Ape Bread (also known as “Cookies n Creme Monkey Bread that falls apart outside of the pan,” but all the monkeys I could think of were actually apes) was derived from a video recipe Rysa showed me on Facebook that really had no measurements except for the time and heat to bake. As we don’t even own a bundt pan, here’s my version.
Learn from it…
- 1 can of Pillsbury Grands biscuits (it’s what we had on hand; I actually recommend a not-so-buttery version as it affects the taste)
- About 10 Oreos
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1-3 Tbsp milk*
- 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract* (optional)
- food coloring* (optional)
*for optional glaze
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Lube a 9″ cake pan (butter works well here).
- I put a glass jar with some water in the center of my pan, to avoid the not-so-cooked biscuits in the center/to imitate the bundt pan design. This actually ended up throwing off the baking a little, as I’ll explain below.
- Cut your biscuits into sixths (6 pieces per Grands biscuit – smaller biscuits, cut into 4).
- Scrape off the Oreo stuffing and place the chocolate cookies into a plastic bag. Hulk-smash them into pieces (the smaller the pieces, the better they stick to the dough).
- I bought a regular package of regular-stuff’d Oreos and barely used 1/3 of the pack. If you don’t want extra Oreos taunting you before/after this recipe, I recommend getting a fun-size or the single-row size they sell at gas stations.
- In batches, shake pieces of biscuit dough in the chocolate crumbs and arrange around the cake pan. Try to fill in any gaps so it will bake evenly all around.
- Melt your 1/2 stick of butter and drizzle evenly around the pan. If desired, you can sprinkle the/some of the remaining cookie crumbs around the pan, but this is not necessary.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. (This time will change based on how many biscuits/your type of pan/oven capabilities, etc., so keep an eye on it.)
- Since I had a glass jar in my pan, I had to do this a little differently. At 25 minutes, I pulled out the jar and popped the pan back in for 5 minutes, so the inner ring could finish baking thoroughly. This made it a teensy bit overdone around the outer edges. Learn from my mistakes.
- The original recipe called for flipping the bundt over, etc., but I just removed it face-up to a plate and everything spilled apart….. I put the apes in a bowl and moved on.
- Want a glaze? Me, too! Put your powdered sugar in a bowl and slowly add in the milk. NOTE: You can always add more milk, but you can’t take away. Add the milk a little at a time and stir fully before moving on. You can add coloring or vanilla extract, if desired. Drizzle over your ape bread.
- Like theater popcorn butter, this will cling lightly to the top pieces and rest in puddles on the bottom. Ahh, bliss.
Hope you all enjoyed! I’d love to hear if you try this recipe on your own – and how it turns out. I’m going to go slip into a sugar coma now!