Monkey Muffins

My daughter turned two last Tuesday…I can’t even believe it! Time really does fly when you have kids! Avrie (my little girl) currently has two favorite loves in life.

1. Buzz Lightyear
2. “Moe” her sock monkey

We decided to theme her party around “Moe” and she LOVED it!  We kicked off the day by going to the zoo and came home for some “monkey” themed foods.  The next few days will be the recipes from this fun party!The first “Monkey” recipe is adapted from one I bookmarked weeks ago from the lovely Pioneer Woman!  It looked extremely easy and fast to throw together for a birthday treat!  This treat was not only easy, but completely DELICIOUS!  We loved every bite and there was not one left at the end of the party!

Monkey Muffins… These are ooey gooey and DELICIOUS! Plus they are So easy to make!

just look at that gooey cinnamon-sugar goodness….mmm!

Monkey Muffins

These are ooey, gooey and absolutely DELICIOUS! and bonus that they are so easy to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 505kcal


  • 2 cans refrigerated Grands Homestyle Biscuits
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 12 teaspoons sugar divided
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon divided
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add 1/3 tablespoon (I cut each tablespoon into thirds but it is also the equivalent of 1 teaspoon) of butter to the bottom of each muffin cup.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to each muffin cup (no need to mix them together just dump measured amount in separately for even quicker prep time!)
  • Cut biscuit dough into quarters. Roll each dough quarter into a ball and place three balls into each muffin tin cup containing butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Top muffins with another 1/3 teaspoon butter. Sprinkle about 1/3 teaspoon sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and immediately drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top of each one.
  • Allow rolls to cool completely before serving (if you can...I found it pretty hard! They look, smell and taste AMAZING!)


Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg
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(recipe from: Pioneer Woman)
recipe makes about 22 muffins

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  1. Jen@thecraftingfiend

    they look amazing! Now I just have to figure out how to make them dairy free and still have them taste good..

  2. BigBearswife

    Monkey Bread is a favorite here! I've made sweet and savory! YUM!

  3. Mindy

    Holy gooey cinnamon and butter Batman! These are definitely moving to the top of the to-make list!

  4. Lindsay

    That looks amazing! I love this recipe an have got to give it a try!

  5. MrsFoxsSweets

    Yummy gooey goodness! They look great!

  6. Jocelyn

    mmmm I go for gooey bread every time! These look so good!!!!

  7. Ellen Zames

    Wow that couldn't be easier and they look amazing! This would be a yummy thing to serve during a brunch. I love it!!


  8. briarrose

    Omg these look too good. Seriously I could dive right into that pile. Excellent theme for the party.

  9. The Messy Gal

    These look soo so yummy! Thanks for sharing! What an easy recipe!

  10. Adrianne

    Yum. Yum, yum, YUM!Tagged you in a post this morning. :)

  11. The Zoo Keeper

    These look great! Think I will make them for church this Sunday! Thanks so much! I had no clue what to make!!!

  12. mividaenundulce

    Looks fantastics...and yes, time runs when we have kids.By the way, do you know why this kind of bread is called "monkey". I saw several recipes called "monkey" and never the reason of the name.

  13. La Petite Vie

    Oh YUM! These sound so fun and easy! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Marie

    MMMMMM...those sound yummy! So glad you linked up to Show & Share! I have a giveaway going on right now would love to have you join in that also!

  15. kasia

    Mmmmm, i have water in my mouth. We r going to make some this week. Thank u for sharing

  16. Krista

    My monkey would love these! Ha! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a great week!

  17. Jenn Erickson

    Yum! Sounds like it was a wonderful party full of good times and delicious treats!

  18. mrsleuch

    Made these this morning for breakfast and they were amazing! I didn't have sweetened condensed milk on hand so I mixed up a little powdered sugar and milk icing for the tops! thanks so much for the recipe!

  19. Moore or Less Cooking

    These look amazing Nikki! I want a piece now for breakfast! I have to try this recipe! Great to see you and as always I love your blog!


  20. Moore or Less Cooking


    Are you still helping bloggers do giveaways? I remember getting an email from you about that. If yes, let me know!


  21. Louise

    I fed these to my kids last week for breakfast and they couldn't get enough! I know what I'll be making for my parents next week!

  22. Shelley

    These are amazing so easy to do would be great for a lot of people for breakfast. Is the butter suppose to be melted? Mine turned out really good.

  23. Sugarr2518

    Oh...I love these! I used to have these when I was younger:) I'm pinning these to try for later:)

  24. Anonymous

    I made something like this in high school... a very long time ago, we'll just say that... The only major difference is we used a sourcream/powdered sugar/vanilla icing. Yummy stuff, no matter which whay you make it, though!

  25. Anonymous

    Monkey bread is always cut into sections. That way you pick it with your fingers and eat it. Monkeys always pick at thing to eat it.

  26. Anonymous

    Just made these and they are Wonderfull!! Does anyone know how to store fridge or room temp.? I want to use them for breakfast tomorrow!

  27. Claire

    Mine didn't turn out as ooey, gooey good as the picture looks. The granulated sugar didn't melt completely which was the main problem. And I used the small size can of Pillsbury Buttermilk biscuits so maybe I should have shortened the cooking time? I really like the idea of using the sweetened condensed milk as a quick and easy glaze though! Overall, still good!

  28. Kathleen Jepson

    I made these in high school. We put cream cheese in the middle of the bread balls. Soooo goood!!!!

  29. Teresa

    Your site is great! I have only one question: how in the world do you stay thin?!

  30. Estelline

    I have to tell you! I just made these and they were delicious and easy to make!

  31. Kailey

    made these yesterday they're delicious! but i did make one change that i found to be a huge difference for the better. i made one batch the way it says to but i felt they weren't Cinnamon-y enough so i rolled the balls in the cinnamon sugar and coated them all, that way the entire thing had that cinnamon sugar flavor and it wasn't over bearing at all :). just my advice for anyone that thinks they need a little more sweetness to it.

  32. Nette

    Would love to try these but 'm in Australia. What can I use as a substitute for the can biscuits as I've never heard of it and dinner think we even get it here. Thanks.

  33. Julie

    These look delicious, but how much exactly is 1-1 1/2 sticks of butter? I live in Canada and I'm pretty sure there is a difference in size. Thanks!

  34. Helen Gesell


    I've also made these all together in a bundt pan and layered chopped pecans and brown sugar in them. YUMMY!

  35. Frances Morey

    I like to make this recipe using a bundt cake pan, and trippling the recipe for a holiday pull apart bread treat.

  36. gail

    So good!! I just made these for a snack for my kids and me. We had a side of fresh strawberries...the tart strawberry was a nice complement to the sweet muffin:)

  37. Ellen

    I see that this is from Pioneer Women who I watch all the time. She is great. She is not fancy at all and makes everyday things. Can't wait to try these.

  38. Coleen


  39. Elaine Millar


    These look amazing but, being from the UK, what would you suggest as a suitable alternative for the biscuit dough? I realise you said bread dough, but regular bread dough? Brioche? Maybe there's a premade option for us UK folk too...?

  40. Bonnie KInney

    these look great

  41. SQ


    I made the monkey muffins the other day. I used the Grands Homestyle biscuits because I had them on hand. I followed the recipe exactly (I usually do the first time around). I found that using the biscuits made these salty along with using salted butter (the recipe didn't indicate to NOT use unsalted butter). I think they would have been less salty with one or the other? Not sure. Also, the sugar, butter and cinnamon combination at the bottom of the cups pretty much stayed there--some of it baked into the bottom of the biscuits, but not much. I felt it was a waste! I was pretty disappointed about that! I think that this recipe could be better if bread dough was used or something similar. I would also put a lot more of the cinnamon/sugar sprinkle on top!!! I really think this recipe has potential, it just has to be tweaked a bit!

  42. refilwe

    What other substitute can be used? Biscuits dough? Do you mean any biscuit dough mixture i.e chocolate cookies batter?

  43. Holly

    I'm sorry this is good however i would definitely recommend melting the cinnamon sugar and butter together before adding to the tin.

  44. Kelly Fontanesi


    Made these this morning and they were delicious and easy. My oven finished them in 12 minutes (so I guess you have to know your oven). My husband loved them also.