Break off a piece of crescent roll monkey bread

Better Than My Mama’s Monkey Bread

October 22, 2016 by Michelle

This post featuring my crescent roll monkey bread recipe is inspired by my mom and sponsored by Acorn Influence and Pillsbury.
Break off a piece of crescent roll monkey bread

Now you may have noticed that I don’t post on Saturdays all that often. But every now and then, I whip up something that’s so good that I can’t wait to share it with you. This crescent roll monkey bread? This is one of those times, friends.

I may or may not be typing this up now in the hopes that I don’t keep going back to grab just one more piece because it’s so good. And so easy to grab just a little bit and pull it off.

Or – my favorite part – take a chunk of the crescent roll monkey bread and swipe is through the “extra” sauce that pools to the side of it after you turn it out on a plate.

Best part is getting the extra caramel sauce

Once upon a time, monkey bread was something my mom made for special occasions like Easter Brunch or Christmas Morning (yes, those special occasions get capitalized). She hasn’t made it in a few years, and I had a major craving for it today.

The problem? Back in the day, my mom used to use frozen bread dough to make her monkey bread. That means thawing it at least overnight if not two nights, and that’s just not going to happen. I was convinced I could do this quickly and easily without having to wait for bread dough to thaw, so I ran to Walmart to pick up the cook and serve pudding mix I knew I needed and do some thinking.

Fortunately, I had a brainstorm. In the refrigerated section, I found another holiday staple – Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. They are ready in a snap and would have the perfect texture for a light and delicious loaf. Yup. Done. Sold. Crescent roll monkey bread was going to happen.

And it did. Do you see how easy this was? The hardest part was waiting the ten minutes once my monkey bread came out of the oven before flipping it. And not immediately grabbing a piece to taste test and burning my mouth. Except that part I actually failed at. Don’t be me. Wait for the bread to cool a couple minutes before taking a bite.

Sneak a bite as soon as your crescent roll monkey bread is cooked

Seriously. Go pick up your own crescent roll dough at Walmart (go for the 2 pack!) and make this. Because it’s so fast and fun to make..and to eat. And you certainly don’t have to wait for a Special Occasion to serve this!

Quick and easy crescent roll monkey bread

How to Make Crescent Roll Monkey Bread

Make the sauce before you start with the rest of it.  Over medium low heat, add the butter, sugar, cinnamon, pudding mix, and milk to a pan.  Stir until melted and incorporated, then remove from the heat and set aside.

Monkey bread sauce that makes it so yummy

Open your crescent rolls one by one. Start with the first one and fold it in half. Use a bench scraper or a knife to cut it into six rows, then slice the rows into squares. Gently roll them.

Use a bench scraper to cut the crescent roll dough

Repeat with the remaining three tubes of crescent roll dough.

Cut crescent roll dough into squares then roll

Place half the crescent roll dough balls into a greased bundt pan. Don’t worry about distributing them exactly evenly. Pour the entire sauce over the dough balls. It looks like too much. It’s not, I promise.

Pour the sauce over the half of the dough balls you've placed in the bundt pan

Place the remaining crescent dough balls over the sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let the crescent roll monkey bread cool for ten minutes.  You want it to firm up and finish baking just a touch, but you don’t want the sauce to cool before you remove it. Place a large plate upside down atop the bundt pain and quickly flip it over.  Lift the bundt pan to remove the crescent roll monkey bread.

Flip finished monkey bread onto a plate

Serve immediately.  You can keep it in a tightly sealed container for up to two days if you have leftovers, but I’m betting you don’t.

This crescent roll monkey bread has quickly become a family favorite, but it’s not the only creative use of Pillsbury’s crescent rolls. Check out more ideas here.

Break off a piece of crescent roll monkey bread

Have you ever tried crescent roll monkey bread? What’s your most creative crescent roll recipe?

Crescent Roll Monkey Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Crescent Roll Monkey Bread

This quick and easy recipe for monkey bread is absolutely delicious. Using crescent roll dough means it's ready in a fraction of the time as traditional monkey bread, but it tastes just as amazing. Perfect for guests for a special occasion brunch or for a weekend family breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 4 tubes Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 4.6 oz box vanilla cook and serve pudding (not instant)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, and pudding mix. Turn heat to medium low and stir until butter melts. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Unroll crescent roll dough from one tube and cut into approximately 1 inch squares. Gently roll to form balls of dough. Repeat with remaining tubes.
  4. Place half the balls into a greased bundt pan. Pour sauce over the dough balls and top with remaining dough balls.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Flip onto a plate, then serve immediately.

Notes

Make sure to use cook and serve pudding. If you use instant pudding mix, this recipe will not turn out properly!

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Delicious and easy crescent roll monkey bread recipe. This comes together quickly for a special occasion breakfast for company or a fun weekend treat for your family brunch.

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