recipe

Pull apart these sticky-sweet balls of dough coated with cinnamon and sugar and share with your friends!

safety
  • Uses an oven
  • Uses the microwave
difficulty
  • Advanced
time
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 to 3 hours
yield
  • Serves 8

Prepare Ingredients

½ cup
packed light brown sugar
1½ teaspoons
ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon
ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Vegetable oil spray
1 pound
pizza dough, room temperature
⅓ cup
confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons
milk

Gather Cooking Equipment

3
small bowls
8-inch round cake pan
Ruler
Kitchen shears
Plastic wrap
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Large plate
Spoon
1
 
½ cup
packed light brown sugar
1½ teaspoons
ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon
ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled

In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Place melted butter in second small bowl. Spray 8-inch round cake pan with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
Vegetable oil spray
1 pound
pizza dough, room temperature

Spray counter lightly with vegetable oil spray. Place dough on greased counter and pat into 6-inch square. Use kitchen shears to cut dough into 36 pieces (see photo below).

Pat dough into 6-inch square. Use kitchen shears to cut dough in half. Cut each half into 3 strips (you’ll have 6 strips total). Cut each strip into 6 even pieces (you’ll have 36 pieces total).

 
3
 

Roll each piece of dough into ball. Dip each ball in melted butter to coat, roll in brown sugar mixture, then place in greased pan. (See photo below.) Cover bottom of pan with dough balls in single layer.

Roll each piece of dough into ball. Dip each ball in melted butter to coat, roll in brown sugar mixture, then place in greased cake pan.

 
4
 

Cover pan tightly with plastic wrap and leave in warm place until dough balls are puffy and have risen slightly (about ½ inch), 1 to 2 hours.

 
5
 

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. When dough is ready, discard plastic. Place pan in oven and bake until top of monkey bread is light golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

 
6
 

Use oven mitts to remove monkey bread from oven (ask an adult to help). Place pan on cooling rack and let monkey bread cool for 5 minutes (no longer).

 
7
 

Place large plate on top of pan. Ask an adult to carefully flip out monkey bread onto plate. Remove pan. Let cool for 10 minutes before glazing.

Turning Out Monkey Bread

Place large plate on top of pan. Ask an adult to flip out monkey bread onto plate.

Wearing oven mitts, remove pan. Let cool for 10 minutes before glazing.

 
8
 
⅓ cup
confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons
milk

In third small bowl, stir confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Use spoon to drizzle glaze over monkey bread. Serve warm.