Monkey Bread

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Monkey Bread is a gooey glaze covered biscuits baked together with a caramelized topping. This decadent treat makes mornings or special events sweeter.

If you love dessert-style breads try this Banana Bread Crumb Cake, Coconut Bread Pudding, or even this Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread.

monkey bread

Monkey Bread

There are many occasions to enjoy monkey bread, but my favorite is simply because it’s delicious and I’m craving some. This gooey, caramelized pull-apart-bread is extremely easy to prepare and delivers the a cinnamon sugar doughy piece with each bite. Prepare this for your next brunch or gathering and your guest will be delighted.

cinnamon dough being prepared

How to Make Monkey Bread

Making monkey bread is easy and quick with only a few steps.

  1. Preheat the oven and grease your bundt pan.
  2. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a zip-top bag and cut the biscuits into quarters. Add the cut biscuits to the bag and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Place the coated biscuits into the pan.
  4. Melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat and let boil for 1 minute to thicken the sauce. Pour evenly over the biscuits.
  5. Cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until the biscuits begin to brown. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before turning out onto a pan.

monkey bread getting ready to be baked

How to Keep the Bread from Sticking

Bundt pans are the best pans to use when preparing monkey bread, however, choose one with a very simple style and few crevices. This will allow the biscuits to expand easily and keep the simple shape. Next, generously coat the pan in oil or butter. I prefer to use a coconut out and sprinkle some of the remaining cinnamon sugar on the pan just before adding the coated biscuits. The sugar will still be warm 5 minutes after removing the pan from the oven, which will help it to easily slide out of the pan and sit beautifully on your dish.

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Monkey Bread

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Monkey Bread is a gooey glaze covered biscuits baked together with a caramelized topping. This decadent treat makes mornings or special events sweeter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Aimee Mars
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 12-ounce cans Refrigerated Biscuits
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and grease a bundt pan with butter or oil making sure to coat the center and all crevices.
  • Place the sugar and cinnamon In a large zip-top plastic bag and shake to combine. Cut each biscuit into quarters and place in the sugar mixture. Toss to evenly coat each piece, place in the prepared pan.
  • In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar. Bring to a gentle boil and let cook for 1 minute after. Pour the mixture over the biscuit in the pan.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cook 5 minutes before turning upside down onto a heat-proof plate.


Serves: 10

Serving1cupCalories184kcal (9%)Carbohydrates26g (9%)Protein1g (2%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol24mg (8%)Sodium88mg (4%)Potassium22mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar26g (29%)Vitamin A284IU (6%)Calcium18mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, monkey
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Aimee Mars

Spending time in the kitchen is a childhood memory that stems as far back as I can remember. The dots connecting those days to recipe development and food photography though, are winding and loopy. Just months after my clothing line in New York City, which was a childhood dream, came to a screeching halt I found myself at home as a new mom with a newborn. Desperately seeking a creative outlet, I began with the familiar and comforting act of cooking. A new passion of recipe development was ignited, and my blog became a place to break bread and to share these recipes with everyone. My family of four and one very convincing dog who loves to beg now enjoy our meals, and scraps, in Charleston.

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