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Homemade Monkey Bread Recipe

Homemade Monkey Bread Recipe

Homemade Monkey Bread is so much easier than you think! This from scratch version of a cinnamon pull-apart is the perfect brunch recipe!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword monkey bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 494kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8


For the Dough

  • 3-¼ to 3-¾ cups (403g-465g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 packet Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast - Instant Yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (177ml) milk whole, 2%, 1% or nonfat
  • ¼ cup (59ml) water
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter sliced into tablespoons
  • 1 large egg

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , melted


  • It’s best to use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. You can also do this by hand or with an electric mixer, but it will take longer.
  • Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and whisk until blended.
  • Combine milk, water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup.  Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch, about a minute (120° to 130°F; butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg.
  • Beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Add another 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.
  • Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place melted butter in another small bowl.
  • Cut dough into 36 pieces (cut in half, cut each half in thirds and each third into thirds again, then each third in halves).  Dip each piece into the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Spray pan with cooking spray. Place dough into pan. Combine remaining butter and sugar and drizzle over rolls. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place  until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. See below for pan instructions:
  • 9x13-inch baking dish: place dough pieces into single layer. After rising, bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • Fluted tube pan or Bundt pan: bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  • Two 9x5-inch bread pans: bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  • 12 monkey bread muffins: place 3 pieces in each greased muffin cup. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.


  • If you plan to remove from the pan for serving, cool 5 minutes in pan then invert onto serving plate.
  • If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the filling.
Recipe slightly adapted from this one.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg