5 Ingredient Monkey Bread

filed under: Bread on March 23, 2011

This Monkey Bread comes together quickly and is perfect for serving overnight guests! They are one of my favorite no-fail recipes! Be sure to check out my from-scratch Homemade Monkey Bread too!

Best Ever Monkey Bread! #caramel #bread #breakfast #rolls

Monkey Bread

This is quite possibly the easiest and quickest recipe you will ever see. (Five ingredients total!) Not only is it the easiest, but quite possibly the best tasting rolls I have ever made. The secret ingredient is butterscotch pudding. Yes, really! (Just in case you prefer an all-from-scratch Monkey Bread, try this one.)

Best Ever Monkey Bread! #caramel #bread #breakfast #rolls

Tips and Tricks for Monkey Bread:

I made a miniature batch of the rolls in this cute little bundt pan and it only fit about 11 frozen rolls.  When baked they had all magically lined up perfectly!

Every other time I have made the bread in a regular size bundt pan, the bread twists and turns and forms itself into bite-size pull away pieces.  (Or, what a monkey bread traditionally looks like.)   I have also made these in an 8×8 and 9×13 pan, which work equally well.

If you let the rolls sit out for longer than 12 hours, they can start to get so huge that they deflate.  8-10 hour seems to work best.

I have also heard this bread also called ‘pull apart bread’ and of course, caramel rolls. 🙂

Best Ever Monkey Bread!

These rolls are delectable. Delightful.


With a recipe as easy and inexpensive as this, you really must try them.  I promise you will not be disappointed!

5 from 9 votes
Monkey Bread
Monkey Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Sit Overnight
12 hrs
Total Time
40 mins

This Monkey Bread comes together quickly and is perfect for serving overnight guests! They are one of my favorite no-fail recipes! Be sure to check out my from-scratch Homemade Monkey Bread too!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: monkey bread
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 20 frozen Rhodes rolls
  • 1 package COOK & SERVE butterscotch pudding, do not use instant
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 113g) melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Chopped Nuts if desired
  1. Prepare the desired pan. (I use baking spray in a bundt pan)
  2. Sprinkle nuts in the pan if desired.
  3. Add twenty frozen rolls around the pan.
  4. Evenly spread dry pudding mix over rolls.
  5. In a medium bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Pour over rolls.
  6. Leave on counter, uncovered, overnight. If you want to cover spray a piece of plastic wrap with non-stick spray and loosely place over the pan.
  7. When ready to serve, place in oven and bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

If you love this recipe you will also enjoy my Homemade Monkey Bread! And ready for a SUPER amazing twist? Try my Sprinkles Monkey Bread!!

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  • Jenny Dukeshire says:

    What are Rhodes rolls?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      It’s a frozen, pre-made roll found in the frozen food aisle.

  • Babalwa Lindey Meko-ludonga says:

    This looks delicious I will definitely try this recipe thank you for sharing

  • Linda says:

    I love your recipes and videos! Thank you🤶🎅🌲🌻

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you!

  • Cheryl Pierce says:

    I love that you are a down to earth person, “human” you are delightful with your everyday life situations and demonstrate that this is a part of baking, hey life happens in between the love of baking! Lol I love your easy to follow recipes as well as the , hey do you believe I made this masterpieces! Congrats to you lady, you got this!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you SO much, Cheryl! <3

  • Laura says:

    Did it!! Great job and delicious too

  • Connie says:

    My grandma has been making this exact recipe since I was a little girl. Now I make it for my kids every Christmas morning. I love it!

  • Irene Cloyd says:

    Question: I am making your five ingredient Monkey bread, and very excited to be doing so. I have a question. How do you store it? Can it be frozen after it’s baked? I have a small family and don’t want to waste a bit of it!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Irene! I would place it in a Tupperware and you can store it on the counter or refrigerator. It should reheat well. I wouldn’t freeze it, the caramel will change consistency and might be weird!

  • Crystal says:

    We looked for cook and serve pudding but could not find it. What’s the difference? Also, what size pudding package? Thanks!

  • Langrine says:

    I love to learn you recipes to bake for my lil family thank you

  • arlette says:

    what size pudding package. the small one or the large one?

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Wanda wilson says:

    Can you use biscuits instead?

  • Red Tiger says:

    Easy to prepare monkey bread. So gooey and delicious. Family loves this one. Excited to try more of your recipes.

  • Jann McLaughlan says:

    YUMMY!!! My Family LOVES this ANYTIME❤So easy to PLEASE😍

  • Norma Nay says:

    Small or big box of pudding

  • Joan Meyer says:

    What size box cook n serve pudding.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Joan! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You will need a 3 ounce box of the cook and serve pudding. Have a great day!

  • MJ says:

    How long did you bake the small one with only 12 rolls? I want to make a small one but I don’t have a mini bundt pan, so I’m going to use an 8″ cake pan. As long as the center cooks through it should be ok, right?

  • Teri Cudaback says:

    Ok I made this last night about 9pm it is now 530am and the dough is over the top. So I wonder what it would have looked like at 12 hours? Will this still be alright? I hope so. Seems I never have much luck with yeast made products. I feel it’s not going to turn out right. Ugh!!

  • Teri Cudaback says:

    Maybe you’re right about the 12 hrs. Or maybe I should have baked it 5-10 more min. Cause although the dough was up over the edges, which I punched down slightly, it was kinda doughy when baked. Great flavor and I will try again.

  • Lisa Patton says:

    I’ve been making this recipe for over 20 years at Christmas will vanilla cook and serve pudding. This year I realized that I had accidentally bought instant and it truly make a a difference. No ooey gooeyness, it was really dry and just not the same. Won’t make that mistake again

  • Diana says:

    I have been making the monkey bread with butterscotch pudding and it is good. Today I made it with your recipe adding the cinnamon, stirring in the melted butter instead of cooking the sugar and butter and instead of using 24 rolls in a pan I used 20. I also cut the rolls into four pieces each. I made 2 pans for brunch and they were delicious!

  • Michelle says:

    Think I could use vanilla pudding? I’m having a hard time finding butterscotch cook and serve.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Michelle! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you could use vanilla cook and serve; it will just alter the flavor. Have a great day!

  • Karen Tomecek says:

    What kind of Rhodes rolls do you use? I found white dinner rolls, artisan french rolls, and bake n serv soft white rolls.