Ready to take monkey bread to a whole new level? My easy monkey bread recipe is just like the one you grew up eating, but with my expert tips and amazing glaze to make it simply the best monkey bread recipe you’ve ever had!

glaze being poured over a plate of monkey bread with a gold spoon, with the plate sitting on a teal, blue and gold striped towel with cinnamon sticks beside it

Easy Homemade Monkey Bread 

Monkey bread is the ultimate shareable sweet treat. I love how simple ingredients, when combined the right way, can bring people together. This fun recipe is the epitome of that, because it literally draws people in to gather around it and spend quality time together while enjoying irresistible little balls of sticky bread.

I think this is why it has traditionally been served on holiday mornings, but I say why wait for a special occasion? Why not make it a regular thing on Saturday mornings? Once you’ve tried the recipe below, you’ll agree! 

a white plate with monkey bread on it with two small hands pulling pieces off the bread, a teal, gold and blue striped towel underneath and pieces of monkey bread, milk, cinnamon sugar and cinnamon sticks arranged around it

This easy recipe with a buttery brown sugar sauce will transform a can of biscuits into a delicious dessert, and the best part is, you don’t need homemade dough! Add my glaze on top and you’ll be hooked! Keep reading to learn how to make the best monkey bread in just 8 easy steps!

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What is Monkey Bread?

Monkey Bread is a sticky-sweet pastry made from bite-sized pieces of biscuit dough rolled in cinnamon sugar, layered and baked together to form a soft and gooey pull-apart treat perfect for sharing.

Fun Fact: This treat has many names, including bubble bread, cinnamon roll monkey bread, jumble bread and even monkey brains! 

ingredients for monkey bread including refrigerated biscuit dough, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar

Easy Monkey Bread Recipe Ingredients

This simple and tasty dessert recipe uses simple ingredients that come together to create small pieces of ooey-gooey goodness. Keep reading for my tips, tricks, and the full recipe in the recipe card below.

  • Buttermilk biscuit dough: refrigerated
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter: salted or unsalted
  • Brown sugar

Icing, optional    

  • Powdered sugar 
  • Milk 
  • Vanilla extract
close up of monkey bread on a white plate with a colorful striped towel underneath

Biscuit Monkey Bread Variations

While this recipe is perfect as-is, there are other ingredients you can mix in. While there are endless variations, here are some ideas:

  • Nuts. ​Many people enjoy adding nuts, as it adds a bit of crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Pecans or walnuts work well.
  • Apples. ​Sprinkling in little chunks of diced apple creates an apple pie flavor. This can also add more moisture to your bread though, so be careful of that.
  • Zest it up. ​Add in orange zest or lemon zest to give a brighter, fresher flavor and balance out the richness.
  • Other fruits. Just like apples, you can sprinkle in other fruits like blueberries or chopped strawberries. Just remember that this may add moisture and I can’t guarantee the results will be the same texture-wise.
monkey bread on a white plate on top of a gold, blue and teal striped towel with cinnamon sticks beside it

How to Make Monkey Bread

This delicious recipe takes just 8 easy steps, and can be prepped ahead the night before. Keep reading on how to make-ahead and get more tips! Get the full measurements and ingredients in the recipe card below.

  1. Generously coat a 12 cup bundt pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
refrigerated biscuits on a cutting board with a knife, with some of the biscuits cut into four pieces
  1. Separate the refrigerated biscuit dough and cut each one into four equal bite-size pieces of dough.
  1. In a gallon plastic bag, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Then add all of the small balls of dough. Close the bag and shake well to coat all the pieces. 
  2. Arrange the dough pieces in the pan. Set aside.
  1. In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar until fully melted. Carefully pour this over the biscuits. 
  2. Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is a golden, deep brown color. 
  1. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Then invert it onto a plate. If it doesn’t release immediately, tap the pan and it should release easily. 
  2. While cooling, prepare the optional icing. Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until a smooth consistency is achieved. Drizzle over the monkey bread.

How to Make Monkey Bread Ahead of Time

This pull-apart bread can be assembled the night before and cooked in the morning, making it way easier to prepare this for breakfast first thing in the morning. I love to prep this the night before, then smell the delicious flavors coming out of the oven while it bakes and enjoy it fresh with a cup of coffee.

To prepare the night before follow all the steps above, just through step 5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate it. In the morning, bake according to the instructions. It may require a few additional minutes of baking time because the dough is cold, but the rest of the recipe is unchanged.  

monkey bread on a white plate on a top of a gold, teal and blue striped kitchen towel

How to Serve this Recipe for Monkey Bread

Pull-apart monkey bread can be placed on a large plate or serving platter and then shared by pulling the bite-sized biscuit pieces off with fingers (just like a monkey would). It’s a great recipe to gather around with friends and family and share!

You can also remove a section of the and place it on plates for individual servings. Some people prefer to eat with a fork so they don’t get their fingers sticky.

How to Store Biscuit Monkey Bread

While this recipe is best served fresh out of the oven, you can save left-overs (if there are any once you taste it!) Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Reheat in the microwave at 10-20 second intervals until just warm. If you over-heat in the microwave it will get hard.

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Monkey Bread Recipe with Biscuits FAQs

Why do they call monkey bread monkey bread?

The exact reason that monkey bread got its name is unknown. Some people believe it got its name from being a finger food that is picked apart in pieces with your fingers, which resembles the way a monkey may eat. Others believe it got its name from its resemblance to the monkey puzzle tree, scientifically known as Araucaria araucana.

When should I eat monkey bread?

Monkey bread is traditionally served on Christmas morning in many families, or other holidays like Thanksgiving morning. However, it can be enjoyed any time as a special breakfast treat or as a dessert.

What does monkey bread taste like?

Monkey bread is sweet and gooey, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon sugar flavors.

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monkey bread on a white plate on top of a colorful striped towel

Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

5 from 2 ratings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 12
Ready to take monkey bread to a whole new level? My easy monkey bread recipe is just like the one you grew up eating, but with my expert tips and amazing glaze to make it simply the best monkey bread recipe you've ever had!

Ingredients

  • 32 oz refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough, two 16 oz packages
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, salted or unsalted
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed

Icing, optional

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Generously coat a 12 cup bundt with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Separate the biscuits and cut each one into four equal bite-sized pieces.
  • In a gallon plastic bag, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Then add all of the cut biscuits. Close the bag and shake well to coat all the pieces.
  • Arrange the biscuits in the pan. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar until fully melted. Carefully pour this over the biscuits.
  • Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is a golden, deep brown color.
  • Allow the monkey bread to cool for 15 minutes. Then invert it onto a plate. If it doesn’t release immediately, tap the pan and it should release easily.
  • While the monkey bread is cooling, prepare the optional icing. Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until a smooth consistency is achieved. Drizzle over the monkey bread.

Notes

To prepare the night before follow all the steps through step 5. Then cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate it. In the morning, bake according to the instructions. It may require a few additional minutes of baking time because the dough is cold.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 552kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 838mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 479IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 3mg
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