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easy monkey bread recipe

Granny's Monkey Bread Recipe

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.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12 servings
Calories 260


  • 24 ounces refrigerated biscuit dough (I used three 8-ounce packages of buttermilk biscuits - use whatever size as long as it totals around 24oz)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (or you can use pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 cup butter (salted or unsalted)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (packed )


  • Prepare pan: Heavily grease Bundt or fluted tube pan with butter (12-cup capacity). Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare the dough: Separate biscuits and cut each one into four equal bite-sized pieces. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a bowl or plastic bag. Drop roll each piece of dough in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and shake around to coat. Gently arrange the cinnamon-sugar biscuit pieces into the prepared pan.
  • Heat syrup: In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Add ½ cup of the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture (discard remaining or use for another recipe). Gently heat to melt butter and bring mixture just to a boil and then immediately remove from heat. Stir until sugars have fully dissolved. Do not overcook the syrup; you simply want to help the sugar dissolve. Carefully drizzle the warm mixture over the rolled dough balls in the pan.
  • Bake: Arrange pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Time may vary; see note below.
  • Invert: Allow pan to rest for about 5 minutes, then cover with a large plate and invert. To eat, pull the desired amount off with your fingers (like a monkey would) and enjoy the gooey sweet sinful treat.


  • 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 and dip each dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture!
  • Cooking time may vary depending on oven and pan used. Continue cooking until tops are 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 a 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 or cover with foil to prevent over-browning.


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