• funfetti monkey bread

    filed under: Bread on December 26, 2016

    You knew I would do it, right? I have been trying and trying to come up with a way to serve sprinkles for breakfast and this is it. Monkey bread covered in a glorious glaze and rainbow jimmies. Funfetti Monkey Bread!

    A decadent morning treat!

    The best part about this bread? You can actually make it ahead of time! I love that time saving tip and love that I can spend most of my morning enjoying it’s decadent deliciousness. Just remember, when making bread from scratch there will be a proofing period in addition to the baking and this can add considerable time to the process.

    A decadent morning treat!

    If you read through the recipe one thing you may have noticed is that I used cinnamon extract (commonly found in most grocery stores) in place of cinnamon. This was purely for aesthetic purposes as I wanted to create a beautifully light and colorful monkey bread. If you are not opposed to a dark brown funfetti bread, feel free to omit the extract in place of 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

    A decadent morning treat!

    Funfetti Monkey Bread



        • 5 c all-purpose flour
        • 1/4 c granulated sugar
        • 1 tsp. salt
        • 1 pkg (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
        • 1/4 c warm water (105 degrees F to 120 degrees F)
        • 1 1/4 c warm whole milk (105 degrees F to 120 degrees F)
        • 1/3 c unsalted butter, melted
        • 2 large eggs, beaten and at room temperature
        • 1 c rainbow jimmies, plus extra for garnish


        • 3/4 c unsalted butter
        • 1 1/4 c granulated sugar
        • 1 tbsp. cinnamon extract
        • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

        Cream Cheese Glaze

        • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
        • 2 tbsp. milk, plus extra if needed
        • 1/4 c powdered sugar
        • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


        1. To make the dough, pour the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast into the bowl of stand mixer with dough attachment.
        2. Turn on lowest speed for 30 seconds to evenly distribute.
        3. Slowly drizzle in warm water, melted butter and eggs to the flour/yeast mixture all at once.
        4. Beat on low to medium speed until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (about 3 minutes)
        5. Add in sprinkles and mix for 30 more seconds, or until mostly distributed.
        6. Remove dough from mixer, shape it into a ball with your hands and place it in a greased bowl that is at least twice as large as the ball of dough.
        7. Turn the dough over once to grease the entire surface.
        8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap that’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Let it rise until doubled in size. (You can also place in the refrigerator overnight.)


        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
        2. Melt butter in a medium bowl. Add in granulated sugar and extracts. Set aside.
        3. Generously spray the bottom and sides of a Bundt pan.
        4. Punch the dough down by pushing your fist into the center and then start pulling the edges into the center. (Have fun with this!)
        5. Pull apart dough into small pieces about an inch across. Roll in your hands to create smooth, uniform dough balls.
        6. Place one layer of dough balls into Bundt pan, then pour one-third of the melted butter mixture over.
        7. Repeat this process until you have used all the dough and butter mixture.
        8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Cover with foil if the top browns too quickly.
        9. While monkey bread is cooking, prepare glaze.


        1. Beat cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth and light. Add milk and vanilla, and mix until fully incorporated. If the glaze seems too thick, add more milk. If the glaze seems too runny, add in a bit more powdered sugar. You are looking for a gravy-like consistency where the glaze will fall over the sides of the monkey bread but not spill off completely.
        2. Remove monkey bread from oven.
        3. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then invert onto serving plate. (Make sure the plate is bigger than the pan and that the pan is cool enough to handle.)
        4. Whisk glaze briefly, then pour over monkey bread. Garnish with more sprinkles.

        A decadent morning treat!

        We love this bread for Christmas Morning (try red & green sprinkles) as well as for special birthdays. But truly, it can be enjoyed any time of year!

        A decadent morning treat!

        Yay for Sprinkles!
        A decadent morning treat!



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        You mentioned the pull apart monkey bread with sprinkles could be made ahead… how long do you think it will keep? I plan to make mine into individual monkey bread cupcakes for my daughter’s first birthday. Would they be okay done a couple days ahead and left on the counter?

        What about the milk?
        (Or did I miss something?)

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