Monkey Balls

"Despite the name, these sweet, gooey treats are AWESOME!!! Best when eaten day of making, but can be reheated in the microwave several days later to taste just as great. Every time I make these, I just can't resist ripping off a chunk every time I walk by them. They disappear quickly!! I don't add nuts because my family doesn't care for them, but I'm sure it's equally as great wit"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
1 bundt loaf




  • Knead dough.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Pinch off dough into walnut-size balls.
  • Roll in melted butter, then in sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • Place in butter-greased bundt or angel food pan, in layers.
  • Sprinkle nuts over each layer, if desired.
  • Pour remaining butter and sugar over top.
  • Let rise, about 10 minutes.
  • Bake in 325 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Invert onto plate while still warm.

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  1. Teresa M
    Manda, Nobody has reviewed these yet, What's Up??? Okay, my family Loves nuts, so I kept those, with a nice layer on the bottom, as the recipe is inverted when it's done, so they're on top and in-between layers and it looks as pretty as a picture. I used a half recipe of dough, as I was using the other half for another recipe. I made the full recipe of melted butter, and of the cinnamon/sugar misture, and I noticed our daughter's cinnamon/sugar shaker was a bit heavy on the cinnamon, so I knew that's how she likes it, I do too, so I added a lot more cinnamon. I sprinkled the rest of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top, then drizzed the remaining butter over everything. Beautiful and to-die-for! Looks like it came out of a magazine! Wow, and I snuck a nice-sized chunk of this into my husband's lunch tomorrow. Daughter also seemed to really like it. Sure reminds me of my mom's cinnamon rolls from scratch! DEFINITE KEEPER! Thank you Manda.
  2. Zorruka
    Apparently it's also called monkey bread i just now found out. Like this name though because of the weird looks i get. Whrn i made it i mixed pure sugar with Brown sugar and it tastes great. A little gooey though because i set the temperature to the one shown on here instead of the one for biscuit dough. Oops.
  3. Bessa
    I love monkey balls! I learned how to make them long ago from a family member. I've never heard anyone else call this recipe "monkey balls" other than from people in my family (I've gotten lots of weird replies). The only difference from my recipe is the frozen bread dough; I use the Pillsbury buiscuits and cut them into quarters. It fun to get everyone in on it and make an assembly line:)!
  4. Gerry
    Great recipe! This was a Karen From Colorado recommend on one of the threads - and one I have been making to ohhs and ahhs every time it is served. Since for most part it is made for those unplanned times I make the dough in my bread maker recipe#336855 - this recipe makes just the right amount of dough to fill a bundt pan. Usually use raisins, but it's great with raisins and pecans as well ... like a wonderful cinnamon bun in a bundt pan! Looks awesome on the serving platter - makes for no left overs so can't tell you how it reheats! Thank you for a recipe that is so easily made and looks and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen! Note - have been making this recipe since 2007 and still the ohhs and ahhs - so easy - so good!
  5. dmac085
    I picked this one BECAUSE of the name:LOL: I work with a bunch of rowdies so I knew it would go over well. I had the 2 loaves in the freezer and the rest is just kitchen staples so this was very easy and came together pretty quickly. I thawed the dough in the fridge overnight so I could make if after work the next day. I used chopped pecans and ended up baking for about 35 min. I was invited to make it again very soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


I am a single gal, living on my own; currently working as an Occupational Therapist & living in Cumberland, MD. (It is "God's Country" out here...beautiful!) I LOVE to cook and bake, and love anything that looks, tastes, smells, or even closely resembles a veggie. I LOVE moo-cows, and therefore, cannot bring myself to eat any part of the adorable critters (i.e. NO RED MEAT!!) I love the outdoors, and pride myself on being the master griller on the fire pit. My mother's side of the family is 100% Polish, so I have an inborn passion for cooking...unfortunately, along with that comes a love of eating, too!! But, hey..u only live once, so I say "EAT, DRINK, and BE MERRY!!!"
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