Cinnamon Monkey Bread Recipe

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Is it possible for four kids to cook together without total chaos in the kitchen? Yes, with the right recipe. This is a favorite with my bunch. They get to "play" with the dough as they roll pieces of refrigerated biscuits into balls.—Lisa Combs, Greenville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 tubes (7-1/2 ounces each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 133 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Cut each biscuit into four pieces; shape into balls. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Roll each ball in cinnamon-sugar. Arrange evenly in a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  2. Combine butter and brown sugar; pour over the top. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting bread onto a serving platter. Yield: 1 loaf.
Originally published as Cinnamon Monkey Bread in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p56

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Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 259755
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"This is the perfect monkey bread recipe. My family loved it. I made a butter, powdered sugar and milk glaze to drizzle over. It is sweet but it is supposed to be sweet. I will make again and again."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 258701
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"I wanted to try this, but I had only one tube of rolls. I made this with one tube and baked it in a loaf pan. I did not use the brown sugar topping, though. The bread was good, but next time I will try a very light topping of the brown sugar and cinnamon. This is a good recipe."

Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 256079
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"4 stars from me 2-3 stars from my family. Too time I'll use less of the cinnamon sugar"

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 242831
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"I am so excited to serve this tonight. I love Monkey bread, but I've never made it before, so I was so nervous that it would all stick to my pan and be a big disaster. I bought 1 lb. containers and used two of them...hoping it was enough. It came out just beautifully. 2 lb. is the perfect amount. Thank you so much."

hkarow9713 User ID: 7604678 232984
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a loaf pan and it still turned out great! I wouldn't put the remaining cinnamon sugar over top when I make it again though. It was a bit too sweet for my liking, but still a big hit in our house!"

Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 232202
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"I didn't read ahead about how many tubes of biscuits I would need, so I had to modify this accordingly! I made a quarter of the original recipe and in place of the fluted tube pan, I used a doughnut pan...which resulted in 11 monkey bread doughnuts for the one tube of biscuits I had. My kids loved it - and I loved the individual portions!"

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 222743
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"I also used homemade buttermilk biscuits in this recipe. The monkey bread turned out perfectly, pulled apart beautifully, and the butter and brown sugar created a great caramel crust on the soft cinnamon sugar bread."

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 218223
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Delicious, can't wait to make with my grandchildren next time they are here!"

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 51211
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Delicious! I like to microwave a container of cream cheese frosting to drizzle over the rolls when they come out of the oven."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 88380
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"I was searching for a monkey bread recipe that didn't use a packaged pudding mix and I found this. The cinnamon and sugar mixture along with the butter and brown sugar give it a great flavor. I used a homemade buttermilk bread recipe instead of the refrigerated buttermilk biscuits."

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