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Apple Monkey Bread is a delicious sweet treat, made easily in a slow cooker. This super easy monkey bread recipe is made with store-bought biscuits!

This post from October, 2013, was updated with new photos and text.

Apple Monkey Bread on a small white plate

Apple Monkey Bread

My family goes nuts for monkey bread or bubble rolls as we call them. Who doesn’t love gooey breakfast breads, especially when they’re spiced with cinnamon and studded with diced apples??? And what’s most amazing is that this Apple Monkey Bread is made in a slow cooker or crock pot. Two and a half hours of hands off cooking. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

Apple Monkey Bread on a serving platter

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

These didn’t puff up as much as I expected, but for a minimal fuss recipe, made with canned biscuits, they are excellent. For all that I bake, I rarely eat more than a nibble. But see that plate in the top photo? That was for quality control and I made every morsel disappear quickly.

  • I could not find the original Pillsbury Biscuits when I went shopping, so I bought Pillsbury Grands instead. Both are available, but in case sizes change, go by the ounces instead. Look for for about 30 ounces of biscuits.
  • I found two packages that totaled approximately 32 ounces. They were Pillsbury Grands. If you find the original biscuits, use 4 packages which totals 28 ounces.
  • I cut each biscuit into quarters, then gently rolled them into balls. If you use the Grands, which are larger, feel free to cut them each into more pieces. They didn’t keep perfectly spherical when I tossed them with the sugar mixture, so rolling them is totally optional.
  • Tweak the spice mixture as you see fit. I’d definitely keep the amount of  cinnamon as is written, but add any of your favorite apple pie spices.
  • The lid of the crock pot will collect some condensation. Take care not to let any of the moisture drip onto the rolls when you remove the lid.
  • You can always line the lid with a couple layers of paper toweling before you start the cooking process. It’s also suggested that the monkey bread rest for 10 minutes before serving. At this point, you should add some paper towels between the lid and slow cooker.
Apple Monkey Bread on a white ceramic plate with a red handled fork

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When my friends, Wendy of Around My Family Table, and Stephanie, of Eat Drink Love, invited me to participate in Crocktoberfest, I had to rack my brain for recipe ideas.  Plus, I’ve made a couple stews and pot roasts in my crock pot when I know I have a busy day ahead.

But a breakfast or dessert in a slow cooker seemed like a novel idea worth exploring. This Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole got my wheels turning and I thought a slow cooker breakfast would be a good excuse to dust off my seldom used kitchen appliance.

There are 10 recipes to check out today and I think you will love every one of them. My crock pot may find a permanent place on my kitchen counter after this massive influx of marvelous recipes!

A couple of things you may need to make this delicious Apple Monkey Bread recipe:

Cuisinart 6-Quart Crock-Pot

Wusthof 4192 Classic 6-inch Serrated Utility Chopper Surfer



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Apple Monkey Bread

An easy, hands off monkey bread recipe filled with diced apples.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Bread, Breakfast
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • a few grates of fresh nutmeg or a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 (16 ounce) packages of Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle Original Biscuits or 4 (6 ounce) Original Southern Homestyle Biscuits
  • 1 1/2 cups diced, peeled cooking apples
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Spray inside of a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar mixture in the bottom of the prepared slow cooker. Set the remaining sugar mixture aside.
  2. Cut each biscuit into quarters or even smaller pieces if you’d like. Add biscuits and apples to sugar mixture in the bowl, tossing to coat. Add mixture to slow cooker. Sprinkle with any remaining sugar mixture. In a small bowl stir together butter, apple cider, and vanilla; pour over biscuits.
  3. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 2½ hours or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Turn off slow cooker. Carefully remove lid so that condensation does not drip onto bread. Cover opening of slow cooker with paper towels and place lid on top. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of slow cooker, then move bread to serving platter. Spoon any topping from the cooker onto bread; cool slightly. Serve warm.


Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

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76 comments on “Apple Monkey Bread Crockpot Recipe”

  1. Love the recipe! Thank so much for send it out again with the top 14. I made the biscuits from scratch too using this recipe

    Then followed all the steps in your recipe except I did not cook the apples. It turned out great.

  2. When you say cans of biscuits, do you mean like Pillsbury??

  3. I dont want to make such a large portion (crazy i know!) Im curious about cutting the recipe in half…has anyone tried that?

    • Personally, I’ve only made the full batch, but I think it would work fine using half the ingredients. You’ll have a much flatter finished product, but it will still be yummy. I’d check it early to see if it’s done (maybe at the 90 minute mark). Let me know how it goes!

  4. I love that this is made in a crockpot and so easy we are all big fans of these fall flavors !

  5. Ha love this, and made with cans refrigerated biscuits. We do not have a huge selection here of that stuff, maybe Pillsbury and that is is. But curious to try, especially in a crockpot.

  6. I can see how these would be hard to resist! And so easy!

  7. I’ve never made monkey bread but really want to try your recipe! So addicting and absolutely hard to resist 🙂

  8. I can’t believe you can use your crockpot for this! I love monkey bread but it always seems like too much work. Thanks for giving us a great shortcut!

  9. I have never made monkey bread. Your recipe looks so easy, I am so tempted to try. 

  10. I don’t know if I could sleep with that delicious aroma in the home. What a fantastic idea for around the holidays. I know my boys are going to go nuts over this recipe.

  11. This monkey bread looks so delicious. Store bought biscuit dough is not readily available here, but this looks soooooo stickily delicious that I am sure it would be worth whipping up some homemade dough.

  12. I love that this recipe is done in the slow cooker, what a great treat this bread is. 

  13. Christmas morning is the only day of the year that we have Monkey Bread and this crockpot recipe is a godsend. Thank you Liz!

  14. I made a similar recipe a couple of months ago, but this one is so much easier! I love that you make it in the Crock pot!

  15. This is always a huge hit in my house! I have made it twice now and my kids want me to make it again!

  16. I surprised my son with this cake and boy was it a huge hit! Thank you!

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