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Ooooey Gooey Monkey Bread

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I have a friend who does not like for her kids to get messy. Her kids don't know about condiments...dipping things in ranch dressing, ketchup, barbecue sauce, etc is something they have yet to experience. Jelly on their sandwiches? Forget about it... too messy. Pancakes and waffles simply get butter. There is no such thing as sticky maple syrup allowed in their house. To that friend and any of you reading who are against messy, stop reading now. This post just may put you over the edge.

Don't get me wrong... cleaning up messes is not my idea of a good time. I would prefer to live in a nice clean world free of sticky chairs and tables. I would love to not have to remind my kids to wash their hands after eating...no worries of messy fingers leaving goo all over the house. It would be a thrill to live life without needing the Tide Stain Stick or Shout Wipes.

Yes, a sparkly clean life would be pleasant, but how much fun is that?  No fun at all. When you are messy, it means you have really experienced something to its fullest. You have gumption, passion, and a lot of laundry to do.

The ultimate get sticky experience comes from my kitchen and could help break you of your need for clean. I dare you, Mr and Mrs Clean, to break out of your comfort zone. Live a little...get sticky. Grab a napkin if you must and sit down at the table with a plate of Monkey Bread in front of your family. Resist the urge to grab forks...eat like a monkey using your own hands as your utensils. Once you give this oooey gooey treat a try you will agree with me that staying clean is overrated.

You can find many variations of Monkey Bread on Recipezaar. I jump around from recipe to recipe using my own variations of each (using homemade bread dough when I have time or canned biscuits when I am in a pinch.) Which ever recipe you use, I promise it will get you over the need for clean. Monkey Bread is well worth the mess every time.

Monkey Bread

3 cans buttermilk biscuits
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar


  1. Cut each biscuit in fourths with scissors.
  2. Shake biscuits in bag with sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Layer biscuits into greased tube pan.
  4. Melt margarine and brown sugar and boil 1 minute.
  5. Pour over biscuits.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 10:39PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments35 Comments | References7 References

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Reader Comments (35)

I loved monkey bread when the boys were growing up and I don't think I've made it since they went to college. It is one of those show stoppers and oh so good.
How true: gumption, passion, and a lot of laundry to do. Yes and worth every sticky spot!
Beautiful bread!!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Kitchen in Half Cups
Bring on the mess!
I remember that my mom never let me play in the dirt because she was afraid I would get to messy. But boy am I glad I was never denied sticky googy goodness. I might hold it against her to this day (j/k).
Thanks for sharing the tasty pic and recipe.
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterashleystravel
I heart Monkey Bread! I make it a few times a year and it never lasts more than 2 days (if even) I love the look of yours.. it makes me want to whip up some this evening after work. ;)

xoxo
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I LOVE Monkey Bread! I haven't made it in about 2 years but now I have a craving. Now do I make Monkey or Gorilla Bread???? YUMMY!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLissete
My sons love Monkey Bread, it's pretty much tradition for any family gathering... Of course, not much of it actually lasts until the whole family is there, but you know, we tried!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWoman with Kids
Kristen,
I'm with you. I don't have kids but I practically raised my younger sister (she's 13 now) and I loved to cook/bake things for her to enjoy as a kid. Of course sometimes things got so messy I had to run to the bathtub with her and do some seriously cleaning - but it was so worth it!

This monkey bread looks terrific. I'm a gooey maniac myself.
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
I love messy and I love monkey bread. This looks amazing!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth
I LOVE this recipe. It's so much fun to make and everyone likes it! The recipe I have calls for 4 cans of biscuits but three may actually work better...less dough for the butter to work on!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
I agree, sparkly clean is no fun, this monkey bread looks absolutely delicious in its oooey-gooey goodness.
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMonisha
Yum! I made monkey bread for theboys this morning!Works every time!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
This is totally making me crave something sticky and sweet!! Another shortcut (if you don't have time to make the bread) is to use the frozen Rhoads rolls. Yummy!!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
"Yes, a sparkly clean life would be pleasant, but how much fun is that? No fun at all. When you are messy, it means you have really experienced something to its fullest. You have gumption, passion, and a lot of laundry to do."

So true, so true!!! I bet your friend never played with peanut butter playdough... so messy, so fun! I'm gonna have to make monkey bread tomorrow... it's been a while ;)

April 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbecca
Hi Kristen! Monkey bread is fun to make - but even more fun to devour - yum!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergilly
Hi Kirsten - your monkey bread looks amazing! I was wondering what kind of homemade bread dough you like to use; I thought challah might work particularly well (and I happen to have some dough frozen already - uh oh...)
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Ahhh, I'm totally making this! Okay, so maybe not for 6-9 months, or realistically a year (even with the pre-made dough), but I'm saving it to try when I have the time and energy! :)
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercathleen
Monkey Bread is not WW friendly. BOOOOOOO! I have bunt pan that is sitting dormant in my cupboards, purchased specifically for Monkey Bread wonderment, not being used.
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer
I used to love when my mom made monkey bread...brings back great memories.
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
kristen, i love getting messy in the kitchen. sticky, oooy gooy food is a joy and i agree with you that a life that's not neat and clean is more fun. this bread look fantastic...i just want to grab a piece with my fingers and stuff my face!
April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterElle
hm, my dad makes something very much like this on Christmas mornings. Although, he makes the dough from scratch, letting it rise as we open presents [or now a days since we're all older, as we sip coffee and/or bloody marys] and then he also adds some candied cherries. i don't think our recipe is as gooey as yours either, but if its anything like what i think it is, it is DIVINE! and i love this idea of using biscuit cans, that makes this treat that I always think of as a special Christmas thing, more accessible. hmm... do you think adding in some fresh berries before baking would be a good idea?
April 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterconnie
That sounds so great. I haven't made it before, but I love the idea of buttermilk biscuts. It sounds like it will be both sweet and savory, and nutty too due to the boiled butter. Too good!
April 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

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