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Cinnamon Apple Cider Monkey Bread

I use the cold-weather staple apple cider—plus apples and more cinnamon—to turn plain cinnamon rolls into monkey bread. My boys love the sticky sweetness. —Kelly Walsh, Aviston, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 5 envelopes (0.74 ounce each) instant spiced cider mix
  • 3 tubes (12.4 ounces each) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cider mixes. Separate cinnamon rolls, setting aside icings; cut each roll into quarters. Add to cider mixture; toss to coat.
  • Arrange a third of the dough pieces in a well-greased 10-in. fluted tube pan; top with half of the apples and half of the pecans. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining dough.
  • Mix melted butter, cinnamon and icing from 1 container until blended. Drizzle over top of rolls. Bake until golden brown, 45-50 minutes. (If needed, cover top loosely with foil during last 5 minutes to prevent overbrowning.)
  • Immediately invert monkey bread onto a serving plate; keep pan inverted 10 minutes, allowing bread to release. Remove pan. Meanwhile, microwave remaining icing, uncovered, until softened, about 10 seconds. Drizzle over monkey bread. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 329 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 553mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Mary
    Jul 29, 2020

    I was disappointed with this recipe. I knew it would be too much for my husband and me, so I made when our grandsons were here. They are 10 and 7. None of us liked it. It was way too bland. It was, however, easy to make. We put it out for squirrel food. They gobbled it up.

  • PageRD
    Dec 1, 2019

    This is a delicious, sweet treat for brunch or anytime. Heed the advice to let the bread rest for 10 minutes before removing the pan, or the bread will come apart. I found 40 minutes to be plenty of cook time, even then the last layer gets quite brown.

  • perezmlp
    Oct 31, 2019

    Delicious and tasty, especially when warm! Easy to make also!

  • bakersouth
    Nov 21, 2017

    Is the cider mix a drink or just spices?

  • marcibanes
    Oct 16, 2017

    This was quick and easy. All in all it was good but it needed more icing so I advice to you two icing cups instead of just one.

  • 4800
    Sep 24, 2017

    This sounds delicious and I'll look forward to making it when our Thanksgiving company arrives.