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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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  • patty2222
    Jan 6, 2021

    I'm always looking for something easy and good to make while camping so I tried this at home over the Christmas holiday. This is definitely a keeper and I've already added it to my camping cookbook. Easy and delicious!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Lawler67
    Dec 20, 2020

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  • vbcooks
    Oct 24, 2020

    Excellent! Pretty easy to make and so delicious warm or cold! Making it in a bundt pan I just cut pieces like a regular cake (most monkey bread recipes you seem to pull apart). One of our new favorites!

  • Betsy
    Oct 17, 2020

    I made this for breakfast today and everyone loved it. It is really sweet and there's a lot of food. I made it in an angel food pan and it came apart when I tipped it over (but I had it on a round pizza pan, so it was fine, and it was easier to "dish" up. If I make it again, I'll buy better cinnamon rolls. The store brand ones I bought fell apart when I opened the can and it made it a pain to cut them in quarters. I was easy, but time consuming. Bland? Not with the cinnamon rolls, the apple cider drink powder and the 2tsp. cinnamon in the butter/icing. I thought they were Very cinnamony! Also very sweet.

  • Laurel
    Oct 17, 2020

    So I took to heart the advice of the other comments left, which really helped. So to add flavor I added golden raisins with the pecans with liberal nutmeg and about a teaspoon and a half of cardamom Added to the butter mix. Then I left it inverted for about 40 minutes. Turned out awesome!

  • 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.