Overnight Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Time: Overnight plus 30 minutes

Music Selection: Sara Bareilles – King of Anything

This dish will make everyone happy… super simple and great for Christmas morning when you are eager to get up! It is a great dish for brunch, when having company, too! We love it on Christmas morning with a strong coffee! There is something about waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh cinnamon buns!


16 – 20 frozen bun dough

1 3.4 oz instant pudding (vanilla or butterscotch are delicious)

¾ cup butter (add another ¼ cup if you like your buns sticky)

1 Tbsp cinnamon

¾ cup brown sugar

Optional: ½ cup chopped pecans or raisins


The night before you want to serve the buns. Generously grease a bundt pan. If you like your rolls a bit on the sticky side use about a good ¼ cup butter. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and pudding mix. Sprinkle several tablespoons over the butter in the bundt pan. If you are including nuts/raisins, you can put them down on the bottom of the pan and they will look lovely on top of the buns when you invert it.

Place the frozen buns in the pan. I like to organize mine, but you can jumble them.

In a separate small bowl, melt the remaining butter in the microwave.

Sprinkle the remaining pudding/sugar over the buns. If you like your nuts mixed in, you can mix them in the cinnamon and sprinkle them on at this point, too. Pour the melted butter on top.

Cover with a cloth and let rise over night on your counter top.

In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cloth over the buns and bake them for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes. Then place a large plate or platter over the buns and with oven mitts, invert. Do this over the sink as sometimes the butter will spill out if your plate is not flat to the bundt pan.

Enjoy with a strong cup of coffee, tea or a glass of chilled milk!

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