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“Drunken” Monkey Bread Recipe

"Drunken" Monkey Bread RecipeThere’s nothing quite like sticky gooey Monkey Bread Recipe to give you that early morning sugar rush and sense of satisfaction. My “Drunken Monkey” bread recipe is just the thing to make your Christmas morning even more special.

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Christmas morning: the true story of Christmas has been read, presents are unwrapped, the kids have stars in their eyes as they flutter around, trying to decide what to play with first. Dad is tenaciously assembling toys with a million pieces each, and you…

You, in your robe and new Christmas jammies, have picked up the wrapping paper and are now working on a brilliant holiday breakfast to keep the Christmas magic alive.

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In planning for meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I like to incorporate dishes that can be made ahead. That way, during all the excitement, I’m not tucked away in the kitchen, missing out on memory-making moments.

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My Drunken Monkey Bread Recipe is a dish I make only on very special occasions. It’s rich, loaded with flavor, and ultra sweet–so much so, I’d feel bad serving it to my kids on regular mornings, then sending them off for teachers to manage.

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Christmas morning is different, though.

The little nippers are so hyped-up on Christmas magic, a bit of sugar isn’t going to make much of a difference.

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I first remember eating Monkey Bread at my Aunt Millie’s house, as a little girl.

Aunt Millie had a strong personality, an infectious laugh, and whole lot of spunk. I could count on her to have sticky-sweet Monkey Bread, hot and ready for the holidays, and a big smile and joke for her nieces and nephews.

This Drunken Monkey Bread Recipe is in honor of Aunt Millie, who I’m certain did not liquor-up her version, but would have loved it all the same.

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Adding a little booze to your monkey bread recipe, is strictly about flavor.

Along with the butter, sugar, and orange zest, a nip of your favorite liquor will saturate the dough, and leave a rich undertone that makes monkey bread just as exciting for the grownups as the kids.

Most of the alcohol evaporates while the bread is baking, so I’m comfortable serving it to the entire family.

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This particular monkey bread recipe is a quickie version, incorporating frozen bread dough, to decrease your time in the kitchen.

You can make it “ahead” in two different ways.

1. One day ahead, let the dough rise according to package instructions. Then cut and sugar the dough, place it in a bundt pan, and pop it in the fridge. On Christmas morning simply whisk together the syrup, pour over the top, and bake.

2. Christmas Eve night, place the dough out to thaw and rise over night, covered in plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Christmas morning, cut and sugar the dough, place it in a bundt pan, immediately pour the syrup over the the top, and bake.

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The differences in the two methods:

Method 1 needs to bake a little longer (approximately 1 hour) and creates of a tender uniform loaf that you slice, but takes less of your time on Christmas morning.

Method 2 takes a little more time to put together in the morning, yet bakes faster (approximately 40 minutes) and comes out of the pan as more of a segmented pull-apart bread.

Both methods bake up a ridiculously moist and flavorful breakfast bread with a crusty exterior, that will be a hit Christmas morning.

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I plan to serve Drunken Monkey Bread Recipe with egg souffles and fresh berries, a meal my family will certainly remember.

Drunken Monkey Bread Recipe

Yield: 8-12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes active time (+ thaw and rise time)

Cook Time: 40-60 minutes


  • 3 pounds frozen bread dough or rolls, not the partially bakes varieties (Rhodes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice spice (or 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. nutmeg + 1/2 tsp. clove + 1/2 tsp ginger)
  • 2 1/2 sticks melted butter (1 1/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon (Amaretto, Cognac, Brandy...)
  • Zest of 1 orange


  1. Place the frozen dough on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Spray a large sheet of plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray and cover the dough. Allow the dough to thaw and rise for 3-5 hours, according to package instructions.
  2. Once the dough has doubled or tripled in size, butter (or spray with cooking spray) a large 12-15 cup capacity bundt pan. Mix the granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl. Then use kitchen sheers to snip the dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch chunks. Dust the dough chunks with the sugar mixture and place in the bundt pan. *At this point, you can cover the top and refrigerate over night.
  3. Move the oven rack to the bottom position and take out the other racks to give the monkey bread room to rise. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, liquor, and orange zest together in a large microwave safe bowl. Bring the mixture to a boil in the microwave--2 minutes. Then pour over the monkey bread dough and place in the oven.
  4. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the top is brown, crusty and rising over the top of the pan.


Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Other Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas:

Corned Beef Hash with Creamy Horseradish Sauce
Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheee Frittata
Boston Cream Pie Pancakes ~ Country Clever
Egg Nog French Toast Bake ~ Domestic Fits

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48 Responses to ““Drunken” Monkey Bread Recipe”

  1. Rachel Cooksposted December 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

    OH man—this looks divine. And Iove that you called your kids “little nippers.” LOL!


  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 19, 2012 at 6:46 am

    This looks so tasty!


  3. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted December 19, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Where has this been all my life?!


  4. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted December 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I’ve had monkey bread a few times and it always looks so complicated… but now I’m going to have to give it a try!


  5. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted December 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Now this is a breakfast I can get on board with.


  6. Lizposted December 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I am definitely making this over Christmas break! A little booze added is perfect for the holidays! :)


  7. Daraposted December 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I LOVE this bread. Monkey bread + bourbon? Amazing.


  8. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted December 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Oh, wow! I want to have Christmas breakfast at your house!! :)


  9. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted December 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I love monkey bread in all its forms… drunken?! Yes!


  10. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted December 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Oh. Oh I can’t move. Like I really cannot move.


  11. Paula - bell'alimentoposted December 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Boozy Monkey Bread. Um yeah!


  12. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

    oh heavens yes please


  13. katieposted December 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I love Monkey Bread and I think I might love it even more now with this boozy version!


  14. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted December 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Love that you used a handy little shortcut with the dough AND that it’s a drunken variety. Bourbon, brown sugar, orange – oh I could go NUTS with this stuff!


  15. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakesposted December 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Oh how I love this – drunken monkeys! What a wonderful dish to feed a holiday crowd…


  16. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted December 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Any recipe that starts with the word “drunken” is pretty much good by me. Love this!


  17. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Oh Sommer, I don’t even know where to start with this. Monkey bread is so fun – I have been making it for so long…we always made it with refrigerator biscuits. But the drunken-ness take it to the next level. Love it!


  18. Carolynposted December 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I am all for drunken things…drunken makes me happy! :)


  19. marlaposted December 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Now this drunken cake is certainly fun for festive holiday parties!


  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    So, so gorgeous – I’m drooling!


  21. jennifurlaposted December 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm



  22. Ashley - Baker by Natureposted December 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Monkey bread is my go-to fun dessert. Your version looks AMAZING! Um… can I come over for breakfast!? ;)


  23. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Monkey bread is always so much fun. And I love how you amped it up!!


  24. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Love a good monkey bread, and I’m sure it’s even better with a touch of booze!


  25. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted December 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I can never make this! I have no self control and I would eat it all! I’m not kidding! I would pick at it all day until it was gone! It looks AMAZING!!! I want to make this, now!!


  26. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted December 20, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Well now that’s a nice start to Christmas day!


  27. Paula Wrightposted December 20, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Cool way to spice up the family tradition! Miss Aunt Millie.


    • Sommer — December 20th, 2012 @ 7:11 am

      Hey Paula, Me too!


  28. JJ - 84thand3rdposted December 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

    What a decadent Christmas morning treat! Nothing like a sugar rush to go with the present rush ;) Merry Merry!


  29. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblingsposted December 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

    what a great holiday breakfast!


  30. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted December 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Aren’t Christmas mornings the best? I think I’m just as excited as my son on Christmas morning.


  31. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted December 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I want to get drunk off this bread.


  32. Rebecca W.posted December 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

    My sister requested cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. I think I’ll surprise her with these. Monkey bread was always our favorite as kids, and the drunken part adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to it! Thank you for the recipe.


  33. JulieDposted December 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Love this!!! A little boozy makes the monkey bread even better!!


  34. Jeanetteposted December 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    What a decadent holiday treat – such a fun breakfast for the holidays!


  35. Baking Serendipityposted December 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Monkey bread is one of my favorite holiday breakfasts…adding the liquor is such a fun idea!


  36. Kathy - Panini Happyposted December 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Amazing!! I’ve still never made monkey bread before, but now it’s pretty much all I can think about. This shall be done soon! :-)


  37. Joyposted December 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Your version looks wonderful.


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  39. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted December 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Oh my goodness – this looks absolutely sinful! I want to eat every last bite of this! And no, I won’t be sharing :)


  40. Leslieposted January 7, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Hmmmm. how did I miss this! YUM YUM YUM


  41. Amandaposted January 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Doesnt get any better than this! :)


  42. Rebecca from the Fieldhouse Kitchenposted August 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Wow! Just when I thought monkey bread couldn’t get any better… Fantastic idea!


  43. Sarahposted October 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Looks delicious. Will it be as moist if baked without the alcohol?


  44. Jana Moenposted November 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    My Mom, Aka Aunt Millie, would have LOVED it! She would have thought it to be sinfull sweet!
    Thank you for this ! I was missing her today & you made my day brighter with her memory!
    You are the bomb, Sommer!


  45. Sommerposted December 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Mandy, Sorry about that! Yes, I’d love to see the size of your bundt pan. That was probably the culprit.


    • Mandy S. — December 27th, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      I’ll try to get a picture of it. It’s painted red, metal, with fluted edges. The picture of yours in your recipe looks much bigger than mine. Thank you for replying. I’ll try recipe again once I get a bigger pan.


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