Monkey Bread Recipe: Warm & Gooey Goodness

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Easy Monkey Bread Recipe
Monkey bread is a beloved sweet pastry that's characterized by its soft, pull-apart texture and irresistible cinnamon-sugar coating.

Hey, Welcome to my little corner of the internet Beyond the Bayou Blog where I share all my recipes and kitchen adventures. Today,I”ll share Monkey Bread Recipe. I’m super excited to let you in on a little secret: my absolute favorite recipe for homemade monkey bread. Now, let me tell you, this recipe holds a special place in my heart because it reminds me of lazy Sunday mornings spent in the kitchen with my family.

Growing up, my mom used to make monkey bread for us as a special treat along with Oat Bread and Banana Bread, and oh dude, let me tell you, it was love at first bite. The warm, gooey dough coated in cinnamon and sugar, the way it pulled apart in perfect little pieces – it was pure magic. And now, whenever I make monkey bread, it instantly transports me back to those cozy mornings filled with laughter and love.

So, if you’re ready to create some delicious memories of your own, grab your apron and let’s dive into this recipe together. Trust me, once you try this homemade monkey bread, you’ll be hooked just like I am. And hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t forget to check out some of my other tasty recipes while you’re here. Happy baking, friends.

What is Monkey Bread?

Monkey bread is a deliciously sweet and indulgent pastry that’s made by baking small balls of dough coated in cinnamon, sugar, and butter. It’s often served as a breakfast treat or dessert. The name “monkey bread” supposedly comes from the way it’s traditionally eaten – by pulling apart the small, bite-sized pieces with your fingers, similar to how a monkey might eat. The dough itself is typically made from yeast, flour, sugar, and butter, which is rolled into small balls before being dipped in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and melted butter.

These coated dough balls are then stacked in a bundt pan or other baking dish, where they rise and bake together, creating a gooey, caramelized pull-apart pastry. Monkey bread can be customized with various additions like nuts, raisins, or even chocolate chips for added flavor and texture. It’s a beloved treat for both special occasions and casual gatherings.

Overview: How to Make Monkey Bread?

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Making monkey bread is a fun and delicious activity that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. To start, you’ll need ingredients like pre-made biscuit dough, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Begin by preheating your oven and greasing a bundt pan or baking dish.

Next, mix together cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Then, take your pre-made biscuit dough and cut it into small pieces, about the size of a walnut. Roll each piece into a ball. Dip the dough balls into melted butter, then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated.

Arrange the coated dough balls in the greased bundt pan, layering them evenly. Once the pan is filled, let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in a warm place. Then, bake it in the preheated oven until the dough is golden brown and cooked through.

Once it’s done, let the monkey bread cool in the pan for a few minutes before carefully flipping it out onto a serving plate. The best part is pulling apart the warm, gooey pieces with your fingers to enjoy.

monkey bread recipe

Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey bread is a beloved sweet pastry that's characterized by its soft, pull-apart texture and irresistible cinnamon-sugar coating.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 5 people


  • Bundt pan or baking dish
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Oven


  • 16 ounces Pre-made biscuit dough
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbps cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • Preheat oven and grease bundt pan or baking dish.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
  • Cut pre-made biscuit dough into small pieces and roll into balls.
  • Dip dough balls in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Arrange coated dough balls in the greased pan.
  • Optional: Add nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips between layers.
  • Let dough rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Let cool in pan for a few minutes, then carefully flip out onto a serving plate.
  • Serve warm and enjoy pulling apart the delicious, gooey pieces.


  • Ensure the biscuit dough is at room temperature for easier handling and better rising.
  • For a quicker version, you can use refrigerated biscuit dough from the store.
  • Don’t overmix the cinnamon-sugar coating; a light coating ensures a balanced flavor.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g
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Time for the Tips!

  • Grease the pan thoroughly to prevent sticking.
  • Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free area for optimal results.
  • Keep an eye on the baking time to prevent over-browning; cover with foil if necessary.
  • Let the monkey bread cool slightly before flipping it out of the pan to avoid burning yourself.
  • Monkey bread is best enjoyed fresh from the oven but can be reheated if necessary.
  • Experiment with different additions like chopped nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate for unique flavor combinations.

Wanna know Why is it called monkey bread?

Monkey bread gets its name from how it’s eaten—as a pull-apart treat that’s pinched off in pieces off and plopped right into one’s mouth. Who decided naming this delicious bread after monkeys, I do not know. But what I do know is that you need to make it ASAP.

What to Serve with Monkey Bread?

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  1. Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  2. Vanilla Ice Cream 
  3. Bavarian Cream
  4. Buttercream

What to do with Leftover?

  1. French toast: Slice the leftover monkey bread and use it to make indulgent French toast. Dip the slices in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, and cinnamon, then cook them in a skillet until golden brown and crispy. Serve with maple syrup or powdered sugar for a decadent breakfast or brunch.
  2. Bread pudding: Cut the leftover monkey bread into cubes and use them to make a rich and creamy bread pudding. Combine the bread cubes with a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, and your favorite flavorings (such as vanilla or cinnamon). Bake until set and golden brown for a comforting dessert that’s perfect served warm with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
  3. Trifle: Layer cubes of leftover monkey bread with whipped cream, pudding, and fresh fruit to create a stunning trifle dessert. Repeat the layers until you’ve used up all the ingredients, then chill the trifle in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. This dessert is sure to impress at any gathering.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I make monkey bread from scratch?

A: Yes, you can make monkey bread from scratch by preparing homemade dough using flour, yeast, sugar, butter, and other ingredients. However, using pre-made biscuit dough is a quicker and easier option.

Q: What kind of pan do you bake monkey bread in?

A: I bake mine in one of the best Bundt pans, but a tube pan works, too. You could even bake it in a muffin tin for individual monkey bread “muffins.” Just be sure to adjust the baking time.

Q: Do you need to grease the pan for monkey bread?

A: You can grease it if you want, but I’ve always had luck without greasing it. The glaze has 2 sticks of butter which seems to do the job without any baking spray.

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