Ooey gooey Caramel Apple Monkey Bread is so easy to make with cinnamon roll biscuit dough, apples, brown sugar, and caramel sauce! Enjoy sweet, tender, delicious pull-apart bread for an irresistible breakfast or dessert.
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Easy Caramel Apple Monkey Bread Recipe
This pull-apart bread – also known as monkey bread – is packed with apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel. Gooey on the outside, with a tender inside, and perfectly sweet and buttery. Delicious, so easy to make, fun to pull apart, and a great dessert or indulgent breakfast. Also perfect if you’re hosting a brunch.
What is Monkey Bread?
Monkey bread typically consists of small balls of dough that have been coated in butter, sugar, and cinnamon. It bakes until the dough is tender and golden, with a buttery, sticky sweet sauce, then inverted onto a plate and drizzled with glaze. It’s basically a giant mound of tiny cinnamon rolls. Eaten like pull-apart bread, where everyone grabs a piece, similar to how monkeys eat.
This version uses the same method, but we’re incorporating canned cinnamon rolls, apples, and a layer of caramel sauce. It’s over the top amazing!
Ingredients you’ll need for this caramel apple monkey bread with biscuits recipe:
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Pillsbury biscuits – This recipe calls for 2 canisters of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls with Original Icing. If you are outside the US and can’t find canned biscuit dough, you can try and make your own cinnamon rolls, but the overall texture might be different and cooking time could vary.
- Apples – Fresh apples that are peeled and diced very small. I prefer tart Granny Smith apples for this recipe to slightly offset the sweetness.
- Caramel Sauce – This gets drizzled over half of the biscuit dough. You can use our caramel sauce recipe or store-bought.
- Sugars – Both brown sugar and granulated sugar are used for just the right sweetness.
- Cinnamon – For the wonderful, warm flavor.
- Pecans – We think the combination of chopped pecans, apple, and cinnamon are a marriage made in heaven.
- Butter – Melted butter gets drizzled over the top of the dough before baking.
- Try a different apple. This pull apart bread is sweet. To offset it just a tad, a tart apple provides some balance, but any apple will work in this recipe.
- Omit the nuts. If pecans aren’t your thing, use walnuts or almonds instead, or simply omit them.
- Leave out the caramel. We think the little drizzle of caramel in-between dough layers takes this monkey bread recipe up another level, but you can leave it out if preferred.
- Use a different spice. Instead of just cinnamon, toss everything with apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.
- Add in some raisins. Add in a 1/4 cup raisins for added texture and sweetness.
How to Make Monkey Bread
Here’s a summary how to make it.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Grease a bundt pan. Generously grease a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Prep the biscuits. Set aside the icing that comes with the biscuits. Separate the biscuits and cut each one into 6 pieces.
- Combine the sugars and cinnamon. In a large ziploc bag, combine both sugars with the cinnamon. Then take a 1/3 of a cup of the mixture and toss it in bowl with the diced apples. Add the cinnamon roll pieces to the ziploc bag and toss to coat with the remaining sugar mixture.
- Add apples and biscuits to bundt pan. Sprinkle half of the apple pieces in the prepared pan, followed by half of the cinnamon roll pieces.
- Top with caramel, pecans, and melted butter. Sprinkle the biscuit dough with the chopped pecans and drizzle with the caramel sauce. Then sprinkle with the remaining apple and cinnamon roll pieces. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top.
- Bake. Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown across the top (watch it carefully toward the end and tent with foil if it’s over-browning.)
- Cool. Remove from the oven and cool 10 minutes; run a full knife around edge of pan to loosen. Place a serving plate over pan and turn over; remove pan. Cool 10 minutes longer.
- Drizzle with icing and serve. Drizzle reserved icing over top of bread, allowing some to drizzle down the sides. Serve warm, pull apart, and enjoy!
Tips for Success
- Use a nonstick bundt pan. This type of bread cooks best when made in a bundt pan and that’s how this recipe has been tested.
- Spray generously with nonstick spray. Because of the caramel, sugars, and butter, this pull-apart bread is sticky! A liberal coating of nonstick spray will ensure it releases from the pan.
- Make sure it’s cooked through. Sometimes it can be a guessing game when monkey bread is cooked through. This recipe bakes for 40 to 45 minutes and when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. But all ovens run differently, so it’s best to use a digital thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F and you’re not eating any raw dough.
This pull-apart bread is best served right away or at least the same day it’s made while it’s fresh. If you do have leftovers, it can be stored tightly covered at room temperature for a day or in the fridge for about 3 days. Bring it back to room temperature or heat up sections in the microwave before serving again.
More Pull Apart Bread Recipes:
- Pina Colada Monkey Bread
- Italian Pull Apart Bread
- Breakfast Pull Apart Bread
- French Toast Pull Apart Muffins
- Monkey Bread Muffins
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Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
- 2 cans (17.5 oz each) Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls with Icing (5 Count each)
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples , peeled and diced small
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup butter , melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Open up both packages of cinnamon rolls and set aside the icing tubs included. Separate the biscuits and cut each one into 6 pieces.
- Place apple in medium bowl.
- In a large ziploc bag, combine both sugars with the cinnamon. Then take a 1/3 of a cup of the mixture and toss it with the apples.
- Add the cinnamon roll pieces to the ziploc bag and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle half of the apple pieces in the prepared pan, followed by half of the cinnamon roll pieces. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans and drizzle with the caramel sauce.
- Sprinkle with the remaining apple and cinnamon roll pieces. Then pour the melted butter evenly over the top.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown across top (watch it carefully toward the end and tent with foil if it's over-browning.)
- Remove from the oven and cool 10 minutes; run a full knife around edge of pan to loosen. Place a serving plate over pan and turn over; remove pan. Cool 10 minutes longer.
- Drizzle reserved icing over top of bread, allowing some to drizzle down the sides. Pull apart to serve; serve warm.
Reader Questions and Reviews
I’m going to short out my keyboard from all the drooling I’m doing! This sounds like a great option (instead of the same old pancakes) next time the grandkids spend the night.
This was SO GOOOOOOD. I added a bit of spiced rum!
What a yummy bread recipe. It’s one of those night that I could eat that and only that for dinner. Well maybe a glass or two of crisp white wine too. Ha.
I almost halved the recipe thinking this would be way too much for my family of 4. Nope, all gone! Life with boys! Lol.
LOVE this pull apart bread Amy…I served it for a ladies brunch and we licked our fingers clean. HAHA! Everyone asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Wish I had a bundt pan. I could make these myself. We have a ton of apples.
My family devoured this bread. I did include raisins and use almonds instead of pecans.
This was a.ma.zing. THE END.
Sooo yummy!! We went to Apple Hill a couple of weeks ago and brought back apples – this was the first thing I made. I need more apples to make it again!!
I love pull-apart bread, this variation was DELISH. Perfect for a fall morning.