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Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is a pull-apart bread that’s insanely addictive! It’s made with soft biscuit dough that’s coated in cinnamon and sugar, loaded with pecans, and drenched in a sticky, sugary, butter sauce. The finishing touch is a drizzle of homemade vanilla icing. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 191kcal



  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a bundt pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a small saucepan, make the sauce by melting the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Cut the biscuits into quarters or sixths.
  • Whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and allspice and coat each biscuit piece in the cinnamon mixture and place in the bundt pan.
  • Layer the biscuits in with the chopped pecans and the butter mixture. Finish with the butter mixture over the top and around the edges of the biscuits.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, when done the dough will puff up and become golden brown and crisp on top. And a toothpick inserted into the thickest part should come out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and flip the monkey bread out onto a serving dish. Drizzle with vanilla icing, if desired.


  • A couple of loaf pans or round cake pans work, too. However, I wouldn’t recommend using a tube pan. 
  • Want to cut the recipe in half? Halve the ingredients and bake in a loaf pan.
  • Store it at room temperature for up to two days … if it even lasts that long!
  • While you traditionally make Monkey Bread with biscuits, you can make Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with canned cinnamon rolls instead. 


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg