If you’re looking for a fast and easy sweet breakfast, this monkey bread recipe is as much fun to make as it is to eat!

Light and fluffy pull-apart balls of biscuit dough are tossed in cinnamon sugar, topped with a buttery brown sugar sauce and baked until golden!

Quick prep and easy to make, this is a favorite recipe.

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A Sweet Pull Apart Treat

Monkey bread is a sweet and sticky pull-apart bread that’s perfect as a weekend treat or for Christmas morning.

  • This recipe is super fast to prep.
  • It needs just a few ingredients and it tastes great.
  • Sweet and sticky, this monkey bread recipe is a great breakfast treat, or pile it high with whipped cream or ice cream as a dessert!
  • Using biscuit dough means no rising, no yeast and easier prep.
  • I especially love this for younger cooks and kitchen helpers who want to learn basic baking skills.
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Ingredients in Monkey Bread

Biscuits – Pillsbury has a wide variety of biscuits, but any brand will do. If you don’t have any on hand, homemade buttermilk biscuits come out just as light and fluffy.

Cinnamon Sugar – Why buy it when you can make cinnamon sugar in minutes?

Nuts – Swap out pecans for walnuts, macadamia nuts, or slivered almonds. Leave the nuts out if you’d prefer. Fill the biscuits with homemade Nutella or small cubes of cream cheese.

Fruit – Add chopped apples, pears, blueberries, or dried cranberries for a more festive dish.

How to Make Monkey Bread

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Toss cut pieces of biscuits in cinnamon sugar (per the recipe below).
  2. Layer the sugared biscuits with nuts (optional) in a prepared pan. Mix brown sugar and melted butter and pour over the biscuits.
  3. Bake until fluffy and invert the monkey bread on a serving plate.
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Storing Monkey Bread

  • Keep leftover monkey bread in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Monkey bread can be frozen if wrapped tightly once cooled with plastic wrap and aluminum foil for up to 3 months!

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Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is super fun to make and so delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings



  • 2 rolls biscuit dough 16.3 ounces each
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecans finely chopped, optional
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter melted


  • Combine melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl (or small saucepan). Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan or spray with cooking spray.
  • Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces using kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter. Combine sugar and cinnamon and toss the biscuit pieces in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Shake off excess sugar.
  • Layer sugared biscuits and pecans in a greased bundt pan. Top with brown sugar topping.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until golden. Invert onto a serving platter and serve warm with whipped cream.



Other chopped fruits (like raisins or dried cranberries), or any type of nuts can be added.
Place the cinnamon sugar in a small bowl and toss the biscuits to add it to a freezer bag or plastic bag and toss the biscuit pieces.
Serve with whipped cream or drizzle with caramel sauce.
Monkey bread will keep in an airtight container for 3 days. It also freezes well and will keep in the freezer for 3 months. 
4.98 from 47 votes

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

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American

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    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Lucie, but that should work just fine. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  1. Scrumptious and so easy! It disappeared very quickly at the senior center coffee hour. I added raisins because I love them. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.5 stars

  2. Hi Holly, I want to use your Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits recipe to make this Monkey Bread but I don’t know how much to make. A single recipe (2 cups flour)? A double? Help please!

    1. The buttermilk biscuits recipes makes 10 biscuits which is about the equivalent of 1 can of biscuits. I would suggest doubling the recipe. You will want your bundt pan about ⅔ to ¾ full. If you have extra of the homemade biscuits, they can be baked on the side or even frozen and baked at a later date. I hope that helps.

  3. Good recipe. I had a can of leftover biscuits so I decided to make half this recipe for my husband and I. I used a silicone loaf pan instead of a Bundt pan and it baked in 22 or 25 minutes. Came out great!4 stars

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  4. 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,

        For using your buttermilk biscuits recipe as the basis for the monkey bread do I have to let the biscuits cool overnight or can they be used right away?

      2. To make the recipe with buttermilk biscuits, you use them uncooked and can use them right away.

        The buttermilk biscuits recipes makes 10 biscuits which is about the equivalent of 1 can of biscuits. I would suggest doubling the recipe. You will want your bundt pan about ⅔ to ¾ full. If you have extra of the homemade biscuits, they can be baked on the side or even frozen and baked at a later date. I hope that helps.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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