COOKER MONKEY BREAD

You may not immediately think that you can make breads in a crock pot, but you absolutely can, and Monkey Bread turns out amazingly. We love a good slow cooker breakfast recipe, especially during the holidays where it never seems like the days are long enough.

This crowd pleasing dessert is made so easily in the crockpot. Plus it tastes just like baked Monkey Bread without ever turning on the oven. It’s gooey, sweet, and makes a hearty main breakfast dish or a delicious side dish for a holiday brunch or potluck.

Like other slow cooker pull apart bread recipes, this Crockpot Monkey Bread is easily adaptable to your family tastes. You can add fresh fruit, nuts, other sweeteners, just to name a few ways to make it your own. 

To make this breakfast even easier, your Slow Cooker Monkey Bread can be prepped the night before. Place the biscuit dough pieces in a ziplock bag with the cinnamon sugar mixture and place in fridge. In the morning, microwave your butter and brown sugar to make assembly faster.

Crockpot Monkey Bread

Tips for making Slow Cooker Monkey Bread:

  • Use a kitchen towel over the bread to absorb the moisture and keep your bread from being soggy. Secure with the slow cooker lid.
  • Line your crockpot with parchment paper so that your bread doesn’t stick to the bottom. Plus this makes clean up a breeze!
  • Not all crockpots cook the same, so check your Monkey Bread every 30-45 minutes to make sure it is cooked properly.

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How to Make Crockpot Monkey Bread

  • Spray slow cooker insert with vegetable oil spray.
  • In a microwave safe bowl add the butter and brown sugar and microwave for 1 minute, then stir until well combined.
  • In a large bowl add the cinnamon and sugar and stir to combine.
  • Cut the each piece of biscuit dough into 6 pieces.
  • Toss the biscuit dough pieces in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Add half of the biscuit pieces to the slow cooker
  • Pour half the butter mixture over biscuit pieces along with half the pecan pieces.
  • Top with the remaining biscuit pieces, butter mixture, pecans and any leftover sugar.
  • Top the slow cooker insert with a clean dish towel then cover with the lid.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours.

Crockpot Monkey Bread before cooking

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VARIATIONS ON SLOW COOKER MONKEY BREAD

  • Toppings: Drizzle a handful of brown sugar mixed with melted butter over the top of the Monkey Bread to give it an extra sweet layer. You can also dust the top with ground cinnamon, or top with some Caramel Sauce.
  • Frosting: Topping with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting will turn your bread into the easiest cinnamon rolls ever.
  • Nuts: You don’t have to use walnuts for this recipe. Either leave the nuts out all together or swap in your favorites like pecans or hazelnuts. You can also toast your nuts to give added flavor,
  • Fruit: Add in some dried or fresh fruit to transform this dish. Try adding dried apples or cranberries for a festive breakfast.
  • Chocolate: Turn this into Chocolate Monkey Bread by adding your favorite chocolate chips between the layers. Push the chips between the dough pieces so each bite is filled with chocolatey goodness. 

SLOW COOKER MONKEY BREAD FAQS

  • How do you keep Monkey Bread soft? Keep it stored in an airtight container at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. It will keep for 2 days.
  • Why is Monkey Bread called Monkey Bread? There are many explanations for why this could possibly be the name. My favorite comes from Nancy Reagan. Apparently, they enjoyed monkey bread in the White House and she said, it’s called Monkey Bread, ”Because when you make it, you have to monkey around with it.”
  • How do you reheat Monkey Bread? The best way to reheat Monkey Bread is to warm it up in an oven on a low temperature. Place in a preheated oven of 250 degrees F and heat until warm, about 5-8 minutes.

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HOW LONG IS SLOW COOKER MONKEY BREAD GOOD?

  • Serve: Monkey Bread stays good at room temperature for up to 2 days. Just keep it sealed up tight in a container that will keep moisture out and leave your Monkey Bread in a cool, dry place. 
  • Store: You can refrigerate Monkey Bread for about 2 days. If you decide to keep it in the fridge, I recommend covering the container with a sheet of parchment paper to keep the bread from sticking to it. 
  • Freeze: Freeze Monkey Bread for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

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Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

  • Yield: 18 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread has all the gooey cinnamon sugar goodness as the original, made in a crockpot. All you need is a few ingredients and 15 minutes prep!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuits , (16 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Spray slow cooker insert with vegetable oil spray.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter and brown sugar and microwave for 1 minute, then stir until well combined.

  3. In a large bowl add the cinnamon and sugar and stir to combine.

  4. Cut the each piece of biscuit dough into 6 pieces.

  5. Toss the biscuit dough pieces in the cinnamon sugar.

  6. Add half of the biscuit pieces to the slow cooker

  7. Pour half the butter mixture over biscuit pieces along with half the pecan pieces.

  8. Top with the remaining biscuit pieces, butter mixture, pecans and any leftover sugar.

  9. Top the slow cooker insert with a clean dish towel then cover with the lid.

  10. Cook on high for 3 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 18 Servings, Amount per serving: 347 calories, Calories: 347g, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 577mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 315g, Calcium: 43g, Iron: 2g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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