Monkey Bread (For little Christmas Monkeys)

I had planned on being a good girl and bringing you another mix yesterday and today, but you know how life can interrupt your plans! I was a wee bit under the weather yesterday and today we had a field trip with Katy’s preschool to Santa’s Village in Huntsville, AL. If you live in our area and have never been, it is simply a “must do” activity for the holidays! We are going back (all four of us) tonight!

Instead of another mix, today I am bringing you a great recipe for kids to “make”. I already had this one half done and am short on time, thus making it the ideal choice!

Monkey bread has been a family favorite ever since my son was a toddler. We made this the other night and I let the kids do all of it with very minor supervision. Katy is still talking about it. Last night when I put her into bed she said “Mama, I really liked making that monkey bread, can we make it again sometime?”

You’ll need: Flaky layers biscuits, margarine, cinnamon, and sugar. That’s it!

Measure out about a cup of sugar and 1 1/2 T of cinnamon into a bowl.

Stir that until well blended.

Divide sugar mixture into zipper seal bags, one for each child you have helping you.

Take biscuits out of can and separate them. I separate each biscuit into two layers.

Then I fill a plate with biscuit dough for each child.

Let kids roll each slice up into a ball like this. They really love this part.

Not often that you get to put your play-doh skills to such good use!

Then have them drop a few dough balls into their bag and seal it and give it a good shake!

Younger kids will have more uniquely shaped dough balls :)

Place coated dough into a bundt pan. You don’t have to use a bundt pan for this. If you don’t have one just use what you have and it will be just fine.  This is Brady’s hand putting in some dough balls.

The big thing for my kids is to be able to stick a dough ball through the center of the bundt pan when they are done and let it fall to the table. I have no idea why this thrills them so much but they just laugh and laugh, so I let them both do it at the end each time!

Once I have them all in the pan, I sprinkle a few tablespoons of leftover sugar mixture over them.

This is Katy on her tippy toes so she can watch what I am doing. I don’t have the kids in these pictures because they had just gotten done with baths and were already in their pajamas. Katy wouldn’t have minded that so much had Brady not of said “KATY! You can’t let people see you in your pajamas! It’s not nice!”

Yes, her toes are painted half hot pink and half light pink on each one.

She is very expressive with her nail polish :)

Melt margarine in microwave and pour over dough balls in pan.

This is the part where Katy looked curiously at the pan and said

“Mama, when it gets done cooking, is it going to grow tails?”

Bake at 350 for about thirty minutes, or until done.

Let sit in pan for about five minutes and then carefully turn it out. Despite all of this, I still ended up breaking mine a bit! lol OH well! Pull of bits of the bread and enjoy!

Isn’t this a pretty milk glass plate? I just love it.

This is a yummy snack, breakfast, or coffee (and hot chocolate!) treat! We ALWAYS make it at Christmas time but it is great any time of the year!

Let your kids make it, they’ll be so proud!

Monkey Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Monkey Bread


  • 2 Cans Flaky Layer Biscuits
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cinnamon


  1. Open biscuits and divide them among however many children are helping, placing them on a large plate. Have kids separate or tear each biscuit into two pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon and divide among zipper sealed bags, giving one bag to each child. Have them drop their dough balls inside and seal, then give it a good shake.
  3. Place coated dough into bundt pan. Once all dough is in pan, sprinkle 2-4 Tablespoons of cinnamon sugar mixture over top.
  4. Melt margarine and pour over top.
  5. Bake at 350 for thirty minutes.
  6. Let sit in pan for five to ten minutes before turning out onto plate.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin

Tune in this week for more gift mixes and ideas! I am finishing them up this week so I can draw a winner and send a big red dishpan full of mixes and goodies to one lucky person in time for Christmas! To enter, simply comment on any of my gift mixes to be entered! One entry per comment.

Gift Mixes:

Fruit Crisp Mix

Pecan Pie Muffin Mix

Chocolate Gravy Mix

S’more’s Kits

And more coming tomorrow!


Don’t miss out on my BIG Giveaway, courtesy of Southern Beauty Magazine!

Enjoy This Post? Never Miss Another!

Subscribe to Christy's email list and receive all her new posts directly in your inbox


  1. says

    Oh yeah, put ‘em in any old pan. Cake pan, bread pan, whichever is fine! If you use an 8 inch round cake pan, i would just use one roll of biscuits. If you use this entire recipe, you can use two loaf pans!
    I put in my post that you don’t have to use a bundt just in case! I never want y’all to have to go out and buy anything special just for one of my recipes!!!

    My kids just love these!!
    OH! My sister in law amps these up by taking teeny little cubes of cream cheese and wrapping each dough ball around them before putting them in her sugar!

    • Tiffany Holmes says

      I just found this recipe and the thought of little bites of cream cheese makes me want to leave work and run to the grocery store!! I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for the great (and very easy) ideas!

  2. BillGent says

    As I emailed you… UPS delivered the King Arthur Cookie Companion that I won on here. I wanted to tell everyone to go buy it. You’ll never want for cookies and brownies ever again! It’s HUGE! 510 pages.

    That monkey bread looks good and easy. I can make that instead of buying him snack cakes at the store. He has to have them with his morning coffee or he’ll die.. die I tell ya! Marsha Brady didn’t have near as much drama gettin smacked in the nose with a football.


  3. Memoria says

    I made gorilla bread before (the version with the cream cheese), but I ended up removing the cream cheese part b/c it interrupted the sweet goodness of the bread. Next time, I will mix the cream cheese with a sugar-substance before I put them in the biscuits. I love these!!

  4. Courtney says

    Yummy! I’ve been wanting the recipe for this and it is so easy. My son just went on a field trip to Santa’s Village last week and loved it. He said Mrs. Clause read them a story. I asked him where Santa was and he said, “I don’t know. He’s probably at the mall.” :)

  5. says

    Your post reminded me that I haven’t made monkey bread in years. When my kids were young they loved having it at Grandma’s house during the holidays. We will have to make it again soon! Thanks for posting it. I love your recipe blog and I’ve tried a couple of your recipes already, but as soon as we get moved into our new house and I have a stove and an oven, I will be trying many more. I’ve been without a stove and oven for 2 and a half years and can’t wait to start cooking again in a real kitchen with a sink and a dishwasher! We should be moving into my new home by Christmas. I hope I can remember how to cook. :)

  6. Sonya M. says

    This makes me think of the Queen Latifah movie from a few years ago, Beauty Shop. There was a woman who would come around with a rolling cart selling Southern food to the customers. One of her offerings was monkey bread and she’d make monkey screeches when she was plugging it! I was like “monkey bread??” I’ve lived in the South all my life and never heard of it. I had to look up what it was! Now here it is again!

  7. April in CT says

    Those are just about the cutest little tippy toes I’ve seen! It made me want to pinch something! LOL

    This looks so easy and yummy! Girl, I gotta tell ya..the apple dapple cake is my go-to for when we have company now. My mom went nuts over it and now my mother-in-law and her boyfriend are here and the whole thing was gone in two days!

  8. sabrina says

    I have a very similar recipe. My 7yr old son loves to help make it.It mixes 1/2cup brown sugar with the margarine and we drop in chopped walnuts as we put the biscuits in. Everybody loves it, I have seen big burly men drool for it and clean all the gooey stuff off the empty plate. I was wondering about adding a can of condensed milk. Do you think it would make a runny mess? I’m sure it would be rich enough to choke a horse! I have eaten some that the biscuits were left whole, dipped in Eagle Brand milk then cinnamon and sugar. There was no butter or margarine in it. It was not gooey, I guess the biscuits soaked up the milk. By the way, your recipes and instructions are great. I am very at home in the kitchen, but I have some totally clueless coworkers and I will refer them to this site!!

  9. says

    The thing I do a little differently is add a choc kiss in the middle of each ball too. Sorry I just found your blog and added it to my reader so I dont miss any other great recipes. THanks for reminding me about this yummy one!!!!!!!!!!

  10. All says

    Christy, I appreciate all the short-cuts you are clever enough to make, but normally I enjoy doing going all out as baking is a luxury of fun for me, not a necessity (yet.)

    However, this Monkey Bread recipe looks like doing anything BUT following the easy (and precious!) instructions is a waste of effort for very little time spent on the plate and in our mouths! I’m just going to have to find a reason to force another sweet treat on my coworkers, toot-sweeet! Oh, boo hoo for them ; )

    Wait–how about a drizzle of thinned out cream cheese frosting OR on the side for dipping, just to guild the lily?

    They always ask how I stay so slim, but my secret is I make what I want and bring it in for everyone to share!

    Happy New Year, Sweet Ones!

  11. says

    Hey all, Cream cheese frosting is awesome on this. Also, my sister in law cuts a block of cream cheese into little cubes and places them inside some of the dough balls and she says that is amazing as well. You know, I think an orange glaze would be good too….and how about some chocolate ganache…oh you are so getting me into trouble! lol

  12. Shelby says

    I was just wondering since I don’t have the dough in a can if I could just make regular biscuit dough? Like I have Bisquik and they have a recipe for biscuits which is really easy. Let me know.
    Can’t wait to make this!

    • Tiffany Holmes says

      What if you put a nut/butter/brown sugar mixture in the pan before adding any dough so it would end up being a nice topping for the monkey bread? Sounds yummy! Might stick though. Guess I’ll have to try that this weekend for experimentation purposes!

  13. Terri go Dawgs says

    This Monkey Bread is SOOOOOO easy!! Give a hug to Brady for having such great taste. This is fantastic recipe for “keep-on-hand ingredients…don’t have too much time to make a fancy dish” to wow any crowd. Great for making your family think you are the Royal Chef of your kitchen! Today, I even used a can of Grands biscuits and cut them into smaller sections when I was out of 10-canned biscuits. Came out perfectly.

  14. Jack says

    this is a great snack bread for kids to help with…..yes, your milk glass heart plate is very pretty! i have a serving bowl with the same heart scallop i picked up at thrift! thanks!

  15. Sandy Brown says

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe especially with the grandkids… the following is the recipe i have been using for years..didn’t know about your short cut…I’m gonna use yours the next time I make it.I’m definitely gonna try putting cream cheese into the biscuit ball..I noticed you use flaky biscuits this recipe doesn’t…would it matter? I think I’m gonna stick with “your” recipe and just add the nuts it’s much simpler and I’m sure just as good. Thanks!

    Here’s An Alternative Monkey Bread Recipe:
    3 cans biscuits (quarter)
    1 cup sugar
    2 teas cinnamon
    chopped nuts(how ever many you desire)
    1 stick butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    Cut biscuits into quarters..shake in bag with white sugar mixed with cinnamon..grease pan and place a few nuts in bottom of pan..add 1/2 of the biscuits..then add remaning nuts and biscuits.
    Boil together butter and brown sugar..pour over all… Bake @ 350 for 35 mins. Invert pan onto plate and serve.

  16. karen says

    I have 2 grandkids and can’t wait to make this with them. They love playing with play dough with Nan-na. This will be so fun to make with them, if I can keep them from fighting over Nan-na,by the way they are rotten.

  17. Veronica says

    Christy, I make my Monkey Bread just like Sandy Brown does. I’ve given this recipe to all of my nieces and even my daughter. I guess when you go out and buy the 4 tubes of biscuits, and you have one tube left over, you’re tempted to just add it into the monkey bread. But like I’ve told everyone who I give this recipe to, follow the directions!! My daughter and my nieces haven’t heeded the warning and they’ve added that one little tube of biscuits to the recipe, and it overflows the pan EVERY TIME!! I just laugh and ask them if they followed the directions. And then it comes out that they bought the 4 pack of biscuits and the pan just didn’t look full enough!! They forgot that the biscuits double in size!! Every time I’m making this delicious bread, I start to laugh!! Thanks for bringing back some memorable moments!!


  18. Julie Quinn says

    YUM! Just made this for breakfast with my 2 and 4 year old. I call my girls my little monkeys so it was really their bread! Everything went fine UNTIL I allowed them to lick one finger and taste the sugar mixture. I took the prep dishes to the sink and turned around to find them grabbing fist-fulls of the mixture. Sugar everywhere!

    Thanks for a great recipe. My mom used to make this with frozen bread dough and it would rise all night and then bake in the a.m. (usually for Christmas). It’s great to be able to make it on a whim!

  19. Veronica says


    I can’t believe this!! We’re getting ready to go to a New Year’s party at my husband’s cousins house. And I’ve got my monkey bread in the oven as I type!! I’m always asked to make this favorite recipe. The only difference between yours and mine is that I add a cup of brown sugar to the butter when i melt it, and I also add 1 tbs chopped nuts (either pecans or walnuts after every can of biscuits I use. I also use 3 cans of biscuits.

    Happy New Year!


  20. Jennifer says


    You have to try this simple addition to your recipe….BUTTERSCOTCH pudding mix. I do everything else the same as you, but I include a box (per 2 pkgs of refrigerator rolls). It is divine! And my picky little boys (4 and 5) absolutely love my Monkey Bread!

    Happy 2010!

  21. says

    I received the pdf version of this recipe in your email today. Let me tell you… I was sitting there trying to think of an after-school snack to make and this came at the perfect time! I handed the recipe to my 7 year old and let her take over the prep work. The kids (and hubby!) enjoyed it so much that there is sadly none left. Thank you for the yummy snack, and the great memory made with my daughter today as she got to take over a recipe on her own.

    Pendleton, SC

  22. Annarose says

    Mmmm, monkey bread :) I’ve never made it for Christmas morning (I have a casserole I always make, but this would be a great sweet addition!), but when my husband and I were dating, I always made it for him to eat if I had to go out of town. He would subsist on tortilla chips and M&Ms if I didn’t cook food for him to eat while I was away! He always loved the monkey bread the best out of the food I’d leave for him :) I hadn’t made it in a while and he has a bad cold, and I saw your recipe so yesterday morning I made some monkey bread for him as a surprise breakfast in bed. It definitely made him feel better! Thanks!

  23. says

    Admiring the time and effort you put into your site and in depth information you provide.
    It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed information.

    Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *