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Sticky Cinnamon-Sugar Monkey Bread

You can do all the prep work for this monkey bread the night before. I prepare the dough pieces and put all the sauce ingredients in the pan so it's ready for the morning. You can sprinkle chopped nuts in with the dough pieces before pouring the sauce on and baking. — Diana Kunselman, Rimersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Cut dough into 1-inch pieces; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Pour over dough pieces.
  • Cover loosely with parchment or nonstick foil; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Immediately invert onto a serving plate.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If there's any saucy goodness left in the pan after inverting the bread, use a rubber spatula to remove every last sticky bit.
  • When we tested this recipe, we made 42 balls of dough and arranged them into seven rows of six dough balls.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 247 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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    • Deborah
      Dec 20, 2020

      No one mentioned the mix you cook does not blend together, the butter never did incorporate into the mix. I think I put the items in the pan in the wrong order starting with butter. I stirred and stirred as it cooled and it was just a glop of stuff splashing around in the melted butter. I am trying using a whisk, but no luck blending. (sigh)

    • Cholderby
      Mar 28, 2020

      I made this with homemade bread dough and cook and serve butterscotch pudding (I had it on hand). Really good.

      Mar 4, 2020

      I make this every year for Christmas. Probably 35 years now. Now that the kids are all grown each family gets a pan of their own. I add walnuts and/or raisins to each of the pans. If they get a little dry the second day, just zap them in the microwave. So yummy. I also add the sauce over the first loaf, add any nuts raisins and then the second loaf.

    • tsuop
      Aug 5, 2019

      I was looking for something to take to my family reunion this weekend. I have this recipe, just never made it. I will for the reunion. Thanks Diana .

    • huma
      Mar 9, 2019

    • Kathy
      Feb 24, 2019

      This is a recipe that has been around since frozen bread was made available. It has been a family favorite for over 30 years. The sauce coats more pieces if half of the bread pieces are put in the pan, then half the sauce, then repeat. You can also refrigerate it overnight and bake it in the morning when needed.

    • sd20
      Feb 17, 2019

      Good but My family prefers my recipe with using canned biscuits and putting in a bundt pan or even a square pan.

    • Sblomker
      Jan 20, 2019

      This recipe is so simple and so tasty! I made it for two family christmases and everyone loved it. My husband asks for this monkey bread every Saturday!

    • geysergazer
      Jan 3, 2019

      No comment left

    • ebramkamp
      Dec 27, 2018

      I made this for Christmas morning. It's so easy and everyone loved it. The house was filled with the aroma of bread and cinnamon. Absolutely delicious.