Introduction: [Collegiate Meals] How to Make Monkey Bread

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Monkey Bread - the ultimate finger licking, finger picking dessert of all time. Soft balls of dough, coated in a cinnamon sugar crust of sweet goodness. Your uncle Joe can't be accused of taking the large slice of triple decker ultra fudge chocolate cake when you're serving monkey bread. Monkey bread is self service with full service portion control.

That is, if you can resist 1 monkey bread ball.

For the record... Monkey Bread is totally better than fruit cake, but perhaps not as the traditional fruit cake bowling ball. Yeah, that would be messy.

Step 1: Ingredients

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2 "tubes" of pizza dough OR biscuits*
1 Stick of Butter

You'll also need a bunt pan OR a bowl and cup that can be placed in the oven. Cinnamon/Sugar should be mixed in a ratio of 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon per 1 cup of sugar.

*Today, I discovered you can use pizza dough. I accidentally got pizza dough instead of biscuit dough - and I'm quite satisfied with the results.

Step 2: Preparation

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Preheat oven to 375
Grease bowl or bunt pan with butter
Melt the remainder in a small bowl

Combine Cinnamon/Sugar in a bowl

Step 3: Balls

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Tear off small bits of dough and roll into balls. They don't need to be equal, and they don't need to be perfect. Place balls on a plate.

Once you've rolled all of your dough into dough balls, dip in butter - then dip in cinnamon sugar. It may be useful to go in small batches and be sure to use one hand for "wet" jobs and the other for "dry" tasks. This keeps your hands a little bit cleaner.

As each ball is coated, place in your pan/bowl.

If you're not using a bunt pan - simply place a cup inside a bowl (see image). This makes a pseudo bunt pan in the traditional monkey bread shape.

Step 4: Bake

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Before throwing in the oven, drizzle any remaining butter on top of the dough - then sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar. This will make a glaze.

Bake for about 30-45 minutes. Keep a watch on your bread. It will be done when the top starts darkening. The time may vary with the size of the dough balls.

Step 5: Demold and Serve

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Once you've removed the monkey bread from the oven - allow to cool until you can keep your hand on the pan/bowl without being burned. Remove your cup (if applicable) and place a plate on top and flip over. Allow gravity to pull your bread down and remove your pan/bowl. If a few balls refuse to drop, fear not - these are victory snacks for the hungry cook.

Monkey bread is best served near napkins. Monkey bread fears large crowds, only because too much monkey bread is almost enough when it comes to feeding hordes of monkey bread loving guests.


clrwl04 made it! (author)2016-12-30

This is as good as it looks. I used a plain 500gram bread loaf mix.

Spearsman (author)2012-04-01

Do you happen to have the amount of sugar and cinnamon you use/is needed?

ashley021291 (author)2010-10-05

what is the gooyness on it at the end?

gabe.adkins (author)ashley0212912012-03-12

well thats the glaze... you only put half of the glaze in the middle the rest goes on top

mslaynie (author)ashley0212912011-02-27

That's the caramelized cinnamon sugar with butter that formed while in the oven. When you've finished putting all the coated balls of dough into the pan, you drizzle the remaining butter over the dough in the pan, and then sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon and sugar over the top.

While it's in the oven, the butter melts the sugar into the butter and makes a delicious, sticky caramelized glaze at the bottom of the pan. Once you flip the monkey bread out of the pan, that glaze is now on top of the monkey bread. It's truly the best part!

I made this for years when my husband and I were in college. It was delicious!

atropos (author)2009-03-27

Have you ever tried making this with the actual pillsbury cinnamon bun dough instead of the biscuit dough? Or would that be a diabetic coma waiting to happen? lol

Void Schism (author)atropos2009-07-07

or maybe actually making dough instead of just opening a can?

NanaBuchanan (author)Void Schism2011-11-20

I agree. My mother used to make them using frozen bread dough (she wasn't a complete from scratch cook) but I prefer to make my own. Any sweet dough recipe should work or even just a plain white dough. When all the dough balls are made and in the pan, sprinkle with the remainder of the sugar/cinnamon mix then pour over whatever butter you have left. Paula Deen would be proud.

trebuchet03 (author)atropos2009-03-27

I've tried it... and frankly, it's not as tasty as I'd like... it's just no gooey enough...

Nelyan (author)2011-07-08

I. NEED. THIS. NOW. *Shoves fiancé out of the door to go shop the ingredients and continues drooling*

At first it looked only mushy and gooey pile of weirdness, then I read what's in it and I now have a serious craving for this. I got to try this out!

whisperonthewind (author)2011-03-18

You can also bake this in a regular cake pan, or loaf pan, glass or metal, round or square or oblong. Just watch it.

VALadyRose1965 (author)2011-01-03

Another addition to this is to add Instant Butterscotch Pudding as you put the sugar/cinnamon balls in the bundt pan. Take small box of the dry instant pudding mix and sprinkle it over each layer of the balls as you build them up in the pan. You want extra gooey. You'll have it It is AWESOME!!!!!

Butterscotch, I like it :)

Shindou (author)2010-07-10

I know this recipe by a name I have forgotten. My version is worlds more awesome though. I use a peanut butter bread dough I make from a book called "Electric Bread" I use a TON of honey as well as clarified butter, Saigon cinnamon and enough white sugar to kill all diabetics within 10 miles. The dough is the secret, I forget the exact recipe, but it doesn't taste as good when made into its intended use....a little bland, I'll maybe post an 'ible when I get back home, who knows, maybe even make my version of this sugar coma inducing pile of awesome:D Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful desert.

Pentacle (author)2010-02-19

Definitely gotta make this for my family. They buy the stuff from a bakery out of town. But I bet they'd love it if I made some. Hehe.

feeshy (author)2009-10-04

Any idea how/how long to store them?

cory.smith (author)2009-08-06

Props on the recipe.

Another variation that we do is to separate the pre-formed biscuits, coat with sugar/cinnamon and then insert into bundt pan on their edge. Glaze with butter. Then, you get monkey bread slices, which are awesome for breakfast. =D

I think that all of us college people should get a group going for our recipes!


trebuchet03 (author)cory.smith2009-08-06

Then, you get monkey bread slices, which are awesome for breakfast. =D

Totally breakfast tomorrow - sounds awesome :p

zhayes (author)2009-08-06

I LOVE MONKEY BREAD! Until I made it for my friends they thought i was crazy. But after I made it All those around (who partook of the glorious Monkey Bread) instantly be came my mindless love drones. p.s. You are only the second person (outside of family) I have heard, that has called it Monkey Bread Also you can quarter any cheap canned biscuit. (saves time on the rolling)

Marche (author)2009-01-07

I didn't realize those Pillsbury tubes were pressurized. I shat cinder blocks when I opened it. I'm still shaky.

cbrown222 (author)Marche2009-07-08


acrollet (author)Marche2009-07-04


vandal1138 (author)2009-07-04

I say this only because I have an ungodly high metabolism. I say after its completely finished, mix up a semi-sweet batter and deep fry that bad boy. Dear Lord the thought of that is givin me chubbage....

MairseyDotes (author)2009-03-26

It's just not right to call it monkey bread and not use monkeys. I mean, banana bread is made with bananas, zuchinni bread is made with zuchinnis, and so on. Even mock turtle soup is made with.. Oh, wait.

I have been wanting to sue "Panda Express" for that very reason.

l.una (author)MairseyDotes2009-04-10

But that's MOCK turtle.. so imitation?

AstralQueen (author)2009-06-29

i made this from scratch. i was so eager to make it i couldn't be bothered to let the dough rise properly but it tasted so good. AAAAAAAAH!

AstralQueen (author)2009-06-28

does the dough contain yeast? i can't get the pre-made dough here and I usually make my own pizza dough from scratch.

twocvbloke (author)2009-06-27

This looks wrong, but in a good way!!! Very tasty looking indeed... :D

IamGnu (author)2008-05-22

My Ma called this monkey ball bread.I think we've since dropped the "ball" part as a crude saying.We added brown sugar as a final step,sprinkled on as last step.And yes,it can be made in any type of bread or cake pan. I've made it as large as 8 rolls at a time in a huge lasagna pan for a family reunion.Thanks for the Instructable!

bFusion (author)IamGnu2009-03-26

My parents used to call them "monkey balls" too heh.

the_sandypants (author)2008-12-20

This looks so delicious!.. I was trying to figure out what I could bring to the Family Christmas dinner (I was picked to bring desserts) .. this is just easy enough for me to make a few batches and be done. THANKS!!

bFusion (author)the_sandypants2009-03-26

My parents always used to make this for my sister and I Christmas morning, I'm so happy I found a recipe that I can make for myself whenever I want! :D

lucek (author)2009-02-08

sounds fun. thow I'd probably make the dough in my bread maker instead of packaged goo.

Chicken2209 (author)2008-09-03

it works good with camping and dutch ovens

Joe Martin (author)2008-04-15

Thanks, so there like our scones! I'm gonna try and make some monkey bread tomorrow now.

Chard (author)Joe Martin2008-08-09

yeh i was a lil confused aswell but fom my experience with americain 'biscuits' -try and think somewhere between our british scones and english breakfast muffins (v different from sweet american style muffins). does anyone know why they are called biscuits? the reason the brits use that name for our biscuits is from the french for 'twice cooked' as many traditional biscuits were! enough linguistics its experimentin time. verry little baking produce comes in foonk tubes so ill be trying to make a good dough recipe aswell and hope it turns out as tasty as theese look!

Joe Martin (author)Chard2008-08-09

Oh, I made it with the bread dough here but I add 50g of butter it with the yeast and hot water(the hot water melts it and saves you melting it in somthing else) and it tasted great! Next time I'm making bread I'll cut a chink of dough off to make some more!


eroki (author)2008-05-30

one word- wow, five minutes after I read this Instructable I went to the kitchen to see what ingredients I was missing, I had everything including some leftover pizza dough. I tried it immediately and loved it(I couldn't resist and ate 5 in a row) I will definitely try this again as soon as I get more dough.

Tomcat94 (author)2008-05-18

I made this stuff earlier. Everybody loves it!!! Thank you for making such a good instructable! *faved*

dashofthunder (author)Tomcat942008-05-20

I tried making it and I think I used salt instead of sugar. I think that is why it tasted so bad.

Tomcat94 (author)dashofthunder2008-05-20

LOL *fail*

Kordan9090 (author)2008-05-15

I made this stuff for my friends and I and now when I have any guests over, they won't stop bothering me to make some! It tastes even better with the pre buttered biscuits.

RetroPlayer (author)2008-04-15

I think you missed the step of pouring syrup over the bread at the end. My mom used to call this "gooey bread" and she made it in regular loaf pans. Monkey bread is a little better since it looks like monkey brains :)

trebuchet03 (author)RetroPlayer2008-04-15

As pictured, no syrup was poured over it -- it glazes itself in the pan :) Unless, you're suggesting that's something I should do :) If so, I ask, what kind of syrup?

RetroPlayer (author)trebuchet032008-04-16

Yeah, I noticed that after reading it again. My mother always made it with syrup and cinnamon poured on top (just run-of-the-mill maple syrup) and the picture looked like you did as well, but I see it was just glazing.

selaja (author)2008-01-19

Could you make biscuit dough? When I make biscuits, I use the recipe on the back of the Bisquick box... Do you think that would work?

Laura Rebecca (author)selaja2008-04-15

I wouldn't use bisquick for this because the dough used for monkey bread is a yeast based dough, where as bisquick (or scones) are quick breads (non-yeast doughs). For a REALLY over the top version, you can use cinnamon roll dough instead of pizza or biscuit dough.

Joe Martin (author)2008-04-15

Could I use plain dough for this like the dough you would use for bread or pizza and also could someone tell me what "biscuits" are because to me biscuits are these (I'm a brit so I enjoy them with a cup of tea). Faved'

nerdologist (author)Joe Martin2008-04-15

Those are cookies to us Americans. Biscuits are like these:

I think that pizza dough would work great for his recipe.

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