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!

5 from 2 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.


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!

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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  • Renee says:

    Yummy! I’ve only had monkey bread once, and it didn’t have the butterscotch pudding it it. I bet this one is scrumptious! Thanks for sharing Amanda & Kelli 🙂

  • Crystal Whittaker Gracioso says:

    Amanda….you know I love you and I love your blog and recipes…but I have a major issue with this particular one…
    “Leave on counter, uncovered, overnight”
    Ain’t happening…I’m an insomniac enough as it is (pointedly, that’s when I do most of my own baking…it’s the only time of day that the house is quiet and there are no interruptions)…you put something like that on my counter, overnight…and I’m going to be hopping out of bed, all night long, pulling pieces off of it.
    I’d be exhausted the next day. And crabby. All because that blasted monkey bread had to sit out on the counter.
    Can’t do it….

    • Raphael says:

      Covered with wet towel or plastic wrap coated with cooking spray the side facing the bread, this to avoid sticking when it rises.

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    I love Monkeybread! And good friends who make it for you!

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    I love Monkeybread! And good friends who make it for you!

  • Tracy Wood says:

    This sounds great, but I have a question. What exactly are Rhodes rolls? I don’t think the grocery stores in Nashville, TN carry that brand. What is something comparable? Thanks!!!

    • Raphael says:

      Frozen DINNER rolls will sub.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    They are just a frozen dinner roll… I think any brand would work!  The rolls themselves are about 2 in. across.  Hope that helps… cause I cant wait for you to make some!!! 🙂

  • SweetSugarBelle says:

    Another FAVE!!! I live cinnamon rolls or anything that’s close to it! I’m going to have to make this this week.

  • Sarah says:

    My grandma makes monkey bread for EVERY family occasion. Love that you posted about it. what great memories

  • Bethany says:

    Yum! I haven’t made Monkey Bread in a long, long time. Of course I don’t need to either. Good gracious baby weight doesn’t come off easily. 😉

  • Katie | GoodLife Eats says:

    We used to eat this growing up and it was always a favorite. I have not made it in a long, long time…since Logan was a newborn. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Nicole L says:

    Oh my goodness! My dad has been making these since I was little, always a favorite. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Oh, I looooooove Monkey Bread! I’ve never tried it with pudding mix, though. MUST TRY!

  • marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    If I could dive into this Monkey Bread I would. That is for certain 🙂 xo

  • Kathryn says:

    Yum! My mom always made this for me growing up and it’s my absolute favorite!! I’ve always had it with chopped nuts on top, but I’m sure your version is just as ooey, gooey, and delicious!

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    Monkey bread is one of my favorite things in all the land. Especially when someone else makes it.
    Yes, that was a hint.

  • Tracy says:

    Monkey bread is a huge favorite of mine! This version sounds divine and I must try it!!

  • Laurel says:

    Yummmmm! We’re featuring breakfast this week over at the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this! http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  • Gina says:

    Oh how I love Monkey Bread. I found you through a mutual friend- Kristen from Dine and Dish & so happy I did. We homeschool too 🙂

  • Christina says:

    Oh how I love monkey bread!
    I love it a little too much if you know what I mean… 😉

  • Becky S says:

    Are the rhodes rolls the warm and serve rolls? I think those are the only ones I could find

  • Thecreativekitchen.wordpress.com says:

    I you like Monkey Bread you need to try Gorilla Bread…. Here is the recipe! I hope you love it as much as my family does! God Bless!

  • Shannon says:

    {YUM}!! This looks so easy! Definitely gonna give ’em a try 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Okay how sad is it that I’ve never made Monkey bread before? I seriously need to remedy that!

  • Rowaida Flayhan says:

    Yummy looks delicious! Hope you are doing fine Amanda with your delivery getting closer. Wish you a safe. Blessings

  • Rowaida Flayhan says:

    Wish you a safe delivery, Blessings

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