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Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

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One of the simple pleasures in life is making and pulling apart monkey bread. This easy monkey bread recipe is so fun to make and tastes amazing! Plus it doesn’t take very long at all to make.

I love how simple these are to make. Don’t want to make biscuit dough for this? Well, I have news for you generally monkey bread recipes are made with storebought biscuit dough! Of course, you can always make homemade biscuit dough but that kind of defeats the purpose of how quick and easy these are to make. But I will leave that part up to you. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools

tools and ingredients needed to make monkey bread. whisk fluted bundt cake pan, butter, brown sugar, and biscuit dough

In order to make this easy monkey bread recipe you only need a handful of ingredients. Again…easy! You will need the following:

  • Biscuit dough – Or of course you can make homemade biscuit dough if you like.
  • White granulated sugar – oh yeah sugar, sugar, sugar.
  • Brown sugar – read the above statement…oh yeah! This will provide the almost caramel-like outer part that is what makes these so yummy.
  • Butter – Butter is a key ingredient for making the outer sugar sauce. Of course for the more health-conscious you can reduce the amount of butter and sugar if you like. πŸ™‚
  • Cinnamon – Gotta love cinnamon a perfect spice that makes this monkey bread recipe awesome.

That is it! I told you there weren’t many ingredients involved. Next, you will need the following tools:

  • Bundt cake pan – You can use a fluted one or non-fluted one.
  • Fork or whisk
  • Pizza roller, dough cutter, or knife
  • Bowls
  • Kitchen spray

Step 2: How to make this easy monkey bread recipe

Preheat the oven to 350 F. (176 C). Next, in a large bowl combine the white sugar and cinnamon and mix together with a whisk. Set the bowl aside for now.

Step 3: Open up and cut that biscuit dough

Now for the fun part, or maybe the scary part? It is time to open up that biscuit dough. It always gets me every time it bursts open, you never quite know at what point when you are unraveling the outside that it will pop. Have you ever seen the movie Elf? When he is testing Jack in the Boxes, it is similar to that. Or maybe you want to make homemade biscuit dough? It is totally up to you. Once you have the biscuit dough out of the containers cut them up into small chunks about an inch to inch and a half in size. Or you could make them a bit bigger than that as well.

Step 4: They see me rollin…

Next, dump your biscuit dough chunks into the bowl of cinnamon and sugar and make sure every bit of that dough gets coated. Then set that bowl aside.

Step 5: Butter and brown sugar make monkey bread amazing

We want this monkey bread recipe to be nice and gooey so we melt the butter, either in the microwave or on the stovetop. Then add all the brown sugar to the butter and mix with a whisk to combine. If you want these to be more on the dryer side you can reduce the amount of butter. I like mine wet and glistening with sugar.

Step 6: How to get that classic monkey bread shape

In order to get that classic monkey bread shape, we need to use a bundt cake pan. It is up to you whether to use use the fluted kind or not. Spray the pan with kitchen spray or you could use something like shortening on the sides and bottom. Add all your sugar and cinnamon covered pieces of biscuit dough to the bundt pan. You may have some sugar and cinnamon leftover in the bowl, go ahead and pour that over them if you like. If you don’t have a bundt pan you could use a muffin pan and only add a few pieces to each one.

Step 7: Pour some sugar on me…

Now pour the butter and brown sugar sauce all over the biscuits inside the pan. If you want these less gooey and more on the dry side use less of the sauce. I don’t normally use all the brown sugar sauce this makes usually I have a little bit leftover. I use that for dipping apples in mmm yummy.

Step 8: Bake that easy monkey bread

Now bake the monkey bread in the oven at 350 F. (176 C.) for 30 to 35 minutes until it rises and gets nice and golden brown on top. After it comes out of the oven allow it too cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

Baked monkey bread recipe in bundt pan sitting on wooden table.

Step 9: Flip it over

Next just add a plate to the top and then flip it over and remove the bundt pan. I like to place a sheet pan on the bottom just to catch any juices that might fly out.

Step 10: Enjoy that easy monkey bread recipe!

Now the only thing left to do is to dig in there and pull apart a piece of that yummy gooey monkey bread. See, wasn’t that incredibly easy to make? Enjoy.

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Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

There is something extremely satisfying when you pull apart the monkey bread and bite into the brown sugar and butter coated biscuit dough. It is a fun and easy treat to make, perfect for parties and families!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, easy, gooey, simple, sugar
Servings: 12
Calories: 468kcal


  • bundt cake pan
  • fork or whisk
  • pizza roller, dough cutter, or knife
  • Bowls
  • kitchen spray


  • 3 – 10 ounce containers of pre-made biscuit dough
  • 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar 150g
  • 1 Tbsp of cinnamon 8g
  • 3/4 cup of melted butter 185g
  • 3/4 cup of Brown sugar or White granulated sugar 150g


  • Preheat oven to 350 F (176 C). Combine cinnamon and granulated sugar in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Use store-bought biscuit dough or make homemade dough. Then cut the dough up in chunks roughly 1 to 1.5 inches in size. Next, dump those into the cinnamon and sugar and make sure they get nice and coated.
  • In a small bowl melt the butter in the microwave. Or optionally use a pot and melt the butter on the stovetop. Pour the brown sugar in the butter and whisk to combine. This is going to make that monkey bread nice and gooey.
  • Add the biscuit dough chunks into a bundt cake pan which has been sprayed with some sort of kitchen spray or use shortening on it. You could also use a muffin pan if you like and put 3 to 4 pieces in each one.
  • Pour the brown sugar and butter sauce all over it. Then bake it in the oven at 350 F (176 C) for 30 to 35 minutes until nice and golden brown on top.
  • Once out of the oven allow it to cool for 15 minutes. Flip it over onto a plate and enjoy!


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Calories: 468kcal

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  1. Try using Grands honey butter biscuits – adds a little something extra to the flavor. Yum!

  2. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces. Sprinkle any remaining sugar over biscuits.

  3. If you’re looking for a classic, kitchen-tested, Doughboy-approved monkey bread recipe, this is it. Toss Pillsburyβ„’ biscuits with cinnamon-sugar, pour in a brown sugar-butter mixture and bake in a bundt pan until golden brown. The result is a warm, gooey, buttery, comforting and delicious pull-apartβ€”just the thing you’d want to eat for breakfast or dessert (or both!). MORE+ LESS-

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  5. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard nor tried monkey bread before but I’d love to. That looks quite easy to make and delicious too.

  6. I’ve never heard of Monkey Cake before. Looks good! Thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

  7. Ive always wanted to learn to make monkey bread. I love that they are pull apart!

  8. 5 stars
    I have never heard of monkey bread before but it looks like something I would like to make

  9. katrina Kroeplin

    monkey bread is one of my favs. i haven’t had it in a long time. i will have to make it again. looks amazing.

  10. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    5 stars
    That bread looks so perfect. I would really love to make this sometime.

  11. 5 stars
    Ooh this bread looks so sticky and sweet. I would love to piece on some!

  12. 5 stars
    Easy Monkey Bread Recipe sounds so easy to do. I hope to make it on weekends. Have to buy the ingredients soon.

  13. 5 stars
    I haven’t heard of this bread before but sure, why won’t I make myself one and try it out? I love how the cinnamon seems to add some flair to it all.

  14. 5 stars
    Your recipe is so fantastic! I hope to make this for Christmas morning breakfast! This looks so delicious!

  15. 5 stars
    We’ve made homemade monkey bread in the past. We used an electric bread maker and it turned out great. I really want to make this for Christmas morning. It looks delicious!

  16. 5 stars
    Love the simplicity of this and how appetizing it looks once completed. I’m not the greatest chef by any means but I think I should be able to succeed at this. It looks deceptively more complicated than it is…ergo, I will look like I know what I doing!

  17. 5 stars
    Monkey bread is the best and your recipe was wonderful! Thank you

  18. 5 stars
    I am truly drooling over this! So delicious!

  19. 5 stars
    My family loves this for breakfast!! With six kids, it is gone way too fast! It’s soft & gooey & no utensils needed, which they love!

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