This ooey-gooey monkey bread with leftover buns is the easiest breakfast recipe to throw together in just 10 minutes and it will fill your whole house with warm, yummy smells.

 

What a funny name for a recipe right? – Monkey Bread! You’re probably wondering where that name came from as I was when I first heard about this dish. The name monkey bread comes from it traditionally being served as finger food and people eating it would be picking it apart as monkeys do.

Monkey bread is usually made with fresh pastry but this recipe for dinner roll monkey bread uses up stale leftover dinner rolls. That’s right, those hard, dry rolls that no one wants to eat! But don’t throw them out just yet! With a little creativity, you can turn them into a loaf of delicious monkey bread.

how to make dinner roll monkey bread

 

This dish is perfect for Christmas breakfast and other winter holidays. It’s so good that you can even have it any time of the year as well. To be quite honest with you, I make them at least once a month. My family can’t get enough of it!

So, next time you have some leftover dinner rolls, don’t throw them out! Transform them into this delicious monkey bread. You’ll definitely be coming back for seconds!

 

   

 

Can you make monkey bread with rolls?

Absolutely! That’s the reason why I decided to share this recipe with you all. I’m sure we’ve all had those moments where we’re wondering what to do with leftover rolls. And this is the perfect solution!

To make this monkey bread, you can use any type of leftover roll, but I prefer to use dinner rolls because they’re a little larger. If you want to make smaller pieces, you can use mini rolls as well.

 

What can I make with leftover rolls?

Dinner rolls tend to go stale in just one day so you’re probably wondering what to make from them to avoid just throwing the leftover buns away.

Here are 3 tasty ideas to make from leftover rolls:

  • Croutons – Cut up the dinner rolls and bake until crispy
  • Mini Pizzas – Slice the buns in half, lay flat and cover with some pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings and toast in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Grilled Cheese – Cut in half, spread with butter, add a slice of cheese, and toast in the oven until the cheese is melted.

 

These are just 3 great ideas for recipes to make from day-old buns, I wrote a whole post about the 16 Recipes to Make From Leftover Dinner Rolls, check it out for more ideas!

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How to make leftover dinner rolls monkey bread:

What you’ll need to make dinner roll monkey bread: (makes 6 servings)

Bundt pan

 

  • 1 pack of dinner rolls (cut up into small chunks)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup melted butter

 

how to make dinner roll monkey bread

 

How to make monkey bread with leftover buns:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a Bundt pan with some cooking spray and set it aside. Mix together the white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Set this mixture aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the egg well. Cut up the dinner rolls into bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl. Add the white sugar and cinnamon mixture as well. Mix everything together until the rolls are coated properly.
  4. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and stir until it’s completely dissolved.
  5. Place the rolls into the Bundt pan and pour the melted brown sugar butter over the top of the rolls. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving it up.

 

And there you have it – a delicious and easy monkey bread recipe! Want to make it even more delicious? Just top it with some thick, creamy frosting or some powdered sugar. Serve it with a hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

 

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Yield: 6

How to Make Monkey Bread With Leftover Buns or Dinner Rolls

dinner roll monkey bread

This ooey-gooey leftover dinner rolls monkey bread is the easiest breakfast recipe to throw together in just 10 minutes and it will fill your whole house with yummy smells.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of dinner rolls cut up
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Spray a Bundt pan with some cooking spray and set it aside. Mix together the white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Set this mixture aside.

  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs well. Cut up the dinner rolls into bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl. Add the white sugar and cinnamon mixture as well. Mix everything together until the rolls are coated properly.

  4. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and stir until it's completely dissolved.

  5. Place the rolls into the Bundt pan and pour the melted brown sugar butter over the top of the rolls. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving it up.

Notes

Add chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts to make this monkey bread slightly crunchy. You could also increase the cinnamon amount to 1 tbsp and top some on top of the finished recipe for cinnamon monkey bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 26.7gSaturated Fat: 15.6gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 378mgCarbohydrates: 47.2gNet Carbohydrates: 44.7gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 30gProtein: 5.5g

 

FAQs

How do you make monkey bread without a bundt pan?

To make monkey bread without a bundt pan just use a 9×9 or 8×8 baking pan instead of a bundt pan and it will come out like a monkey bread casserole.
You could even use a muffin pan and make mini monkey bread bites that are a great snack.

 

How long can I keep this monkey bread?

This monkey bread will stay covered (or in an airtight container) in a fridge for up to two days but I recommend eating it fresh for the best taste.

 

What can I add to this dinner roll monkey bread recipe?

Add chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts to make this monkey bread slightly crunchy. You could also increase the cinnamon amount to 1 tbsp and top some on top of the finished recipe for cinnamon monkey bread.

 

Can I make monkey bread with sliced bread?

This recipe can easily be made with sliced bread instead of dinner rolls. Just cut up your sliced bread into 1 in x 1 in pieces and cover them in the same egg, butter-sugar mix as you would the rolls. It’s a great recipe for using up stale sliced bread. You could also add some frosting, yogurt or jam to name just a few ideas for toppings.

 

Final words

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! The next time you’re wondering what to do with leftover dinner rolls, don’t forget to make this delicious monkey bread. They’re super-easy, super-quick, and make for a wonderful breakfast or after-dinner dessert!

Do you have any recipes that you like to make with leftover dinner rolls? If so, please share in the comments below! I’m always looking for new ideas! As always, happy cooking!

 

If you end up trying this leftover rolls monkey bread, let me know if you liked it down in the comments!

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