Monkey Bread – Spend With Pennies

If you’re looking for a fast and easy sweet breakfast, this monkey bread recipe is as much fun to make as it is to eat!

Light and fluffy pull-apart balls of biscuit dough are tossed in cinnamon sugar, topped with a buttery brown sugar sauce and baked until golden!

Quick prep and easy to make, this is a favorite recipe.

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A Sweet Pull Apart Treat

Monkey bread is a sweet and sticky pull-apart bread that’s perfect as a weekend treat or for Christmas morning.

  • This recipe is super fast to prep.
  • It needs just a few ingredients and it tastes great.
  • Sweet and sticky, this monkey bread recipe is a great breakfast treat, or pile it high with whipped cream or ice cream as a dessert!
  • Using biscuit dough means no rising, no yeast and easier prep.
  • I especially love this for younger cooks and kitchen helpers who want to learn basic baking skills.
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Ingredients in Monkey Bread

Biscuits – Pillsbury has a wide variety of biscuits, but any brand will do. If you don’t have any on hand, homemade buttermilk biscuits come out just as light and fluffy.

Cinnamon Sugar – Why buy it when you can make cinnamon sugar in minutes?

Nuts – Swap out pecans for walnuts, macadamia nuts, or slivered almonds. Leave the nuts out if you’d prefer. Fill the biscuits with homemade Nutella or small cubes of cream cheese.

Fruit – Add chopped apples, pears, blueberries, or dried cranberries for a more festive dish.

How to Make Monkey Bread

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Toss cut pieces of biscuits in cinnamon sugar (per the recipe below).
  2. Layer the sugared biscuits with nuts (optional) in a prepared pan. Mix brown sugar and melted butter and pour over the biscuits.
  3. Bake until fluffy and invert the monkey bread on a serving plate.
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Storing Monkey Bread

  • Keep leftover monkey bread in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Monkey bread can be frozen if wrapped tightly once cooled with plastic wrap and aluminum foil for up to 3 months!

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Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is super fun to make and so delicious!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

  • Combine melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl (or small saucepan). Set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan or spray with cooking spray.

  • Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces using kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter. Combine sugar and cinnamon and toss the biscuit pieces in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Shake off excess sugar.

  • Layer sugared biscuits and pecans in a greased bundt pan. Top with brown sugar topping.

  • Bake for 35 minutes or until golden. Invert onto a serving platter and serve warm with whipped cream.

Other chopped fruits (like raisins or dried cranberries), or any type of nuts can be added.
Place the cinnamon sugar in a small bowl and toss the biscuits to add it to a freezer bag or plastic bag and toss the biscuit pieces.
Serve with whipped cream or drizzle with caramel sauce.
Monkey bread will keep in an airtight container for 3 days. It also freezes well and will keep in the freezer for 3 months. 

Calories: 378 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
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