This Easy Monkey Bread Recipe is made with canned biscuits coated in cinnamon sugar. Quick and easy to prepare, you can enjoy these warm in just over an hour.
Easy Monkey Bread with Biscuits
I’ve shared many different monkey bread recipes before – pumpkin monkey bread, gingerbread monkey bread, and hot chocolate monkey bread, to name a few. But today, I’m sharing a classic monkey bread recipe, made with cinnamon sugar and a buttery brown sugar topping.
One of the reasons this is my favorite monkey bread recipe is because it’s so easy. Instead of making the dough from scratch, I opted to use canned biscuits. Cut them up, dip them in cinnamon sugar, and the end result is the same as making the dough from scratch, minus all the time and effort.
To make monkey bread with biscuits, you’ll need just 5 ingredients and just over an hour of your time. Perfect for weekend mornings or dessert any time!
Why You’ll Love This Monkey Bread Recipe
Here are a few reasons you’ll soon find yourself making this pull-apart bread recipe again and again.
- Only 5 ingredients. You’ll need biscuits, sugar, cinnamon, and butter for this recipe – nothing else!
- Quick and easy. Starting with biscuits instead of a traditional dough means you can whip this up with just 15 minutes or so of prep, with no kneading or rise time.
- Perfect for breakfast or dessert. The fun thing about monkey bread is that it can pass as a breakfast dish but it’s also sweet enough to enjoy for dessert too.
What Is Monkey Bread?
Monkey bread is sort of like a cousin to cinnamon rolls, with similar ingredients but in bite-sized pieces that are stuck together. It’s typically made with dough balls coated in cinnamon sugar and topped with a buttery brown sugar mixture that caramelizes in the oven.
The name is said to be based on how you eat it – like a monkey, pulling pieces from the bread and popping them into your mouth.
This easy recipe is made with just 5 basic ingredients.
- Biscuit dough – Making monkey bread with biscuits saves a ton of time and keeps the recipe quick and easy.
- Sugar – Both granulated and brown sugar are used to sweeten this dessert.
- Cinnamon – For the classic cinnamon sugar filling.
- Butter – I used salted butter for the added flavor.
How to Make Monkey Bread
This monkey bread recipe comes together in just a few simple steps.
- Prepare the ingredients. Cut the biscuits into quarters. Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Add the biscuits to the pan. Roll each biscuit piece into the cinnamon sugar then place in a greased bundt pan.
- Add the butter and sugar topping. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves completely. Pour evenly over the biscuit pieces in the pan.
- Bake. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
- Cool and invert. Cool the bread in the pan for 20 minutes then invert onto a serving plate. Slice and enjoy warm!
Tips & Variations
Here are a few variations for making this monkey bread recipe, as well as some general tips.
- Make sure to grease the pan. Greasing the bundt pan is essential as the brown sugar topping and biscuits will still to the pan otherwise.
- Feel free to add additional ingredients. You can easily customize this recipe by adding chopped nuts, raisins, or even chocolate chips to the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Can I use different flavored biscuit dough? Yes, you can use different flavors such as buttermilk, cinnamon, or honey biscuits for added variety.
- How do you know when monkey bread is done? The outside should be golden brown but to double check the inside, insert a thermometer. It should read 190F.
Can Monkey Bread With Biscuits Be Prepared In Advance?
Yup! If you want a super easy weekend breakfast, you can assemble the monkey bread the night before, cover the pan, and refrigerate. Then just pop it in the oven in the morning!
Monkey bread is best served warm. The brown sugar butter mixture creates a sticky, sweet topping that makes it perfect to enjoy as-is.
- Room temperature. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
- Reheat. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.
- Freeze. Once your monkey bread has cooled completely, wrap it in plastic wrap and foil then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight on the counter and reheat.
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- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a bundt pan.
- Open the cans of biscuit dough and cut each biscuit into quarters.
- In a bowl, mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon until well combined.
- Roll each biscuit piece in the sugar-cinnamon mixture, coating it thoroughly.
- Place the coated biscuit pieces into the greased bundt pan, arranging them evenly.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves completely, creating a caramel-like mixture.
- Pour the melted butter and brown sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces in the bundt, ensuring it is evenly distributed.
- Place the bundt pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove the monkey bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes.
- Invert the bundt pan onto a serving plate, releasing the monkey bread. The caramelized sugar will create a delicious gooey topping.
- Slice the monkey bread and serve it warm. You can also serve it with caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream for an extra indulgence.