Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins

Cheddar garlic monkey bread muffins are the perfect appetizer for any occasion, especially for game day. These mini bacon cheese pull aparts are so easy to make that it only requires a few ingredients and about 20 mins in the oven!

Here we are, about to throw ourselves heart and soul into football season. Each year the couch or bar stool claims several hours of our lives for weeks at a time, fans cheering and moaning as their favorite teams play for that coveted Super Bowl spot.

We are excited to watch our team (Go Seahawks!) and spend lazy Sundays cheering them on. Even though I’m not a huge fan of football, what I do love are the game day traditions and food.

A few years ago, I was asked to take part in a recipe development contest. I’ve never been in this sort of head to head recipe event before so I have to admit, I was a bit nervous! I also had no idea what the others created, but if you know me, you’ll know that garlic and bacon are two of my most favorite ingredients in the world.

mini cheesy garlic and bacon pull apart bread recipe

I’ve also been a bit obsessed with trying my hand at monkey bread muffins or a pull apart bread recipe so I decided to mash everything together into a bite sized nom.

What I came up with are these mini garlic bread muffins. You could even make them ahead of time to have on hand when you need to feed a crowd or someone drops by unexpectedly. Your guests will be thanking you profusely because they’re so easy yet deliciously addictive!!

Why is pull apart bread called monkey bread?

Pull apart bread is a delicious treat that has been around for decades. But, what exactly is the name? It’s called monkey bread! There are many different theories about where this name came from and how it got its nickname.

One theory states that early versions of pull apart bread were made with yeast dough which was then placed in the middle of a pan-shaped loaf as opposed to an individual ball or bun shape. The lack of surface area caused the dough to rise quickly and form into a dome shape, much like how monkeys climb trees by swinging on branches until they reach their destination at the top.

Another theory posits that people who live in colder climates would make these sweet bread treats for their family because it was so hard to bake anything else during winter months. The bread’s sweet cinnamony taste and soft dough was warm enough to satisfy their cravings for a dessert, even if it wasn’t the most healthy thing in the world.

There are many different theories as to how this delicious treat got its name, but whatever your family story is, pull apart bread will always be an irresistible appetizer that can’t wait!

Can I make monkey bread without a bundt pan?

It’s time to make traditional monkey bread but you don’t have a bundt pan? Well, you’re in luck, because our recipe makes this delicious appetizer from scratch with a muffin tin.

Because to be honest, I don’t own a bundt pan either.

But I actually prefer this method anyway! It takes less time to bake and it’s really handy to have individual sized garlic bread pull aparts. After all, I don’t want anyone else’s grubby hands on my monkey muffins!

What if I don’t have a can of pre-made biscuit dough?

That’s ok! We show you how to make the bread dough from scratch like in our Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins recipe video. It’s a basic recipe for buttermilk biscuits and will only add a few ingredients and minutes onto your total time.

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking sold
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, cold and well shaken

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

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Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients with your hands until you have a crumbly mixture.

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe 1

Then stir in cold, well shaken buttermilk just until the dough starts to come together. 

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe 1

Turn the dough mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and work it together gently with your hands. Make sure you are very gentle with your dough. Overworking it can make for tough, dense biscuits. (oh no!) 

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe 1

You’ll want to divide it into 8 even pieces and then continue on in the recipe below.

What is the best cheese to use for bacon cheese pull aparts?

This is a question that has no wrong answers. Some people prefer cheddar cheese, but I’ve always been a bigger fan of the white cheeses like mozzarella and provolone. Others enjoy the taste of stronger cheese like Swiss or blue cheeses. It’s totally up to you!

If you’re looking for something milder yet flavorful, Havarti cheese might be best because it’s buttery flavor balances out the saltiness of the bacon.

mini cheesy garlic and bacon pull apart bread recipe

For those who like a stronger flavor profile, sharp cheddar may be better because its sharper taste also complements the salty goodness of bacon beautifully!

In the end, just use whatever you have in the fridge – it’ll be fine!

Can I make these ahead of time?

They are best served warm so if you’re taking them to a party, go ahead and pre make them to the finish point up to 24 hours in advance.

Then simply reheat for a few minutes in the oven right before serving. These are perfect for lazy Sunday mornings, game day or to bring to any potluck gathering.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers? I can tell you that these puppies went fast during my recipe taste and test runs so I really don’t expect you to have any. But if by some miracle you do, you can store them in an air-tight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator and up to 2 months in the freezer.

Garlic Bacon Cheese Pull Aparts Recipe

Garlic Bacon Cheese Pull Aparts Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins (6)

Mix melted butter and 2 tbsp of the shredded parmesan in a small bowl. (Save other 2 tbsp shredded parmesan for next step)

Carefully open can of biscuit dough. It should be pre-sliced into 8 biscuit pieces for you. Take one pre-cut biscuit and flatten in palm of hand. 

Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins

Place pinch of bacon, sun dried tomato, a sprinkle of garlic and reserved parmesan cheese into center and then form it into a ball. Repeat until all 8 are formed.

Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins

Cut each ball into quarters. Dredge one quarter piece in the butter/parmesan mixture and then place into lined (these are the silicone muffin liners I use!) or sprayed muffin tin cup. Sprinkle with mozzarella.

Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins

Repeat 3 more times until you have all 4 pieces pushed into ONE muffin cup, with mozzarella sprinkled IN BETWEEN each. Sprinkle more mozzarella on top. Repeat until all 8 muffin cups are full.

Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins

Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown or desired doneness. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, having friends over for game night, or looking for something to bring to the office potluck on Friday. This garlic pull apart bread is sure to be a hit!

They’re easy enough that even if you don’t have much baking experience, they’ll come together in no time. What are your favorite game day recipes? Comment below and let us know what foods YOU love at football season :)

Vertical Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts Recipe

Mini Cheesy Garlic and Bacon Pull Apart Bread

This Cheesy Garlic and Bacon Mini Pull Apart Bread Recipe will be your new favorite Game Day appetizer. They are also perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.
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Course: Appetizer
Main Ingredient: Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients

  • 1 can buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese shredded
  • 3 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes drained and diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix melted butter and 2 tbsp of the shredded parmesan in a small bowl. (Save other 2 tbsp shredded parmesan for next step)
  • Carefully open can of biscuit dough. It should be pre-sliced into 8 pieces for you. Take one pre-cut biscuit and flatten in palm of hand. 
  • Place pinch of bacon, sun dried tomato, a sprinkle of garlic and reserved parmesan cheese into center and then form it into a ball. Repeat until all 8 are formed.
    mini cheesy garlic and bacon pull apart bread recipe
  • Cut each ball into quarters. Dredge one quarter piece in the butter/parmesan mixture and then place into lined or sprayed muffin tin cup. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
    mini cheesy garlic and bacon pull apart bread recipe
  • Repeat 3 more times until you have all 4 pieces pushed into ONE muffin cup, with mozzarella sprinkled IN BETWEEN each. Sprinkle more mozzarella on top. Repeat until all 8 muffin cups are full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown or desired doneness. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
    mini cheesy garlic and bacon pull apart bread recipe

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Notes

These are best served warm, but can made ahead of time and then warmed right before serving to save time. They also freeze well, but I’d be really surprised if you have any left over to freeze!
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20 thoughts on “Cheddar Garlic Monkey Bread Muffins”

  1. I have to admit this game day Mini Cheese Garlic and Bacon Pull Apart Bread sounds so delicious. This would make a great snack for any time or occasion. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  2. There is something about garlic and cheese and bread that make it so amazing. This having bacon just makes it even more amazing!

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  3. These look so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients i need to make this this week. Thanks for the great idea.

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  4. Oh my, this recipe looks so good even though it’s packed full of carbs. However, it would be the perfect cheat recipe to eat on Super Bowl Sunday.

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  5. Anything with bacon is a hit around here. Those look so good! And I totally agree with you that they’re perfect for those game days!

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  6. Oh my goodness. These recipe is a winner in itself! I am sure my family will love this. We’ll be making it frequently, game day or not!

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  7. Those sound delicious. So many good recipes for this week for people that watch the game on TV. We don’t watch the game but that won’t stop me from making some of these fun recipes, just because.

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  8. I love sloppy (in a good way) appetizers like these! Yum! Everyone is really into these pull apart circle things and I can see why! I seriously have to try this!

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  9. I don’t think there is enough adjectives in the world to describe how much I want to eat these! I’m totally doing these for Super Bowl Sunday.

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