Monkey Bread Recipe – How to Make Sticky Buns From Scratch

Monkey Bread or Sticky Buns Recipe with Step by Step Pictures. Monkey bread makes the best christmas morning breakfast option. This soft buns has a buttery texture and a caramel cinnamony sticky sauce.  Cinnamon Sticky Buns are just divine.

monkey breadWhy Monkey Bread is called as Monkey Bread?

The origin of the term “monkey bread” comes from the pastry being a finger food; the consumer would pick apart the bread as a monkey would.

How long does monkey bread stays good?

Store in a air tight container at room temparature for couple of days.

How to Freeze monkey bread?

Bake the bread, cover it tightly with foil and freeze them.  Before serving, thaw the bread in fridge and reheat in oven for 10 to 15 mins untill bubbly.

What is the Difference between cinnamon rolls and sticky buns?

Cinnamon rolls has the butter spread inside the rolls. But sticky buns has the sticky sauce on top which makes it dense and more buttery.

Where does Sticky Buns Originated from?

Sticky buns originated from german.

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An easy version of monkey bread is made using store bought biscuit can. But making your own dough for it is not only therapeutic but is so worth it.

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Monkey Bread Recipe


Monkey Bread is a light airy rolls coated with cinnamon sugar and then baked with a brown sugar butter sauce poured over it. Which creates a caramel sticky bread.


Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: German



  • All Purpose Flour / Maida – 2 cups
  • Egg – 1
  • Dry Yeast – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tblsp
  • Melted Butter – 2 tblsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Warm Water as needed


  • Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Cinnamon Powder – 1 tblsp
  • Melted Butter – ½ cup
  • Walnuts – ½ cup chopped finely


  • Butter – ¼ cup
  • Brown Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp


  1. First lets make the dough. Take flour, salt in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Take yeast, sugar in a bowl. Add warm water and mix well, Leave to activate for 5 mins.
  3. Now add egg, melted butter and yeast mix to the flour and knead to a soft dough. Add warm water as needed. Cover and leave aside to rise for 1 to 2 hours untill double in size.
  4. Now make cinnamon sugar to coat the bread. Mix cinnamon, sugar and walnuts and set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl melt butter and set aside.
  6. Now snip small portion of the dough using a scissors. Dip it in melted butter and coat in cinnamon sugar and place in a bundt cake pan. Cover and leave to rise for 30 mins.
  7. Mix together butter, brown sugar, vanilla together to form a sauce.
  8. Pour this over the buns and bake it in oven for 35 to 40 mins.
  9. Once baked remove from oven and cool for 5 mins,
  10. Carefully unmould.
  11. Serve warm.


1)The dough can be made a day in advance and stored in fridge.
2)You can bake the buns and store in a air tight container in fridge.
3)Warm it in microwave for few seconds before serving.
4)Serve it with extra caramel sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 460



1)Take yeast in a bowl

 dry yeast

2)Add sugar

activating yeast

3)Add warm water and let it activate

activating yeast

4)Now it is foamy


5)Take all purpose flour in a bowl

all purpose flour

6)Add in salt

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7)Mix well

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8)Add in eggs

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9)Add in melted butter

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10)Add in yeast mix

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11)Add in warm water

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12)Knead to a soft dough

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13)Now the dough is done

14)Cover and leave aside

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15)Now the dough is risen

yeast dough

16)Take sugar in a bowl

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17)Add in cinnamon powder

cinnamon powder

18)Add walnuts

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19)Mix well

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20)Take a bundt pan

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21)Melt some butter

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22)Snip a piece from the dough. Scissors is best

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23)Dip it in the butter

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24)Coat it

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25)Roll it in sugar

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26)Coat well

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27)Place in the pan

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28)Arrange it like this

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29)Leave to rise for few mins

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30)Take melted butter in a bowl

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31)Add vanilla

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32)Add brown sugar and mix well

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33)Pour over the buns

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33)Time to bake

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bundt cake pan

36)look at that sticky sauce

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