Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread

This recipe for Easy Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread using Rhodes frozen dinner rolls will quickly become a favorite in your home. They are very easy to make and delicious to eat! With only 6 ingredients, you can’t go wrong with this sweet breakfast treat that everyone will love!

Rhodes Rolls Cinnamon Pull Aparts with nuts on top
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Ok, some people call this Monkey Bread or Sticky Rolls, my Mom calls them Christmas Cinnamon Rolls…whatever you call them, they are AMAZING! My family makes this Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread every year for Christmas morning (hence, my mom’s name for them).

I got this recipe from my Mom who had the recipe printed out on Christmas stock paper as shown below. Needless to say, it was a while ago. They have quickly become a family tradition because they are so easy to make and so good!

Rhodes Rolls Cinnamon Pull Aparts recipe card

Once you make this Easy Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread you will have a quick and simple recipe on hand for any occasion. The best part is, you can have the frozen rolls in your freezer in advance so there is hardly any planning ahead. It’s also a fun activity for kids while getting ready for Santa the next day if you are making these for Christmas morning.

Equipment Needed to Make Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread

The most important thing to know is you need a Bundt pan or a tube pan and you have to prepare these the night before. I LOVE my silicon pan for these rolls because nothing ever sticks to it. Other than the Bundt pan, you need a few mixing bowls and a pan or dish to serve them in.

Ingredients List for Rhodes Rolls Cinnamon Pull Aparts

You only need 6 ingredients for these rolls and no one will know how easy they were to make because they are so delicious. Of course, these don’t only have to be for a holiday or special occasion. You can make them whenever you want!

  • Rhodes frozen bread rolls
  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • chopped nuts (optional)

How to Make Pull-Apart Cinnamon Bread

  1. Prepare your pan with non-stick spray. As I mentioned, I use a silicone pan and it makes everything easy.
  2. Place the chopped nuts at the bottom of the pan all around.
  3. in a microwave-safe bowl, soften ¼ cup of the butter in the microwave for 15-second intervals, be careful not to completely melt it! Mix in the brown sugar to the softened butter and drop/spread the mixture over the chopped nuts.
  4. In another medium microwave-safe bowl, completely melt the remaining butter (about 30 seconds). In one other medium-sized bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Take each frozen roll, one at a time, and dip it first into the melted butter, then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and ensure they are fully coated. Place the coated roll on top of the nut and butter layers. Repeat until the bottom of your pan is completely full. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan, these are going to rise A LOT!!
  6. Cover with foil sprayed with non-stick spray and place the pan in a cold overnight.
  7. The next morning, REMOVE the pan from the oven first and then pre-heat the oven to 350°. Remove the foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Once baked, remove the pan from the oven. Allow the pan to cool for a minute or two. Now you are going to flip the pan over onto a large plate or pie pan using potholders. BE CAREFUL because the pan and the rolls are REALLY hot!!!
  9. Allow the bread to cool for about 5 minutes before serving and enjoy!

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cinnamon pull apart rolls after baking

Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread

This recipe for Easy Pull-Apart Cinnamon Bread using frozen rolls will quickly become a favorite. Make this the night before and enjoy the next day!
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Course: Breakfast
Keyword: cheater cinnamon rolls, easy cinnamon rolls, easy monkey bread, easy recipe, frozen roll monkey bread, frozen roll pull apart bread, holiday breakfast, kid friendly, monkey bread, pull apart bread, pull apart cinnamon bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • bundt pan or tube pan

Ingredients

  • 12-16 frozen bread rolls (I use Rhodes, easy to find in the frozen section)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼-½ cup chopped nuts (optional, walnuts or pecans work great!)

Instructions

The Night Before

  • Prepare your pan with non-stick spray. I use a silicone pan and it is amazing! The silicone makes it easy to remove the bread and it's easy to clean.
  • Place the chopped nuts at the bottom of the pan all around, these will end up on top of rolls when you flip the pan after baking.
    nuts in bundt pan for pull apart cinnamon rolls
  • Soften ¼ cup of the butter in the microwave for 15-second intervals, be careful not to completely melt it! Add the brown sugar to the softened butter and mix completely. Spread the mixture over the chopped nuts.
    nuts and brown sugar mixture for pull apart cinnamon rolls
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, completely melt the remaining butter (about 30 seconds). Use a medium-sized bowl because this will be one of the dipping steps. In another medium-sized bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. This will be the second dipping step.
  • Take each frozen roll one at a time and dip it first into the melted butter, then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and ensure they are fully coated. Place the coated roll on top of the nut and butter layers. Repeat until the bottom of your pan is completely full. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan, these are going to rise A LOT!!
    pull apart cinnamon rolls before baking
  • Take a piece of foil and spray one side with non-stick spray. Place over the top of the pan to cover rolls (the cooking spray is so the rolls don't stick to the foil after they rise, trust me on this one?). Place the pan in your oven (not a warm/hot oven!!) or on the counter overnight and they will be ready to bake in the morning when you wake up!

The Next Morning

  • REMOVE the pan from the oven first and then pre-heat the oven to 350°. Remove the foil and bake for 30 minutes (I told you they would rise…).
    cinnamon pull apart rolls after rising before baking
  • Once baked, remove the pan from the oven. Allow the pan to cool for a minute or two. Now you are going to flip the pan over onto a large plate or cake pan using pot holders . I discovered my 9" cake pan was perfect for these rolls and the lip keeps all that gooey cinnamon glaze on the rolls. BE CAREFUL because the pan and the rolls are REALLY hot!!!
    cinnamon pull apart rolls after baking
  • Allow the bread to cool for about 5 minutes before serving and enjoy!

Notes

  • Remember, you prepare these the night before and bake them the next morning. You won’t be able to make these in the morning because the rolls are frozen and need to rise so don’t forget!!
Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread with a sticky brown sugar and nut topping made with frozen dinner rolls
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