Recipe For Monkey Bread

This recipe has been in our family for generations and is one of the biggest money saving recipes you will ever come across. Monkey bread is a simple recipe based on a cheap can of biscuits from the local grocery store and can be modified or tweaked to anyone’s taste. This will accommodate your sweet tooth while saving you lots of money while giving your family a great treat after dinner or just a snack to keep on the stove top during the day.

The idea here is to save money so don’t go extravagant on this frugal living recipe. My Mema Harris used to make this for us on cold nights up at the farm in Burke, Texas along with a her version of Hot Chocolate. She grew up during the depression and all though they had money she still cooked and lived like she was living through the worst economic downturn anyone has ever lived through. Enjoy!

Money Savings Recipes

Money Saving Recipes - Monkey Bread - It tastes great and is so cheap!
Money Saving Recipes - Monkey Bread - It tastes great and is so cheap!

Monkey Bread Recipe Ingredients



  1. Large Can of Biscuits (Generic Store Brand is Fine).
  2. 1/3 Cup of Sugar or Light Brown Sugar.
  3. 1 1/2 to 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon.
  4. 1/2 to 2/3 Stick of Margarine or Real Butter.
  5. 1/2 Cup of Whatever Nuts You have in the Cupboard. We like Pecans on ours.

Monkey Bread Preperation and Cooking Instructions

This is where you can create some fond family memories in the future - Let your children (especially the small ones) help you prepare this recipe - It's simple and quick and let's face it we need quality time where ever we can get it these days. My sister and I would stand on a kitchen chair next our Grandmother helping her layer the biscuits in the pan and help her pour the ingredients onto the biscuits. It was simple and fun.

OK back to the preparation:

Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees (f).

Open the can of biscuits and separate them. Cut each biscuit into thirds or quarters. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and coat the cut biscuits in the dry mix. Grease the inside of a medium sized baking dish or a Bundt type cake pan.

Start layering biscuit pieces in pan (just lay them on top of each other - don't press them together). You can optionally put the pecans or whatever nuts you have in between each layer or just save them for the top of Monkey Bread.

When you have finished layering everything - melt the margarine or butter and mix with the rest of the sugar cinnamon that is left in the mixing bowl and pour over layered biscuits. Now pop it in the oven and cook for about thirty minutes. That's it - The smell while it's cooking is wonderful and will get the attention of everyone in the house very quickly.

Be sure and have your digital camera or camcorder handy to record these moments with your family - Nothing like showing your son's girlfriend a photo or video of him "helping Mommy" when he was two or three years old!

Comments 7 comments

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SimeyC 7 years ago from NJ, USA

Great and simple recipe - I was intrigued by the name 'Monkey Bread' - why Monkey? I love these 'money saving' recipes - one of my favorite foods 'Yorkshire Pudding' was such a recipe - it was created during war time and became a staple in England - it could be used as a starter (with syrup) as a main course with 'dripping' and as a dessert (also with syrup!). Thanks for sharing.


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JonSterling 7 years ago from Houston Texas - United States Author

Thanks SimeyC, According to the Wikipedia the origin of the name is uncertain - it has also been called Hungarian Coffee, bubble loaf, pull-a-apart-bread and sticky cake as well - It started appearing in Women's magainzes and recipe books in the early 1950s -


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stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

fine recipe. we must try it at home. god bless.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

What a great recipe! I was going to ask 'Why monkey' too before I read the comments. I'm going to try this tomorrow - I'm sure it's going to be delicious!


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JonSterling 6 years ago from Houston Texas - United States Author

Shalini - you will not be disappointed - also try the cherry crunch recipe on one of my other hubs - it's out of this world..


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Had to come back and tell you - that was really good Jon - thanks ever so much! And soooo easy to make!


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raven1967 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Sounds good Jon! I have a family of six, so I'm definitly going to give this a try. Thanks...later

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