Homemade Monkey Bread

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The best Monkey Bread you’ve ever tasted can be made from scratch using my basic homemade yeast dough and a simple caramel sauce. You’re going to fall in love!

Homemade Monkey Bread

Homemade Monkey Bread

We’ve made cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls and so many sweet rolls this awesome dough and today we’re tackling Monkey bread from scratch.

Monkey bread is a classic recipe sometimes made from canned biscuits. And I’ll admit that recreating this recipe from scratch wound up being a little bit more difficult than I expected it to be!

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I started testing these recipes last fall and this one took four tries to get right. That’s a lot of almost perfect monkey bread to eat! (Not that I’m complaining. Ha!)

Thankfully we have lots of friends that are willing to be our guinea pigs. This is what carb dreams are made out of, right

Homemade Monkey Bread from Scratch

Monkey Bread from Scratch

In addition to testing the recipe in my kitchen, I also researched a lot of monkey bread recipes on the internet. I was inspired by a couple of ingredients and techniques from other bloggers.

Sally, from Sally’s Baking Addiction, coated each piece of dough in cinnamon sugar before putting it into the pan. I did this and it made a huge difference in the definition it gave to each piece of dough. Plus, the cinnamon gives it extra flavor.

Lindsay, from Pinch of Yum, added heavy cream to the caramel sauce and this was just the trick I needed to keep the caramel sauce smooth and sticky, instead of hard or granulated.

How To Make Monkey Bread from Scratch

Monkey Bread Recipe from Scratch

Since I did all that research and ate all the monkey bread for you, you can dive in and create a perfect batch of monkey bread from the recipe below.

If there is one tricky area, it’s the caramel sauce. Just be sure to boil it for just the length of time in the recipe and you should be good.

I’ve also tried using other sizes of pans without much success, so I would stick to the large 12 cup bundt pan for best results. I’d hate for the caramel to overflow your oven and leave a burnt sticky mess.

I think the best way to eat this is to gather a group of friends around the kitchen counter, place the warm monkey bread and the center and dig in.

No slicing or anything. It pulls apart really easily and is perfect for fingers in my opinion, but serve it how you like.

Monkey Bread is a holiday favorite!
Homemade Monkey Bread from Scratch

How to make Monkey Bread from scratch

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Today I'm going to teach you how to make Monkey Bread from scratch using my basic homemade yeast dough and a simple caramel sauce. You're going to fall in love. 
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings


For the cinnamon sugar coating

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the caramel sauce

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Make the yeast dough as directed in this recipe through the first rise. While the dough is rising, make the caramel sauce.
  • To make the sauce, add the butter, whipping cream, brown sugar and salt to a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil for exactly 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating in a small bowl.
  • When the dough has risen, punch it down and knead several times until smooth. Grease a 12 cup bundt pan and pour in ⅓ of the caramel sauce at the bottom, pinch off 1 inch section of dough, dip them in the melted butter, roll them in the cinnamon sugar and place in the bundt pan.
  • Continue the process until half the dough is in the pan, then pour on another ⅓ of the caramel sauce. Repeat the process with the other half of the dough. Finally, add the last ⅓ of the caramel sauce on top.
  • Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake uncovered for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before carefully inverting onto a tray. It is best served warm, but will keep several days tightly covered.


Serving: 1piece · Calories: 526kcal
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{originally published 4/19/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 10/8/21}

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  1. Kara says

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for this. I live in South American and can’t get biscuit dough. I have considered making it from scratch but didn’t have the time or money to experiment. I appreciate you doing that for me!

  2. Al F. says

    I wonder how this holds up over a few days, reheats? I wonder if you’ve tried having this the next day or reheating (?). It seems a lot for a small family!

  3. Geek Gal Cooks says

    5 stars
    With the dough recipie, this is the BEST Monkey bread ever!! Easy to make and turns out perfect every time. I make this every Christmas morning. My family puts candles in it and we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. 😊