November 20, 2013 - 13:26 — MargoBurkhardt

We started a Thanksgiving morning tradition in our family when my children were toddlers. One snowy Thanksgiving morning my husband and I bundled up the kids and ourselves and headed to a nearby forest preserve for a “hike.”

It was a great way to enjoy nature, get some fresh air and a little exercise (although my husband and I did a lot of carrying!), and create a memory.

A few years into this tradition, we added Monkey Bread to the mix. We make and bake the bread prior to heading out the door. Knowing we have the monkey bread waiting for us makes the hike even that much sweeter! This is an easy and fun treat to make with children of any age. They love to dunk the biscuits in the cinnamon sugar and drop them in the pan. It’s even more fun to eat this pull apart creation!

  Monkey Bread


  • 3 packages buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix cinnamon and sugar together. Cut biscuits into quarters. Roll each piece in cinnamon sugar. Drop into well-greased angel food cake or bundt pan. Melt butter and brown sugar together. Pour over biscuits. Sprinkle chopped nuts over biscuits. Put into a cold oven and bake at 325 for 35 minutes. When finished baking, turn pan upside down to release bread onto plate. 

For more easy-to-bake recipes for kids, check out these titles at the library:

B is for Baking: 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together    J 641.815 SES

The Children's Baking Book J 641.815 SMA

All in Just One Cookie   J 641.8654 GOO


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