monkey bread muffins with chocolate chips

Easy Chocolate Chip Monkey Bread Muffins

  • Author: ari | well seasoned
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 18 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Chocolate chip monkey bread muffins are decadent and so much fun to make. Don’t forget the icing!



For the monkey bread

  • 1 ⅓ cups warm water
  • ½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, (melted)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose or white pastry flour
  • 2 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups mini chocolate chips

For the glaze

  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


To make the monkey bread:

  1. Combine water, 2 Tbsp butter, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl, then whisk to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with hook attachment.
  3. With mixer on low, slowly drizzle in yeast mixture. When most of the flour is incorporated, increase speed to medium-high. Scrape down the sides, the mix for about 6 minutes, or until dough is extremely smooth and shiny. Use nonstick butter spray to coat the inside of a large mixing bowl. Transfer dough to prepared bowl, then cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour.
  4. While dough is rising, make chocolate chip topping. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate chips in a small bowl. Melt remaining stick of butter in a separate bowl.
  5. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a 9×13 rectangle. Use a pastry cutter or bench scraper to cut dough into 1” squares.
  6. Gently roll each square into a ball, then dip in the remaining ½ cup melted butter. Immediately coat dough in the chocolate chip topping, then place in lined muffin cups, pressing down a little to make room for them all and filling to the top. Let dough rest for a half hour before baking.
  7. When ready, bake at 350 F for 18 minutes. Let cool in tray for 5 min, then carefully transfer to a wire rack.

To make the glaze

  1. To make glaze, combine confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla, then whisk until smooth. Add additional milk, 1 tsp at a time if you like a thinner glaze. Drizzle on top of warm monkey bread.


These muffins will keep in an airtight container for 3 days (but beware, these won’t last that long).


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 294
  • Sugar: 29.2g
  • Sodium: 381mg
  • Fat: 10.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.9g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

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