This crazy easy Monkey Bread Recipe will be your new go-to dessert. Just use store-bought biscuits and add four other simple ingredients and then you will have a delicious cinnamon-sugar dessert.
The Best Monkey Bread Recipe
This Easy Monkey Bread may be my new favorite dessert. It is like the best pull-apart bread you will ever taste and beyond easy to make and even easier to eat (no utensils needed).
What exactly is monkey bread? Well, first of all, it is a delicious dessert that is easy to make. Second, it is refrigerated canned biscuits cut into pieces, coated with cinnamon-sugar. Those pieces are placed in a bundt pan and covered in a delicious brown sugar and buttery sauce and baked until it is ooey-gooey amazing!
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 16.3 ounce cans refrigerated biscuits (I used Pillsbury Flakey Layers Original)
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
TIP: I try to keep a few cans of refrigerated biscuits (I used Pillsbury Flaky Layers Original) on hand just in case I need a quick dessert. The only other ingredients you need are cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar and butter!
How to Make Monkey Bread
- Cut biscuits into quarters.
- Coat each piece of biscuit with cinnamon-sugar.
- Place all of the coated biscuits into a well-greased bundt pan
- Melt together butter and brown sugar.
- Pour brown sugar mixture generously over the coated biscuits in the bundt pan.
TIP: I recommend eating the easy monkey bread hot out of the oven with a nice cup of coffee to go with it. The crunchy glaze on the outside and the warm, fluffy, melt in your mouth deliciousness on the inside will make your taste buds do a happy dance.
Why is it called Monkey Bread
The dessert is called monkey bread because you pull it apart with your fingers like a monkey eats their food! It is the ultimate in finger foods! Sometimes people will refer to monkey bread as “pull-apart bread”. Whatever you choose to call it, trust me, it is delicious!
What kind of pan can you make Monkey Bread in?
Get creative with your monkey bread recipe! You can use a cool bundt pan or even a loaf pan. Want to go nutty… use a muffin pan and make mini monkey breads!
Can you reheat monkey bread
If you have leftovers (that is a big “if”), you can wrap up your monkey bread and put it in the refrigerator. When you are ready to eat it again (and I promise that will be sooner rather than later), just pop it back in the oven and warm it up. Just heat your oven to about 250 degrees and warm for about 5 minutes. (You could also pop it in the microwave for a quick warm up for about 5-10 seconds.)
What can you add into your easy monkey bread recipe?
- Chocolate Chips
- Cinnamon Chips
Tips for THE BEST Monkey Bread
- The key to a good monkey bread recipe is the caramel sauce to biscuit to cinnamon sugar ratio. I think I found the perfect combination here (after many delicious attempts!)
- It is also really important to coat each piece of the biscuit completely with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. I have found the best (and fastest) way to do this is to put the biscuit and the cinnamon and sugar in a ziplock bag and shake it up until everything is coated.
- This is a great step if you are cooking this with your kids. Let them shake the bag up (it really can’t go wrong, unless the ziplock isn’t totally zipped…then you may have a problem!)
- Also, you want to make sure you really properly prepare the bundt pan. Spray that baby up with your non-stick cooking spray! When you bake it, all ovens cook differently, so you want to make sure the bread is just starting to turn golden brown on top.
- Once it is done cooking, set aside to cool for about 5 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, place a plate on top of it and flip it over. The bread should slide right out.
- Wait a few minutes before enjoying this finger food, because it will be hot! But don’t wait too long. It is best when it is warm and melty and gooey.
More Ways to Make Monkey Bread
- Instant Pot Monkey Bread – did you know you could make it in the Instant Pot?!
- Chocolate-Filled Monkey Bread with Sprinkles – Even better filled with chocolate!
- Orange Monkey Bread – a little citrus flavor with chocolate!
More Cinnamon-Sugar Desserts
Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bars | Cinnamon Roll Cookies | Cinnamon Roll Casserole (French Toast Bake) | Mini Cornbread Muffins with Cinnamon Butter | French Toast Mug Recipe | Nutella French Toast Roll-Ups
Easy Monkey Bread
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 16.3 ounce cans refrigerated biscuits I used Pillsbury Flakey Layers Original
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
- Preheat over to 350 degrees and spray your bundt pan with non-stick spray.
- Separate the biscuits from each can (there should be 18 total) and cut each biscuit into quarters.
- Place the sugar and cinnamon in a zip lock bag and shake it up to combine. Place all of the quarters of biscuits into the bag, zip it up and shake the bag until every piece of biscuit is fully coated with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Set asside
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar. Stirring frequently (even better, whisk if you have one)
- Spoon some of the butter and brown sugar mixture to the bottom of the bundt pan (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan)
- Place all of the biscuit pieces into the bundt pan and pour the remainder of the butter and brown sugar mixture evenly over the biscuits.
- Bake for 45 minutes until edges are beginning to brown.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Place a plate on top of the pan and flip over to remove the bread from the pan.
- Spray your bundt pan really, really well! Get in the crevices too!
- Make sure you really coat the biscuit dough balls with the cinnamon-sugar. The more the better. (if you have left over cinnamon-sugar, pour it over the biscuits in the bundt pan)
- Serve while warm - it just is the best when it is hot and gooey.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED June 2018
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