5 Ingredient Monkey Bread is an ooey-gooey pull-apart roll with a caramel glaze that is as easy to make as it is yummy! If you are so inclined, I also have a from-scratch Homemade Monkey Bread that you will definitely love!

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5 Ingredient Monkey Bread

There are more names for monkey bread than there are ingredients in this recipe! This fun-to-eat bread is also known as monkey puzzle bread, sticky bread, Hungarian coffee cake, and many more.

No matter what you call it, you will pull off an ooey-gooey, caramel-like piece of bread every time. The secret ingredient is the butterscotch pudding mix!

Steps for Making 5 Ingredient Monkey Bread - rolls, then pudding, then sauce, then rising time

Monkey Bread Ingredients

Rolls: There is no need to make your own homemade rolls; simply buy a package of Rhodes rolls. And, you don’t even have to thaw them ahead of time! Just look for the bake and serve dinner rolls.

Butterscotch Pudding Mix: Make sure you buy the COOK and SERVE pudding mix for the monkey bread, not instant.

Nuts: Adding nuts is optional in this recipe. You could try adding walnuts or pecans if desired.

5 Ingredient Monkey Bread from Overhead on a White Plate

Do the Rolls Have to Sit Out Overnight?

I found that letting the rolls rest for 8-10 hours was ideal. However, if a quicker rise is desired, you can put the frozen rolls in a warm place. Then, it takes about 4 hours for the rolls to rise to the top of the bundt pan and be ready to bake. If you let them sit out more than 12 hours, they can get a little too big and start to deflate.

Hand Taking Apart 5 Ingredient Monkey Bread

Can I Use a Different Pan?

Generally, monkey bread is made in a bundt pan. But, you can definitely use a different type of pan to get the same delicious pull-apart Monkey Bread. You could use a casserole pan. But, the cooking times could vary when you are using a different pan. Be sure to check the middle of the bread for doneness. A bread pan or springform pan would also work.

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5 from 11 votes

Monkey Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 40 minutes
5 Ingredient Monkey Bread is an ooey-gooey pull-apart roll with a caramel glaze that is as easy to make as it is yummy!


  • 20 Rhodes dinner rolls, frozen
  • 1 package (3.5 ounces) COOK & SERVE butterscotch dry pudding mix
  • ¾ cup (150g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • chopped nuts, optional


  • Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • If adding nuts, sprinkle them in the pan.
  • Add twenty frozen rolls to the pan.
  • Evenly spread the dry pudding mix over rolls.
  • In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon. Pour evenly over rolls.
  • Leave on the counter, uncovered, overnight. (If you want to cover the rolls, spray a piece of plastic wrap with non-stick spray and loosely place it over the pan.)
  • When ready, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 25-30 minutes. (If the top is getting too brown, loosely cover with aluminum foil.)
  • Immediately invert the monkey bread onto a large plate. Serve and enjoy!

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Reader Comments

    1. 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!

      1. Was it good with the vanilla? I cannot find butterscotch where we are currently living either, only vanilla.

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

    1. It seems to me that you kind of answered your own question. The recipe clearly states dinner rolls so I think I would go with the white dinner rolls.

  2. My mom used to make these for us. Now, my girls insist on them for Christmas morning. This is exactly how we’ve made these for many, many years!

  3. I’ve tried other recipes and they aren’t as good. This is the best. Been making it for a long time. So fast. Perfect to bring to any breakfast/brunch gathering. A big his with kids.

    1. It has to be “cook and serve”. Instant won’t work. Sometimes I can’t find butterscotch. But vanilla is yummy too.

  4. Leaving out over night they raised way too much. Next time I’ll leave them in the fridge until morning..

    1. I’ve had it “raise way too much” during the summer and it bakes up just fine and still tastes delicious.

  5. I make them in a 9×13 pan as I feel like they get done more uniformly. I have used vanilla cook and serve pudding and dark brown sugar too. I have even halved the recipe making 9 rolls in an 8×8 pan when I want a smaller portion. This recipe is my go to!

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