How to Make Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

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piece of monkey bread recipe

Making Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

Pull-apart monkey bread is something my husband remembers from his childhood.  I love it too, but don’t always feel like making bread.  So I came up with a way to make an easy monkey bread recipe using frozen bread dough loves from the store.

You just need to thaw the bread and get started.  No fuss to make your own bread dough, unless you want to.

monkey bread ingredients

What Do You Need To Make This Recipe?

  • frozen bread dough loaves, thawed
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • bundt pan
  • small bowl
  • small pan
  • spatula
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • baking sheet
monkey bread dough with cinnamon sugar mixture

Can I Make This Monkey Bread Recipe Ahead Of Time?

This monkey bread recipe can be made in advance. You will want to cover the bread once it’s cooled to prevent it from drying out.

monkey bread in bundt pan sugar and cinnamon

What Is The Difference Between Monkey Bread and Cinnamon Rolls?

Monkey bread and cinnamon rolls are made of the same things, but in different shapes. And monkey bread can be pulled apart and each piece has cinnamon sugar coating.

brown sugar mixture poured into bundt pan over dough

Does The Glaze Have Brown Sugar?

It is not a glaze, but the brown sugar mixture (With butter) creates a caramel sauce that will be on the bottom of the pan. When you flip it over, it will drizzle over the top of the bread.

dough in bundt pan with buttery brown sugar sauce

Can I Use Canned Biscuits Instead?

If you have canned biscuit dough and want to give this a try, go for it. Cut the biscuit pieces into small pieces adding the butter and brown sugar mixture. Don’t wait for it to rise, put right into the oven.

cinnamon sugar poured over melted butter in bundt pan


  • Put baking spray on the bundt pan to keep the bread from sticking.
  • You do not need to pour the extra cinnamon/sugar mix over the monkey bread, but it does give it a stronger cinnamon flavor.
  • Allow the bread dough to thaw overnight (if you have time).
  • Allowing the monkey bread to cool in the pan before flipping allows it to cool and the drizzle to thicken and not run all over the plate.
baked monkey bread
Notice the coloring is lighter, we did not put the remaining cinnamon sugar over the mix, like the photo at the top.
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Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

Indulge in pull-apart monkey bread with our hacks. Perfect for any occasion, this mouthwatering treat is a heavenly experience,
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bundt pan
Author: Regina Sober


  • 2 frozen bread dough loaves thawed (can also make your own)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Allow the bread dough to thaw and at/near room temperature.
  • If you are not making your own dough, you can preheat the oven to 350F
  • Grease your bundt pan (we prefer to use butter or non-stick baking spray)
  • Mix the cinnamon sugar and put in a small bowl.
  • Cut the bread dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Roll 1 to 2inch size pieces of dough into the cinnamon sugar and place into the bundt pan. Spread a little cinnamon sugar on top of the dough as you fill the bundt pan.
    Repeat until all the dough is in the bundt pan.
  • Allow the bread to sit and rise while you mix the brown sugar and butter.
  • Melt the brown sugar and butter mixture together and bring to a boil and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Pour the melted butter/brown sugar over the dough.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon/sugar mix over the monkey bread.
  • Cover the bread and once the oven is up to temp, place the bundt pan on a baking sheet and then into the oven.
  • Let cook for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the money bread to cool. We need to flip the bundt pan, but don't want to flip hot lava.
  • Once the liquid in the money bread had thickened, CAREFULLY flip onto a pan or plate, and remove the bundt pan.
  • Once cooled enough to eat, you will be picking and pulling the bread or serve at your party.
Indulge in pull-apart monkey bread with our hacks. Perfect for any occasion, this mouthwatering treat is a heavenly experience,

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