Easy Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is so tasty. Biscuits are encased in cinnamon, sugar, and butter. This makes for a rich and extra special breakfast. It’s perfect for when you have time to make breakfast in the morning.

monkey bread on plates

Homemade Monkey Bread with biscuits covered in cinnamon, sugar, and butter, then baked to perfection. A wonderful and fun recipe to change up breakfast with.               

Why is it Called Monkey Bread?

This homemade breakfast treat has such a fun name. The name mostly stems from the form in which it is eaten. 

Monkeys groom other monkeys by individually picking at the bugs from each other (gross I know). Well for this recipe normally you will pick one piece of the refrigerator biscuit monkey bread one piece at a time and eat it. 

If you think about it, it’s kind of a strange thing to name food after, but it has stuck around. Weird name or not, it is delicious!

Does Monkey Bread Have to be Made in a Bundt Pan?

You may wonder if you need a special pan, a bundt pan is how it is often seen made, however, it is not extremely necessary. You can make this easy this recipe in a bread pan, cupcake pan (which would be super cute!) or even on a baking sheet. 

By making the monkey bread recipe in a bundt pan, it makes it easy to just pop all of the biscuit pieces in the one pan and pour the butter and brown sugar mixture in one pan. 

How Can You Tell The Monkey Bread is Done?

When you use a bundt pan, it is a little harder to tell when the monkey bread is done. But, there are two ways to check to see if the monkey bread is fully done.

How to Tell When it is Done:   

  1. Crisp outside
    When you pull the pan out of the oven to check for doneness, the top of monkey bread should feel crisp and fluffy to the touch. But, be careful as the dough pieces will be hot.
  2. Skewer it
    Another way to tell if the dough is done, you can take a skewer (yes an actual skewer a toothpick will not be long enough to get to the middle) and insert it into the monkey bread trying to get to the center of the pan. Then pull the stick back out and check to see if there is any dough left on the stick. If there is then it is not done. 

Make sure you check for doneness before you pull out the monkey bread. The last thing you want is doughy monkey bread.

Can You Freeze Monkey Bread?

This recipe can be frozen after it has been cooked. You will want to wrap it in tinfoil and then place it in a large ziplock freezer safe bag. 

You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just take it out and let it thaw in the fridge when you are ready to eat it.

How Do You Store and Reheat?

For this easy monkey bread recipe, you can store it in an airtight container on the counter for 2 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

If you want to reheat it, you can pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Or for the best results, you can preheat the oven to 250 and place the monkey bread in the oven for 5-7 minutes until it is heated all the way through.

Monkey Bread Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Canned Buttermilk biscuits
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Chopped pecans, optional
monkey bread ingredients

How to Make Monkey Bread

  1. Separate the biscuits and cut each one into four pieces.
  2. Combine white sugar and cinnamon in a large zip-top bag.
  3. Add the biscuit pieces to the bag.
  4. Shake the bag to cover the biscuit pieces with cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Place the biscuits in a greased bundt or tube pan.
    cinnamon sugar coated biscuit pieces in a bundt cake pan
  6. Sprinkle pecans on top (if using).
  7. Bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil for 1 minute.
  8. Pour the butter-brown sugar mixture over the biscuits.
    monkey bread before baking
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  10. Cool the monkey bread in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it.
monkey bread pieces on a plate

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This recipe came from a co-worker.

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Monkey Bread

Delicious pull apart monkey bread with cinnamon is great for breakfast or brunch.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Monkey Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 656kcal


  • 3 cans Buttermilk biscuits 10 per can
  • 1 cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 ounces Melted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 10-inch bundt or tube cake pan.
  • Separate the biscuits and cut each one into four pieces.
  • In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine white sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add the biscuit pieces to the bag.
  • Shake the bag to coat the biscuit pieces with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Place the coated biscuit pieces in the cake pan.
  • If using pecans, sprinkle them on top.
  • Place butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
  • Pour the butter-brown sugar mixture over biscuits.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  • Allow the monkey bread to cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.


Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1160mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 4.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Laura Meyer

    5 stars
    Here’s a quick and easy microwave “kid friendly” recipe.
    1 can of biscuits
    1/3 C brown sugar
    3 T water
    3 T butter
    1 t cinnamon.
    In a plastic jello mold… combine water, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Microwave 1 min on high to melt together.
    Meanwhile; cut the biscuits into 1/4. After removing the sauce from the microwave, stir in the biscuits and microwave on high for 2:30 to 3 min on high. (I use this time to make a frosting).
    When completed, use a dinner plate to place on top of the jello mold… invert and you will have a beautiful, delicious and quick breakfast treat!

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