Whenever I make salads for the company, I like to pair it with a side dish. Since my lunch salads are usually comprised of many ingredients, I like to keep it simple. Garlic rolls, beer bread, pull-apart loaves all rank high on the list but this time I wanted to do something different. Instead of a sweet monkey bread how about a savory version? Everything bagel cheesy monkey bread seemed like the right way to go and boy am I glad I followed my gut!

cheesy monkey bread

everything bagel cheesy monkey bread

Everything Bagel Cheesy Monkey Bread

30 minTotal Time

Yields 12-15 rolls

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    Pizza dough
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cheesy monkey bread
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp everything spice, plus extra
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan, plus extra
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Make the pizza dough. Combine 2 tsp active dry yeast with 1 tsp sugar and 1 cup warm water in a small bowl. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes or until it becomes foamy and the yeast is activated.
  3. Combine 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour with 2 tbsp oil and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl. Add the yeast water mixture and mix until a dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes or until dough is smooth. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Punch down the dough. Portion the dough into 1 ounce balls and roll until smooth.
  5. Melt 1/3 cup butter and season with ¼ tsp black pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp everything spice. Gently toss the dough balls in the seasoned butter until well coated. Add ¼ cup grated parmesan and ½ cup shredded mozzarella and toss all together.
  6. Lay the dough balls in one even layer in a cast iron pan, making sure to give them a little space in between. Sprinkle extra parmesan and everything spice on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Since my pizza dough recipe is a fail-safe recipe that can be used for different purposes, I decided to put it to use again for this everything spiced cheesy monkey bread. Unlike the majority of pizza dough, this version doesn’t require a long proofing time, only 5 minutes to be exact! The high amount of yeast allows it to rise quickly and bakes into one deliciously soft dough.

prebaked monkey bread

Once the dough comes together and rests for 5 minutes, portion it into 1-ounce portions. You don’t want the rolls to be too big or the center won’t cook properly.

Roll the rolls in the seasoned butter and finish with grated Parmesan and shredded mozzarella.

everything bagel cheesy monkey bread

Place the rolls in one even layer in a cast iron pan or baking pan. Try not to crowd the rolls too much since they will expand in the oven. Sprinkle more everything spice and parmesan and bake until the everything bagel cheesy monkey bread is golden brown.

This savory bread is best served fresh out of the oven. The parmesan creates a lovely cheesy crust on the top while the everything spice just takes it to the next level. You really can’t go wrong with this combination of flavors! If you’re looking for more ways to use this pizza dough, give these spinach artichoke pinwheeels or pizza pull apart bread a try.

everything bagel cheesy monkey bread


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