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Monkey Bread Recipe

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With Grands biscuits cutting the prep time to minutes, you’ll be making the best Monkey Bread recipe in no time.

Best Monkey Bread Recipe

Have you ever had homemade Monkey Bread? Delicious! Fresh from the oven, gooey, pull apart dough pieces baked with a buttery sugar-cinnamon caramel absolutely make any gathering special.

Something that tastes so good shouldn’t be reserved for those rare days you can spend hours in the kitchen cooking from scratch recipes!

So—here’s an easy recipe for how to make Monkey Bread. Simple ingredients like Grands biscuits, cinnamon, sugar, and butter add that irresistible homemade touch.

Monkey Bread Recipe Using Grands Biscuits

Although Monkey Bread seems to have been around for ages, you might not know it by that name. Some recipes call this “pull-apart bread” or “pinch bread” or “bubble bread”. But those names don’t show a lot of imagination, do they?

How did  Monkey Bread get its name?

If you’re like me, a recipe with a name like “monkey bread” makes you curious. I did a little research to find out why this is called Monkey Bread.

There are a few theories but none of them have proven to be the definitive answer.

Before its dried-out pulp is harvested from the fruit, you could say the fruit from the (baobab) monkey bread tree looks something like monkey bread dough balls.

Another idea that makes some sense is monkeys have a reputation for picking at things and those that partake of Monkey Bread must do the same.

But to say Monkey Bread looks like the monkey puzzle tree—nah. Or that the bread looks like a cluster of monkeys—forget it.

Some say Monkey Bread is simply an adaptation of a traditional Hungarian treat.

Dough balls rolled first in butter, then in a sugar-crushed walnut blend, and stacked in layers with raisins nestled in the crevices sounds a lot like what we call Monkey Bread.

However it came by its name, I guess we’ll just say Monkey Bread is delicious and please pass me some more!

Monkey Bread Recipe Variations

This easy recipe is so good and it’s my favorite way to make Monkey Bread, but of course there are successful variations:

  • You can add a little more cinnamon, a little less sugar.
  • Dip the individual dough balls in melted butter before covering them in sugar and cinnamon.
  • When you arrange dough ball layers in the pan, add a sprinkle of raisins, currants, sweetened dried cranberries, blueberries, or butterscotch chips.  And don’t forget the nuts: pecans and walnuts seem to be the favorites.
  • If you want to add another flavor, go for Gorilla Bread. Tuck a small amount of cream cheese in the center of each dough ball before continuing with the regular recipe—so rich!

After flipping the just-baked Monkey Bread ring over onto a plate, some like to top off the ring with a glaze of one cup of powdered sugar and two tablespoons of milk. It makes everything extra-sweet, but it does add an enticing shine and sparkle.

How to make monkey bread recipe

And on a cold, wintry morning when you’re inside with nothing pressing on your schedule, you can go all old-school and make your own yeasty dough for a totally homemade version of Monkey Bread.

Umm…but why would you when this easy recipe is quick enough to fix for a special treat, brunch, or breakfast, even for those sleepy-heads that prefer to lounge under the covers until the last possible minute?

You can do the prep the night before you want to feast on Monkey Bread. Do it all except the baking. Then cover the pan of goodies and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it.

You might need to add a few minutes to the bake time. Just keep an eye on it to make sure the bread is baked, not burnt. You’d get called a monkey’s uncle…or aunt…or worse!

Easy Monkey Bread Recipe



Monkey Bread Recipe

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  • 1 can Grands! buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup butter, melted + more for greasing pan


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a fluted tube pan and set aside.

1.    Open the can of biscuit dough; cut rounds into fourths.

2.    In a sealable bag, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Place three of the biscuit pieces at a time into the sugar mixture; seal the bag. Give it a good shake so the dough is coated.

3.    Place coated dough pieces into greased pan; repeat process with all dough pieces.

4.    In a liquid measuring cup, stir together butter, remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture. Pour mixture evenly over top of dough pieces.

5.    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let monkey bread cool for 7-10 minutes before flipping the pan over onto a serving plate.

Serves about 6 polite people or 1 silly monkey.