Monkey Bread Cupcakes

Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I don’t like yeast. I think I’ve made one thing on this blog that actually involves yeast, but as I’m trying to evolve and cross things off my bucket list, I sucked up my fear and set out to make these monkey bread cupcakes.

I will be completely honest with you – this took a lot of time and work. But in the end, I promise you, it was all worth it.

Yes, there are 2 rises with this recipe. And yes, you have to make 72 dough balls and roll them up individually in butter and cinnamon sugar. It seems overwhelming but if you have some help in the kitchen (this would be so perfect to make with your little ones), you’ll have a blast making these. And if you don’t have fun making them, you sure will when you bite into these heavenly cupcakes.

It’s so good that you won’t be able to stop at just 1. or 5 actually.

So here’s how you make this:

Go ahead and combine the yeast and 1/4 cup water and let it sit until it gets all foamy, about 5-10 minutes.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Next we’ll stir in some sour cream, butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Here we’ll add just 2 cups flour, salt and baking soda. We’ll let that mix on low speed for a bit until it gets combined.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Then we’ll add in the rest of the flour, little by little, until the dough comes together, kneading on high speed until a ball forms.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Cover with plastic wrap and let it double in volume for about an hour. This is the perfect time to get some laundry done.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Once that hour is up, go ahead and punch down the dough to deflate it before dividing up the dough into 6 equal pieces.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Take each of the 6 equal pieces and form 12 balls.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Next, we’ll make our cinnamon sugar mixture and dip the balls into butter before slathering this stuff on.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Once all the dough balls are coated, add 6 balls into each muffin cup, adding the last one in the center. Let it rise until doubled again, which should take about 40 minutes. Once that’s done, go ahead and bake these lovelies for 20-22 minutes in a 350 degree F oven.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Then comes the glaze where we’ll combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes before drizzling on this goodness to each one.

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Monkey Bread Cupcakes - Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Monkey Bread Cupcakes

Prep Time 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 2 hours, 35 minutes

Yield 12 cupcakes

Monkey Bread Cupcakes

Classic monkey bread in irresistible cupcake form oozing with cinnamon sugar goodness and a dripping vanilla glaze!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • For the cinnamon-sugar coating
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the vanilla glaze
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir yeast and 1/4 cup warm water. Let sit until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in sour cream, butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Add 2 cups flour, salt and baking soda. Mix on low speed until all the flour has been incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Add remaining flour, a little at a time, until the dough starts to come together. Knead on high speed until the dough gathers into a ball, about 2 minutes.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Coat a 12-cup standard muffin tin with nonstick spray; set aside.
  • To make the cinnamon-sugar coating, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Gently punch the dough down to deflate it. Form the dough into a long cylinder, dividing it into 6 equal portions. Using a dough scraper, divide each of the 6 portions into 12 equal pieces, rolling each piece into a ball.
  • Dip each ball into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Drop 5 coated dough balls into each muffin cup. Using your fingertips, gently press the 6th dough ball in the center.
  • Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place dough balls into oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar as needed.
  • When the cupcakes are done, cool for 10 minutes and drizzle the glaze on each cupcake.
  • Allow glaze to set before serving.

Notes

http://damndelicious.net/2012/12/05/monkey-bread-cupcakes-christmasweek/


Comments

  1. sara says

    this was a great recipe but rather than making the bread I just used biscuits and it still came out good my daughter loved it. thanks so much!

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