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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.


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!

    1. Thank you but if only I could do a third of the creative things you do at your house!!!

  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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