Kids and adults can’t resist doughy, sweet, pull-apart monkey bread! This easy monkey bread recipe is one you’ll want to make over and over. It’s made using biscuit dough, rolled into tiny balls and dipped in butter, cinnamon and sugar. It’s like gooey, delicious cinnamon roll bread!
Read below for step by step instructions on how to make our monkey bread recipe
Also, check out our favorite super moist banana bread, the easiest pumpkin bread, and the best blueberry muffins ever and our very popular coconut loaf. They’re all amazing and perfect recipes for brunch.
Kids love to make a mess. Parents love to save time, especially when baking with kiddos!
To get the maximum of both worlds you want to turn to easy monkey bread. It’s a cinch to make and its pull-apart design makes it not only hand-friendly but almost mandatory.
Eating with one’s hands goes in and out of style. There’s a visceral, wonderful quality to it that should be encouraged (within reason)
What is Monkey Bread?
It’s a gooey and sweet pull-apart bread that’s made with dough, butter, cinnamon and sugar. It can be bakes in a bundt pan or a loaf pan and is baked until the dough is golden and perfect. Once the bread is done, a glaze is drizzled over the top. It’s one of the easiest desserts to make and SO incredibly tasty.
How to Make Monkey Bread
Everything about this monkey bread is easy. It stores well, it’s customizable, you can prep it in advance, and it lasts long enough that you can get away with big batches.
It doesn’t even require plates to enjoy, though you’ll want to stay on top of who’s touching what in between bites.
This recipe is so easy, it’s made with just 5 simple ingredients!
- Canned Biscuits
- Brown Sugar
We also make a glaze for this recipe using a little confectioner’s sugar and milk. This is totally optional but we love the added flavor.
Open each package of canned biscuits.
Roll the dough into small balls. Pink off about 3 tablespoons per ball.
Generously, grease a deep dish load pan with butter. Grease the bottom and the sides.
In a medium bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and stir.
Roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and then place it in the loaf pan.
Coat the bottom of the pan and then sprinkle 1/8 cup brown sugar over the layer.
Continue creating another layer over the first layer and again, sprinkle brown sugar over the top before starting another layer.
Depending on the size of the pan, you should have 2 layers of dough balls in the pan. You might have extra dough, but you don’t need it.
Melt the butter and pour it over the top of the dough before baking.
Sprinkle on some of the left over cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Then, bake the bread in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Depending on what biscuits you’re using, check the directions to see how long to cook.
The monkey bread will be golden brown on the top and that’s what you want. It’s important to cook all the way through so you don’t have a doughy inside.
To make the glaze, add 1/4 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon milk and mix until smooth.
Pour over the monkey bread before serving.
Storing Monkey Bread
Most bread products dry up and get tough to chew over time. Monkey bread, given its high surface area, allows some bits to stay moist longer than you’d think.
You can safely leave monkey bread on the counter for a few days. The surface sugars will harden if you let it stay in contact with air, so covering is ideal.
Tips for Making this Monkey Bread Recipe
- You can bake this in a bundt pan or a loaf pan. We used a loaf pan made from clay, which absorbs, distributes and retains heat evenly, so breads bake and to perfection.
- Only fit as many dough balls as you can. No need to use them all if it doesn’t fit into the pan you’re baking the bread in. This is an easy recipe to alter as you go.
- If the bread isn’t fully cooked through, give it some more time in the oven. True oven temperature varies and can alter the baking time.
- This is monkey bread with biscuits, however you can try pizza dough to make money bread as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do They Call it Monkey Bread?
The name’s a bit of a tongue in cheek commentary on the way it is eaten. If you’ve ever watched monkeys pick apart some fruit a the zoo, you’ll spot the resemblance.
How Do You know When Monkey Bread is Done?
While the combination of sugar and toppings (especially caramel) leaves the overall texture on the gooey side, the bread shouldn’t be. While you want the middle soft, you don’t want it to have that near custard texture of a French toast puff.
Internal temps won’t give you a good enough indicator of done-ness, nor will checking in one spot.
Use a long toothpick or fork to poke in a variety of places. You want to aim for the thicker parts. A clean fork means done, a sticky fork needs another minute.
Remember to plate monkey bread quickly after it leaves the oven. That will keep it from hardening onto your cooking surfaces.
Does Monkey Bread Require a Bundt Pan?
Though you’ve probably seen many store-bought versions come in the traditional Bundt shape, it’s not a necessity. Monkey bread cooks up in a bread pan, a cookie sheet, ramekins or loaf pan.
You want to be careful to balance the thickness to avoid uneven cooking.
Can I Freeze It?
Freezing monkey bread lets you keep it fresh to use for weeks. Keep it airtight and tightly wrapped before storage.
Don’t refrigerate monkey bread, the cool but not cold of a fridge will crystalize your sugars and leave everything a mess.
How Do You Reheat Monkey Bread?
Reheat monkey bread at 140 F to melt the sugars and rehydrate the bread.
If you leave it on the counter, no need to reheat it’s perfectly wonderful at room-temp.
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Easy Monkey Bread Recipe
Monkey Bread Recipe
- 2 cans biscuit dough
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- Open each package of canned biscuits.
- Roll the dough into small balls. Pink off about 3 tablespoons per ball.
- Generously, grease a deep dish load pan with butter. Grease the bottom and the sides.
- In a medium bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and stir.
- Roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and then place it in the loaf pan.
- Coat the bottom of the pan and then sprinkle 1/8 cup brown sugar over the layer.
- Continue creating another layer over the first layer and again, sprinkle brown sugar over the top before starting another layer.
- Depending on the size of the pan, you should have 2 layers of dough balls in the pan. You might have extra dough, but you don’t need it.
- Melt the butter and pour it over the top of the dough before baking.
- Sprinkle on some of the leftover cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Then, bake the bread in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Depending on what biscuits you’re using, check the directions to see how long to cook.
- The monkey bread will be golden brown on the top and that’s what you want. It’s important to cook all the way through so you don’t have a doughy inside.
- To make the glaze, add 1/4 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon milk and mix until smooth.
- Pour over the monkey bread before serving.