Fantastic Thursday…Gorilla Bread

This is monkey bread on steroids. Cream cheese is stuffed inside the biscuits then the outside is covered in butter, cinnamon sugar, and nuts.

Four years ago I was living at my moms with Austin trying to save money while John was in Miami trying to secure a spot on the team. For four months I lived there and in order to maintain my keep I pitched in cooking when I could. There were seven of us in transition living with my parents at the time so we had quite the crew to cook for. My mom and I tended to get in ruts with the same old meals so every Thursday she dubbed “Fantastic Thursday” in which we had to venture out and make something new that we found online or in a cookbook.

I remember on a certain Fantastic Thursday we attempted this Gorilla bread for dessert by Paula Deen. As we were opening the biscuits my mom’s can exploded and biscuits rained all over the kitchen. She screamed like a little girl! We laughed so hard. As I made these for Conference last weekend I laughed out loud when I thought about it. Sorry not the best pics but I had company over and didn’t want to keep them waiting while I took pictures.

Gorilla Bread
Prep Time
21 hrs 58 mins
Cook Time
21 hrs 58 mins
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 12-ounce cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count)
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside. Cut the cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press the biscuits out with your fingers and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese.
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the nuts into the bottom of the bundt pan. Place half of the prepared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle on 1/2 cup of nuts. Layer the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, pour the remaining butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert.
Recipe Notes
Source: [Paula Deen | ]

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  1. I made some more of your PB and chocolate creations last weekend… Hubby died for them!!! Thanks so much for your posts!!!

  2. GIRL! I LOVE the way you think AND EAT!! Seriously, I straight up love EVERYTHING you post! I’m Kristy’s friend and she told me you are chef extrodinaire..and I BELIEVE HER! Keep the yummy fantastic-ness coming!

  3. I am literally SALIVATING at that gorilla bread. And I just had an obscenely decadent dinner. I happen to love monkey bread, but I’ve never tried this. If only I could eat my computer screen.. love the blog!!

  4. I aim to trythese real soooon!

  5. The only thing that could make these any better would be to drizzle some chocolate on the top!!!

  6. I was wondering if you could use yeast rolls in the Gorilla bread

  7. Gini Hernandez says:

    You and your Website are terrific! Thank you for all your information and amazing recipes. Huge fan here in CA.