I recently made monkey bread (or pull-apart cinnamon bread it seems to have different names) and I forgot how much my kids LOVED it.
From the time I took it out of the oven, until the plate was completely empty was under 5 minutes. My kids devoured this!
While monkey bread is definitely not a healthy breakfast it is a fun breakfast to make for special occasions. It’s also so much easier to make than traditional cinnamon rolls and quicker too!
Some people… who I personally believe are crazy, like to add things like nuts and raisins to this recipe. If someone tries to add raisins, run away as fast as you can. Those are not my people and they shouldn’t be your people either. I can kind of get on board with the nuts but my kids would revolt.
You can make this recipe from scratch, using homemade biscuits. But if I’m taking a short cut I’m taking a complete short cut! I use canned biscuits, get the store brand or whatever is cheapest.
You can use any kind, but the non flaky biscuits work best for monkey bread.
- Bundt pan
- 2 cans biscuits
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray bundt pan with nonstick spray.
- Open cans of biscuits and cut each biscuit into four pieces (like you are cutting a pie or a pizza)
- Take cinnamon and white sugar and combine in a small bowl.
- Take each piece of biscuit dough and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
- Place in the bundt pan. Continue until all the biscuit pieces have been used.
- Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture over the dough in the pan.
- Melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar.
- Pour over the biscuit dough in the bundt pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the biscuits are a golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 3 minutes.
- Take a knife and go around the edges and center of the bundt pan.
- Flip the bundt pan onto a serving plate or dinner plate and the monkey bread should come right out.
- Eat immediately for best taste.
Monkey Bread Tips
Spray your bundt pan liberally with nonstick spray. This will help the bread come out of the pan which finished.
Some people like to take their cinnamon sugar mixture and place in a large ziploc bag. Then add the dough pieces and shake to coat with the mixture. I find it easier to drop it in the bowl, but both techniques work fine.
I’ve also seen people frost their monkey bread with a royal or cream cheese icing. This bread is super sweet on it’s own. The icing helps it look pretty, but it’s not necessary unless you want a sugar explosion!
Finally, you can make this recipe without measuring anything. As long as you have enough butter to melt and completely coat your dough in the pan everything will turn out.
If you don’t have Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast planned yet, this is your breakfast. It’s so good and you’ll end up making a second batch because it will be gone before you get a chance to try it.