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.

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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!

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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.

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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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4.97 from 27 votes
Review Recipe

Monkey Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Monkey Bread is super fun to make! Just toss, pull-apart, bake, and enjoy! 

Ingredients

  • 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

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Instructions

  • 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

(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. 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