Monkey Bread Pizza Bites!

Monkey Bread Pizza Bites

Everyone is posting lots of fun and fabulous Halloween treats, but what are you planning to serve that evening before venturing out with your little ghosts and goblins? 

I remember when my kids were younger we’d all go over to the neighbors for dinner before taking our kids out trick-or-treating, in anticipation that a dentist visit would be in the near future.  Everyone would bring a dish for adults and children to quickly snorf down before heading out onto the chilly damp streets covered with leaves.  It always seems to rain on Halloween – does it in your town too?

Now that my kids are grown I don’t have the pleasure of watching them go door to door or have our little Potluck gathering.  So instead of sharing a treat, which I’m sure I will before Thursday arrives, I thought I’d share this easy recipe that you can literally whip up just an hour before the guests get served – at home or away.

I saw this idea a couple years ago and thought what a great idea!  It reminded me of my Easy Overnight Caramel Pecan Rolls only with this recipe you make your own dough, which is great – if you have the time!  These remind me of a treat you’d serve when company is coming, oftentimes scrambling to get everything ready before the guests arrive.  So it would make perfect sense to have up our sleeves a quick dish to serve whether for Halloween, the World Series, tailgating, slumber parties or any other casual event you can think of.

Instead of making the dough I decided to use the Rhodes Dinner Rolls.  You know, the ones you find in the freezer section at your grocer?  Just thaw the bag about one hour before preparing and they’re so easy to assemble.

Oh and by the way, we weren’t having a party last night, but we made quite a dent in these.  I think you’ll agree they’re pretty darn good.  Fill with your favorite pizza toppings and you’ll be a happy camper!

Here’s how to make my version of Monkey Bread Pizza Bites:

Monkey Bread Pizza Bites


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  • 1 (3 pound) package Rhodes Dinner Rolls (my store carried white, next time I'll seek out the wheat rolls)
  •  large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese block, cubed
  • 1 package mini pepperoni or filling of your choice (bacon, veggies, etc)
  • 2 cups marinara or pizza sauce, warmed (homemade or store bought)


1. Melt butter in a skillet, then add minced garlic and briefly heat until foamy.  Turn off heat and set aside.

2. Lightly brush the inside of a bundt pan with garlic butter.

3. Pull out individual rolls from bag, flatten each dough ball and top with 3-4 pepperoni slices and a cube of mozzarella cheese.

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4. Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, seal and place in the bundt pan, seam side down.

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5. After the first layer is down brush with more garlic butter, and continue with the next layer, coating the top of that as well, repeating until all the rolls have been filled and placed in the pan.

6. Cover while oven is preheating to 350F degrees.

7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

8. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before turning out onto a platter.

9. Serve with warmed marinara or pizza sauce (homemade or store bought).


Inspired and Adapted from: Confections of a Foodie Bride

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  1. I can’t imagine any little or big goblins who wouldn’t love this!!

    • Your little goblin grandchildren would have a blast making these and filling them with all the goodies they love.

      My daughter came home from work yesterday looking for any leftovers – that’s how tasty they are. Hope you’ll give it a try.

  2. I have never tried the storebought bread dough (not sure our stores here carry it), but yours has turned out so good that I want to give it a try too!

    • It’s easy to make the homemade version, although you’ll have NO trouble with your bread baking skills. Using the ready-made makes it quick and easy for everyone to prepare, even children.

  3. That’s a tasty recipe that’s so quick and easy! Great way to use frozen dinner rolls, too. Fun stuff. And isn’t it a law that it has to rain on Halloween?

  4. I do believe rain is in the forecast again for Halloween – lots of colds come Friday!

    Yes these are so easy, and I love using those Rhodes Dinner rolls. They’re great and always taste perfect. I haven’t tried other frozen rolls but I would imagine they would work too if you can’t find those.

  5. Oh, my gosh! I’m going to have to make these for Nick when he’s home for Thanksgiving or Christmas break! I think the whole family will love them!!!

    • They’re so good and fun to make. Doctor them up with whatever you like and it’s ready in no time. They’re perfect when the kids have friends over or a casual get-together. I hope you’ll try them.

  6. Can’t wait to go try! i love the look of it.. will finish within 1/2 hour

  7. When I first looked at the bread I didn’t realize they had goodies inside! WOW! I can see serving this at a party just to watch my friends’ faces when they bit into the pieces. What a fun and delicious recipe!

  8. Yes and you can fill them with whatever is your favorite toppings. They’re delish. You could even alternate with something in one and something different in the next one. Kind of like fishing for a prize. In fact that would be a fun idea. The one that eats the one that has a special yummy treat could win a prize. So silly! Hope you’ll try these.

  9. I am in love with this idea for monkey bread!! You are a genius, my friend!! 🙂

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