Cranberry-Orange-Cinnamon-Monkey Bread is a delicious and easy variation on the monkey bread we all know and love. 

cinnamon, orange, cranberries, pecans, monkey bread, breakfastMy grandchildren love to make monkey bread when they visit and over the years, we have tried a lot of variations to the original one made from refrigerated biscuits.  We have added blueberries, cranberries, raisins, and drizzled with different flavored glazes.  

In 2008, one of my grand-daughters and I came up with a monkey bread recipe that earned me a trip to the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest in Dallas, Tx.  I won the Breakfast category which included $5000 and a new stove.   MASCARPONE FILLED CRANBERRY WALNUT ROLLS.

The monkey bread recipe above was created in my kitchen with some grandchildren and some Pillsbury refrigerated rolls.  I do not have step by step pictures because we just made it and then they took a picture of it.  I ran across this picture today and wanted to share it.

Spending time in your kitchen with your children and grandchildren is very rewarding in so many ways and they will always remember it.

Now, this monkey bread recipe is not what you would call low fat or healthy but it sure is good and very easy.  It is amazing what you can combine from your refrigerator and pantry. 

I had a can of cinnamon rolls and a can of orange rolls, so that was how this all began.

Cranberry-Orange-Cinn-Monkey Bread
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
  2. 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
  3. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  4. 1 can Pillsbury Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls with Icing (8ct; 12.4oz)
  5. 1 can Pillsbury Refrigerated Orange Flavor Sweet Rolls with Icing (8ct; 13.9oz)
  6. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  7. 1/2 cup cinnamon-sugar mixture
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup bundt cake pan with no stick cooking spray.
  2. Pour orange juice concentrate into the bottom of pan. Arrange cranberries evenly over the juice. Sprinkle pecans over the cranberries.
  3. Open both cans of the rolls and separate; set the icings aside. On a cutting board, cut each roll into 4 pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Alternate the kinds of rolls. Pour the butter over the rolls. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Using a large wooden spoon, fold the rolls into the butter and cinnamon mixture until all rolls are coated. Pour rolls into the cake pan and arrange evenly.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the rolls are no longer doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and cool 5 minutes. Carefully invert onto a heatproof serving platter, remove pan and scrape any remaining topping onto the rolls. Allow to cool 5 minutes then stir the white icing and drizzle half of it over the rolls. Let monkey bread stand for 5 minutes and then stir the orange icing and drizzle half over the rolls. You may use more icing or only one if desired.
  1. I used fresh cranberries but frozen or dried would work.

Have fun with the children in the kitchen and let them get creative.

Other ideas for monkey bread can include savory fillings such as cooked sausage, cheeses, ham and chicken.  

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  1. You are amazing! I love hearing about all your cooking successes! This recipe looks wonderful. I’ve always intended to make monkey bread with the grand kids like Grandma Kc (and now you!) do, but I’ve never been organized enough. I need to get with the program!

  2. I’ve never heard of monkey bread but the flavour combinations sound delicious. I love spending time with my grandchildren in the kitchen it is a special bonding time that is for sure. Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon.

  3. Amara and I do love to make monkey bread! We made some for her Mom and Dad last weekend. It was my idea. I was craving it. I love your idea of combing orange rolls and cinnamon rolls — we are definitely going to try this out!

  4. Made this for morning after Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! I couldn’t find the orange biscuits at the store here so used two cans of the cinnamon biscuits. I poured 1/3 C. of orange juice over the rolls to make up for not having the orange biscuits and then also mixed some of the juice with one of the icing tubs. It was awesome! Thank you!

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