Lemon Monkey Bread

Lemon Monkey Bread

Have you ever been so tired you are too tired to sleep?  I am just coming off of one of those weeks.  I think I’m fairly recovered now.  The only thing that remains from my exhaustion is a very sore back.

The reason for all this is that my husband and I have decided it’s time to move.  We’ve lived in this house for 10 years.  Let me tell you, there is a lot to clean up after 10 years, 3 kids and a dog!!!  Honestly, I cleaned things I hadn’t cleaned since we moved in!  You may be disgusted by that, and I’ll just have accept your judgement.  But hey, with little ones, dusting the tops of my drapes weren’t high on my priority list!!!  Now it is.  Ugh.  10 years of dust!!!  I finally cleaned the oven after, well I’m not going to tell you how long.  Suffice it to say it’s been a LONG time!  The biggest job however, was the carpet.  We had to have new carpet in the entire house.  I know I’m not the only one who has had those mysterious gray stains in their carpet that return no matter how many times you get them professionally cleaned!!! What are those stains???  Anyway, that is why we needed new carpet.  Our house was very much lived in!!!

To prep for the new carpet, I had to remove anything breakable or on the floor, in every room.  That took an entire day.  It took two to put it all back together!   I realized in those few days that we have a crap load of junk that will NOT move with us!  How did we accumulate so much stuff?  Do we need 40 stuffed animals?   Do we need 16 champagne glasses?  I don’t even like champagne!  No, this stuff will not be moving with us!

I didn’t have much time to bake or cook.  It made me sad.  I did manage to make us the most uplifting breakfast.  Lemon Monkey Bread!  It was vital to my surviving this week.  It had just the right amount of lemon to pick me up in the morning (along with several cups of strong coffee).  It was awfully snackable, I could pick off a piece whenever I walked by.   While it was cooling, I made a lemon glaze to drizzle on top.  I ended up pouring the glaze while the bread was still warm, so it melted in a bit.  But I couldn’t help it!  I was so excited to dig in!  It was the highlight of my week!  The carpet is nice and all, but the lemon monkey bread was less costly and was deliciously edible!

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Here are a few other treats you might enjoy!

Lemon Loaf                                                                       Shugary Sweets

Lemon Pull Apart Coffee Cake                                       Lemons for Lulu

Lemon Poppyseed Bread                                                One Perfect Bite

Lemon Monkey Bread


  • ¾ sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 4 7.5oz cans refrigerated biscuits
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 T milk
  • Juice from 2 lemons


  1. Spray a tube or fluted pan with cooking spray. Preaheat oven to 350. Cut biscuits into quarters and place in a large bowl. Pour sugar over biscuits and add lemon zest. Toss by hand to get each piece coated with sugar. Place biscuits in prepared pan and pour melted butter over biscuit mixture. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  2. For glaze,
  3. Combine all ingredients and whisk until desired consistency.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury

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51 Responses

  1. In my bio the first thing I wrote is my house is always messy. With three kids, three dogs, a cat, and a husband, I’ve accepted that we are just not that family that can keep a spotless house. No judgement here :) The monkey bread sounds awesome and looks great!

    • I am so happy to hear this! I mean really, why clean the house when I can bake with the kids!!! It’s bonding time!

  2. Oh I will be making this, never made monkey bread before, but I had tasted it and its YUMMY!

    • You will love it!!! So easy and so good!

  3. I’m sure your house is fine. Your children will grow up living in a home, not a museum and they’ll thank you for it. I’ve a friend who just asked me for a monkey bread recipe. I didn’t have one for him then, but I do now. Thanks!

    • I grew up in a museum house!!! I always wanted me kids to feel welcome in their own home! Thanks John!

  4. OH I love monkey bread, but I’ve never tried with lemon flavor – great idea and your looks wonderful. Very colorful :)

    • I think I like the lemon flavored better than the cinnamon!

  5. You put two of my favorite flavors together! I’d love if you could join THURSDAY FOOD FEST! I open Wed at 7 pm. I hope to see you there! Sarah

    • Thank you! I’d love to link up o Thursday!

  6. I can’t judge you at all–after we moved (we had lived there for 18 years!) we saw some pretty gnarly stuff. Let’s just say the fridge was happily planted in its spot for 18 years without moving an inch… but having accumulated hairy arms, legs, began growling, and basically bred a new life form behind it. Gross indeed! I know moving’s a tough task but this lemon monkey bread definitely sounds uplifting and refreshing despite all the cleaning, exhaustion + dust. Looks amazing!

    • I DID not clean behind the fridge, shhhh, don’t tell! I suspect my dogs shedding over the years has created mini jack russells. I am going to choose to ignore that! Thanks for sharing and for not judging!

  7. sj homemaker on a dime

    Thank you for joining CBPH :)

  8. I hate moving…we used to move all the time, so I know how exhausting it can be! Your lemon monkey bread sounds delicious…the perfect pick-me-up after a long tiring day! :)

    • We haven’t even listed the house. I can only imagine how exhausting moving will be. I better stock up on lemons and biscuits!

    • Love to stop by! Thanks for the invite!

    • Thanks for stopping by. I would love to link up!

  9. I love anything lemon!! This looks so good! I’ve moved so many times in my life (hubby was in the Navy) that I completely sympathize with the trials of moving!! Thank you for linking this up over at Weekend Potluck! I would love to feature this over on facebook. Could you do me a favor and add a link back to Weekend Potluck, or if it’s easier, you can add a button that we provide over on the weekend potluck post (or maybe I’m missing the link back on here somewhere :). Thank you so much! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • I’m so excited!!! THANK YOU!!! We are officially on the market. Now I’m very nervous about the whole moving process!

  10. I love monkey bread my kids love it and it’s name, never had lemon before. It would be great if you would share this recipe on foodie friday today.

    • I’d love to! Thank you for the invite!

  11. Oh these sound amazing! Could I use lemon juice from the bottle instead?? :S I’m visiting from Sweet Tooth Friday-hope you’ll check out my blog as well – @ Baking Blissful

    • I think you could! Coming to check you out now! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Ida Cash

        What is lemon zested

        • The rind of the lemon, taken off with a zester or fine grater.

  12. Oh my goodness – This looks so amazing! Just the kind of treat I like – pinning for sure. And no judgement here – after running down kiddos, keeping up with the necessary cleaning/laundry, meal prep and sneaking in a shower & blogging time …. who the heck can scrub their oven or dust the curtain rods!?! Good luck with the move :)

    • Thanks for not making me feel bad!!! I can’t wait to move so I can go back to not cleaning!

  13. I’ve never made monkey bread before–with the lemon sounds like it would be right up my ally-with a nice cup of tea as I settle down for the night of TV viewing !! Coping the recipe now!! =)

  14. Cheers to a fresh start with some fresh lemony monkey bread!! Thanks for linking to Foodtastic Friday!

  15. Thanks so much for linking up to Heavenly Treats Sunday!

  16. I am guilty of spending way more time doing baking than cleaning!!! No judging going on here as I know what I found when I cleaned under our fridge:-) Lemon monkey bread sounds awesome!!!

    • Thank heavens I’m not the only one who prefers being in the kitchen to cleaning the kitchen! Thanks for checking out my monkey bread!

  17. I’ve never made Monkey bread …. I think I must be the only one LOL. I love the sound of adding lemon to it though! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll share this week! Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    • I think you should try monkey bread!! Your family will love it!

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