Our Air Fryer Monkey Bread is the perfect sweet breakfast treat in a snap! Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, it’s the best way to start the weekend or a family holiday.

a white plate with pieces of air fryer monkey bread

Recipe Overview

Air fryer breakfasts are some of my favorites because I don’t dirty my whole kitchen before the day starts!

This Monkey Bread lets me whip up a dish that’s part breakfast, part dessert in less than half an hour!

It’s quick and easy and my family can snack on it throughout breakfast and brunch time until we’re ready for the big afternoon feast!

This recipe saves my baking dishes for the casseroles and side dishes and lets me use my air fryer.

How to make it

Steps to make monkey bread with biscuit dough in the air fryer
  1. Start by gathering your ingredients! I use store-bought biscuit dough, but you could make your own. Open your biscuits and mix your sugar and cinnamon. You’ll need brown sugar and melted butter, too!
  2. Cut the biscuits into quarters.
  3. Roll the dough into balls and coat with the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Spray your air fryer pot (or any oven-safe dish that will fit in your basket!) with a neutral oil and add the dough balls. Unlike most air fryer recipes, no need to keep the balls separated!
  5. Mix the melted butter and sugar together and pour over the dough. Air fry the monkey bread for about 20 minutes at 320 degrees F (or 160 degrees C!).
  6. Rest the monkey bread for about 5 minutes before turning the pot over to release the bread onto a plate. Serve warm and enjoy!
A bite of monkey bread on a silver fork over a white plate

How to Store Leftovers

While some say leaving monkey bread leftovers on the counter is safe, I err on the side of caution and stick to the fridge or the freezer.

You’re safe in the fridge if you’re going to eat your leftovers within the week.

If you want to freeze your baked monkey bread, it will last up to 3 months in the freezer! However, if you freeze your bread, thaw it overnight in the fridge before you plan to reheat it.

How to Reheat

Reheating bread is tricky because you don’t want it to get too hard on the inside or lose its crunch on the outside.

So, skip the microwave and use your oven for this one!

Wrap your leftover monkey bread in aluminum foil and reheat for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Pieces of monkey bread on a white plate
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5 from 6 votes

Air Fryer Monkey Bread

This sweet breakfast favorite is quick and easy! Turn your basic biscuit dough into a brown sugar and cinnamon treat.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 484kcal



  • 1 can biscuit dough
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter


  • Unwrap the biscuit dough and cut each biscuit into quarters. Take each piece and roll it into a ball. Place balls in a bowl and set aside.
  • Mix together the melted butter and brown sugar. Set aside.
  • Mix the white sugar and cinnamon together. Pour over dough and stir to combine.
  • Use a spray oil to coat the inside of the air fryer pot or oven-safe dish. Put dough mixture into pot.
  • Pour the melted butter and brown sugar mixture over the top of the dough mixture.
  • Air fry at 320 degrees F or 160 degrees C for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Carefully, turn out the monkey bread upside down onto a plate and serve.


Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
Monkey bread in a pot in the air fryer


  1. 5 stars
    Wow, this monkey bread was so delicious! Loved how soft and fluffy it was – and the coating was perfectly sweet.

  2. 5 stars
    This is my weak spot — I love monkey bread. Didn’t know you could make it with the air fryer!

  3. 5 stars
    I saw “part breakfast, part dessert” and I was IMMEDIATELY in! Those are the two best meals of the day!! Can’t wait to try this out, it looks so tasty 🙂

    1. I used my air fryer basket as mentioned and the bread was still gooey after 23 minutes. Should have been a higher temp if use if a basket, that created layers of biscuits?

      1. Hello Laura 🙂 Sometimes it gets tricky with all the different brands of air fryers and they all run a bit different. Yes, I think for yours you will need to up the temp. My layers were 2-3 high of the cut biscuits, if that helps. But I would increase the temps by 15 degrees or so and try it again 🙂

    1. HI Richelle! Sounds like it may be a combo of your air fryer and the “container” you used. Some air fryers will cook it through with them stacked slightly. It sounds like your air fryer didn’t like it stacked that deep and the higher ones ended up catching all that air hot being so close to the heating element. I am not sure what you can fit i your air fryer, but you could try a bigger/wider container so their aren’t stacked as high. So looking at a single layer maybe 2 high in some places. That should reduce the heighth, so those top ones aren’t as crispy but it will also allow the air to hopefully get to all of the pieces evenly. If you can’t fit a wider dish in your air fryer due to size, you may have to do it in batches of only a single layer :).

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I used only 4 biscuits as a trial and halved all the ingredients. I placed the butter, cinnamon, white and brown sugars in a shallow bowl. Microwaved for 30 seconds. I did not roll the pieces. I just cut them into quarters. Added the biscuit pieces to the shallow bowl and mixed it all up so that the pieces were all covered. Then air fried them for 16 minutes, turning them at 8 minutes at the temp you recommended. Hubby loved them. I am gluten free so I could not partake. It really smelled good though. They came out nice and crispy on the outside.

5 from 6 votes

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