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Monkey Bread Recipe

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Gooey, pull apart dough pieces are baked with a buttery sugar-cinnamon caramel to create this incredible monkey bread recipe. The soft, sweet, sticky pastry can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. 
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  1. MONKEY BREAD INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS MONKEY BREAD RECIPE
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Have you ever had homemade monkey bread? It’s the best. Gooey dough pieces are baked with a buttery, sugar-cinnamon glaze. And best of all? It’s only four ingredients, so it’s prepped and fresh out of the oven with very little work.

For a great twist on this classic recipe, be sure to try my monkey bread made with cinnamon rolls or our Instant Pot Monkey Bread

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MONKEY BREAD VARIATIONS:
Gorilla Bread Monkey Bread MuffinsPeanut Butter Monkey Bread


MONKEY BREAD INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 1 ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup of butter, melted
  • 2 cans of Southern-style buttermilk biscuits

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

ADD-INS: When you arrange dough ball layers in the pan, you can 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.

TOPPING: 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 THIS MONKEY BREAD RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a bundt pan with cooking spray really thoroughly.

STEP TWO: Pour cinnamon and sugar into a plastic storage bag. Remove biscuits from package cut each one into quarters. Place the biscuits pieces, 6-7 at a time into the cinnamon and sugar and shake until well coated. Then put biscuit pieces into a well-greased bundt pan.

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STEP THREE: In a large measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Once melted and warm, pour the remainder of the sugar mixture into the butter and stir for 30 seconds until the sugar starts to melt.

PRO TIP: You can even do the prep the night before. Do it all the steps except the baking and then cover the pan of goodness and refrigerate until you’re ready to put it in the oven.

STEP FOUR: Pour over the biscuits. Shake the pan to make sure the butter gets down in between all of the biscuits. Bake for 35 minutes at 350. 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. Let sit on the counter for 10 minutes before flipping over onto a serving plate.

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Simple ingredients like cinnamon, sugar, and butter add that irresistible homemade touch to this quick and easy monkey bread recipe. With Grands Biscuits cutting prep time, 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.

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Monkey Bread Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Gooey, pull apart dough pieces are baked with a buttery sugar-cinnamon caramel to create this incredible monkey bread recipe. The soft, sweet, sticky pastry can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cans southern style buttermilk biscuits 16 biscuits

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a bundt pan with cooking spray really thoroughly.
  • Pour cinnamon and sugar into a plastic storage bag.
  • Remove biscuits from package cut each one into 4ths.
  • Place the biscuits pieces, 6-7 at a time into the cinnamon and sugar and shake until well coated.
  • Place biscuit pieces into a well greased bundt pan.
  • In a large measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Once melted and warm, pour the remainder of the sugar mixture into the butter and stir for 30 seconds until the sugar starts to melt.
  • Pour over the biscuits. Shake the pan to make sure the butter gets down in between all of the biscuits.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 350°F.
  • Let sit on the counter for 10 minutes before flipping over onto a serving plate.

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Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal
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  1. Hannah Griffin says

    5 stars
    I made this monkey bread for dessert, but was thinking it would probably be just as yummy for a breakfast!

  2. Tina says

    5 stars
    Any refrigerator biscuits will work, I have even used refrigerator French Bread dough. The “Southern” part of the biscuits are literally just flecks of butter in the biscuit, and you are already putting butter on the monkey bread so you won’t miss it if it isn’t there. ENJOY!

  3. Jennifer says

    Southern biscuits are just made with buttermilk and have come of butter in the dough. I make my dough from scratch. No one ever can tell the difference. For that matter, buttermilk is pricey so I often use 1% milk with lemon juice to get the buttermilk flavor.

  4. Christy Spurlock says

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make these soon. I’m going to try and make individual servings in my cupcake pan. Come on Saturday morning!!!

  5. Tammy Hendrick says

    I use 4 small cans of cheap biscuits.i believe 8 per can. Aalso use brown sugar with butter to pour over top before baking. Make them almost every Sunday.

  6. Gabe says

    5 stars
    What most people know as monkey bread today in the United States is actually the Hungarian dessert arany galuska (“golden dumpling”). Dating back to the 1880s in Hungarian literature, Hungarian immigrants brought this dish with them when they immigrated to America and began introducing it into the country’s food landscape when Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish bakeries began selling it in the mid-twentieth century.

    In 1972, a cookbook published by Betty Crocker included a recipe for arany galuska, which they referred to as “Hungarian Coffee Cake”. As it became more popular in America, arany galuska came to be confused with monkey bread in which the balls of dough are not dipped in cinnamon and sugar but only in butter. “Monkey bread” soon became the more common name for this Hungarian Jewish dessert.

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