Monkey and Gorilla Bread

Make each of these breads in separate bundt pans. For serving, layer the 2 cakes, with the Monkey Bread as the top tier and the Gorilla[ Bread as the bottom tier.]

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
1 hr
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
about 25 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Monkey Bread (recipe may be doubled depending on the bundt pan):
  • Flour, for pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 30 buttermilk canned refrigerator biscuits
  • 1 stick butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • Gorilla Bread (recipe may be doubled depending on the bundt pan):
  • Flour, for pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 20 buttermilk canned refrigerator biscuits
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes
  • 1 stick butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
Directions
Monkey Bread (recipe may be doubled depending on the bundt pan):

Butter and flour a bundt pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine sugar and cinnamon. Cut refrigerator biscuits in half and toss in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Melt the 1 stick of butter in a saucepan and add brown sugar and bring to a boil; then add nuts. Line the bundt pan with biscuits and pour butter mixture over them.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from the pan when it's still hot to avoid

Gorilla Bread (recipe may be doubled depending on the bundt pan):

Butter and flour a bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine sugar and cinnamon. Separate biscuits and flatten each slightly with your hand. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon and sugar mixture onto each biscuit. Place one cube of cream cheese in center of biscuit and fold in half to resemble a half moon. Melt the 1 stick of butter in a saucepan and add brown sugar and bring to a boil; remove from the heat. Place 1/2 cup nuts on the bottom of the bundt pan and then line the pan with a row of cream cheese filled biscuits. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Drizzle half of the butter mixture on top and then repeat steps, beginning with nuts.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from the pan when it's still hot to avoid sticking.


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Oh wow this is so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Gorilla Bread or as my family called it Gorilla Balls: Amazing, I made this and it was a hit, The cream cheese reduce the sweetness that I expected. It was a great little addition. The only thing I would do differently is roll the dough in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar and definitely needed more cinnamon. I think doing it this way will allow the butter and sugar to be spread out evenly. I can't wait to make it again and neither can my family....even though they accuse me of making them fat... LOL item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I recently made the gorilla bread for a family get together. I wanted something that would be different, but not so different that my traditional family wouldn't eat. Made as is, this recipe turned out wonderfully! It was devoured in a flash and I will definitely be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made the gorilla bread as it looked more interesting, but even cooking it for 40+ minutes in a very good oven there were large spots where it was raw in the middle. i would like toask anyone out there if they could help rework this recipe, as it seems like both monkey and gorilla can't use the same oven settings/time cooking. thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the Monkey Bread for a Christmas celebration and had several people tell me it was the best they had ever had. It was super easy also! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful recipe for Christmas morning or a ski trip. Everyone loves it and there is never any left. Can't go wrong :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
2 buttermilk canned refrigerator biscuits not 30 item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this recipe several times (an especially nice Christmas morning treat!). I usually buy a 4-pack of smaller buttermilk biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters. Yummy every time... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Im 18 years old, the first time I made this was when I was 13 and I loved it so much. My grandparents are gone for the weekend and I got some piercings (My grandparents hate perciengs) so hopefully when they get here they love the monkey bread as much as I did and forgive me... they don't know I have the piercings just yet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used the exact amount of biscuits, baked it at the correct temperature for the suggested time and when I pulled it out of the oven, it was raw all the way through. The only area that was cooked was the top layer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the monkey bread, it was very easy to make. Tasted sooo good. Its best when its hot though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS WAS SO DELICIOUS IT MADE ME GO BANANAS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This bread was delicious! Everyone at the New Year's Party loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
and it is delcious!!! Not hard to make and my family thinks I am a hero!!! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so amazing and so rich! extra walnuts make it even better item not reviewed by moderator and published
A big hit with the Fire Fighters of Norwood MA. Easy to make as well item not reviewed by moderator and published
Needs something.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Selected this recipe to bring into group breakfast at work next day. Entire staff loved it asked for recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made just the monkey bread layer and it was easy and very tasty. everyone in my family loved it- it didn't last even 24 hours! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son turned 13 today and after making this last week this was what he wanted for his birthday cake! Fast easy and so good!!!Thanks.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
its very easy to make and it comes out great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This will absolutely be a returning dish at holidays. However I was not crazy about the gorilla bread, it almost tasted like it was not fully cooked through- but it was really just the cream cheese. Other than that it was probably the best dessert I've made in a while. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I saw this episode on Sugar Rush, I was so hoping there was a recipe & to my delite there was. I decided just to try the Monkey Bread not the Gorilla Bread. Oh My.....it was soooooooooooo easy and the finished product was wonderful. Everyone loved it and keep being asked when I'm making it again. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Remember to grease pan really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love these breads we make one of them at least twice a week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the easiest recipe and simply the best tasting....I would make it again and not feel bad at all about serving it to company!!! They think everything I make is from scratch, and usually it is.... but not this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is wonerful. I love this recipe. I made it for the first time and it was a success. There was nothing left!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awsome recipe to bring to a brunch. I had only heard of monkey bread and decided to try making it. It was a huge hit. People are still talking about it 5 months later so I am going to make it again for a girls day brunch. I am sure that it will be a hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok so this was completely awesome... so easy and came out perfect the first time!!! Everyone could not stop talking about this dessert... a huge hit! I think I may serve with a cream cheese icing for dipping next time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an extremely simple recipe to make. My 4 year old helped. She had a great time smashing the biscuits. And what fun would cooking or baking be if you couldn't get a little messy in the process! Anyway, I made it Saturday afternoon and it was gone by Sunday afternoon. (There are 5 people living in my house so I am proud to say it wasn't just me) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have had monkey bread a number of times, but never gorilla bread. EEEEKS! This recipe for monkey bread is delicious....the gorilla bread was horrid. I really thought I'd like the cream cheese "surprise" but it was ucka ucka. Couldn't stand it, through it away....sure wish I could rate these two recipes separately. item not reviewed by moderator and published
no no no item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOO so easy. Simple recipe, tastes great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
"GMA" had a recipe for monkey bread a couple of years ago. What a time consuming mess. I haven't made it since then. This recipe is so easy, especially alternate layering with butter/sugar/cinnamon. A keeper of a recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the gorilla bread and took one of the rater's tip by pouring some of the butter/sugar mixture on the pan before layering the biscuits... this was an amazing breakfast and/or snack (if you have any leftovers from breakfast)! It was super simple to prepare and the presentation was impressive. CAUTION: It's addicting! Thanks for the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my mom made it ! it was awesome item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awesome dessert for any occassion. It can be easily adapted for weight watchers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The monkey bread was fantastic but I don't think I would make the gorilla bread again. I think it would have been better had the cream cheese been sweetened or given a flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Since I only made the gorilla bread, I can only rate it. But I think the recipe instructions may need a bit of tweaking. I had to put the cream cheese in the biscuit THEN roll it in the cinnamon sugar and pinch it closed. Otherwise, if you get sugar on the "inside" of the "seams"...hard to pinch close. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe really shows well and tastes really good. I toast the nuts and I put in a shaped bundt pan which makes it show well. The effort is minimal for this one. My family loves it. When they visit for Mardi gras, they prefer this over the King cakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have looked for this recipe soo long. My Grandma used to make it and she is gone now. Thank You so much, Jerelyn item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't try the gorilla bread but the monkey bread is a definite hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is quick easy and good.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love deserts so I first tried the Monkey Bread and it was incredible. Would recoment to pour some of the sugar, butter and the nut mixure in before you put the first layer and in every layer after that... It gives it a nice carmel coat through out. But I loved it... When I tried the Gorilla bread for a party everyone (including people that where on a Diet) tried it and had seconds... I smelld, looked and tasted great. Everyone even asked for the recepie. Thank you so much for this recepie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy and most importantly DELICIOUS!!! Its a perfect center piece for any table. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the monkey bread and it was great, very easy to make and everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was encouraged by other reviews so I tried the gorilla bread recipe. I found I didn't have enough biscuits to even complete a second layer as the recipe states. I had way too much sugar/cinnamon mixture and butter/brown sugar mixture compared to biscuits. I used a standard bundt pan as directed, however, I could have used a rectangle bread pan with better results I am sure. Maybe if I had doubled the recipe by using more biscuits..with the same amount of layering ingredients it would have been better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very easy and quick to make. Made it 2 day in a row, one for home and another for my sister. I also made it without the wlanuts and still was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and good it has to be a sin! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and yummy! I made this with my 9 year old daughter and she had a blast. Also, we used the layered biscuits for a second batch. Those gave it a nice crispiness on the outside edges. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this every weekend since i found this easy, low cost treat item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very good!!! Everyone always asks me to make these when they are over. You can't go wrong with these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This seems like a really easy dessert to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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