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This easy monkey bread recipe is made with 5 simple ingredients and makes the perfect pull-apart dessert or snack! It tastes like a giant cinnamon roll!

Photograph of easy monkey bread on a white plate on a marble table. //

Easy Monkey Bread

This classic monkey bread recipe has been around for ages and is one of the recipes I would make for holiday brunches, desserts, or to share with family and friends. Each bite of the delicious bread tastes so much like a cinnamon roll topped with a caramel sauce that makes the most delicious gooey recipe!

Photograph of monkey bread before it has been baked. Shown in a bundt pan on white marble. //

Homemade Dough vs Prepared Dough for Monkey Bread

Depending on the amount of time you have, you can make this monkey bread recipe using homemade or premade dough. For the quickest and the easiest monkey bread, you’ll use premade dough. For a completely from scratch monkey bread recipe, you’ll use the homemade dough. Both are delicious, it really depends on your personal preference and the amount of time you have for the preparation.

For the quickest and easiest recipe, you begin with balls of premade biscuit dough that have been coated with cinnamon and sugar. Again, if you prefer to take a little bit more time to make your own dough at this stage, by all means, do! But, we all need a simple shortcut version from time to time for a back pocket easy dessert recipe (or for brunch!) that everyone loves and that you can depend on. This is it!

To make this recipe, you cut your dough into pieces.

  • Prepared Biscuit Dough – If you are using prepared biscuit dough, you will cut each biscuit into quarters, or 4 equal-sized pieces.
  • Homemade Dough – cut the dough into about 64 individual pieces.

Then, add the granulated sugar and cinnamon to a large zip top bag. Quickly shake to combine. Add 8 – 10 pieces of the dough to the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to coat. Layer the coated dough in the prepared bundt pan and repeat until all of the dough has been layered into the pan.

Photograph of caramel pouring over unbaked monkey bread in a bundt pan ready to go in the oven for baking. //

Caramel Glaze

Add the butter and brown sugar to a medium saucepan and cook on low, stirring constantly, until they are melted and smooth. Pour the caramel over the dough.

Photograph of caramel topped monkey bread in a bundt pan that is ready to be baked

Bake until golden brown.

photograph of golden brown monkey bread with a caramel topping //

How to Make Ahead, Store and Freeze Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is so delicious freshly baked and from the oven, but it also makes a great make ahead recipe!

To make ahead. Bake your bread as directed and then cover with a cake dome, wrap well with foil, or place into an airtight container. You can also roll your unbaked dough and place into the prepared bundt pan. Then, cover well with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate overnight. Your monkey bread will be ready to bake fresh the next morning.

To store. Baked Monkey Bread keeps well under a cake dome on the counter for a few days.

To freeze. Baked Monkey Bread freezes well. Allow the bread to cool completely, then wrap well in plastic wrap followed by foil. Freeze up to 3 months.

Here’s my Easy Monkey Bread Recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Monkey Bread Recipe

Dessert 45 mins

photograph of golden brown monkey bread with a caramel glazed on a white platter. //
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 12
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
This easy monkey bread recipe is made with 5 simple ingredients and makes the perfect pull-apart dessert or snack! It tastes like a giant cinnamon roll!


  • 2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup butter cut into pieces

Homemade Monkey Bread Dough

  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 packet active yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + a little more for handling


  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease bottom and sides of a 12 cup bundt pan. Set aside.
  • Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in a large zip-lock type bag. Set aside. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Toss 8 – 10 pieces of the biscuits at a time in the bag of sugar/cinnamon mixture until well coated. Layer the coated biscuits in the bundt pan. Set aside.
  • Add brown sugar and butter to a 3-quart heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and the butter and sugar are smooth. Pour this mixture over the coated biscuits.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool 15 minutes then turn out onto a cake plate.

Homemade Monkey Bread Dough

  • Add yeast and sugar to warm milk in a large bowl. Stir gently to combine and allow the yeast to foam to proof. Once the yeast has proofed, stir in melted butter, salt, eggs, and flour into yeast mixture. Gently mix until well-combined. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-12 minutes. Form the dough into a large ball and place into a large buttered glass bowl. Cover lightly with plastic or with a tea towel and place in a warm location free of any drafts. Allow to rise so that the dough is doubled in size.
  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 64 individual pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and then proceed with the recipe with shaking in the cinnamon sugar mixture



Nutritional Information

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. We love monkey bread. I always make mine in regular or jumbo sized monkey bread so everyone can have their own and nobody fights over the coveted outside layer!