Another reason I love this, as if I need another reason aside from the brown sugar, cinnamon/sugar combo (so delish) is that if you don't like cream cheese, or you THINK you don't, you will change your mind after this. My step-dad claims to loath cream cheese, as did many of my fellow co-workers. When asked what the "surprise" component was, a HUGE, yet evil grin came to my lips as I stated. "That would be cream cheese, a whole brick of it!" YAY, score for cream cheese! I personally LOVE cream cheese and often spent many summer lunches in the kitchen making cream cheese and olive sandwiches with my Grandmother, but that's another story for another day.
So, go ahead and make this. You can thank me now or later, I'm not picky ;)
Surprise Monkey Bread
Source: Taste of Home Prize Winning Recipes, April 2010
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tubes refrigerated biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes (if each biscuit tube has 10 biscuits)
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven 350 degrees F
Melt butter and brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl until the sugar is dissolved. I start on 2 minutes on 50% power and then go longer in 30 second increments. Set aside.
|brown sugar & butter|
Flatten each biscuit into a 3 inch circle and sprinkle 1/2 tsp of cinnamon/sugar mixture in the middle of the circle and spread so the whole biscuit is covered. Top with 1 cream cheese cube then fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal tightly.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts into a 10 inch fluted tube pan coated with non-stick cooking spray. Layer with half the biscuits, cinnamon/sugar mixture, & butter/brown sugar mixture and 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers.
|add brown sugar/butter mixture|
Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown, invert pan onto serving dish and enjoy! Best served warm
|Oh, so yummy.|