Monkey Bread

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Monkey Bread is so easy to make, simply toss, bake, and enjoy! A combination of tender biscuit dough, cinnamon sugar and pecans are smothered in a quick buttery sauce and baked until golden and sticky!

This sweet treat makes a great special weekend breakfast or an evening treat while watching movies with the fam! Serve alongside a Fresh Fruit Salad or with a bowl full of berries.

A plate of sticky monkey bread ready to serve with fresh berries.

A Sweet Breakfast Treat

Monkey bread is easy to make and everyone loves it! Canned biscuits make for easy meals (like Bubble Pizza Bread) but also for great breakfasts!

What is Monkey Bread? Monkey bread is sometimes called Cinnamon Roll Bites, or even Pull Apart Bread because biscuits are rolled in cinnamon sugar, tossed with nuts (optional) and then piled into a bundt pan. The  mixture is topped with a brown sugar butter sauce that caramelizes while it bakes.

Once baked, the Monkey Bread is flipped over onto a plate for an easy to pull apart sticky bun treat!

Ingredients to make monkey bread including pecans, biscuits and cinnamon sugar.

How To Make Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Monkey Bread is easy to put together and even easier to pull apart!

  1. Sauce: Combining butter and brown sugar, this will be the sticky sauce.
  2. Biscuits: Cut each biscuit into quarters and toss in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Layer: Layer sugared biscuits and pecans (optional) in a greased pan. Top with butter sauce.
  4. Bake and enjoy! 

Let this sticky sweet concoction cool for a few minutes and then carefully invert onto a plate. Serve warm to pull apart or serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

To Make Monkey Bread Ahead:

  • Prepare the sugar butter mixture and leave at room temperature.
  • Toss the biscuits with sugar and layer in the pan as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Melt the butter mixture in the microwave for a few seconds if needed. Pour over the monkey bread and bake as directed.

A plate of sticky pecan monkey bread topped with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

Monkey Bread Variations

  • Nuts: Swap out pecans for walnuts or your own favorites. Leave the nuts out if you’d prefer.
  • Fill: Fill the biscuits with Nutella to create an easy Nutella Stuffed version
  • Fruit: Add chopped apples, pears, blueberries or other fruits into the mix before baking.
  • Biscuits: I use canned biscuits but if you’d like a homemade monkey bread, use Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits.
  • Cinnamon Rolls: Swap out the biscuits for canned cinnamon rolls (and drizzle the frosting on top after baking).

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5 from 6 votes
Review Recipe

Monkey Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Monkey Bread is super fun to make! Just toss, pull-apart, bake, and enjoy! 


  • 2 rolls biscuit dough 16.3 oz each
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans optional
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted

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  • Combine butter and brown sugar. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss biscuits with cinnamon mixture.
  • Layer sugared biscuits and pecans in a greased bundt pan. Top with brown sugar topping.
  • Bake 35 minutes or until golden. Invert onto a plate and serve warm with whipped cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 378, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 223mg, Potassium: 84mg, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 530IU, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 0.6mg
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Monkey Bread served on a white plate

Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly
Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly

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  1. I don’t have a bundt pan. Can this be made in another kind of pan? If so, do I need to change the temperature or cook time?

    1. You totally can Catherine, but it does cook faster in the bundt pan. If making in a normal pan you will probably need to increase the cooking time to make sure it is fully cooked.

    1. Hi Natalie, we have only made this recipe as listed but any type of prepared biscuit dough should work for this recipe.

  2. I’m all for monkey bread but I use frozen rolls and they have the yeast bread taste. So many recipes for monkey bread can be made the night before. Love your recipes.

  3. My mouth is watering! I love monkey bread, and yours is so gooey and sweet. I can’t wait to try your variations too!5 stars

  4. Monkey bread is one of my favorite treats!! I love that this recipe isn’t hard to make but it’s delicious!5 stars