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Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread

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Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 12

The quick and easy prep of this shortcut version of monkey bread makes it a great introduction to baking with kids. Put on your favorite family tunes, and let them shake the biscuit dough in the one-gallon bag in time to the music. Family dance party AND terrific breakfast: mission for fun accomplished. MORE+ LESS-

Jessica Walker
December 13, 2018


cup granulated sugar
teaspoons ground cinnamon
cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Southern Homestyle refrigerated Buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits each)
cup butter
cup packed brown sugar


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.
  • 2
    Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in 1-gallon food-storage plastic bag. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each in quarters.
  • 3
    Shake biscuit pieces in bag to coat; place in pan. Sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over biscuits.
  • 4
    In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar to boiling over medium-high heat; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour over biscuit pieces.
  • 5
    Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown and cooked through in center. Cool 5 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

  • A pizza wheel works really well for cutting the biscuits.

Expert Tips

  • It’s important to carefully brush all the nooks and crannies of a fluted tube cake pan with softened butter or oil—or use nonstick cooking spray. Otherwise, the gooey caramel coating will really stick when it’s time to unmold the bread.
  • In the world of cake pans, not all fluted ones are alike. Choose the most basic, classic shape—and if you don’t have one, a straight-sided tube pan will work just as well.
  • For a nuanced spiced flavor that teams up well with the gooey caramel, try adding a little ground ginger with the cinnamon, or sub in Indian garam masala—a blend of several warm spices that has a sweet-savory edge.
  • Monkey bread is also sometimes called pull-apart or puzzle bread because of its cobblestone texture that’s easy to pull apart into sugary bite-size pieces.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe

  • No primates were involved in the making of this bread—just clever humans who figured out how delicious it would be to roll sweet nubbins of dough in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, then cover them with a deep brown sugar and butter glaze. The treat’s distinctive dough-shaping method and unique-looking final product have led it to be called by a number of names, including bubble bread, jumble bread, pull-apart bread, pinch-me cake and pluck-it cake. In this version, Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated biscuits provide a time-saving step, so you can have the dough in the oven in just 20 minutes. If learning how to make monkey bread has inspired you to try even more sticky bun recipes, check out Betty’s best sticky bun recipes.

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