Cinnamon Pull-Aparts

Some people call this monkey bread, but to me it has always been known as cinnamon pull-aparts. It is basically a cinnamon roll chunked up for easy grabbing by little sticky fingers for breakfast or as a snack. Hot and fresh is the best! Since it takes a little while to prepare because of all steps plan ahead. This is a great recipe to do with kids if they like getting a little messy.



  • 3c milk
  • 1/2c shortening
  • 2 pouches yeast if pre-portioned or 4 1/2tsp yeast if bulk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 6c flour
  • 1 stick of butter (At least!)
  • cinnamon/sugar mix
  • must have an ANGEL FOOD CAKE PAN



  1. Put yeast into 1/4c warm water, stir a little bit, and then set it aside.
  2. Bring milk to a scalding hot temperature and then melt the shortening in it. Allow it to cool.
  3. Once cooled, add eggs, sugar, salt, and yeast into the milk-shortening and mix evenly.
  4. Add flour and mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.
  5. Melt the butter in a bowl and mix up an ample amount of cinnamon-sugar to your tastes.(You don’t want to run out of either during this part of the process.
  6. Here’s the fun part for kids. Take small pieces of dough from the bowl, dip in the butter, and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar to coat.
  7. Evenly place the bits of coated dough in lightly greased angel food cake pan.(This recipe produces 2 pans worth)
  8. This is the hardest part! Let it sit to rise. Time varies for this step but the longer the better.(25 to 30 minutes minimum)
  9. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes
  10. When done baking cool a little and then use a rubber scraper to loosen the edges before flipping onto a plate for serving.

Note: This recipe can easily be halved.