Caramel Monkey Bread

5 from 3 votes

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Caramel Monkey Bread is one of our very favorite brunch foods! Light, fluffy balls of homemade dough covered in rich caramel sauce and crunchy pecans. It’s a perfect centerpiece for Christmas morning or just a lazy weekend morning.

Caramel Monkey Bread on a tray.

Our sweet Caramel Monkey Bread is made with balls of fluffy homemade dough baked together in a buttery caramel sauce. The pillowy dough puffs up perfectly, while the sauce seeps in every nook and cranny and drops down all over the rolls after it’s baked in a bundt pan. It’s a deliciously sweet sticky breakfast treat that your whole family will love!

Why is it Called “Monkey Bread”?

Monkey bread, pull-apart bread, bubble bread. This delicious pastry has many names, but is most widely known as monkey bread. Because it’s a finger food, you can pick it apart, like a monkey would. No matter what you call it, you’ll love making and eating it.

Can You Refrigerate Monkey Bread Before Baking?

Yes! If you want to make this monkey bread the night before, make the roll recipe as directed in the recipe card below. Let the dough raise once, then punch down and form into balls. In a bundt pan, assemble the gooey caramel mixture and pour over the rolls, then cover with plastic wrap and store overnight in the refrigerator.

How to Bake Refrigerated Monkey Bread

If you’ve made the Caramel Monkey Bread the night before, take the roll out of the refrigerator, and let it rise for about an hour in a warm place. Then bake as directed. It’s so yummy and gooey. The best breakfast treat!

How Long Will It Stay Fresh?

Store any leftover Caramel Monkey Bread in a plastic bag at room temperature. It should stay soft and fresh for about two days. Freezing leftovers is also an option. Monkey bread will keep for about a month in the freezer.

Can I Use Frozen Dough?

You can definitely substitute frozen roll dough or even refrigerated biscuit dough in this recipe. Make the buttery sauce as directed below. But for extra light, fluffy, sweet rolls try making the dough from scratch. It doesn’t take that much more time and it tastes so much better!

More Delicious Dough Recipes

This easy dough recipe is a tasty start for all types of yummy pastries. The different variations of monkey bread are endless! Try our mouth watering Maple Bacon Monkey Bread. It is to die for! This roll recipe works well for sweet rolls but can be used in savory bread recipes as well. Try a few of our favorites:

How to Make Caramel Monkey Bread

Caramel Monkey Bread on a tray.

Caramel Monkey Bread

5 from 3 votes
Caramel Monkey Bread is one of our very favorite brunch foods! Light, fluffy balls of homemade dough covered in rich caramel sauce and crunchy pecans. It's a perfect centerpiece for Christmas morning or just a lazy weekend morning.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12



Caramel Sauce

If you REALLY want it gooey and caramely you can double the sauce


  • In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and half of the flour (2 ½ cups) Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until it forms a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 7-8 minutes).
  • Place in greased bowl and turn over to get the whole dough ball greasy. Cover and let rise for about an hour or until dough doubles in size.
  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and cream and bring to a boil. Stir for about 3 minutes until it's nice and melted together. Pour half of the caramel sauce into a greased fluted pan. If you are using pecans, add half of them to the pan as well.
  • When dough is done, punch it down and form into 35-40 balls. In a pie pan or shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in another bowl. Dip balls in butter, then roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Arrange dough balls into the fluted pan.
  • Pour the remaining caramel sauce evenly on top of the dough balls.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown (if they are browning too fast you can loosely cover it with tin foil). Cool for 10 minutes, then turn up-side down onto a serving plate.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 607kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 10gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 793IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. When the directions were posted, step 5 was repeated in the wrong spot and there is no direction on what to do with the other half of the sauce. Iโ€™d really live to know the entire recipe. It looks amazing!

    Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a fun recipe to make with kids. My six and three year olds love to make the dough balls and roll them in the butter and cinnamon and drop them into the pan.

  3. If you add a small cube of cream cheese in the center of your dough balls(Paula Deen recipe) you can call them Gorilla Bread…talk about YUM!!

  4. 5 stars
    HOLY SMOKES! That looks so delicious. We could eat this anytime of day!

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. So.. this is really weird of me, but I noticed you have a stoneware bundt pan. I happen to sell the stuff, so I noticed. ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought you might enjoy a crazy good recipe you can make in it, and it's super simple.

    Molten Chocolate Cake

    Make a devil's food cake mix according to the directions. Spray the pan with nonstick spray. Use an entire can of chocolate frosting and spread it around the whole inside of the pan. MICROWAVE for 12 minutes. It won't look done but don't overcook it. Turn over onto a cookie sheet covered in foil (for easy cleanup). It's TO DIE for.

    *PLEASE don't anyone try this with a metal pan. You can only microwave cuz it's stoneware.

    If you try it, tell me how you like it.

    I hope you don't think I'm a weirdo. Haha!

    1. Once you’ve placed the dough balls in the pan do you have to let them rise again. If you do, would you be putting the other half of the the caramel on just before baking in the oven.

  6. 5 stars
    You just received major points in my book for using homemade dough for this monkey bread. Oh, and it looks SO delicious!

  7. The recipe looks delicious! Can you please tell me what kind of tube pan you use? Thanks for the wonderful recipes as I have tried several.

  8. My husband was just reminiscing about the monkey bread my mom use to make at Christmas time. Yours looks scrumptious.