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Monkey Bread

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Ok, I know I just did a post about making 2011 a healthy new year. But hey…traditions are traditions. :)  And this is one of my all-time favorites! So allow me to present to you…the famous….monkey bread!!!

I admit that I only allow myself to make this utter deliciousness three times a year — for Sunday brunch on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter weekends. And I only make it when lots of friends/family are coming over to help eat it (and spread out the calories!). But my friends and I eagerly look forward to it every year!

For anyone out there who has never tried monkey bread before, you must. This buttery, cinnamon-and-sugary goodness is wonderfully irresistible! (I’m pretty sure we have never had leftovers!)  It’s also quite simple to make too — perfect especially for any kiddos who like to help out in the kitchen. And it only calls for 5 ingredients. Always a nice plus. :)

So for anyone out there who has never tried monkey bread, or for anyone who’s looking for an excuse to try it again (“all things in moderation!”), here is my favorite tried-and-true recipe. I guarantee you’ll love it!


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Monkey Bread

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 servings 1x


The best instructions for a classic, irresistible monkey bread recipe!


  • 2 large cans (16 oz.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (be sure that clumps are broken up)
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • (Optional: 1 cup pecan halves or walnuts)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan generously with non-stick spray.
  2. Prepare two dipping bowls. In the first, pour the melted butter. In the second, whisk together the sugars and cinnamon until well-mixed.
  3. Place the biscuits on a cutting board, and use a large knife to cut them into quarters. Then dip each piece first in the melted butter, then transfer it to the second bowl and roll it in the sugar until well-coated on each side. Then place each piece loosely in the bundt pan. (Don’t press the pieces together — they will expand when baked!) Repeat. If you would like to add in pecans/walnuts, just add them in with the dough at random. Then pour the extra butter over the top.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the top springs back when touched. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully invert onto a plate, and serve immediately.


Be sure that your butter stays well-melted and thin during the dipping process.  If it begins to cool and thicken, just pop it in the microwave for another 10-15 seconds to warm it up.


Ali’s Tip:

Be sure that your butter stays well-melted and thin during the dipping process. If it begins to cool and thicken, just pop it in the microwave for another 10-15 seconds to warm it up.

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30 comments on “Monkey Bread”

  1. This sounds so mouthwatering yummy!! Wi$l it still work if I prep this the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning?

  2. YUM!!!!!

    i’ve made a recipe similiar to this before. i actually make mine in mini loaf pans or cupcake pans for my b&b guests… this way everyone had their own individual monkey bread!

    yours looks divine!

  3. LOVE this stuff! Have you tried Gorilla Bread? It is TOO DIE FOR! :o)

  4. Yummm! My mom makes this excellent stuff. Those pictures are reminding me of how good it is and my mouth is watering already!

  5. I’ve had this before but never made it…who knew something so delicious could be made with refrigerated biscuits?! I think I’ll make it for breakfast on Saturday with a side of fruit…that’ll balance out all of the butter and sugar, right? :)

  6. Ali –

    This is just the recipe my mother used to make.
    On another note — have you seen the Cook’s Country version of Monkey Bread. I love the show, but it it just hysterical how they can make something so complicated out of something so simple. They make their own dough – why, I ask you? I’m sure it’s great tasting, but I don’t have an army of helpers to make, measure, and especially clean up.

    Thanks again for the recipe – I know what I’m making this weekend.


  7. I love monkey bread. Love it.
    AND I finally got a bundt pan – so I can make it for reals, yo!
    Yeah. Bundt pan for Christmas. Merry Christmas.

  8. Oh no, I actually have buttermilk biscuits in the fridge. You’re killing me with this.

  9. I make monkey bread for my coworkers every Friday before a holiday weekend. It’s sooooo good. I’ve never used the dipping in butter method. Sounds good!

  10. I made this once and ate the entire thing, my husband didn’t like it. I don’t know what is wrong with him. I should never make it again if I’m bymyself.

  11. Thank you for posting this. My husband has never had it, and every time I mention it, he thinks I’m nuts. I think I’ll need to make it for the family soon, just to turn him to the dark side I mean show him what he’s missing.

  12. I just made this and featured it on my blog! You should check it out! Great recipe thanks!

  13. We make it every new years and call it Midnight Monkey bread. The kids love it!!

  14. We make this every year for Christmas brunch…best family tradition ever! Yum!

  15. For an even more indulgent dessert, cut the biscut dough in half. Wrap a Hershey Kiss (caramel, pepperment, milk, or dark etc.) in each half. Continue with the remaining steps. Everyone I’ve served this to have loved the bread plus the little surprise inside! :)

  16. hi, can someone tell me which refrigerated buttermilk biscuits brand u used?

  17. didn’t you forget to put in the recipe that you need to melt the stick of butter with the brown sugar on the stove and pour over the biscuits before you bake it. that is what makes the yummy sauce.

  18. What is the glaze that is on top of the first picture?

  19. I made this tonight. So amazingly delicious and fun to make! I was concerned that your picture had that beautiful glaze, but imagine my excitement when I realized that the butter melted to the bottom of the bundt pan! The only issue I had was that the pieces did not stick together very well, and when I tried to cut it they all tumbled down. Any idea why this happened?

  20. I have company coming and I am going to try this. I know they will love it. Thanks so much!!

  21. This is amazing! Just make sure to use the bundt pan, otherwise the biscuits will rise up and the goo will overflow into the oven (First time making it mistake) :)

  22. I wanted to thank you so much for this recipe!
    I’ve been hearing about my mother in law’s monkey bread from my Hubs for YEARS…like 20 to be exact. I made this tonight. Not only was it super easy and fast…it was a HUGE hit.
    I was told it’s better than his mom’s!
    Thanks!!!! Think I’ll be following you on pinterest!

  23. Do you think this recipe would work with a meatloaf pan? i don’t have a bundt cake pan so i was thinking of using the meatloaf pan but wasn’t sure if it would work?

  24. Do NOT use one of those two piece pans. O.O I did, and I caught my oven on fire.

  25. What can one use if one cannot get tubes of refrigerated biscuits? I live in Europe and such things do not exist.

  26. Great recipe, Ali! I just love the name you gave – Monkey bread :) I tried in last weekend and my kids and wife just loved it. Keep up with the fine recipes.