Ridiculously Delicious Monkey Bread Recipe

This homemade monkey bread recipe is the perfect weekend activity to make with kids! Watch the homemade dough rise, dip the little dough balls in butter and cinnamon sugar, and enjoy this satisfying and rich treat pull apart style! 

monkey bread recipe

While sheltering-in-place our family, like many families, has had the extra time for baking. This is monkey bread recipe is wonderful family baking project that kids will love because it is pretty hands on and loaded with sugar. I looked at a handful of recipes and decided to go with the version from Sallys Baking Addiction.


The directions for this homemade monkey bread recipe takes up to a few hours in total but each step is relatively simple.

monkey bread recipe dough

First, you make the homemade dough and let it rise for a few hours. (Use a large bowl! I should have used a bigger bowl than I did for this step, the dough gets so big!!) Then, you punch dough down and break off dough bites to roll in butter and cinnamon sugar.


Load up the bundt pan with these sugary bites, let bites rise for twenty minutes, and then pour over the brown sugar glaze. Pop in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Once it is out of the oven, invert onto serving platter, add a little icing, and enjoy!


This monkey bread is a ridiculously indulgent treat. I’m usually aiming to be on the healthier side of things so my kids could hardly believe that I was letting them bake and eat such a sugary treat. My five year old kept repeating, “thank you Mom! Just… thank you!!”  while helping to make and eat our latest favorite guilty pleasure!

monkey bread recipe before icing

Ingredients for Monkey Bread Recipe

Milk is used in the dough, I used whole organic milk.

Yeast for the dough. You can use a packet of yeast or just measure out 2 1/4 teaspoons.

Sugar lots and lots of sugar!!

Eggs for the dough.

Salt is used in the dough but a little bit of flakey salt would be good as a finishing touch too!

All Purpose Flour can be hard to come by lately but you can’t make this recipe without it!

Brown Sugar mixed with butter makes such a delicious caramel like flavor!

Vanilla Extract adds just the right amount of vanilla flavor.

Confectioner’s Sugar to make the Icing. Honestly you don’t really need the icing, but why not!?

Cream or whole milk is used in the icing.

monkey bread recipe with icing

Monkey Bread Recipe with Icing
5 from 5 votes

Monkey Bread Recipe

This homemade monkey bread recipe is the perfect weekend activity to make with kids! Kids love to watch the dough rise, dip the little dough balls in butter and cinnamon sugar, and enjoy this satisfying and rich treat pull apart style! Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, monkey bread
Prep Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 535 kcal


Dough Balls

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk warmed, but not boiling.
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or 1 packet
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

Cinnamon Sugar Dip

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Brown Sugar Glaze


  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream or whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the Dough

  1. Using a standing electric mixer, combine warm milk, yeast, and sugar using the paddle or dough hook attachment. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. 

  2. Add in eggs, butter, salt, and 1 cup flour. Beat for about a minute and then scrape down sides of the bowl using a spatula. Add the remaining flour and beat for a few more minutes. Eventually the dough should bowl away from the sides of bowl in a clean way. Add extra flour if needed, about a tablespoon at a time until sides of the bowl are clean. 

Knead the Dough

  1. Beat for two more minutes in the mixer to knead the dough.

    Monkey Bread Recipe Dough Before Rising

Let Dough Rise

  1. Place dough in a large greased bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise in a slightly warm environment for about two hours, or until doubled in size. I often let mine raise in a preheated oven of 150 F degrees. Before I put the dough in the oven I turn the oven off and if it feels too hot, I leave the door slightly open. 

    Monkey Bread Recipe Dough after Rising

Assemble the Monkey Bread

  1. Grease your large bundt pan. 

  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter and set aside in a bowl. In another bowl add granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, and cinnamon and mix well. 

  3. Set the risen dough on the counter, remove the covering, and punch down the down to release the air. 

  4. Pinch of pieces of dough and roll into balls, a little bigger than an inch in diameter. Dip each individual dough ball into the melted butter, and then the cinnamon sugar. Place sugar coated dough ball into the bundt cake and repeat with the remainder of the dough. 

    Monkey Bread Recipe Sugar Coat the Dough
  5. Cover the bundt pan with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for about 20 minutes. 

Make Brown Sugar Glaze + Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Make brown sugar glaze by melting 1/4 cup butter in small saucepan. Add in brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt and whisk to combine. 

  3. Pour brown sugar glaze over the monkey bread.

    The best Monkey Bread Recipe with Icing
  4. Place the bundt pan over a baking sheet, so if the monkey bread overflows at all the pan will catch the pieces. Bake monkey bread for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the center pieces are baked through.  

    Monkey Bread Recipe Just Out of Oven
  5. Take out of the oven and let cool for about 5-7 minutes and then invert onto serving platter of choice. 

Ice the Monkey Bread

  1. Whisk confectioner's sugar, cream or whole milk, and vanilla together.

    Monkey Bread Recipe Icing
  2. Drizzle icing over the monkey bread platter. Serve and Enjoy!

    Monkey Bread Recipe with Icing
Nutrition Facts
Monkey Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 339mg15%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 44.6g50%
Protein 7.8g16%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

monkey bread recipe on serving platter

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  1. Jane Carlson says

    In your directions for the dough, you mention adding butter, but there isn’t any butter listed in the ingredients for the dough.

    Also, you mention taking it out of the oven and let cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, then inverting them onto a platter. Should it say cool, not cook?

    These look delicious!

    • Thanks Jane! The dough needs 1/3 cup butter and yes, it is meant to cool, not cook for 5-7 minutes! I’ve gone ahead and edited and appreciate you reaching out.

  2. 5 stars
    This reminds me so much of the monkey bread my mom used to make when I was a kid. I just love how gooey it is when you pull it apart. YUM!

  3. Beth Pierce says

    5 stars
    Yummy! I made this for my family for breakfast and they absolutely loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    Best monkey bread ever!!!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the step by step photos! I can’t wait to make this bread this weekend!

  6. 5 stars
    This monkey bread is so gooey and delicious. My family can’t stop until we finish the whole thing. 🙂

  7. Wow. This monkey bread sounds so delish. I can’t wait to try this easy recipe! Thanks.

  8. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! My daughter loves monkey bread! Can’t wait to make this!

  9. Katherine says

    5 stars
    Such an awesome monkey bread! Thanks for the step by step pix.

  10. 5 stars
    This looks mouth watering delicious!! Thank you for such a detailed recipe!

  11. Carrie Robinson says

    5 stars
    Such a fun recipe! Perfect for a weekend brunch. 🙂

  12. Emily Liao says

    5 stars
    This monkey bread was perfect for my sweet cravings! And that brown sugar glaze was so delicious.

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