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Monkey Bread

finished monkey bread on serving platter

Canned biscuits never tasted so good! This simple Monkey Bread Recipe is made with canned biscuit dough that is coated in cinnamon sugar, layered with chopped walnuts and topped with a creamy caramel mixture. Delicious! The perfect sweet breakfast for the holidays or special occasions.)

finished monkey bread on serving platter

An Easy Sweet Breakfast

While Cinnamon Rolls and Crepes are delicious and all the rage through the holidays, ya’ll need to jump on the Monkey Bread band wagon! This recipe is made with canned biscuits, cinnamon sugar, nuts and a homemade faux caramel sauce (whisked heavy cream, melted butter and brown sugar) that you pour over the top. Baked until puffy, bubbly and sticky, this is a show stopping treat everyone will love!

overhead shot of monkey bread

How to Make Monkey Bread

Trust me when I say there is 15 minutes or less of prep work required for this super simple Monkey Bread Recipe! So easy and fast, not to mention delicious! Here’s how to make it:

Coat Biscuits in Cinnamon Sugar

Spray a bundt pan well with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Open cans of biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands) and cut each biscuit into quarters. Add to a large bowl or ziploc bag. Top with granulated sugar and cinnamon and stir (or shake!) to coat evenly.

Layer Biscuits with Nuts

Sprinkle 1/4 cup nuts in the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. Top with half of the dough pieces. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup nuts and dough pieces.

Do I Have to Use Nuts?

The beauty of this recipe is you can customize it how you like and it should still work beautifully! So, no, you don’t have to use walnuts or any nuts if you choose not to. It’ll still be just as delicious. In place of the walnuts, try chopped almonds, hazelnuts or pecans. Yum!

close up shot of monkey bread

Make the Caramel Sauce

In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk melted butter together with brown sugar, heavy cream and salt. A thick, grainy sauce should form. Pour sauce over dough pieces and spread evenly.

This essentially an uncooked caramel sauce. As it bakes, it will turn into a a caramel that coats every piece of biscuit. It’s so good!

Bake Monkey Bread

Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until dough pieces are completely baked. Cool 5-10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving platter and replace any dough pieces of nuts which may have stuck to the bottom of the pan. Serve warm.

Pro Tips for the Best Monkey Bread

  • Grease the bundt pan well with nonstick cooking spray. I find for these kinds of recipes, butter alone doesn’t cut it. Pam or an off brand of canola oil works perfectly!
  • Whisk the caramel sauce until smooth. While some recipes out there would just have you pour the cream, brown sugar and butter overtop of the biscuit pieces, I much prefer to whisk ingredients all together, then pour the thick sauce overtop. You get a better finished product.
  • Remove Quickly From Pan. The longer the monkey bread sits in the pan, the stickier the sauce will become, the harder it will be to remove from the pan.

Can I use Canned Cinnamon Rolls Instead of Biscuits?

Yes! You absolutely can substitute canned cinnamon rolls for canned biscuits. This eliminates the step where you would roll the dough in cinnamon sugar. So, simply cut each cinnamon roll into four and layer in the greased bundt pan with the chopped nuts. Pour over the caramel sauce as usual and bake for the same amount of time. Easy!

slice of monkey bread on plate

Other Sweet Breakfasts You Will Love

Anyways, I hope you LOVE this monkey bread as much as we did! It’s an easy recipe that tastes homemade that is perfect for just about any occasion. Have a great day, friends!

baked monkey bread

Monkey Bread

Canned biscuits never tasted so good! Biscuit dough is coated in cinnamon sugar and layered with chopped walnuts and topped with a creamy caramel mixture. Delicious!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 577 kcal

Equipment

  • bundt pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans Pillsbury Biscuits 16.3 oz size cans, 16 biscuits total
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Open cans of biscuits and cut into quarters. Place biscuit pieces into a large bowl or ziploc bag. Top with granulated sugar and cinnamon. Toss dough pieces with cinnamon sugar to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup nuts in the bottom of the bundt pan. Top with half of the dough pieces. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup nuts and dough pieces.
  • In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk melted butter together with brown sugar, heavy cream and salt. A thick, grainy sauce should form. Pour sauce over dough pieces and spread evenly.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until dough pieces are completely baked. Cool 5-10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving platter and replace any dough pieces of nuts which may have stuck to the bottom of the pan. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 577kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 7gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 935mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 2gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 3mg
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