Savory Monkey Bread

Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread

This Savory Monkey Bread recipe is my new favorite breakfast (or anytime) dish. Stuffed with cheese and scallion it's easy to make and even easier to eat!

There is a certain popular chip brand out there that advertises that it’s impossible to eat just one. Likewise, I can guarantee that you will not be able to each just one piece of this Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread Recipe!

You either eat 0 or 23. Those are the only options. Nobody eats one and is like, “OK. I’m good.”

That’s especially true if the monkey bread in question is this cheesy monkey bread laced with cheddar and scallion. While I like a sweet monkey bread as much as the next dude, this savory version really won me over. I ate about a quarter of it by myself.

It might just need the savory monkey bread recipe you need for Easter this year!

Savory Monkey Bread

Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread

This savory monkey bread is my new favorite breakfast (or anytime) dish. It’s easy and fun to make and even easier to eat!
3.56 from 29 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Dough Time: 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Breads, Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings




  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • cup water warm
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour plus extra for rolling
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 scallions minced

Butter coating:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Butter pan with 2 tablespoons softened butter and set aside for later.
  • In a large bowl, mix together milk, water, melted butter, sugar and yeast. Meanwhile, mix flour and salt in standing mixer fitted with dough hook. Turn machine to low and slowly add milk mixture. After dough comes together, increase speed to medium and mix until dough is shiny and smooth, 6 to 7 minutes. If at any point dough is very sticky, add more flour by the tablespoon.
  • If you don’t have a mixer, just mix the ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a rough ball. Then turn out onto a floured surface and knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball, about 5-6 minutes.
  • 3)Turn dough onto lightly floured counter and knead briefly to form smooth, round ball. Coat large bowl with a drizzle of oil. Place dough in bowl and coat surface of dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until dough doubles in size, about an hour.
  • For the fillings, grate cheese. Set one cup of grated cheese aside and stir the other two cups together with diced scallions.
  • To finish bread, remove the dough from the bowl, and pat into a rough 10-inch square. Sprinkle cheese/scallion mixture on half of the dough and fold it over. Then roll out again to a square. Using a bench scraper or knife, cut dough into tiny 1 inch pieces.
  • Melt butter for dipping and stir with garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.
  • Roll each piece into a rough ball and dip into the melted butter, allowing excess butter to drip back into the bowl. Then layer balls in the Bundt pan. Try to stagger the balls so they form a single thing. Occasionally sprinkle balls with just grated cheese (go light).
  • Cover the Bundt pan tightly with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour until the balls are about 2 inches from the top of the pan (at least an hour).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap the pan and bake until the top is deep brown, about 35-40 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a late and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.


Serving: 8piecesCalories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 17gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 875mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1096IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 357mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cheesy Bread, Cheesy Monkey Bread, Monkey Bread, Savory Bread

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Savory Monkey Bread Dough

This is a really simple dough to pull together (I mean that). While you could use a stand mixer, I made this version using only my hands. Old school style.

The dough I use for this savory monkey bread is still one of the easier doughs you can make in my opinion.

Basically just combine the liquids in a bowl (it’s best if they are slightly warm). Add the sugar and then stir in the yeast and let it start to foam a bit.

Making dough - Savory Monkey Bread

Once it’s foaming, add in the salt and flour. Stir this all together.

Dry dough ingredients - Savory Monkey Bread Recipe
Doin’ it old school.

After a few minutes of stirring your dough should form a ball and then you can just lightly knead the dough in the bowl until the ball turns soft and smooth (4-5 minutes). If the dough is really sticky, add more flour by the handful.

Dough made - Savory Monkey Bread
Dough done!

Drizzle the dough with a little oil and cover it. Let it rise for 90 minutes or so until it doubles in size. It’ll rise really quickly because of the high yeast content.

Cheesy Monkey Bread Filling

This cheesy monkey bread is everything I want in a savory brunch bread. Cheese and scallion. Mix most of the grated cheese with the scallion but leave some unmixed.

Cheese filling - Cheesy Monkey Bread
These are the fillings you need.

Making the Savory Monkey Bread

When your dough is puffy, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Then sprinkle half of it with the cheese/scallion mixture. You can really pack it on there.

Filling the dough - Savory Monkey bread
Rolled and stuffed.

Fold the dough over and press it down firmly. Then cut the dough into about 1 inch squares. It’s actually good if they aren’t all the same size. You should end up with 60-80 balls.

Making the monkey bread - How to make Monkey Bread
All chopped up!

Then just roll all of these into little balls. This would be a sweet helper job for any kids sitting around!

Making monkey bread balls - Savory monkey bread
Roll ’em up.

Now for the fun part.

Dip each ball in the butter mixture (melted butter with garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper). Stir these around a bit.

Butter coated - Savory Monkey Bread
Butter time.

Then stack these in your bundt pan!

Notes on stacking:

1) Butter the pan first to make sure you can get the bread out at the end.

2) As you are layering the balls, sprinkle in some of the grated cheese that wasn’t mixed with scallion. As the bread bakes, this will glue everything together.

3) Try to make the stacking even.

In the bundt Pan - Savory Monkey Bread
In the pan!

Rising and Baking the Monkey Bread

When your cheesy savory monkey bread is completely stacked, cover the bundt pan and let this rise a second time. The balls should really puff up in the pan. Let them rise for at least an hour.

Then bake the whole thing at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

It’ll be beautiful.

How to make monkey bread
And… amazing.

Let the bread cool briefly and then run a knife around the bread so it comes out easily.

I like to serve savory monkey bread with toothpicks or you can just peel off a piece.

Savory monkey bread
Easy to pull it off.

Making a monkey bread (savory or sweet) is my new Christmas tradition. You can actually make the dough and assemble the dish the night before and refrigerate it. Then just take it out 30-45 minutes before you want to bake it and pop it in the oven!

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25 Responses to “Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread” Leave a comment

  1. To answer your question. Amazing!!!! I will be making this today!
    I will post later with my taste test reaction.

      1. Taste test results….Amazing!!! I did alter the recipe, replacing the scallions with crumbled cooked bacon as my kids do not like them. My kids enjoyed making this with me!
        I paired this with homemade tomato soup cooked in the pressure cooker which is a perfect pairing. This is a keeper.

  2. A quick question: If I prep this the night before, should I let it rise the second time after assembly prior to refrigerating it? It looks awesome, thank you!

    1. Hey Jennifer! If you are actually putting the balls in the pan and letting that sit overnight you can just let it warm up a bit to room temp (maybe pull it out 30 minutes before baking). If you are just making the dough, then you’ll need to let it rise after you get it all in the pan. Hope that helps!

    1. Sure Nancy! I’ve left it overnight before actually. If you are gonna leave it for many hours, stick it in the fridge which will slow down the yeast a bit. Good luck!

  3. Way too much butter! Just made it and the butter ended up dripping in the owen making my smoke alarm going off and then dripping all over the kitchen floor (I put baking sheet under the baking pan but there was butter oozing out everywhere!) next time I will omit dipping it in butter, saving calories too.

  4. Stumbled across this on the www and thought wow need to try this for my cheese lovin’ family! I am going to do the first rise in my bread machine. It looks as though you could alter the seasoning as well by either adding bacon, maybe rosemary &/or thyme
    and using olive oil instead of butter for the dunkin’.

    Also will try it with sprouted flour. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hey Maddy! I don’t think it needs one honestly, but like a garlic butter dip would be good or maybe even ranch!

  5. OMFG my daughter declared this is the best bread she’s ever eaten. I said it was divinely dirty and delicious. Thank you for posting!

  6. I’ve made this for a few family Thanksgivings and it’s now officially known as “The Devil’s Loaf” because everyone fills up on the bread then has no room for the bird! I’ve never changed a thing and it’s so good, thank you for sharing!

  7. I love this recipe, I’ll use dried chives if I dont have scallions. I make it at least once a week cause my house loves it so much…. Well I do. I’ve also added Everything but the bagle seasoning to it and it makes it great too. All time favorite bread snack.

  8. This looks amazing. Have you ever made it to let it rise overnight in the refrigerator? I want to make it for Christmas morning but would love to have it made already. Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Christine! Yes. I do that exact thing. Just pull it out the fridge about an hour before baking so it can take the chill off and rise a bit more. Good luck!

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