Monkey Bread

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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.
biscuit dough , brown sugar , butter , sugar , cinnamon and pecans with labels to make Monkey Bread

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.

dipping bread pieces in sugar and cinnamon to make Monkey Bread
mixing brown sugar and butter to make Monkey Bread
adding bread and pecans to dish to make Monkey Bread
Monkey Bread before baking

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.
cooked Monkey Bread in the dish

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

  • 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. 

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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