Cream Cheese Monkey Bread

I cannot think about this delicious monkey bread without also thinking about my good friend Laurie (who I occasionally call Larry). Larry and I have much in common. Every time I see her, which is not often, I am reminded how much I adore her. I love that girl. Oh how I wish I could talk her into moving to Minnesota!

Larry and I both believe that cream cheese makes everything better, and that is why this bread makes me think of her. It's true. Cream cheese does make everything better. 

I had been thinking about doing a twist on good ol' gooey and delicious monkey bread. But what could possibly make monkey bread any better than it is? Then it occurred to me. CREAM CHEESE! It makes everything better, right? A few months after I had that thought, I saw in a magazine that someone had my same idea. I figured I had better hurry up and make it myself, so here we go!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside. 

In a medium bowl, combine:

2/3 cup dark brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Set aside.

Cut 20 cubes into an 8-ounce block of cream cheese.

Slice 10 discs of dough from each of two 12-ounce tubes of refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits. You will have 20 total dough discs. Set the discs on a flat surface and place one cube of cream cheese into the center of each piece of dough.  

Wrap the edges of the dough up and around each cube of cream cheese.

Melt 3/4 cup of butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Set aside.

Place 10 of the dough-wrapped cream cheese cubes, cheese-side-up, into the bottom of the prepared pan. 

Top with half of the sugar-cinnamon mixture and half of the melted butter.

Top with the remaining dough-wrapped cream cheese cubes, cheese-side-down, and the remaining sugar mixture and butter.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Invert onto a serving platter and serve warm! Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

I'll be honest. I ate AT LEAST half of this thing by myself. I felt like a drug addict, eating just a few more bites, in a corner of our kitchen where nobody could see me. 

Cream cheese does make everything better, ooey gooey monkey bread not excluded. YUM.

Cream Cheese Monkey Bread

Monkey bread with a gooey surprise hidden inside!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jan 28, 2012

Serves: 12

Total time: 1 hr, 10 min

Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Two 12-ounce tubes refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the sugars and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. Slice 10 discs of dough from each tube of biscuits. Set discs on a flat surface and set one cube of cream cheese in the center of each piece of dough. Wrap edges of dough up and around the cheese so all that is visible is the top side of cream cheese cube. Place 10 dough-wrapped cheese cubes, cheese-side-up, in bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Top with half of the sugar mixture and half of the butter. Top with the remaining dough-wrapped cheese cubes, cheese-side-down, the remaining sugar and remaining butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Invert onto a serving platter and serve.