Enjoy this cinnamon sugar monkey bread made entirely from scratch! Whip up a simple dough and then season it with all the cinnamon-sugary goodness you want. Allow your dough to bake into a fluffy pull-apart bread loaf, and then drizzle it with all the cinnamon roll icing you want!
Why We Love Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread
Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls?! This is just another form of a delicious gooey cinnamon roll, except there’s more of it and the icing covers more ground. This bread doesn’t last through the end of the day in my house!
A lot of people are intimidated by making their own bread, but trust me – this recipe is completely doable! You can also adjust some of the ingredient measurements if you want more cinnamon spices or extra thick and creamy icing. It’s all up to you to create your own ideal cinnamon roll monkey bread!
Ingredients to Make This Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread
Monkey bread consists of small pieces of dough that you pull apart, seasoned with some sweetness, and drizzled with icing. Let’s start with the dough!
You’ll need milk, active dry yeast, sugar, salt, soft butter, eggs, and bread flour (or all-purpose).
The cinnamon sugar seasoning is sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of melted butter.
Finally, the icing is a simple mixture of powdered sugar and milk!
How to Make This Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
Step 1: Start the Dough
In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add warm milk and beat everything together at a low speed until it’s well combined.
Step 2: Add Eggs
Stir in the butter and eggs, then add in the remaining flour and mix well.
Step 3: Knead
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it for 10 minutes, or place it in a mixer with a dough hook and knead for 3 minutes on medium speed.
Step 4: Let Dough Rise
Let the dough rise until it’s doubled in size (about 45 minutes to an hour) while covered in a warm, draft-free place.
Step 5: Make Cinnamon Sugar
After the dough is done rising, combine the cinnamon sugar ingredients in a small bowl, and melt the butter in a separate small bowl.
Step 5: Prep Pan
Grease two loaf pans.
Step 6: Divide Dough
Punch down the risen dough and divide it in half. Cut or tear off small pieces of dough. Mine usually vary from golf ball to quarter size. Dip each piece in the melted butter and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar before placing it in the prepared loaf pan. Repeat with the other half of dough.
Step 7: Cover and then Bake
Cover both loaf pans and allow them to rise again, doubling in size, while preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the dough for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown.
Step 8: Cool and Add Icing
Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out on a plate to cool completely. Drizzle the combined icing ingredients over the bread. Enjoy!
You sure can! I like that this recipe is from scratch because it’s still simple enough to be accessible, but if you don’t have the time to make your own dough – go for the can! Just pull apart the dough into pieces and roll them in the butter and sugar as stated.
Absolutely. You can make a caramel icing or even a chocolate version.
You can make this recipe seasonal and autumnal by substituting the cinnamon for pumpkin spices! It’d be a delicious take on the original recipe. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Roll Recipes To Try
- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Twists
- Cinnamon Roll Muffins
- Bacon Maple Cinnamon Rolls
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread
- 1 c milk warmed to 120 degrees
- 1 pkg active dry yeast
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 c soft butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 1/2 c flour I prefer bread flour but can use all purpose
- CINNAMON SUGAR
- 3/4 c sugar
- 3/4 c brown sugar packed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 6 TBSP butter melted
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP milk
- In a medium bowl combine 1 1/2 c flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add warm milk and beat at low speed until well combined.
- Stir in butter and eggs. Add in remaining flour and mix well.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or place in mixer with a dough hook and knead for 3 minutes on a medium speed.
- Let rise until double (about 45 minutes to 1 hour) covered and in a warm draft free place.
- After the dough is done rising combine the cinnamon sugar ingredients in a small bowl. Melt the butter in a small bowl.
- Grease two loaf pans.
- Punch down dough and divide in half. Cut or tear off small pieces of dough. Mine usually vary in size from golf ball to quarter size. Dip each piece in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon sugar. Place in prepared loaf pan. Repeat with other half of dough.
- Cover and let rise until double in size.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a plate to cool completely.
- Combine the icing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over loaves.