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Cinnamon Monkey Bread Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Cinnamon Monkey Bread

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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."

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!"

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!"

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."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"Delicious and simple!"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"This recipe was so easy! What made it even better is the melted butter and brown sugar that you pour over the whole bread before baking. I have made other Monkey Bread recipes, but this was the best! My family agrees!!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"Taste AMAZING and is soooo EASY to make!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"This is a wonderful recipe. My husband and son like the cinnamon roll-type texture. I have also made this recipe without the addition of brown sugar & butter glaze - and it is wonderful that way as well. Makes the bread taste less like cinnamon rolls and more like cinnamon-sugar doughnuts! Yum. I will definitely be making this recipe again :)"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"This is a great recipe to cook with kids. My 9 and 5 year old son and daughter had a great time. I quartered the biscuits, one child rolled dough balls while the other rolled them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and the finished product is really good. Great with cocoa or a cup of coffee."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Our three kids have made this recipe every Christmas Eve for years and it's always a big hit at the family Christmas Eve party. It goes quickly!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"Easy and delicious. We make it all the time when we have guests. My nephew asks for it every time he visits. Sometimes we sprinkle chopped pecans on each layer of dough balls."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"LOVED IT! Even made it for the first day of school breakfast because it is such a favorite!"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"Simple and delicious! Great recipe to involve the kids!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"very tasty. just like it tasted when i was little."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"Simple, but good!"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"I made this just as a simple easy surprise for dessert one night. Definitely would make it again, maybe with some walnuts or some kind of nuts to offset the sweet."

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"We made this all growing up, but this time, I used crescent rolls instead of biscuits, kind of by accident. I tore up the pieces and rolled them into balls. We will do that always now. They were so light and airy! YUM!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"I made this for breakfast on summer vacation for my son and his friends - they still talk about it and have requested it regularly. Very easy to do, and I like the suggestion of adding nutmeg."

Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"I've made it twice now. My husband and I love it! This time, I sprinkled sliced almonds around it."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2009

"I cut this recipe in half to see if I would like it. I did make a few adjustments: added a sprinkle of nutmeg to the cinnamon/sugar mix and added a layer of chopped pecans in the center. I baked it in a 9x5 loaf pan for about 22 min. turned out great!"

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