Monkey Bread for Two

This past weekend was a really great one.

My childhood best friend visited me this weekend. She is getting married at the end of this month (so soon!), so this was our last big single-girl weekend together. We shopped until we dropped, stuffed ourselves silly with enchiladas, sangria and these hummingbird cupcakes from Christina at Dessert for Two, and watched trashy shows on Netflix until we couldn’t keep our eyes open one minute more.

Sunday my family participated in the Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis. Our team was able to raise $1,355 for digestive disease research and I had a great time walking with some of my dearest friends. And two really impatient beagles.

And the whole awesome weekend got off to a great start with Boyfriend’s 25th birthday on Friday! I told him he could pick anything he wanted for me to make special on his birthday and his immediate choice? Monkey bread for breakfast.

{As a side note, I thought this was rather humorous, as the aforementioned best friend has been dating her future husband for almost 8 years and every year he asks for monkey bread as his special birthday treat. Boyfriend was not aware of this when he requested it. What are the odds?}

To be honest, I had never actually made monkey bread, so I set off in search of a recipe. Yet the problems with almost every recipe I encountered were twofold:

1.) The from-scratch recipes (the ones that did not call for cans of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits) all called for a yeast dough, and while I have absolutely no aversion to working with yeast, I absolutely do have an aversion to spending 3 hours in the kitchen before I can even eat my breakfast. Mornings just aren’t my thing.

2.) Every recipe I looked at fed a small army, which would mean leftover monkey bread for days. Maybe you don’t think this is a problem, but I have an issue with portion control. As in, there are a lot of times when I don’t have any.

My solution? Create my own version, using super simple homemade buttermilk biscuits, that would be just the right amount for two people.

And a delicious breakfast was had by all.


Monkey Bread for Two
Adapted from Dessert for Two and The Pioneer Woman
Yield: 2-3 servings
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 degrees if using a glass or ceramic loaf pan). Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Using a pastry cutter, blend in the butter and shortening until the mixture resembles coarse sand with a few pea-sized pieces. Add in the buttermilk, stirring until just mixed.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough a few times, then pat or roll until dough is ½-inch thick. Using a knife or dough blade, cut dough into approximately 52 half-inch pieces. Roll pieces into balls using the palms of your hands.
  4. In a zip-top bag, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Add the biscuit pieces; close the bag and shake to cover all of the pieces in the cinnamon-sugar.
  5. At this point you can choose to either continue on in the recipe, or store the bag of cinnamon-sugar-covered biscuit pieces in the fridge until the next morning.
  6. When ready to bake, dump the biscuit pieces (and any loose cinnamon-sugar) into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. In a small bowl, add the butter and brown sugar. Microwave on medium-high power for 1 to 1½ minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds, until the butter is melted and the mixture becomes a uniform golden color. Pour evenly over the biscuit pieces.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the biscuit pieces are cooked through and the top of the monkey bread takes on a deep caramel color. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes (longer if you don't want to hazard burning yourself as I did...don't be like me) before flipping onto a plate to serve.


  1. says

    Hmmmm… Not sayin’, but I’m sayin’ maybe there is a secret ingredient in monkey bread that leads to marriage…
    Congrats on the success of your walk!
    PS I showed Mike this recipe when you posted a picture on Instagram and he has asked me to make this for us (mainly him).

  2. says

    Happy bday to your bf! Until reading this post, I had never heard of monkey bread and now I want to be all up in its business! I love portions for two in order to keep baked goods fresh and well….not tempting me for days on end with leftovers. Looks like an excellent bday choice and I’m looking forward to trying it. :)

    • Stephie says

      I had never had monkey bread until a few years ago. It seems to be one of those things that you either have never heard of or you grew up eating! I’m all for it becoming a tradition.

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