This Easy Monkey Bread Recipe is simple AND delicious! Made using cinnamon rolls from the store, this recipe goes from oven to table in no time!

monkey bread on a white plate with a napkin

How could anything that is full of cinnamon, sugar and butter be bad?! There’s a good reason why everyone loves monkey bread—it’s got plenty of all three!

Weekends are made for trying new recipes and sitting around the table with the family—two things I love in life. I also love this easy monkey bread recipe because my kids are able to help out in the kitchen while I enjoy my morning coffee. My version is so simple to make, you’ll want to make it every weekend! It’s just as easy and delicious as my Easy Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole!

glazed monkey bread on a plate

Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

Cut the cinnamon rolls into fourths and add to a large ziploc bag with the cinnamon and sugar to coat. Add to a 9-inch round cake pan or bundt pan, then top with a mixture of the butter and brown sugar and bake. That’s it! Simple to make and even easier to eat!

(For a twist on the classic, try my Caramel Apple Monkey Bread!)

ingredients to make easy monkey bread


  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Grands Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting
  • Brown sugar – Light brown or dark brown sugar will both work in this recipe. Brown sugar has a richer, more molasses-y flavor.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter for best results.
steps to make an easy monkey bread

How to Make Easy Monkey Bread

1. Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease a cake pan or fluted bundt pan.

2. Make the Cinnamon Sugar

Add sugar and cinnamon to a large Ziploc bag and shake to combine.

3. Prep the Dough

Separate the cinnamon roll dough, then cut each roll into quarters. Place the dough pieces in the bag with the cinnamon sugar, seal the bag, then shake it until the dough is coated.

4. Assemble

Remove the dough and arrange it in the prepared pan, making sure it’s evenly distributed.

5. Make the Sticky Glaze

Stir together the brown sugar and butter in a small bowl and pour it over the cinnamon roll dough.

6. Bake

Place the pan in the oven and bake for 28 to 32 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and no longer doughy in the center.

7. Finish and Serve

Let the monkey bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it upside down onto a serving plate. Place the icing in a small bowl and heat it in the microwave, then spoon it over the cake and serve warm.

a piece of monkey bread being picked up from the table

How to Store and Reheat Monkey Bread

You can loosely cover the monkey bread with foil to keep the frosting from sticking and store it at room temperature for a day, or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 5 days. Warm it up in the microwave before eating!

monkey bread being served on a plate


Why is it called monkey bread?

It’s called monkey bread because you pick it apart with your fingers and eat it with your hands, a little bit like how a monkey eats!

How do you know when monkey bread is done?

When monkey bread is done, it’s puffy and has a slightly crispy top. You can try inserting a wooden skewer into the bread and seeing if it comes out clean if you’re still not sure.

Is monkey bread good the next day?

Like most breads and baked goods, monkey bread is best the day you make it, but it will be perfectly fine the next day too!

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Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

For a no-fail recipe that’s easy to make and delicious to eat, try this Easy Monkey Bread Recipe! Your entire family will love it!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cans Grands Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup butter melted


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly grease a cake or fluted bundt pan.
  • Add sugar and cinnamon to a large Ziploc bag.
  • Separate dough and cut each into quarters.
  • Shake in bag to coat.
  • Remove from bag and arrange in pan.
  • In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over cinnamon roll pieces.
  • Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.
  • Can top with icing from the Grands Cinnamon Rolls at this point if desired.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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