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Double Chocolate Monkey Bread

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 14 servings

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Homemade chocolate biscuit dough (or use store bought) is coated in a chocolate sugar mixture, baked and drizzled with a white chocolate ganache — this Double Chocolate Monkey Bread is for true chocolate lovers!

chocolate monkey bread on white plate with chocolate and white chocolate glaze

So I had a fail this week.

I tried a new citrus chicken recipe in the slow cooker, and I think I’ve just come to the realization that I do not like orange in my savory dishes. I’ve tried it a few times now, and every time I think it’s pretty much the worst thing I’ve ever tried.

The first couple of times I thought it was me. I tend not to stick to recipes well, and I thought I must have changed something and made it horrible. But I kept trying, and trying, because it looks so good.

Now, no offense if orange chicken is your most favoritest thing. I think it just must not be for me.

My husband put it in the same category as peanut butter chicken for us. I tried it once, and it’s just something we’ll never try again. I know it’s totally Thai and everybody loves Thai food but, well, we must not like Thai food because it is known to this day (and I made it when we were first married, over 8 years ago, as the worst thing I’ve ever made.

So you will never see a peanut anything chicken recipe here on The Recipe Rebel. And apparently, you will never see an orange chicken recipe either.

square image of whole chocolate monkey bread on white plate with glaze drizzles

When I have a fail, I go straight for the chocolate and sugar. I can’t even help myself, I just need something to stuff my face with and make me feel better. I am super obsessive about everything being on track and suddenly having an open spot in my editorial calendar doesn’t go over well with me.

So I fill it with chocolate. Two kinds. Sound good?

I knew because of the success of these Cinnamon Roll Bites that this Double Chocolate Monkey Bread would be a big hit — I used the same biscuit dough recipe (plus a little cocoa), and I used pretty much the same method but baked it in a bundt pan. If you’re not feeling too fancy, you could bake these in a 9×13″ pan no problem.

hand pulling piece of chocolate monkey bread out of whole

Recipe Notes:

You’re not going to want to overbake this monkey bread. The first time I made it, I overbaked it a bit and the sugar on the edge got a little crunchy and it had a bit of a burnt taste. You want the biscuits just to be baked through so that the outside is still gooey — and then you want to drench it in white chocolate ganache. If you don’t love white chocolate, simple swap it for a chocolate of your choice!

I sent the second round with my husband to work to test out on his coworkers and they seemed to like it, but in the end I decided I didn’t like those photos so I decided to make it a third time and try something different. The third time I made this monkey bread, I didn’t dunk the biscuit balls into butter before the sugar mixture. What I found was that it worked all right, but the cocoa stuck and the sugar didn’t… really… so the biscuits themselves weren’t that sweet. With the two kinds of chocolate glaze, it was fine, but without it wouldn’t be very sweet at all.

So if you’re looking to cut back on butter and sugar, that is an option (I used MUCH less of the sugar mixture because it just didn’t stick that much), that’s an option, and that is actually how this one in the photos was made. I still think I prefer the melted butter technique, but I’ll leave that up to you!

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Double Chocolate Monkey Bread

Homemade chocolate biscuit dough is coated in a chocolate sugar mixture, baked and drizzled with a white chocolate ganache — this Double Chocolate Monkey Bread is for true chocolate lovers!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 14 servings
Calories 490cal

Ingredients

Biscuit Dough

  • 4 cups all purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter cold, cubed
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups milk

Monkey Bread

  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/2 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons cream or milk divided

Instructions

  • Biscuit Dough:Grease a large bundt pan with non stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Add cold butter and mix in with your fingers or a pastry cutter until crumbly. Stir in just enough milk to make the dough come together — not too much!
  • Monkey Bread:Put the butter in a small bowl. Drizzle 3 tablespoons into the bottom of the bundt pan.
  • Stir together the sugar and cocoa.
  • Tear the biscuit dough into small pieces (about 1″) and dip in butter, then roll in sugar and cocoa mixture and place in the bundt pan. Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Bake for 20-23 minutes until no longer jiggly. Let sit 10 minutes before running a knife around the outside and inverting onto a plate.
  • For the glaze, melt together the white chocolate and 2 tablespoons cream in a small pot over low heat until smooth. Drizzle over monkey bread.
  • Repeat with semisweet chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons cream.
  • (*Tip: if you want the glaze to be thick, you need to let it cool to room temperature).

Notes

*To make ahead: prepare up until the point of baking, but cover and refrigerate until ready to bake, up to 24 hours in advance

Nutrition Information

Calories: 490cal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2.6mg

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  1. Wendy Darling-Good says

    Hi … I’m confused about the last ingredient. It’s says 4 tablespoons cup of cream or milk. Is that 4 tablespoons plus 1 cup of milk or cream?
    Thus looks wonderful! I’m making it tomorrow for a birthday brunch for my daughter
    Thank you!

  2. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Lol, kitchen fails happen to the best of us, but it doesn’t sound like you really had a fail… more like a realization. 😉 Overpowering orange in savory dishes isn’t my thang either, but if it’s muted I like it. Anyways, this monkey bread is crazy, Ashley!! My mother makes monkey bread every year for Christmas morning and I’m totally sending her this link so she can take it up a few notches this year! This looks beyond delish, girlfriend! Cheers!

  3. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says

    Orange chicken has never really been my favorite either, but my hubby LOVES it so I have to indulge him once in a while haha. Now… double chocolate? That’s definitely something I can get behind! This monkey bread sounds soooo good! You can never go wrong with chocolate. 😉

  4. Kim | Low Carb Maven says

    Okay, am I the only one who was glad you had a recipe fail? Because I’m not going to lie… this chocolate monkey bread looks awesome! And, chocolate makes everything better, right? And, some people don’t even like chocolate! I just can’t wrap my brain around that one. My mom was a gourmet cook and made a Dill Soup one time – WORST MEAL EVER! She’s never lived it down – it’s been 30 years. Thanks for sharing your fail and your consolation dish!

  5. Heather says

    I am so glad I came across this recipe today because I have been craving chocolate in the worst way. This monkey bread looks like it will solve my cravings 🙂 Love your blog and excited about your new e-book.

  6. Heather says

    I am so glad I came across this recipe today because I have been craving chocolate in the worst way. This monkey bread looks like it will solve my cravings 🙂 Love your blog and excited about your new e-book.

  7. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    Mmm I love peanut chicken, but I’m with you on orange – not my favorite! This chocolate monkey bread though…well everyone can definitely get behind this beauty! I want to rip off a big chunk 🙂

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha! See, I think my problem is I don’t even like peanut butter enough to have it just on toast. But my husband loves peanut butter and even he didn’t like the one recipe I tried! Maybe it was just the recipe 🙂 But, yes, chocolate?! We always agree on that!

  8. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I so agree with you about orange and chicken! When I roast a whole chicken I put lemon halves and rosemary inside and I love it! Oranges are for juice by itself or a screwdriver! I would have to make this when I have another chocoholic over, otherwise I can see myself munching away and all of a sudden it would be gone! 🙂

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha, yes that’s the problem! It’s too easy to grab a bite or two…. or five here and there! You never know, I might get brave and try another Orange Chicken recipe someday but for now I’m going to put that one to the side! 😉

  9. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says

    I tried to make a slow cooker beef recipe with orange and holy smokes, it was not good. Edible thankfully so we powered through, but I shelved that idea real quick lol. Maybe someday I’ll work up the courage to try again! But yes – chocolate and sugar to the rescue. This monkey bread is so fun!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    So I love orange chicken from restaurants, but for some reason, I do not like orange dishes when I make it myself! It just tastes too orangey, like it came right from an oj carton! But this bread, I think I could devour this all in one sitting. Monkey bread is one of those dishes that I hardly ever make because I lose all self-control and eat it ALL! But I might just have to try this out, because after all, it’s chocolate!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha! I couldn’t resist a chocolate version! But I am the same way — it is so much better right out of the oven so I tell myself it’s okay if I eat it ALL. Lol. Probably a bad idea!

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