13 Creative Canned Biscuit Recipes for Easy Wins at Every Meal

Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread
Photo: Andy Lyons

Baking refrigerated biscuits and topping them with butter is good. Repurposing them into semi-homemade appetizers and entrées is even better. Transform canned biscuits into completely new creations like bao buns and pull-apart bread. Grab a few extra cans on your next grocery trip because you'll want to make all of these amazing canned biscuit recipes.

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Shortcut Steamed Bao Buns

Shortcut Steamed Bao Buns
Jacob Fox

Trendy steamed buns might look complicated to whip up at home, but not with this spin that had our Test Kitchen asking, "Why didn't we think of this before?" Skip stirring and kneading dough from scratch and steam biscuits (folded in half) for the mini taco-shape apps.

Test Kitchen Tip: Opt for rotisserie chicken or any leftover protein you have in the fridge for the filling. The just-spicy-enough sauce makes any filling taste gourmet.

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Gooey Monkey Bread

Ooey-Gooey Monkey Bread
Charles Worthington

You're less than an hour away from an ooey-gooey loaf of fresh-baked monkey bread. Start with canned biscuits, caramel ice cream topping, and maple syrup, and nearly all the work is done for you. Simply assemble, bake, and prepare to brunch.

Buy It: Wilton Nonstick Flower Fluted Tube Cake Pan ($11, Walmart)

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Beef and Vegetable Biscuit Bake

Beef vegetable Biscuit Bake
Blaine Moats

Clean out your fridge with this vegetable-rich casserole recipe. (A canned biscuit topping sure makes the produce an easier sell for picky eaters.) Brussels sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, and onion all join the party and are coated in a creamy sauce that starts slim with fat-free milk rather than heavy cream.

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Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread
Andy Lyons

If apple pie and monkey bread joined forces, it might look something like this cream cheese-iced delight. Coat home-style biscuits in flaxseeds and cinnamon-sugar before layering with apple slices and walnuts. Bake for 25 minutes, frost, and prepare to play tug-of-war over the last bite.

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One-Pot Mixed Berry Cobbler

One-Pot Mixed Berry Cobbler
Blaine Moats

This is one easy (and delicious) dessert made with canned biscuits. Starting on the stove, all you have to do is dump cherry pie filling and fresh berries in the pot. Once that's hot, top with refrigerated biscuits (along with a bit of lime zest and coconut for pizzaz) and bake to bubbly perfection. Don't forget the ice cream!

Buy It: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven ($49, Walmart)

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Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
Andy Lyons

Two simple swaps—including a refrigerated biscuit crust—make this semi-homemade meal taste like you sweated over the stove and rolled dough for hours on end. No one else needs to know you spent only 20 minutes preparing this 4-ingredient feast.

Test Kitchen Tip: Sprinkle with crushed red pepper and snipped basil for the full pizza parlor treatment.

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Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Monkey Bread

Sausage Apple Cheddar Monkey Bread
Carson Downing

A little sweet, a little savory, and a lot cheesy. This slow cooker monkey bread is brilliant for every occasion from an elegant holiday brunch to a casual tailgate. With biscuits and breakfast sausage, this hearty pull-apart bread offers vibes of biscuits and gravy. For a fresh finish, sprinkle with snipped sage.

Buy It: Crock-Pot 6-Quart Slow Cooker - Hearth & Hand with Magnolia ($45, Target)

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Chili Beef Pie with Biscuit Crust

Chili Beef Pie Biscuit Crust
Blaine Moats

No need to fuss with pastry piecrust when a honey-butter biscuit crust tastes even better. Pile it high with a beefy chili blend, then cap things off with a sour cream, cheddar cheese, and corn chip topping. Kids will go wild for this comfort food creation.

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Pesto Monkey Bread

Pesto-Monkey Bread
Andy Lyons

For a savory twist on this bread recipe usually reserved for breakfast, trade basil pesto and grated Parmesan for the cinnamon-sugar. We still call for starting with canned biscuits to keep prep time at a slim 15 minutes. Then set and forget in your slow cooker for a party-ready app.

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Spiced Blueberry Monkey Loaves

Spiced Blueberry Monkey Loaves
Jason Donnelly

These pull-apart loaves are berry good. Quarter refrigerated biscuits into bite-size pieces, toss in cinnamon and sugar, then tuck into two loaf pans alongside blueberries and a rum-butter sauce. Serve warm (with a scoop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt on top, if you like).

Buy It: Silicone Loaf Pan - Made By Design ($12, Target)

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Tomato-Avocado Wafflewich

Tomato-Avocado Wafflewich on white plate
Carson Downing

By now we've baked, grilled, and slow-cooked refrigerated biscuits. So we put our thinking caps on and brainstormed another next-level way to cook canned biscuits to perfection: a waffle iron. Stuffed inside the double-decker waffled biscuits, you'll find savory sandwich fixings including bacon, avocado, tomato, and melted cheese.

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Chocolate-Caramel Monkey Bread

Chocolate-Caramel Monkey Bread
Jason Donnelly

Caramel rolls meet monkey bread in this decadent dessert recipe. Canned biscuits taste like a rich, homemade pastry when you wrap them around chocolate-covered caramels (just imagine the molten center in each bite!), drizzle with caramel, and top it all off with sliced almonds.

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Pumpkin-Shape Meatball Biscuits

Pumpkin Shaped Meatball Biscuits
Hannah Bigot

This canned biscuit recipe is obviously perfect for fall, but delicious enough to crave all year. The adorable mini pumpkins start by rolling out refrigerated biscuits and stuffing with a hearty meatball, basil pesto, and mozzarella cheese. Baking the canned biscuit treats while wrapped in kitchen twine achieves the signature look.

Buy It: Jacent Butcher's Kitchen Twine, 100-Feet ($3, Walmart)

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