Monkey Bubble Muffins with Fresh Orange Glaze

Updated On: Oct 03, 2023

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Monkey Bread in a Muffin Tin? Yep, that’s right and my recipe for Monkey Bubble Muffins with Fresh Orange Glaze is so easy to make and everyone gets the gooey center and crisp edges.

Monkey Bubble Muffins with Fresh Orange Glaze

Two weekends ago I was out in the woods with my little travel trailer and 20 of my best girlfriends with their little tin can cuties.  Whenever I go glampin’ I always want to make fun things in the dutch oven or over the fire.  The best laid plans don’t always come to fruition, but it was the thought that counted.  Anyway, one of the things I was going to make was Monkey Bread.  If you’ve never had Monkey Bread it’s little bite sized pieces of biscuit dough that have been rolled in sugar and cinnamon and then stacked into a bundt pan and baked with butter and brown sugar.  Think cinnamon roll meets pull apart bread.  Only better.  The weekend cooking plans got away from me but I still had the ingredients to make this fun breakfast treat.  So after a long  EARLY walk the other day with my neighbor I figured I’d surprise the family with some hot muffins to start the day.

How to Make Monkey Bread in a Muffin Tin

Line a large muffin tin with papers or conversely you could spray them with cooking spray.  Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and get out 2 small cans of refrigerated biscuits.

Cut each biscuit in half and roll in a ball.

Roll the balls in the sugar mixture and then place them in the prepared muffin tin.

In a small saucepan melt 1 stick of butter.  Yes it’s true, these are not diet food.  🙂

I added about 7 balls to each muffin cup.

Top each with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.  See…definitely not diet food.  But oh my….tasty!

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of butter over each and then separate the remaining butter between the 6 muffins.

Ready to hit the oven!  350 for about 20-24 minutes.  Big muffins take time.  If you chose to make smaller muffins, adjust the time accordingly.

Zest 1 orange and chop up coarsely.  Add the zest and 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and whisk to combine.

Drizzle the glaze over the cooked muffins.  Resist eating them straight from the oven.  Ouch!

Ingredients in Monkey Bubble Muffins

  • Buttermilk Biscuits – from a can are the easiest way to make these muffins quickly. I like the buttermilk or regular biscuits for this recipe since you’ll be adding spices and the orange glaze.
  • Sugar – white granulated, light brown sugar, and powdered sugar are all used in this super fast recipe.
  • Spices – ground cinnamon goes hand in hand with Monkey Bread recipes and is used to coat the biscuit balls before baking.
  • Butter – unsalted butter at room temperature.
  • Orange – zest and juice give the glaze a tart and delicious flavor.
monkey bread in a muffin tin with orange glaze
Monkey bread in a muffin tin

Monkey Bubble Muffins with Fresh Orange Glaze

A quick take on the classic Monkey Bread only in muffin form. Drizzle with a fresh orange glaze and you have breakfast in no time.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 2 small cans of biscuits cut in half and rolled in balls
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar divided

For the Glaze:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 orange, zested finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice fresh


  • Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 350. Line a large muffin tin with papers and set aside.
  • Cut the biscuits in half and roll into balls. In a small bowl mix the white sugar and cinnamon together. Toss the biscuit balls in the sugar mixture and layer in the prepared muffin tin. Top each with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and spoon a tablespoon of butter over each muffin.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes. Remove and cool slightly.
  • Mix the glaze ingredients together with a whisk and pour over each muffin.


Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 2gSugar: 56gVitamin A: 498IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Wow… easy and great tasting. Love it!

  2. BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} says:

    Wow! Pinning these so that I can remember to make them for a special occasion sometime! Yummy!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…. that neighbor should have sampled these – just saying.

  4. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    I love the orange glaze, genius!

  5. Marnely Rodriguez says:

    oh my dear, you POUR the butter in! I thought I was crzy by dipping each ball in butter, but this is gorgeously insane!!! love it!

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