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This insanely delicious Monkey Bread is a sweet, gooey, sinful cinnamon sugar breakfast treat made with store-bought canned biscuit dough (in a tube) and lots of butter.

This recipe is incredibly easy to make and is seriously the best monkey bread recipe ever! Perfect for holiday mornings.

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What Is Monkey Bread?

Although there are endless variations, monkey bread is basically bite-sized pieces of dough baked with other ingredients that tie all the flavors together. The most common variation is exactly what you see here, made with butter, sugar, and cinnamon.


It is believed that monkey bread got its name because it is eaten by people picking off pieces and putting them straight into their mouths. Much like you would picture how a monkey eats!

This delightful treat, also known as bubble bread or pull-apart bread, has been a staple in many households for generations. 

Why I Love This Recipe

This is one of my most popular recipes and has been viewed more than 3 Million times! Homemade monkey bread has similar flavors to cinnamon rolls but is much easier to make. Here are just a few reasons why everyone loves this recipe.

Perfect for Holidays

We always looked forward to Granny making this monkey bread every summer when we had an extended family vacation. It was a highlight for everyone! 

But it definitely makes a great treat on holiday mornings too. Especially on Christmas morning.

You can even make monkey bread in a Dutch Oven over a campfire.

Basically, I’m saying you should find any excuse to make it. 

Make It Ahead of Time

This recipe can be prepared the night before so you can easily pop it in the oven in the morning. It’s an easy recipe that even the most novice bakers can master.

Canned Biscuit Dough

The heart of monkey bread lies in its dough. Using refrigerated biscuit dough, you’ll create small balls of dough that will transform into heavenly bites of goodness.

Not only does using canned biscuit dough make this recipe super quick and easy to make, but the butter in the dough melts during the baking process.

This is definitely a treat everyone should experience at least once. It is gooey, perfectly sweet, and everyone’s favorite.

easy monkey bread

Ingredients Needed:

  • Canned biscuit dough
  • Granulated sugar
  • Golden brown sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Ground cinnamon

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

Separate the biscuits and cut each one into four equal bite-sized pieces. Clean kitchen scissors work better than a knife. 

Combine the white sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl or plastic bag. Drop each of the dough pieces in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and shake it around to coat. Gently arrange the cinnamon-sugar biscuit pieces into a greased pan.

Step 2: Make the Brown Sugar Mixture

In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar and butter. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture to the butter mixture (you can discard the remaining sugar mixture or use it for another recipe).

Gently heat the mixture to melt the butter and bring it just to a boil. Then, immediately remove it from heat. Stir the mixture until the sugars have fully dissolved. Do not overcook the syrup; you simply want to help the sugar dissolve. 

Step 3: Bake the Monkey Bread

Carefully drizzle the warm buttery brown sugar sauce over the rolled dough balls in the pan.

Arrange the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on the oven and the type of pan used.

Continue cooking until the tops are starting to crisp and turn golden brown.

Step 4: Serve

Once you take the monkey bread out of the oven, allow the pan to rest for about 5 minutes, then cover it with a large serving plate and invert.

To eat, pull the desired amount off with your fingers (like a monkey would) and enjoy the gooey sweet sinful treat.

Recipe Tip

To be entirely sure that the monkey bread is fully cooked and not doughy in the center, use a thermometer to verify that the middle has reached 190°F.

If the top is browning too much and the center is still not at 190°F, lower the monkey bread in your oven and/or cover it with foil to prevent over-browning.

FAQs

Can I use homemade biscuit dough instead of refrigerated dough?

Yes, you can use homemade biscuit dough if you prefer. Ensure it’s cut into bite-sized pieces before proceeding with the recipe.

How Can You Tell When It’s Done?

It is sometimes difficult to tell when the monkey bread has cooked through. Cooking times can always vary depending on the size of the pan, starting temperature of the dough, placement in the oven, etc.
For best results, place the pan in the center of the oven and cook roughly 30 minutes until the top is golden brown. Most importantly, ensure the internal temperature has reached 190°F by using a digital thermometer.

Can You Make It Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you can assemble it ahead, refrigerate overnight, and bake when ready. Adjust the baking time if the dough is cold.
This recipe really is easy enough to make the morning of, though.

What Kind Of Pan Is Best?

This monkey bread recipe is best enjoyed in a Bundt pan or a fluted tube pan because of the round shape with an open center. You can also use other variations of deep baking dishes. Just be sure they are at least a 12-cup capacity and greased well for an easy release.

Can You Double The Recipe?

I get asked this question all the time. Unless you have a baking dish with a 24-cup capacity, you cannot double the recipe. You can, however, make two batches and use two separate pans.

How should I store leftover monkey bread?

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat briefly in the microwave for that fresh-from-the-oven feel.

Can I add nuts or raisins to the recipe?

Certainly! Customize your monkey bread by adding chopped nuts or raisins to the sugar-cinnamon mixture before coating the dough.

Any Monkey Bread Variations?

My loyalty will always lie with Granny’s old-fashioned monkey bread because it is overflowing with buttery cinnamon-sugar goodness.
If you want to get creative, though, you can certainly add fresh fruit or pie filling, nuts, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, or even marshmallows!
You can also try my Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread and Apple Fritter Monkey Bread which I made using homemade dough from scratch. 

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Granny’s Monkey Bread Recipe

Prep15 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Total45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Granny’s Monkey Bread is a sweet, gooey, sinful cinnamon sugar treat that will be loved by young and old alike. Be careful, this recipe is dangerously addictive.

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Ingredients 

  • 24 ounces refrigerated biscuit dough I used 8-ounce packages of buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon or you can use pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup butter salted or unsalted
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar packed
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Instructions 

  • Prepare the pan: Heavily grease a Bundt or fluted tube pan with butter (12-cup capacity). Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare the biscuit pieces: Separate biscuits and cut each one into four equal, bite-sized pieces. In a bowl or plastic bag, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice). Drop and roll each piece of dough in the sugar-cinnamon mixture, ensuring each piece is coated. Gently arrange the cinnamon-sugar biscuit pieces into the prepared pan.
  • Create the syrup: In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture (discard the rest or use for another recipe). Gently heat the mixture until the butter melts and the mixture just begins to boil. Immediately remove from heat. Stir until the sugars have fully dissolved. Be cautious not to overcook the syrup; the goal is to help the sugar dissolve. Carefully drizzle the warm mixture over the rolled dough balls in the pan.
  • Bake to perfection: Arrange the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye on it as baking times may vary (see note below).
  • Let it Rest: Allow the pan to rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Invert and Serve: Cover the pan with a large plate and invert it to release the monkey bread. To eat, pull the desired amount off with your fingers (like a monkey would!) and enjoy the gooey, sweet, sinful treat.

Notes

  • To prepare the night before, follow all steps except the baking part. Cover and refrigerate. Bake as directed in the morning (may need a few extra minutes if its cold).
  • Use the kids! Although the heating and melting of the butter should be handled by the adults, let the little ones cut the dough with kitchen scissors or a butter knife and dip each dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture!
  • Cooking time may vary depending on oven and pan used. Continue cooking until the top is starting to crisp and turn golden brown. To be entirely sure that the monkey bread is fully cooked and not doughy in the center, use an instant read thermometer to verify that the middle has reached 190°F. If the top is getting overly cooked and the center is still not at 190°F, lower the monkey bread in your oven and/or cover with foil to prevent over-browning.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g, Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 201mg, Potassium: 31mg, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 475IU, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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350 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made the monkey bread this morning for Sunday school, instead of using cinnamon I used pumpkin spice, the smell smelled really good & they all loved it. Thank you Soo much. ♥️

  2. Its late in the evening so won’t be able to make your monkey bread now.
    However, it looks just wonderful (I can almost smell it).so tomorrow will be the day!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Frannie

  3. Excited to make this on Saturday for a family reunion. Many requested it as I have made a similar recipe in the past. I am happy to see this one doesn’t use Corn Syrup as I never have in the house lol. I’m going to prepare in the morning and heat right before eating that afternoon. I can pour the brown sugar mixture on as well in the morning if I’m not cooking until later?

    1. Is that a personal opinion or did you actually try this recipe and find it to be too much butter? If it’s the latter, what happened? If it’s just your personal opinion, maybe try the recipe before commenting. It’s supposed to be buttery, that’s part of the flavors appeal!

      1. This actually happened to me too 🙁
        I brought the sugar and butter (same ratios listed above) to a boil then took it off the heat and whisked nonstop. Even after 10ish minutes there was still a layer of butter sitting on top of the sauce.
        I put it back on the heat, added more sugar (both kinds) and simmered for a little longer. It got a little better once off the heat and stirred for a while, but there was still a tiny bit of separation.
        It didn’t bake right, the dough balls never fully expanded. I tried adding 10 minutes to the bake time but all that happened was the balls on top got hard and tough.

        However, the balls in the middle were still good even though they never expanded or absorbed much of the sauce at all.
        The flavor was good once it cooled down but the sauce was slippery and oily 🙁

  4. 5 stars
    I want to bake monkey bread in the oven using an instant pot fluted pan. How long do I bake. It’s a smaller pan than the regular one

    1. Do you have a thermometer? Once the internal temperature has reached 190°F, it’s done. Hard to say how much to reduce the time, but trust your eyes and nose and verify with the thermometer.

  5. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I used cinnamon rolls instead of biscuits. We were camping and I didn’t have my bundt pan, so I used a 9 x 13” aluminum pan. Cooking time was about 36 minutes, but it turned out great! Will make again!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I use Rhodes frozen bread rolls. The dough tastes fresher and less like chemicals than canned biscuits.

    It does however require the extra step of letting the bread rise after assembled in the pan. I thaw the bread in the refrigerator, cut it into fourths then follow the recipe. It takes a few hours to rise before baking.

    So good!

    1. I’ve never tried making it in the crockpot. I would hesitate to cook it in there with the lid because you want the top to get sort of crispy. If you try it, will you let me know if it turns out?

    2. If you place paper towels under the lid and over the top of the crockpot you can do this recipe with crispy edges and top and really good soft bites in the middle. I preferred tbe crock pot method.