Monkey Bites


February 18, 2011 by buttermilkbaker

Is that a patented phrase, “monkey bites”? If not, I think Imma get right on that. It’s catchy. I like it.

Monkey Bites are what we called these little morsels of heaven, aka mini Monkey Breads. Monkey Bread is that super easy, super delicious treat that uses pre-made biscuit dough, chopped up into pieces, beautifully coated in cinnamon sugar, and baked to ooey gooey perfection.

When done in the bundt pan, Monkey Bread comes out looking like this:

(Thank you Pioneer Woman.)

I think it’s called Monkey Bread because when you eat it, you kind of feel like a monkey. Pulling it apart, eating with your hands, licking your fingers, picking bits out of your friend’s hair..wait what?

Oh. Scratch that last part.

Regardless…this stuff is good. Like, stupidly good. We couldn’t keep our hands off of these babies.

The reason I opted for the Monkey Muffins (hey, that’s catchy too…) was simply because I forgot to buy 3 cans of biscuit dough instead of a measly 1. I decided it would be a crime to make a stunted Monkey Bundt (I am on fire tonight!) so I figured I’d try shoving the cinnamon-covered dough pieces into a muffin tin and call it a night.

Know what else is great about this recipe? How stupidly easy it is. Maybe it’s called monkey bread because even monkeys could make it.

Are you still there, reader(s)? I’ll stop. I promise.

As you can see, I added chopped up apple bits in some of them. As you can also see, I like to take blurry photos. Whatever.

Make these! They’re divine with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a tall glass of milk before bed. Ultimate comfort.

Monkey Bites (adapted from the Pioneer Woman) Yield: 10 Bites, Prep time: 15 min, Bake time: 15 min

  • 1 can Buttermilk Biscuits (the non-flaky ones)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 stick butter
  • 1/6 cup (about 2.5 tbsp) light brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Open up can of biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters.

Next, combine the white sugar and cinnamon. Dump this into a 1 gallon zip bag and shake to mix evenly.

Drop all of the biscuit quarters into the cinnamon-sugar mix. Once all the biscuit quarters are in the bag seal it and give it a vigorous shake. This will get all those pieces unstuck from one another and nicely coated with cinnamon-sugar. Spread these nuggets out evenly in the muffin tins.

At this point, you’re going to want to melt the butter together with the brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook butter/sugar mixture, stirring for a few minutes until the two become one. Once the brown sugar butter has become one color, you can pour it over the Bites.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the crust is a deep dark brown on top. When they are finished cooking, remove them from the oven. If you have the willpower, allow them to cool for about 15-30 minutes before turning them over onto a plate.


2 thoughts on “Monkey Bites

  1. Tracey says:

    I’ve been meaning to try this money bread recipe forever but it keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Thanks for the reminder, I love your spin on the recipe!

  2. crustabakes says:

    Lol , thats some hilarious theories on how the name came about! This bread looks delicious. i guess i should roll up my sleeves and start my own monkey-ing in my kitchen!

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