Easy Monkey Bread in 30 minutes

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This is the easiest Monkey Bread recipe ever! You don’t have to make the dough or deal with frozen bread dough – instead, you use Hawaiian rolls, and the whole thing is ready for the oven in 15 minutes.

It’s ooey-gooey with chopped nuts and cinnamon and delicious warm from the oven. You will want to make this easy monkey bread for every holiday breakfast or special weekend breakfast!

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Monkey Bread in a glass baking dish with pecans on top

I love a special baked treat for breakfast, especially holiday breakfasts, but I hate having to deal with a complicated recipe first thing in the morning!

Monkey bread is one of those recipes that can get real complicated real fast – some recipes you have to prep the night before, some require homemade dough… no thanks. So, I came up with the easiest monkey bread ever and, spoiler alert, it’s made with King’s Hawaiian Rolls.

Easy Monkey Bread with Dinner Rolls

Yes, you can use baked rolls to make monkey bread! It’s the best shortcut ever – you can have it prepped and in the oven in 15 minutes. It has all the same gooey wonderfulness as the other ones made with frozen or homemade dough, but so much easier.

Plus, you get to use Hawaiian rolls which are sweet, soft, and pretty much my favorite dinner roll ever. They work so well in this recipe you won’t go back to the old way of making monkey bread again.

By the time the coffee’s made, you’ll be pulling it out of the oven! And once everyone catches a whiff of cinnamon, they’ll be out of bed and around the table for breakfast.

Don’t have a bundt pan? No problem! I’m showing you how to make King’s Hawaiian monkey bread without a bundt pan.

Four images showing the process of making Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • Dinner Rolls: I love using King’s Hawaiian Rolls but you can use any pre-made dinner roll that’s about the same size
  • Egg, Granulated sugar and Cinnamon: for coating the bread
  • Nuts: Chopped walnuts are my favorite but I also like using pecans. You can skip the nuts if you want/need!
  • Melted butter and Brown sugar: these combine for that gooey topping

How to Make Monkey Bread

Prepare the rolls: Cut each dinner roll into four to six pieces and place them in a large bowl.

Toss in Cinnamon Sugar: Beat the egg in a bowl and pour it over the dinner roll pieces. Toss the pieces in the egg, so they are evenly coated. Mix the cinnamon and granulated sugar together and then pour them over the bread pieces. Toss again until the bread pieces are coated.

Best Pan for Monkey Bread: Spray a 9×13” (or 9×9”) baking dish with cooking spray.

Assemble and Bake: Pour the coated bread pieces into the pan. Combine the melted butter with the brown sugar and pour it over the bread in the pan. Bake the monkey bread for 15 minutes at 350°F.

After Baking: When it comes out of the oven, there will be a buttery-sugary mixture at the bottom. You can either stir the bread to incorporate it or invert the baking dish over a serving platter to serve the rolls (all of the ooey-gooeyness from the bottom will be like a topping).

Monkey Bread in a glass baking dish with wooden spoon scooping some out

FAQs

Why is it called monkey bread?

Traditionally, you bake monkey bread in a bundt pan, and pieces of dough are stacked inside so, once it’s baked, it’s easy to pull parts off with your hands as monkeys would.

What can I use if I don’t have a bundt pan for monkey bread?

No problem! You can bake monkey bread in a 9×13” pan, and it’s just as good!

Does monkey bread have to be made in a bundt pan?

Nope! You can use a variety of pans, including a 9×13 or 9×9” baking pan.

How long do leftovers keep?

You can store the leftovers at room temperature for up to two days. Just keep the baking dish covered with plastic wrap or a lid.

Have you added a package of King’s Hawaiian Rolls to your grocery list yet? You are going to want to try this easy monkey bread recipe this weekend! It’s so buttery, sweet, and delicious – I know you will love it.

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Easy Monkey Bread

This monkey bread is the easiest recipe you’ll ever make! There’s no rising time and the bake time is super short because you’re using hawaiian dinner rolls! Monkey bread in 30 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 12 King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls or other simila dinner roll
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×9 or 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Mix cinnamon and granulated sugar in a small bowl. Cut each dinner roll into 4-6 pieces. Place in a large bowl. Pour egg over the bread and toss with your hands. Pour cinnamon sugar over egg/bread mixture and toss with your hands. Place bread mixture in the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the bread mixture.
  • Stir melted butter and brown sugar together and pour evenly over the mixture in the pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool slightly in pan.
  • When it comes out of the oven, there will be a buttery-sugary mixture at the bottom. You can either stir the bread to incorporate it or invert the baking dish over a serving platter to serve the rolls (all of the ooey-gooeyness from the bottom will be like a topping).

Recipe Notes

What can I use if I don’t have a bundt pan for monkey bread?
No problem! You can bake monkey bread in a 9×13” pan, and it’s just as good!
Does monkey bread have to be made in a bundt pan?
Nope! You can use a variety of pans, including a 9×13 or 9×9” baking pan.
How long do leftovers keep?
You can store the leftovers at room temperature for up to two days. Just keep the baking dish covered with plastic wrap or a lid.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 777IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword monkey bread
Monkey Bread in a glass baking dish with pecans on top and recipe title on top of image

Learn how I make EASY Monkey Bread in less than 30 minutes – this breakfast or brunch recipe is made with King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls but you can use any kind of dinner roll – this is the easiest and most delicious monkey bread ever.

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  1. Is there any way I can get the original instructions that utilized a bundt pan so I can write it down and save it? It’s become our Christmas tradition and I’d rather not alter it. It would mean so much!!!

  2. Could I do this in a microwave? We have some leftover Hawaiian rolls at work and we were looking for something yummy! Unfortunately, we don’t have an over, but do have a microwave!