Mini cinnamon buns & crispy bacon topped with cinnamon sugar glaze and baked into pull apart monkey bread.
Everything’s better with bacon. Even ooey gooey cinnamon rolls. What I love about adding bacon to baked goods is that it makes a complete meal. Basically.
This is a brunch showstopper, but it is so easy to make. Plus you can make about half of it ahead of time, which is key for brunch. NO ONE, least of all me, wants to be up at the crack of dawn making monkey bread. Takes all the fun out of it.
Start by crisping up a package of bacon, and chopping it into bits. Then roll each cinnamon bun into a ball. Pssst— kids are really helpful for this part. Shake a bunch of those little guys (cinnamon rolls, not kids) in a bag of cinnamon sugar goodness.
Next, pop them in a bundt cake pan, alternating with the bacon crumbles, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. The morning of, top it with the cinnamon sugar buttery glaze. Now it’s ready for the oven.
You can’t really go wrong here. I mean, there’s no real technique. It’s kind of dump, pour, and bake situation. My favorite type of baking.
Once it comes out of the oven, give it about 5-10 minutes to cool, then flip over onto a platter.
This is the part where your family will start to get really excited.
Top with frosting (from the cinnamon roll cans) and lots of cinnamon.
And dig in to your destiny.
- 1 package, bacon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cans cinnamon rolls, not the jumbo kind
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a bundt cake pan with shortening or cooking spray.
- Cook up bacon in a large skillet on medium heat, allow to cool, then chop into pieces.
- In large storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.
- Separate dough into individual cinnamon rolls, roll into small balls. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding in bacon bits as you go.
- In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over cinnamon buns and bacon.
- Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
- Turn upside down onto serving plate; top with icing from cinnamon rolls containers.
- Pull apart to serve. Serve warm.