monkey bread apple cobbler in a cast iron skillet with a spoon taking a bite

Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler

Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler is a cinnamon lover’s delight! It’s made with honey crisp apples, cinnamon rolls, pecans, and caramel glaze. If that’s not enough, it’s drizzled with icing and garnished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while it’s still warm from the oven!

monkey bread cobbler with apples, cinnamon and icing in a cast iron skillet

What You’ll Love About This Recipe

Where are all my cinnamon bun lovers? You gotta make Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler as soon as possible. You won’t believe how good your house will smell and how much you’ll love this recipe!

It’s everything you love about cinnamon spice and caramel all wrapped up in one big skillet. It couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s also great to make with kids! They’ll have a blast helping you with this recipe.

slice of monkey bread apple cobbler with cinnamon rolls and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a blue dish

Why Is It Called Monkey Bread?

Monkey Bread got its name because it’s normally picked apart by guests, which is a behavior monkeys often exhibit.

Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler is easier to eat with a spoon since it’s in a cobbler form, but it could still be picked apart if you wanted to make a big mess! (I guess monkeys might do that too.)

Easy Ingredient List

  • butter
  • honey crisp apples
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • water
  • cornstarch
  • pecans
  • 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)
monkey bread apple cobbler baked and ready to serve in a skillet with icing on top

How to Make It

Melt butter in a 12 inch cast iron skillet on medium heat. Slice apples and place in skillet. You can peel them, or leave the peelings on which is what I like to do.

Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir well. Fry apples for 15 minutes until soft, stirring frequently. Mix water and cornstarch together. Pour on top of apples and cook for 1 minute. Add pecans to skillet.

Slice each cinnamon roll into fourths and place in skillet. Keep one cinnamon roll whole for the middle of cobbler. Reserve the icing for later.

Stir everything in skillet together. Place whole cinnamon roll in the middle. Bake cobbler at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until rolls are done to the touch.

Let cobbler cool for 15 minutes. Drizzle with icing and serve warm from the skillet. Feel free to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each serving if desired!

apple cobbler with a cinnamon roll on the side and a scoop of ice cream on top on a blue plate

Are There Variations?

If you’d like to change the fruit in this recipe, you can experiment with different flavors. I like using apples the best, but any type of berry like raspberries, blueberries or blackberries would work too.

Peaches are a great alternative since they taste especially good with cinnamon. Vanilla ice cream is optional, but highly recommended.

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monkey bread apple cobbler in a cast iron skillet with a spoon taking a bite

Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler is a cinnamon lover’s delight! It’s made with honey crisp apples, cinnamon rolls, pecans, and caramel filling.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 honey crisp apples (with peelings on)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a 12 inch cast iron skillet on medium heat. 
  3. Slice apples (with peelings on) and place in skillet. 
  4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir well. 
  5. Fry apples for 15 minutes until soft, stirring frequently.
  6. Mix water and cornstarch together. Pour on top of apples and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add pecans to skillet.
  8. Slice each cinnamon roll into fourths and place in skillet. Keep one cinnamon roll whole for the middle of cobbler. Reserve the icing for later.
  9. Stir everything in skillet together. Place whole cinnamon roll in the middle.
  10. Bake cobbler at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until rolls are done to the touch.
  11. Let cobbler cool for 15 minutes.
  12. Drizzle with icing and serve warm from the skillet.

Notes

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each serving if desired. 

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple cobbler, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon buns, monkey bread

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6 Comments

  1. Melanie Haney

    Looks awesome! Going to have to try this one soon. Thanks Debi!

    • Thank you so much, Melanie! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment! Did you eat a bite on the way home?

  2. How could this not be good????? It has everything I love!

  3. Talk about decadent! This one goes on my list to try, for sure. Pinned.

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