Garlic Monkey Bread

I want to live in a universe where bread is considered healthy and good for you. I want to live in a world where bread is enjoyed at every meal, in place of the bad for you veggies. Broccoli is despised, along with cauliflower, spinach and squash. We rejoice over cheese and embrace it’s deliciousness. Butter is on hand by the barrel-full to slather away on fresh baked goods. Am I going to far?

Whether you agree with me about this alternate universe or not, this garlic monkey bread is absolutely necessary in your life. It needs to be made immediately. You will thank me… your hips may not, but that’s only because this bread is practically irresistible. You’ll eat one to taste and another for snack. Then they’ll be taunting you from the other room so on a pass by you might just grab another to sneak while no one is looking. Oh… that’s just me? Yeah, I have issues with bread, especially delicious warm bread full of flavor.

I love this bread for so many reasons. The dough is super easy to make and work with. I mean, really easy.  It has delicious flavor from herbs and garlic. Let’s not forget the last minute addition of warm butter and parmesan before baking. Make a double batch, or jumbo portions… or both.

Garlic Monkey Bread

Prep Time1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread
Servings: 12


  • 3 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast rapid rise
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 C warm water
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, add bread flour, sugar, yeast, salt, basil and garlic. With mixer on low, begin adding liquid ingredients (olive oil, milk and warm water). Mix until fully combined and dough is no longer sticking to the bowl. If necessary, add additional flour by the spoonful until dough no longer sticks.
  • Transfer dough to a large bowl greased with olive oil. Cover and let rise in a warm location for 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a regular or jumbo size muffin tray, spray cavities with olive oil or favorite baking spray. Break off chunks of dough, roll into 1 inch balls. Divide balls among muffin cavities.
  • Brush tops of dough with melted butter. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until turning light golden. Carefully remove rolls from tray, cool on a wire rack or basket. Enjoy warm.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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35 Responses to “Garlic Monkey Bread”

  1. #
    Mai — February 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

    these look delicious! i’ve been meaning to try some type of bread every since i got my kitchenaid…that was a year ago. i just may make these! looks super easy and sounds great!

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    JenniferA — February 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I want to live in that world too and I want this bread to always be there!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Oh these look soooo good! Your pictures are so pretty too! I love that dish :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

    these look so buttery, garlicy good! nothing says a good bread like being smothered in butter and garlic :) they look really soft and fluffy too. those are my favorite kinds of bread/rolls!

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    Julia — February 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I’d like to live in the same fantasy world. Add ice ream to the list of ingredients that NEED to be in a well balanced diet too. These look delicious!

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    Cassie — February 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this and could eat the whole batch for breakfast…mouth is watering!

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    nicole — February 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I made a cheater batch of this once with pillsbury rolls but fresh home made bread is always so much better. The worst part about garlic bread is that you naturally want to eat it with pasta… carbo load!! ha

    I like how you made them in muffin tins. at least it’s portion controled. kinda…

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

    looks awesome, rachel! i’m a huuuge bread fan (+ a carb fan in general), so i approve of your ideal bread+butter-filled world. =)

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — February 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I’d like to live in your universe. They rolls sound fabulous.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Oh, I want this for dinner tonight!

  11. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — February 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    ahhh definitely jumbo rolls, always jumbo rolls! :)

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    Kathryn — February 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I haven’t tried using my kitchenaid to make bread yet but this looks super tasty!

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    naomi — February 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I should not make this since I will eat all of them without sharing. But then again, I should make this b/c I LOVE monkey bread and I CAN eat this without sharing. :)

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    Erin — February 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I want to live in your new universe!
    This looks insanely good!

  15. #
    Maureen — February 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    If you find a place like this to live, please let us come and live with you! :)

  16. #
    Tracey — February 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I’ll gladly join you in that alternate universe! Your monkey bread looks fantastic, there’s no way I could be trusted around it :)

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — February 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Now that’s a world I want to live in! Oh I can almost taste these already.. Mmmm..

  18. #
    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen — February 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I love how they look like steamed cupcakes :) Soft too!

  19. #
    Brooke — February 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    These look delicious. I have one slight but important suggestion…. I would add small blocks of cheddar to the middle of the bread balls. You can roll the dough around cut blocks of your favorite cheese! SO YUMMY especially with your amazing dough recipe!

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      Rachel — February 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Sounds like a delicious cheesy option. Thanks for the suggestion. It would make for a fun snack bread.

  20. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — February 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

    YUM! I want to make a massive one and eat the entire thing by myself.

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    Kristen | Pixelated Crumb — February 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Oh yum, sign me up for your bread universe! I adore monkey bread and garlic bread is one of the best breads on earth. I can’t wait to try this…I think this is going to be the perfect thing for the garlic olive oil I just made!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — February 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’m down for the alternate bread universe, as long as there is pasta and wine :) Looks amazing!

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — February 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love the fact that these are made in a muffin pan!

  24. #
    Lauren — February 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Those look so perfect!! And, great for portion control–which is what I need all the live long day.

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    spicegirl — February 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Made these last night to go with a ravioli/roasted zucchini dish. Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  26. #
    Jan — February 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I too would like to live in a universe where bread is healthy. These look great! I love garlic & herb anything ;) Yum!

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    Kris — February 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    taunt me from the other room – those sneaky monkeys!

    I love ALL monkey breads – this looks GOOD.

    I like broccoli, but I also like bread. can I bring my broccoli to your universe? I’ll pour cheese over it…

  28. #
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — February 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I want to live in that world with you – we love bread. In fact we are carb-ivores in this house. Great post :)

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    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} — February 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    please, i’m begging you, send me an invitation to that wonderful world where bread is enjoyed guilt free at every meal!

  30. #
    Bonnie Banters — February 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Seriously taunting me now! Thanks for a satisfying bread recipe!

  31. #
    Baking Serendipity — February 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I love the traditional monkey bread and can only imagine your adaptation of it would be wonderful! This bread loving universe sounds fantastic. I’m in :)

  32. #
    Georganne (LilaLoa) — February 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Come live in MY world! I could literally live on just bread. Well, and water, and occasionally cookies.

  33. #
    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — March 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    These babies remind me of your clover rolls (it was you that made them, right). Love love love anything garlic and well, monkey bread :)

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    Jenica — April 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I’m pulling a batch out of the oven right now, and they look phenomenal! Thank you!

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