Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Monkey Bread Muffins

cookiedoughmuffinSometimes, some days, recipes don’t need stories attached to them.

It’s not that I don’t have anything witty to say to you, or something deeply interesting to tell you.. oh wait, I don’t.  Sorry.

I feel like such a letdown!  I know a lot of you come here for the recipe and couldn’t care less about my fear of mountain lions or my love for Jennifer Lawrence, but a lot of you who read this junk do care.  And you rock for caring.  And for listening.  You deserve an award as a token of our friendship because you listen to my ramblings.  And make me laugh and smile.

But right now, I ain’t got nothin’ to say!  Except um, I made some monkey bread muffins that straight-up taste like cookie dough.  Ahhwhaaaaaat.  They’re life-changing, people.

Oh oh oh, and the super friendly folks at Torani (you know their syrups, right?!) sent me some Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Syrup and I basically drank the entire bottle.  I mean, it’s COOKIE DOUGH FLAVORED SYRUP.  Preeeettty much the coolest invention ever, in my humble opinion.

DSC_1822AHowever, I managed to save a couple drops to make these muffins which had been percolatin’ in my noggin since I got Torani’s syrupy sweet care package.  They’re based off of my Cake Batter Monkey Bread Muffins, except instead of sweet batter, frosting & sprinkles, these bad boys are like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.. warm, brown sugary, caramelized, soft, crunchy and studded with chocolate.  If the syrup had a BFF, it’d be these muffins.  But hello, syrup can’t have a best friend.  It’s syrup.  So these muffins are my best friends because I am lonely and don’t have cool stories to tell you right now.

Forgive me.  Eat one of my muffin friends!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Monkey Bread Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8
Monkey bread muffins that taste identical to soft-baked chocolate chip cookies! They're a cinch to make and taste amazing the next day, too!
  • 1 can (8-count) refrigerated Grands biscuits (not the flaky kind)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2-3 Tbsp Torani Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Syrup
  • 1 snack-size package (8.5 oz pouch) Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease 8 cavities of a 12-cavity muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Meanwhile, mix together the Torani syrup with the melted butter in a small bowl, and in a medium bowl, mix together the chocolate chip cookie mix (just the dry mix) and the brown sugar.
  2. Cut each biscuit into fourths. Dunk four biscuit pieces into the melted butter mixture to coat. Remove with a fork, allowing excess to drip off, and dredge in the cookie mixture to coat completely. Really pack on that cookie/brown sugar mixture as much as you can!
  3. Place the four biscuit pieces into one muffin cavity; sprinkle with a couple of the chocolate chips from the mix. Repeat until you have all 8 cavities filled with the biscuit pieces.
  4. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Best served warm and with milk! Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

DSC_1832ADon’t omit that cookie dough syrup — even though it seems like a small amount, it plays a pivotal role providing that deep, complex cookie dough flavor.  The syrup is so concentrated which lends that butter mixture the same rich flavors of cookie dough.  And of course, when coated with that crunchy, buttery cookie dough mixture — with those irresistible pockets of milk chocolate chips — these muffins could easily double as fresh baked cookies!  And hello, cookies for breakfast equals the best breakfast ever.

And if you’re apprehensive about buying a big ol’ bottle of cookie dough syrup only for a couple Tablespoons, you needn’t worry!  Drizzle it on pancakes or waffles, pour some in your morning coffee, add a splash to milkshakes, use it for shaved ice, put it on ice cream, bake it into a cake, add some into frostings.. really, the options are limitless!

Have a fantastical Monday!!

xo, Hayley

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  1. I once ate an entire monkey bread alone!! I know I would have a hard time with self control with these!

  2. You are always pushing what I thought was possible with a can of biscuits (mostly, I thought they were best covered in gravy!) These sound so crazy amazing and I’ve been eyeing that cookie dough syrup, sounds legit!

  3. Amazeballz. These look so good, that it’s totally no thang that ya got no story. Allll good.

  4. Two of my favorite things, in a muffin… amazing!

  5. Oh, girl…I could stuff my face with your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Monkey Bread Muffins like there’s no tomorrow. I adore Torani syrups. They intensify flavor profiles making everything better!

  6. Wow, I haven’t seen that flavored syrup yep..need to change that!

  7. Yashica says:

    OMG! Do you deliver?!?! 🙂

  8. Sometimes, no story is needed – these bad boys are speaking to me right now! 🙂 They sound amazing – like burn your fingers/mouth while trying to eat them straight out of the oven amazing! Not that I’ve ever done that….

  9. Drunk on flavored syrups-awesome! Love these little individual monkey beads! Especially with all those chocolate chips!

  10. #1-I do love hearing you talk 😀
    #3-These are just…like….little pieces of heaven then fell to earth and need to be eaten.

    By me.

  11. Sometimes when you don’t have much to say you just need to eat! Like these muffins….ya, they sound like the perfect thing to fill your mouth with! 🙂

  12. I’m relieved I’m not the only one that has days without clever, witty banter. It’s a lot of pressure. Enough to make one crack and eat biscuit dough straight from the can….

  13. No crazy stories today?! What?! 🙂 LOVE The recipe!!!

  14. This looks freaking amazing! 😀 I think I’m in love!

  15. I had NO idea they had cookie dough flavored syrup! I have their hazelnut to put in my coffee and their raspberry to make raspberry lime rickeys. I need to look for this one, this recipe sounds delicious!

  16. Anything that tastes like straight up cookie dough, sign me up for!

  17. I want that syrup RIGHT NOW! Annnnnd the whole batch of these muffins! They are too cute for words! GIMME!

  18. This looks amazingly delicious. I think you’re right about these being a life changer…

    I think I just figured out how to make my morning coffee a little bit better – a little more like cookie dough!

  19. There is no need for a story when these muffins are doing all the talking. I mean cookie dough syrup? WHAT?

  20. These look incredible, Hayley!!!

  21. I love Torani syrups but never thought to incorporate them into a yummy baked good like this! I’m always too busy adding the fruity flavored ones to cocktails, hehe. Amazing recipe, Hayley!

  22. Loving this!

  23. I’m obsessed with Torani Sugar-Free Syrups!! I always use them in my iced coffee!!

  24. Ahh, a recipe after my own heart! Love Love Love these! Also, some days I wish I could just write, umm here’s the recipe thanks.

  25. Hit me with about 5 of these babies right now!!! haha. Love it.

  26. Cookie dough flavored syrup?! I need to get my hands on a couple of bottles!

  27. Oh my goodness. Amazing. I want some. 🙂

  28. I seriously need to find that syrup! These muffins are awesome girl! I need to find those in my kitchen too 🙂 How about you come live with me? You make me these muffins and I make you cookie dough popcorn? It sounds like a fair trade to me!!!

  29. I love your stories Hayley, but I’d prefer the muffiins for sure 🙂

  30. This is fantastic. And Jordan’s going to love you when I make it for her. 🙂

  31. Kristin McNeil says:

    I am so excited to make these! Is there enough dry cookie/sugar mix and and butter mixture to make two can of biscuits into 16 muffins?

  32. COOKIE DOUGH SYRUP? Their caramel and hazelnut are in my cupboard…I will have to look for that.Good job.

  33. Just made these, they are delicious! But I think next time I make them I will drizzle the rest of the butter in between the pieces in each muffin tin. I really chunked on the sugar/cookie mixture and when I pulled out the muffins from the pan the pieces kind of fell apart. Still delicious though, even in pieces!


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