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Soft and tender cookies are covered in a gooey frosting with a sweet caramelized topping in this quick and easy monkey bread recipe! This decadent treat makes mornings or special events a little sweeter.

If you like dessert style bread, try this Banana Bread Crumble, Coconut Bread Pudding or even this Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread.

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Monkey bread recipe

There are many occasions to enjoy monkey bread, but my favorite is simply because it’s delicious and I feel like it. It also makes a great holiday breakfast! It’s a tradition in my family to always have it on Christmas morning. This gooey, caramelized pull-apart bread is extremely easy to prepare and delivers soft cinnamon sugar in every bite. Prepare this for your next brunch or gathering and your guests will be delighted.

It’s hard to resist with how soft and gooey it is. You might want to make a double batch! Monkey bread always flies off the table when I make it. You’ll want to make sure you have a few pieces for yourself before it’s gone! If you like this traditional monkey bread you have to try my cinnamon roll monkey bread next!

Ingredients needed

Only 5 simple ingredients are needed to make this delicious monkey bread! As long as you have a can of refrigerated cookies, you probably have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry, ready to go! See the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • sugars: I use a mix of both white and brown sugar here. Granulated sugar to sweeten the bread overall, and brown sugar for that smoky, caramelized goodness!
  • Cinnamon: You can’t go wrong with cinnamon sugar! A touch of warm spices is the perfect addition to monkey bread.
  • Chilled Cookies: Just the normal kind, not the flaky ones!
  • Butter: Makes the bread moist and soft and also adds a rich taste!

How to make monkey bread

Making monkey bread is easy and quick with just a few simple steps! It’s the perfect thing to whip up for a holiday breakfast. My family always enjoy it on Christmas morning!

  • Preheat the oven, prepare the pan: Preheat oven to 350℉ then grease a bundt cake tin with butter or oil, making sure to coat the center and all crevices.
  • Layer Biscuits in Cinnamon Sugar: Place the sugar and cinnamon in a large zip-top plastic bag and shake to combine. Cut each cookie into quarters and place in the sugar mixture. Toss to coat each piece evenly, then place in prepared pan.
  • Butter Mixture: Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Then bring to a gentle boil and then let it cook for another 1 minute. Pour the mixture over the biscuit in the pan.
  • Baking: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Then let it cool for 5 minutes before turning it upside down on a heatproof plate.

How to prevent bread from sticking

Bundt pans are the best pans to use when preparing monkey bread, but choose one with a very simple style and few crevices. This allows the cookies to expand easily and keep the simple shape. Then grease the pan generously with oil or butter. I prefer to use coconut oil and sprinkle some of the remaining cinnamon sugar over the pan just before adding the coated cookies. The sugar is still warm 5 minutes after you remove the pan from the oven, so it slides easily out of the pan and stays nicely on your dish.

Chopped biscuits covered in cinnamon sugar then topped with a caramel glaze and added to a bundt cake tin.

Tasty variations

Don’t get me wrong, I love classic monkey bread, but here are a few ways to spice up this tasty dessert! Customizing this bread to your liking is part of the fun!

  • Add nuts: Chopped walnuts or pecans are such a great addition to monkey bread! They absolutely taste divine in the caramelized topping.
  • Add fruits: Chopped apples are great to toss with the cookies. They taste so good with the spiced caramel flavor of monkey bread!
  • Add glaze: Add a little extra indulgence to your monkey bread with cream cheese frosting, marshmallow cream or caramel sauce!

A reader review

I made it! Super easy to make and DELICIOUS.

Tishanna Kelman

Top view of monkey bread on a white plate.

Save leftover monkey bread

If you have leftover monkey bread, you’re in luck! This yummy treat is always devoured in no time at my house.

  • At room temperature: Store wrapped in plastic wrap for 1-2 days.
  • In the fridge: Store in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for about 5 days.
  • In the freezer: Store in a freezer bag for 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

A piece of monkey bread being pulled apart.


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and grease a bundt cake tin with butter or oil, making sure to cover the center and all crevices.

  • Place the sugar and cinnamon in a large zip-top plastic bag and shake to combine. Cut each cookie into quarters and place in the sugar mixture. Toss to coat each piece evenly, place in prepared pan.

  • Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then cook for 1 minute more. Pour the mixture over the biscuit in the pan.

  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before turning upside down on a heatproof plate.


Originally posted September 23, 2019
Updated November 18, 2022

Serves: 10

Portion1cupCalories184kcal (9%)Carbohydrates26g (9%)Egg white1g (2%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated fat6g (30%)cholesterol24mg (8%)Sodium88mg (4%)Potassium22mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar26g (29%)Vitamin A284IU (6%)Calcium18mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional content will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

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kitchen American

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