I’ve wanted for quite a while now to share with you a monkey bread recipe. I did not make the classic sweet version of it but a easy, cheesy one, and I absolutely loved it. It’s so easy to make this Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread from scratch that you don’t really need store bought dough for that.

Cheese and garlic are the predominant flavors of this bread but feel free to adjust the recipe as you desire using your favorite herbs and spices. The dough does not need two rising times, you shape it and let it rise directly into the pan. It works wonderfully.

Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread is best served right after you take it out of the oven, the pieces of dough can easily be pulled apart and dipped into your favorite dipping sauce.

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Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread

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It’s so easy to make this Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread from scratch that you don’t really need store bought dough for that.
Servings 40 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr


Bread Dough

  • 3 ½ cup (440g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Cheddar cheese , grated
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • 25g fresh yeast (2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or 2 tsp of instant yeast)
  • 2 tbsp (30g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk , warm
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) water , warm
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 3 tbsp (45g) butter , softened

Cheese Coating

  • 1/2 cup (110g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chives , chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley , chopped
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 1 cup (100g) Cheddar cheese , grated

For serving

  • Your favorite dipping sauce , for serving


  • Grease and dust with flour a 9 inch (23cm) bundt pan.
  • Prepare bread dough. In a large bowl mix flour with salt, garlic powder and cheese. 
  • In a small bowl add sugar over the fresh yeast and stir until it liquifies. Add milk and stir to dissolve.
  • Add dissolved yeast, water, beaten egg and butter over the flour mixture. Stir to combine and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
  • On a floured surface divide dough in 4 pieces. Divide each piece in 10 smaller pieces and roll each piece into ball. 
  • Prepare cheese coating. In a medium bowl mix melted butter with minced garlic and freshly ground black pepper.
  • In another bowl mix cheddar and parmesan cheese with parsley and chives.
  • Dip each ball of dough into the butter mixture and coat with cheese mixture.
  • Place balls of dough in the prepared bundt pan.
  • Cover the pan with a greased plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 30 minutes to 1 hr .
  • Meanwhile preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until dark golden brown on top.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the pan and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.



Serving: 1gCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 9.7gProtein: 3gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 3gSugar: 0.9g
Calories: 95kcal
Course: Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread recipes, garlic cheese monkey bread, homemade bread dough, monkey bread, monkey bread from scratch, savory monkey bread

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  1. Kayle Author says:

    ahh I can see this being a total hit at parties! Looks DELISH

  2. Mignonne Author says:

    Tried this out today. came out excellent. soft and garlicky and cheesy. no leftovers. thanks Ella for another wonderful recipe.

  3. Diana Author says:

    Great recipe but cook on a large baking tray for 20 minutes to make sure all is cooked and golden brown. When I used a Bundt tin the top cooked before the rest.

  4. Eraj Siddiqui Author says:

    I love homemade bread with cheese.. it is delicious

  5. Jessie Author says:

    Hey can i keep the bundt once the doigh has rised for 1 hr in the refrigerator overnight ?

  6. Marisol Author says:

    Can I freeze the dough to bake later? If so, at what point do I freeze it?
    Thanks for the info!

  7. hi, I tried this and it really tasted good. I ran out of butter and cheese coating so I had to whip up additional ingredient, all in all this is a good recipe

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