This easy to make Microwave Monkey Bread is sticky, doughy, and almost too good to be true! It takes under 20 minutes to whip up from start to finish, and it’s so delicious that no one will ever believe it was cooked in the microwave.
Easy Monkey Bread Recipe
These days, it seems like every other recipe involves a slow cooker, air fryer, or Instant Pot – where did the love for the microwave go?! Hopefully, this easy monkey bread recipe will remind you how much you love your trusty microwave.
Monkey bread is one of my favorite desserts to make when I have a lot of kids running around my house. They LOVE being able to pull pieces of the bread apart with their hands! It usually ends up being a sticky-handed mess, but the smiles on their faces make it all worth it.
This monkey bread is rich with buttery cinnamon sugar goodness and is perfect for serving at brunch, or as an after dinner treat. No matter what time of day you whip up this microwave monkey bread, you’re guaranteed to enjoy every last bite!
Why you’ll love this Microwave Monkey Bread recipe
- Easy: It’s made with only 6 simple ingredients and cooked in the microwave. Monkey bread recipes do NOT get easier than this!
- Delicious: Monkey bread is one of those desserts I can never resist. Soft pieces of biscuits are cooked with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and white sugar. It’s a perfectly sweet treat that just can’t be beat.
- Fun: With a name like monkey bread, it’s impossible not to have a little fun while both making and enjoying it! Like I said before, if you have kids, they’re going to be obsessed with this dessert.
How to make easy monkey bread in a microwave
- Melt the brown sugar and butter together in the microwave.
- Roll the pieces of dough in a cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Assemble the monkey bread using a ramekin and a plate.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the monkey bread.
- Sprinkle the monkey bread with chopped pecans.
- Cook in the microwave for 5-6 minutes.
- Let cool.
- Flip the monkey bread onto a pie plate.
- Sprinkle with more pecans.
How do I know if the monkey bread is fully cooked?
All microwaves are a little bit different. So, once it hits the 5 minute mark, it’s important to keep an eye on the monkey bread.
If you notice that the monkey bread has risen just a little bit, it’s most likely all done! Even if it’s finished at 5 minutes and you let it cook to 6, though, it should still be delicious. Just don’t allow it to cook for over 6 minutes, or you risk the monkey bread drying out.
How long will it stay fresh?
This dessert is best served while it’s warm and fresh.
While it will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container, it will most likely dry out when reheated again in the microwave.
If you do choose to reheat your monkey bread, consider making another brown sugar and butter mixture to drizzle on the bread. That will help it from drying out too much.
What kind of biscuit dough should I use?
Remember, this monkey bread will really only be as good as the dough you use! The dough is the base of the recipe, so it’s important to use whatever your favorite store-bought brand of biscuit dough is.
Flaky or buttermilk biscuits will work perfectly for this easy microwave recipe.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Let the bread cool for about 2 minutes before you flip it onto a pie plate! The plate will be very hot coming out of the microwave, so be careful not to burn your hands.
- If anyone in your house has a nut allergy, don’t worry! The pecans can be omitted.
- Serve this monkey bread with coffee in the morning as a makeshift easy cinnamon roll treat!
Microwave monkey bread is easy to make and rich with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Just because it’s so easy to make doesn’t mean you miss out on any flavors!
More breakfast recipes we love
- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes
- Croissant French Toast Casserole with Berries and Cream
- Loaded S’more Crepes
If you make this recipe be sure to leave us a comment or rating. Enjoy!
Easy Monkey Bread (Microwave Monkey Bread Recipe)
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter half a stick
- 1- 16 oz. can flaky or buttermilk biscuits cut into bite size pieces.
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamons
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
- In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar and the butter. Melt them in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir together. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. Roll each piece of the biscuit in the sugar mixture, making sure it is completely covered. You may coat 2 or 3 pieces at a time.
- Place each dipped piece into a lightly sprayed or buttered pie plate, with a small ramekin in the center. Surround the ramekin with the coated biscuits. Continue coating pieces until all of them are covered.
- Drizzle the melted butter mixture over the pieces of dough, trying to cover as much of the bread as possible. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, reserving 1 Tablespoon of the pecans to top the bread before pulling them apart.
- Place the pie plate in the microwave and cook on high for 5-6 minutes. The bread will rise just a little bit while cooking. Remove from the microwave oven and allow the bread to cool for about two minutes.
- Before serving, place a plate over the pie plate and then flip it over onto the plate. Sprinkle the reserved pecans over the top of the bread and then use a large fork to spread the bites around the plate for easier serving.
- This recipe is a simple and quick way to have cinnamon roll-like bites in less than 10 minutes!
- Nuts are optional.
- Be careful flipping the bread after cooking. The pie plate will be very hot.
- If the bread begins to thicken, microwave for additional 15-30 seconds to reheat and soften.
- Bread can be stored in a ziplock bag, and re-warmed before eating. I have used flaky and buttermilk biscuits, and they both work fine. The flaky are my favorite because they have the multiple layers when they are being peeled off the plate.