Easy Lemon Monkey Bread Recipe

Sweet and lemony this easy lemon monkey bread is so scrumptious it will have you coming back for seconds, thirds, and fourths if there is any left!

Personally, I LOVE monkey bread. I am not sure what it is about but I love it. It brings me right back to my childhood. My grandma would make it when we stayed over. I mean who doesn’t love monkey bread. 

Well, this lemon monkey bread is a fresh new spin on the original cinnamon sugar recipe! The sweetness from the icing mixed with the zesty lemon flavor is such a great combination. 

The lemony flavor even wakes you up a bit with the slightly sour flavor. Sour and sweet, oh how well they go together in this refreshing monkey bread recipe. I love bringing these to events with the girls or friends and family get-togethers.

A few more fun breakfast recipes to make are our sausage breakfast casserole recipe (this one is always a crowd-pleaser!), cinnamon roll french bread bake, and of course our Instant Pot breakfast hash recipe

I have put together exactly what you need for this lemon bubble bread below!

Lemon pull apart recipe ingredients:

  1. Frozen Rhode’s dinner rolls
  2. Lemons
  3. Sugar
  4. Butter
  5. Powdered sugar

If you were unable to find the Rhoda’s frozen dinner roll you can always substitute by making your own with this frozen dinner roll recipe from Cooking with Kari or most any other frozen roll should work for out Six Sisters monkey bread recipe.


Other things you will need for this monkey bread recipe with rolls:

  • 9×13 inch baking pan (THIS is the kind I use)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Zester (one like THIS will work)
  • Small bowl
  • Saran wrap


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Start by making sure to zest your lemon and that your frozen rolls are thawed but still cold when you begin this recipe. 

Next, you are going to spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Then, cut the rolls in half and place them in the bottom of the greased pan. 

In a small bowl, mix together the lemon zest and sugar and set it aside as this is going on top of the rolls. 

Then, in another microwave-safe bowl, melt a ¼ cup of butter and then drizzle the melted butter over the top of the rolls. 

After you have butter the rolls, sprinkle half of the lemon zest mixture over top of the rolls. 

Now, cover the rolls with saran wrap and let the rolls rise until they have doubled in size. This step will take between 4-6 hours. 

Once they have risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

After the rolls have doubled in size, remove the saran wrap and sprinkle the remaining sugar and lemon zest mixture over top. 

Next, pop the rolls in the oven and let them bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are no longer doughy. Once they are done take rolls out of the oven.

Lastly, just whisk together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and fresh lemon juice and then drizzle it over top of the rolls. 

Now serve and enjoy!

I bet you didn’t think you could make this in the Instant Pot!

I am constantly surprised by what recipes Kristen comes up with for the Instant Pot! (Did you know that she posts new Instant Pot recipes to our YouTube Channel every week?)

Well, this recipe is going to surprise you too! Kristen came up with an amazing and simple Instant Pot Sticky Monkey Bread recipe that will knock you off your toes! Make sure you check it out and all of the other fantastic recipes there too. 


Serves: 6

Easy Lemon Monkey Bread Recipe

Delicious rolls covered in a sweet, lemony glaze!

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 12 Frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls (or other frozen rolls), thawed but still cold
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • Citrus glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Cut rolls in half and place in a 9x13-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine lemon zest and sugar; set aside.
  3. Drizzle 1/4 cup melted butter over rolls and sprinkle on zest/sugar mixture, reserving half of mixture to sprinkle on just before baking.
  4. Cover rolls with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size.
  5. Remove plastic wrap and sprinkle on remaining lemon zest/sugar mixture.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. Whisk together glaze ingredients and drizzle over top of rolls.


lacto vegetarian
egg free
soy free
seafood free
treenut free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free



1398 cal


60 g


235 g


3 g
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