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How to make monkey bread without a bundt pan?

Monkey Bread is an easy breakfast or dessert filled with delicious cinnamon and sugar, coated with a sticky brown sugar glaze. It’s ideal for breakfast or Christmas morning!

Easy Monkey Bread with Biscuits

Monkey Bread is a soft and sweet dessert delicacy that tastes like a cinnamon roll and is served as a sharable appetizer. Take this delectable delight apart and share it with your friends and family. Make a cream cheese icing to dip each gooey mouthful into as it makes its way to your lips.

While having a hot and fresh from the oven money bread on the table looks impressive, it’s actually one of super easy to make. In fact, you may enlist the aid of your children to perform the most of the job and avoid getting your hands dirty!

There is no wrong moment to eat a wonderful monkey bread, but if you prepare it the night before and bake it after waking up, it may make for an easy morning. Similar to enjoying a cinnamon roll in the morning or as an after-dinner treat, this monkey bread can find it’s way into your home and your bellies with this super simplistic recipe.

What is Monkey Bread?

Monkey bread is a sweet, pull-apart bread created with individual dough pieces wrapped in cinnamon sugar and cooked in a bundt pan.

Monkey bread is usually prepared using canned biscuit dough, although it may also be created from scratch. Individually rolled dough balls are rolled in melted butter and cinnamon sugar before being layered in a bundt pan. After that, the bread is cooked until golden brown and the sugar has caramelized.

Monkey bread is a popular dish in the United States and is often served as a special treat or during holidays such as Christmas and Easter. It may be eaten simply or with extras like nuts, raisins, or icing. Regardless of how you serve it, monkey bread is a delicious and fun dish that is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Why is it called monkey bread?

Others call it “monkey bread” because the way people tear apart the different pieces of dough mimics how monkeys pick apart their meal. Others say it’s because of the playful, fun nature of the dish, as the gooey, sweet, and sticky bread is reminiscent of the playful antics of monkeys.

What’s in Monkey Bread?

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Canned biscuits (I use the small biscuits!)
  • Cinnamon and sugar

You can add nuts if you’d like,  but I like to just keep it classic and simple. Check out the recipe card below for the specific quantities and actions to take!

How to make Monkey Bread with Biscuits

  1. On the stovetop over low heat, melt together your butter and brown sugar to make a syrup. The sugar and butter should be thoroughly dissolved. Set aside the syrup after pouring it into the bottom of a bundt pan.
  2. Prepare your canned biscuits by cutting them into quarters. I use my kitchen shears to cut the biscuits, it makes the job SO easy! Place the cut biscuits into a closed baggie with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. To coat each biscuit, toss the bag around.
  3. Place the biscuit pieces on top of the syrup in the bundt pan. Just keep layering the cinnamon and sugar biscuits until the bundt pan is full.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, covered with tinfoil. Covering with tinfoil is necessary to trap the heat into the pan so everything cooks evenly.
  5. Flip the bunt pan over onto a serving plate and enjoy watching the melted syrup fall over the bread. It’ll be quite hot and tasty, so take care and enjoy!
finished monkey bread recipe

How long to bake Monkey Bread

Bake for around 25-30 minutes, or until the top of your bundt pan is golden brown and the interior temperature is about 190°.

How to make this recipe for Monkey Bread without a Bundt Pan

If you don’t have a bunt pan, you may use another pan. Monkey bread may be made in an 8×8 baking dish or even a muffin tray. You may have to adjust the baking time so that the biscuits can be fully cooked without becoming over baked, but you should be good to go.

How to store Pull Apart Monkey Bread

Store leftover monkey bread at room temperature in an airtight container for about 1 day. It is best eaten as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Does monkey bread need to be refrigerated?

No, baked monkey bread does not need to be refrigerated.

How long does monkey bread keep?

In an airtight container, it will keep for approximately 24 hours at room temperature. Things tend to dry out after that. When reheating leftovers, reheat your monkey bread in the microwave for a few seconds.

Can you reheat Pull Apart Monkey Bread?

To reheat your money bread, you can place a portion of it in the microwave and cook it in 15-second intervals. Because of the sweet syrup, it may get quite hot very fast.

You may alternatively bake it at 170°F while wrapped in foil to cook a bigger piece while retaining some of the ooey-gooey wetness.

Easy Monkey Bread Recipe FAQs

Can you make monkey bread the night before?

The monkey bread may be prepared the night before, but I recommend baking it the morning of. Just store your bundt pan covered in the fridge overnight and then bake in the morning.

What is monkey bread sauce made of?

The sauce that covers the Monkey bread is comprised of butter and brown sugar, giving it a caramel flavor.

Biscuit Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is an easy breakfast or dessert filled with delicious cinnamon and sugar, coated with a sticky brown sugar glaze. It’s ideal for breakfast or Christmas morning!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 204kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 7.5 oz cans biscuits
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon and sugar


  • Melt the butter and brown sugar together on the stovetop over low heat to form a syrup.
  • Pour the syrup into the bottom of a bundt pan. Set aside.
  • Split each biscuit into fourths and coat each piece with a baggie of cinnamon and sugar.
  • Place the biscuit pieces on top of the syrup in the bundt pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, covered with tinfoil.
  • Flip the bundt pan upside down onto a plate to serve. The syrup will run down the toast.
  • Enjoy! (Be careful! it will be hot!)


204kcal | 26g carbohydrate | 1g protein | 12g fat | 7g saturated fat | 31mg cholesterol | 109mg sodium | 18mg potassium | 26g sugar | 355IU vitamin A | 15mg calcium | 1mg iron

Related Questions

  • What can you use instead of a bundt pan for monkey bread?

    Is a Bundt Pan required for Monkey Bread? Though you’ve probably seen many store-bought versions come in the traditional Bundt shape, it’s unnecessary. Monkey bread cooks in a bread pan, a cookie sheet, ramekins, or a loaf pan. It’s OK if you want to use a tube pan.

  • What can I use if I don’t have a bundt pan?

    For baking, a circular cake pan, springform pan, muffin pan, or pie pan may all be used in lieu of a bundt pan. Be sure to adjust the instructions for your recipe accordingly and use parchment paper or cupcake liners to prevent sticking.

  • Can I use a 9×13 pan instead of a bundt pan?

    Is it possible to bake a Bundt cake in a 13×9 pan? Yeah, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Let around 1/2′′ to 1/4′′ of space at the top to allow the cake to expand. You’ll also need to adjust your baking time.

  • Can I substitute a loaf pan for a bundt pan?

    If the recipe asks for a loaf or tube pan, the batter would most likely work nicely in a similarly deep pan with some support, such as a bundt pan. Or, if the cake is baked in a flat pan, like a rimmed baking sheet, than you’re probably fine baking in a relatively shallow 2-inch-deep pan.