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November 21, 2011

Monkey Bread | Homemade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Monkey Bread has been a family tradition of ours since, well... my entire life.  On Christmas Eve, we would come home from Granny's house and make the Monkey Bread for the next morning (as you'll see from the instructions, it only takes minutes to make).  Waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of yeast bread rising is such a good memory.  Even now as 30-year-old+ adults, Monkey Bread is still a Christmas tradition.

My Mom made Monkey Bread from frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls.  She rolled them in butter, cinnamon and sugar, put them in a bundt pan and let them thaw and rise over night.  When we woke up in the morning it went into the oven for 30 minutes.  The gooey, warm rolls were too much to resist... we were licking cinnamon and sugar off of our fingers before we were done opening presents!  They are our annual Pre-Christmas morning Brunch snack... an appetizer.   

This holiday season, share your Monkey Bread with your friends, neighbors and co-workers as a homemade gift.  I baked this Monkey Bread in a disposable baking bundt pan (available in my store, 4 for $14) and wrapped it in cellophane and satin ribbon.

Monkey Bread
a christmas morning tradition

1 package of frozen uncooked yeast rolls (Rhodes brand)
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon

Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray.  Melt the butter in the microwave.  In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Roll the frozen rolls in the butter, then in the sugar mixture.  Place all of the coated rolls in the bundt pan.  Place a towel over the pan of rolls and place it in a warm spot over night to rise.

Rolls should have doubled in size in the morning.  Bake them at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.


  1. Monkey bread makes me smile -- thanks for the recipe!

  2. this is a wonderful idea! i have a monkey bread recipe i love from one of my dearest girlfriends. i'll be picking up a few disposable bundt pans this holiday. the gift tag is adorable too. {i didn't see a working link though.} thank you! tessa

  3. Jenny8:18 AM

    Sorry everyone! I'll send you the monkey bread label download this afternoon!


  4. Anonymous8:33 AM

    I will look for the tag later today! Great idea for those little neighbor gifts that you know will be enjoyed. Putting the container store (in OP,KS) on my list of stops this weekend
    I have so enjoyed your website. After hosting numerous Thanksgiving Day dinners - I putting your spreadsheet to work this year - I want to enjoy the day too!
    We have met before - you help my sister (Paula D) host a holiday open house in Lees Summit.

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  6. Just an FYI, at first it says to cook for 350 minutes instead of at 350 degrees.

  7. kelly in georgia7:05 PM

    yummy! love the monkey break (it's addictive!)AND love the tags. thank you for your wonderful ideas again.

  8. Thank you for the labels...they're great! Can I ask what software program you use to make them?

  9. This looks great!!!

    You can bake it in a pyrex bowl and upgrade it.

    I would add Merry Christmas and a signature to the label and... you have a delicious gift!!!

    I'm going to try to bake this bread - Thanks

  10. Thanks for the idea! I've ordered and received my disposable bundt pans (as pictured in your post), but I'm curious how many bundt pans you can get out of one recipe. The bundt pans were smaller than I thought. Do you cut the baking time as well?


  11. Jenny3:37 PM

    The bundts I used were about 7 inches tall and wide. Each recipe will make two of the smaller bundts. If you'd like, you can cut the rolls in half to make them more appropriate for the size of pan. The baking time for me was the same, but be sure to watch them at the end. Good Luck!


  12. Jenny3:39 PM

    KPowers - sorry, the pans I used were 6 wide and 4 inches tall.

  13. Jenny, I would like to make these as a hostess gift for a party I'm attending. Where do you find the paper bundt pans?
    Thank you! Susan

  14. Hometown Girl - I had a time finding the paper bundts too! Turned them up at a store near us called Sur de Table. They have a website if there is not a store near you (Container Store only had some really tiny ones!). Have my first batch of monkey bread rising right now :)


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