Gorilla Bread

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
12 to 14 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside. Cut the cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press the biscuits out with your fingers and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the nuts into the bottom of the bundt pan. Place half of the prepared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle on 1/2 cup of nuts. Layer the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, pour the remaining butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert.


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Paula Deen says to cook for 60 min In the video and the recipe says to cook for 30min.  Which is correct? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this recipe was fairly simple and it came out tasting great! Although I did make a minor adjustment, I didn't use brown sugar because I didn't have any. I made a cinnamon/sugar mixture and still used the same amount of butter and melted it all together. Next time though I will add a little cinnamon and sugar together and mix it in with the cream cheese as the cream cheese alone was a little strong! Such a easy recipe my family loved I'm sure I'll be making it again in the near future! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My teenage son is trying to figure out where to hide to leftovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this today, it was awesome. I only made a minor adjustment....I know from eating monkey bread, that amount of brown sugar makes it way too sweet for my taste, so I just drizzled 1/4 cup melted butter and 1 TBS brown sugar over it before baking. I don't like the "caramel" at all. It came out perfect. Even my pickly kids loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 2 cans of Grand biscuits and cut them into thirds. I formed some of the sections into balls and coated them with the cinnamon sugar mixture with a pinch of nutmeg. I made the cream cheese into balls using a small cookie scoop with cold cream cheese. I coated the cheese balls with the cinnamon sugar, as well. With a rolling pin, I flattened out twenty of the biscuit balls and wrapped them around the cream cheese balls. I placed the balls on a wax papered cookie sheet and covered the sheet with plastic wrap and foil and refrigerated overnight. I coated the Bundt pan with butter, sprinkled the bottom with pecans and layered the bread, beginning and ending using the biscuit balls without the cream cheese. I sprinkled in raisins and drizzled the brown sugar butter sauce (which is incredible, btw after each layer. It baked beautifully in exactly 40-mins and rose to the height of the pan. It tastes great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome for breakfast! Instead of having French toast or pancakes a made this recipe, my boyfriend loved it! A few modifications...I halved the recipe, only using one can of buttermilk biscuits. I also flattened each biscuit, then cut them in half, then added cream cheese to each piece. All other ingredients I halved except for the butter, I used 3/4 of a stick of melted butter. This was quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. I think this would also go well with ice cream as a dessert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy and very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love your Gorilla Bread I made it for my family and they loved it. From one of your kid cookbooks I got from my parents a few years ago: item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this bread since I first saw Paula make it for Jimmy Carter and I love it. Over the years I have made a few changes: I use the canned Buttermilk biscuits (10/can, and in addition to the sugar/cinnamon mixture I add a dash of: vanilla powder, dark chili powder, ground sage (it adds a minty taste, Chinese 5-spice, and freshly ground nutmeg. I put a dollop of this mixture on the inside of the biscuit and roll the biscuit in the mixture to cover the outside. I cook it at 50 minutes in a non-stick Bundt pan at 325 degrees. My co-workers like it so much that one of them saves the nut/sugar mixture in the bottom of the box for their oatmeal/cereal the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good!! I made it the night before and baked it the next morning. The recipe was easy to follow and my guests LOVED it. I did substitute pecans for the walnuts and I think that was a good choice. Not sure the cream cheese adds anything to the dish. I think I may leave it out next time. This is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Holy mother of God this is amazing! Wow wow wow. Looooove! The only thing I added to this was some chocolate chips just to make it that much more yummy and desserty. I might make it again this weekend, it's that good! Not heart healthy but who cares! :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
SO GOOD and so easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very good, very rich, and very sweet. I cut the sugar amount significantly (i used about 25% of recipe based on personal preference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very tasty and everyone went crazy over this yummy treat item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making Paula's Gorilla Bread for years. My kids love it and are always asking me to make it.Now that they are older bringing their college buddies home to visit, now THEY'RE asking me to make it too! Make as directed...don't change a thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So sweet and delicious, a great way to enjoy with family and frieds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish is a definate crowd-pleaser as "Rookie in Roseville" said before me. I agree with her write up and really appreciate her telling us some of the tweaks she made. For instance, Paula's recipe says to bake it for 30 minutes but I followed Rookie's advice and baked it for 40 minutes and it was perfectly done. I DID let it sit for 5 minutes before inverting it but that was too long because all the gooey sugar, butter and nutty goodness stuck to the pan. Despite that, it was still de-lish! It's definately easier to prep everything beforehand then do each step in full at the same time like a production line. I prepped everything the night before then simply assembled it the next morning and popped it in the oven before going to work. We had a breakfast party and the gorilla bread was the first empty plate! It's also a very economical dish to make. You must make this today! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this a zillion times in the past 2 years. It's perfect every time and a real crowd-pleaser. Her video says to bake it for 50-60 minutes while the recipe says 30. I've always done it for 40 minutes and it's perfectly done. Don't let it sit longer than 5 minutes before you invert it; the biscuits and sweet goodness really stick to the pan and it messes up the presentation. I invert it and let it sit for a few minutes to give gravity a chance to work. I'm not shy about sprinkling the cinnamon sugar onto the biscuits before I put the cheese on the biscuit. Also, I like to roll the prepared biscuit balls in the cinnamon sugar before I put them in the pan like she shows in the video. It preps faster if you do each step in full at once: separate all the biscuits, sprinkle all of them with the sugar at one time, roll the cheese in them and pinch them closed at one time, roll all of them in the sugar at one time, then it's just assembling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delish! and yes Idid also cook it an extra 10 min. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this...very sweet however, my boys love 'em too so not much left for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked this for the 30 minutes and it was still raw in the middle. Had to add another 10 minutes. Next time I will cut the biscuits smaller and leave out the cream cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This bread was so very easy and every bit had a delicious morsel inside. Easy,Easy, Easy! Love,love love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this many times with several different variations. If it doesn't cook in the 30 minutes you may be using the wrong kind of biscuits or you oven temperature is off. I also cut the brown sugar butter down to about half bc the full recipe is too much too rich for us. If you use a flaky biscuit or one that has butter added to it you don't get as good of results. I have also made this with a caramel drizzle and filled each biscuit with a banana mixture. I have made it into an apple streusel bread. I even have used cheese and peporoni and lightly drizzle with butter and garlic salt serve with pizza sauce for a savory version. There are endless possibilities item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this twice! First time around, it was a hit, but I didn't care for the cream cheese filling. Second time around, I whipped in about a cup and a half to two cups of confectioner's sugar to the cream cheese then folded in some chocolate chips, BAZING!!! There it is, the flavor I was looking for. To me, this is classified as one of Paula's once in a lifetime recipes, so enjoy it slowly because I wouldn't recommended having too much if you want to keep your health!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not as good as original banana bread, cuts down a lot of the sweetness of the original because of how "sour" the cream cheese is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little to much butter for us! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Monkey Bread on STEROIDS!!!!!!!!!This stuff is awesome! Easy to make, and cooked perfectly in the time stated. I even did two pans at once! There is nothing low fat or low carb about this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! I must say I think the prep time is a little off-- took me a while to wrap all of that cream cheese : I also poured chocolate chips over the layers... yum... Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love, love these. Warm out of the oven they are absolutely scrumptious! The cream cheese really makes them. I've made them several times...a favorite on Christmas morning. They do need a bit more time in the oven, but are sure worth the wait. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Almost like monkey bread,love the cream cheese really great with a hot cup of latte in the morning or cocao for a late night treat in front of a cozy fire,mmmmmmm item not reviewed by moderator and published
The whole concept is easy and tasty sounding. However, this is the 2nd Paula Deen Baking Recipe that I don't believe was either edited properly by her test team or actually tested! And I have only tried 2 so I am very displeased. I followed the recipe to a 'T' and baked it only for the 30 mins that is required. My end results were a uncooked doughy mess. I guess if I attempt to try this again I will write my own instructions that actually work ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this many times, although we call it, Monkey Bread! Its always yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i love bread this look's yummy : item not reviewed by moderator and published
A few changes! 1st: used 3 packages of 10 (NON-FLAKY biscuits so there is less cream cheese in each biscuit & I get more height. 2nd: Let the cream cheese soften at room temp & then cream it with a tsp of Vanilla extract & the sugar & cinnamon you are supposed to sprinkle in the dough. Put a healthy tsp of the mixture in each biscuit. 3rd: Put the remaining sugar & cinnamon in a freezer bag along with the biscuit balls & roll them around until they are all coated. 4th: I added a TB of warm water to the sauce so it was slightly thinner (so that when I flipped it we'd have gooey sauce running down the sides. I made the sauce right before it was time to pop the dish in the oven instead of first. 5th: I did have to cook it for about 45 minutes, but I think it's all about personal preference (re: how gooey you want the dough. I used an angel food tin & pecans instead of walnuts. To see a pic, go to tinyurl (dot com and add "/3t2qqx9" to the end of the address (sorry, can't post links! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy and easy to make!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! The Best I Have Even Made Or Had. Everyone Raved About This One When I Made It! Well Done Paula And Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE Paula and her recipes so I have high standards when it comes to making her food and I have to tell you, I was blown away by this. Not only does it taste AMAZING but it LOOKS beautiful as well. I made this for a Sunday brunch and everyone commented on how great it looked before we even sat down to eat. I did "tweek" this recipe a bit though. I omitted the cream cheese (only because there were people that do not like cream cheese at the brunch. Next time it definitely goes in and used pecans instead of walnuts just to "class it up" a bit. Also the cooking time was 40 mins instead of 30 but WELL worth the wait. If you need something quick, easy yet impressive for just about any occasion make this your new go-to recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do yourself a favor: ADD BACON TO THIS RECIPE. Cook it and crumble it up in there, skip the nuts, HEAVEN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone in my family, and friends love this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves this and always ask me to make it. Had to slow him down on eating it though reminding him he is eating a lot of biscuits. I altered the preparing of this recipe slightly. I use 3 cans of biscuits to make it stand taller and prep them with the cream cheese and wrap them individually in the sugar and cinnamon mixture then dunk them in 2cups brown sugar and 1 1/2 stick of butter mixture one by one with a fork or toothpick then place them in pan and sprinkle with chopped pecans and walnuts between each layer. This assures each biscuit is soaked in the mixture which makes this recipe even more tastier. Any time my family have a pot luck dinner, I am always asked to make this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't like the cream cheese in it. I think that I will stick with Monkey Cake. I love cheese danish so I thought this would be a nice addition. I would never make this cake again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE this!!! i just read the review where they added extract. great idea as the cream cheese, even when left out is a little hard. my partner is not a big sweet eater, but he can't get enough of this. perfect for brunch, pot luck, or just to have with your morning coffee/tea. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best. I add 1/4 tsp Almond extract to the soften cream cheese. It gives another layer of wonderful flavor. This is so easy and everytime I've made it for holidays or company it is gobbled up quickly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good, but not as good as I had hoped. I like Paula's Ultimate Coffee Cake recipe much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight for my husband for dessert and OMG it was delicious. Thank you Paula for this wonderfully delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is wonderful. Took it to an office brunch and everyone went wild over it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty and not to time consuming item not reviewed by moderator and published
There were way too many nuts on this for my taste. I liked the cream cheese in it, but husband and sons did not. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe. My husband liked it, but didn't care if he ever ate it again. I didn't like it... I didn't like the cream cheese in it. I would have liked it better plain. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMGOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is so good I have 8 kids and i never make all of them happy somebody dont like something well they all loved this thank you Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
Years ago, on a vacation to Acapulco, my husband and I were served these amazing rolls with a nugget of cream cheese tucked inside. I love this recipe for Gorilla Bread, because it's a sweet twist on that dish, which stuck out in my memory. Monkey Bread is great to start with - what's not to love about bits of chewy bread surrounded by crunchy, caramelized cinnamon sugar and soaked in a buttery glaze? Paula's version, which adds cream cheese to the middle of the dough, is perfect. The creamy tang of the cheese balances out the sweetness nicely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! This was delicious and I would make it when friends come to visit. Another of our favorites from Paula is the Granite City Coffeecake(think that is the name of it....it calls for using canned biscuits as well plus blueberries. I get requests all the time to make it. Thanks, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not made this recipe yet, but know it will be great. I'm glad I read many of the reviews before making this the first time. I suspect that the problem for the people who were disappointed was due to their oven being the wrong temp. Ovens age and the thermostats become inaccurate. I always keep an oven thermometer in my oven to make sure that temp is what the recipe calls for. Also, I purchased a specialty 'monkey bread' pan from King Arthur Flour. Unlike a bundt pan which has shaped sides, this pan has straight sides and a round bottom which should result in more even cooking. I'll post again after I make this recipe later today. Thanks Paula for another yummy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh so very good!!! I did not roll my biscuits into balls but instead put a piece of cream cheese in the middle and folded it over like an empanada and then smashed it flat and layed it in the bundt pan. Worked great, everything cooked evenly and the 30 minute cook time was perfect. This is a definite keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
To be honest, I was excited to try it out, but my result was horrible. I baked for 30 minutes and the top layer was burnt, and the bottom layer was raw so i baked it for 10 minutes more. I had to throw away the top layer and some of the bottom layer. The cream cheese was a horrible taste as if it did not go with it... Alright, I redid the recipe and over all it came out delicious my husband loves it, and we will keep making it. I baked for 50 minutes, turning over balls every 10 minutes for them to get cooked correct. They are very delicious,we cant stop eating them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First the most part I am a scratch cook, but on sometimes I will take a short cut and decided to try this and it was absolutely delicious. This has become a family favorite. I highly recommend this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this would be a great dish to try. It sounds easy and fun. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. It tastes just like those cinammon rolls at Cinabuns at the mall. I knew I should have listened to the comments and kept it in the oven for longer. At first I put it in for 40 minutes then I had to keep taking it out and putting back in for another 15 minutes. Then another 15 minutes. I thought for sure I'd overbake it. But it took a long time for that biscuit dough to get cooked all the way through. It was delicious when it was finally ready though. I had a similar problem with another delicious dessert recipe using canned biscuits. Paula's OMG good Granite Steps Blueberry Coffee Cake. I think when you add the sugar and butter to canned biscuits, it just takes a lot longer to cook them in the oven. Despite the long cooking time, this recipe was superb! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tastes great.The kids just love it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this one!!!! It is wonderful and sooooo easy. I have decided to make this one of those things I take to the office and make everyone beg for the recipe. :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched the show Paula shared this recipe,the one with Jimmy Carter, and she baked it for 50 min on the show instead of 30 . I have made this dish numerous times and it always turns out great, if you bake it for 50 min .Tried it once at 30 min and it fell apart . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and easy. This has become a holiday tradition for our family. I use Rhodes dinner rolls instead of biscuits, for a fluffier roll. item not reviewed by moderator and published
hmmmmmmmmm......like it...!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Couldn't wait to try this and was so disappointed. Yes, it tasted good but the bisquits on the outside were a bit toasty and some on the inside bottom were raw. What a waste of good nuts. I used pecans because I like them better. Also, I used a silicon bundt pan. Could this have affected the end product? item not reviewed by moderator and published
really good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! So easy and yummy. When my kids were younger, we called this "Monkey Bread", the only difference being that we did not add cream cheese. I really like it with the cream cheese and will continue to make it this way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious.After reading about other people having theirs turn out undercooked; I shut my oven off after 30 minutes and put some foil over the bundt pan and let it sit in there for another 10 minutes. Mine was perfectly baked and tasted even better the next day.This is very rich but very good and I give it 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked it..but it felt like a heart ache when it went down my throat. TOO MUCH BUTTER....especially for this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic! I made it for my Sunday School class and it got RAVE reviews! You know it's good when they ask for the recipe... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy. Wife is allergic to walnuts so I toasted pecans instead. Also, add some grated orange zest - gives a nice flavor before the first layer & at each succeeding layer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple to make and quite delicious. I served it to company who has since asked every time I've seen them if I'm going to make more soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times, woowing everyone. I'm always asked for the recipe. I bake each ball individually in a muffin pan and stack the balls to make a tree shape, it makes a very impressive presentation. It's a very versitile recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it, just make it kids it,I did not get any have to make my own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it was tasty and very satisfying item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you havent tried these, indulge in them immediately! so good! i made them for a breakfast potluck at work. i had 3 differant people asking for the recipe. One time i didnt have regular granulated surgar so i had to use brown sugar for the entire recipe, it was still great. Another time i forgot to buy the cream cheese so i threw the cinnamon and sugar in the middle of the balls and it was still delish! you cant go wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is simply awesome... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and so so Uber delicious!! I would roll around in it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can you say Yum-my! Paula does "it" once again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was AMAZING!! Super easy to make, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this dish. I used a half cup less chopped walnuts, for my own taste. Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all of the reviews and decided to cook for 40 minutes. The bread got to hard. I was dissappointed, I had high hopes. Next time I am going to make in a 9x13 pan and cook for 30 mins like the recipe says. Even with it being hard it was very yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son's fiance made this for us.....ABSOLUTELY delicious!!!! 5* indeed!! Fast and easy to make, but oh soooo good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wonderful,very sweet and nutty. we love nuts on and in everything. I made this for my best friend many years ago and her youngest son was there,I thought he was going to eat all of it. This year on my same friends birthday her son asked me to make him Gorilla bread for his B.D., I couldn't believe my ears,he remembered after all these years. He said he couldn't forget because it was SO good and has never had another one like it or SO GOOD. I told him I couldn't take all the credit it was a Paula Dean recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome and so easy. Love it.. makes you warm in side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
what a great dish. easyfun and the kids love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and fun to make. Tastes GREAT!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG......FANTASTIC!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing how something this awesome can have 0 calories ;-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooo gooood !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's really wonderful. I love its taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids really enjoyed this. I think it was a little more filling than regular monkey bread. Gorilla bread was more to my liking! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was and incredible recipe and have made it 3 times since Thanksgiving and each time I am lucky if my friends and family leave me with 1 piece. I found that the cooking time worked perfect for me so it may depend on your type of oven and if you need to leave it in for a longer period of time. Recently I made it for a New Years get together and everyone was asking about the recipe. I love your recipes Paula and my boyfriend and I are have a great time making them together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!It took about 25 minutes to prepare and I baked it for about 35 minutes.It is just as good the next morning heated in the microwave. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ii loved the recipe! I wasn't a big fan of the cream cheese so I put Nutella in instead! It was soooooo good. I will make this again for sure. I also baked for an extra 10 minutes, first time it wasn't cooked all the way through. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wish I'd read the reviews before popping my Gorilla/Monkey bread cherry. I prepared this recipe according to the directions and baked it for the prescribed 30 minutes. It definitely needed that additional 10 minutes previous reviewers recommended; it was only about half-baked. The parts that were cooked through were excellent though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great!!! My husband loves it! I made it the first time with cream cheese in it but decided the second time to make a cream cheese frosting and drizzle on the top instead and it was even a bigger hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good, but I still love monkey bread! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I forgot to add...I used cinnamon rolls instead of biscuits. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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