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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls – Instant and delicious recipe

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Big, Fluffy, Gooey, and Sweet Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls are presented freshly before you!

Air Fryer Cinnamon rolls are loved by every single person. They are the best way to eat dessert for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime in between. These sweet gooey pastries are full of cinnamon and sugar, covered in icing. Their taste is enhanced to the fullest when served warmly.

Cinnamon rolls in air fryer are extremely easy to prepare even from scratch and are perfect for yeast beginners because they only require some basic ingredients. Preparing them in the air fryer makes the whole process even easier, faster, and it also cuts off excess calories by not requiring too much oil to cook them.

So, are you ready to find out all the details about air fryer cinnamon rolls? Let’s get into it!

Ingredients needed to make Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

To make finger-licking and mouth-watering delicious cinnamon rolls in air fryer you will be required to have the following ingredients:

  • milk
  • water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of salted butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • active dry yeast
  • egg
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • light brown sugar
  • 118 ml cream cheese, softened
  • heavy whipping cream
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

How to cook Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer?

Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

Step 1: Take a large, microwave-safe bowl and add mix milk, water, and butter to it. Mix all of the ingredients together.

Step 2: Microwave the ingredients just until butter is melted and mixture is slightly warm.

Step 3: After that add flour, sugar, yeast, and egg to the bowl and by using a stand mixer (or by hand), stir until uniform dough forms.

Step 4: For about 2 to 3 minutes continue kneading the dough with your hands on a flat floured surface. Spray a bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place the ball of dough inside that bowl. Cover loosely using a damp cloth and allow to rest for about 15 minutes until the dough is fluffy.

Step 5: Once 15 minutes have passed and the dough is done, take it out of the bowl. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is about 8 inches by 10 inches in size.

Step 6:  Then spread softened butter evenly over the top of the rolled-out dough to make a nice filling for your cinnamon rolls.

Step 7: After that sprinkle light brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the beautifully spread butter layer.

Step 8:  Once the filling is done, start rolling the dough tightly by starting with the short side.

Step 9: Cut the roll into approximately 6 pieces and arrange them in a pan that will fit into the basket of your air fryer. (Make sure the pan has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap.)

Note: You can also use Pillsbury canned cinnamon rolls to cut down overall process time.

Step 10: Make sure not to over crowd the air fryer basket to ensure even cooking.

Step 11: Allow rolls to rise in a warm place for about 60-75 minutes (or until the rolls have doubled in size.) When rolls are ready, preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap from the baking pan and place the pan into the basket of your air fryer.

Step 12: The, air fry until the cinnamon rolls turn light golden brown. This will take approximately 8-9 minutes at a temperature of 360 degrees. (Keep in mind that air fryers do vary by type and brand so it’s important you keep an eye on the rolls. Some air fryers might bake really fast while others might take longer). If you like more crispy air fryer cinnamon rolls, you can cook them for additional 1 or 2 minutes.

Step 13: While rolls are baking, prepare icing. Place all the icing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and beat together until smooth.

Step 14: Once the cinnamon rolls are ready, open the air fryer lid and drizzle the icing all over the cinnamon rolls.

Step 15: Take out, serve, and devour!

Special Tips to make Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

Cinnamon Rolls

If you want to ensure successful cinnamon roll making, you should follow and keep in mind these few special tips of ours:

  • Firstly, we recommend you to preheat the air fryer before diving into the actual process of our cinnamon rolls recipe. Your air fryer will have a preheat button that will allow you to preheat the air fryer before putting in the food and enhance the food quality even more.
  • Cooking the cinnamon rolls at higher temperatures will cause an overcooked exterior and undercooked interior which no one likes to eat. Therefore, unlike our other recipes where we cook different foods at higher temperature, for our cinnamon rolls in air fryer recipe we like to keep the temperature low.
  • Always remember to make sure that you have kept the cinnamon rolls refrigerated until they are ready to be cooked in the air fryer. This will ensure that they do not become soggy, misty, or leave their perfect shape.
  • Make sure that your air fryer basket is not too over crowded or else the cinnamon rolls will not be cooked evenly. Moreover, their interior will also be uncooked due to uneven spread of heat. The amount of cinnamon rolls to fit in your air fryer basket depends upon the size of your air fryer and the cinnamon rolls.
  • If all the pieces of dough don’t fit in the air fryer in a single row, you will be required to cook the air fryer pillsbury cinnamon rolls in multiple batches. Leave a little bit of space between the pieces of dough to allow the hot air to circulate.
  • Every air fryer will vary in their cooking time and heat production. The first time you make cinnamon rolls in the air fryer, monitor and check on them 2 minutes before the cooking time is up. Adjust the recipe as needed in the future.

How to store, freeze, and reheat Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer?

pillsbury cinnamon rolls air fryer

The cinnamon rolls can be stored in an airtight container where they will keep at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. They can also be frozen. You will want make your rolls and cut your dough and then place in the pan that you are using. Wrap it with plastic wrap and then foil and they should keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove from the freezer into the refrigerator overnight, then let rise and air fry.


  • Do I have to let the cinnamon rolls dough rise?

After making the dough usually you would have a rise time, we do not let it rise after making the dough itself, it just rests for 15 minutes. Once the rolls are prepared, filled, cut and placed into the pan then we will let them rise for about an hour until they are doubled in size. This helps them conform to the pan.

  • What yeast should be used?

When cooking cinnamon rolls, make sure that you are using active dry yeast.

  • Can I use another topping for my air fryer cinnamon rolls?

If you are not a fan of the cream cheese icing, you can certainly just make a powdered sugar and milk glaze to go over the top as well.

  • Do I have to preheat my air fryer?

Yes, for this recipe we are preheating it just like we would the oven. You will want to preheat your air fryer for at least 5 minutes before to 320 degrees F. However, remember that each air fryer is different.

  • How long the cinnamon rolls last?

Cinnamon rolls last for really long. They can last for around 2 days at room-temperature, in the fridge for up to a week, and in the freezer for up to 2 month. All you need to do is store them properly in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap.

  • Do I need to oil the air fryer basket while making air fryer cinnamon rolls?

Well, this is a subjective question because each and every air fryer has a different composition and functions so it is naturally a good idea to spray a little bit of oil in the air fryer basket to prevent the cinnamon rolls from sticking to the bottom.

  • Why do the cinnamon rolls stick to the air fryer basket?

Usually people do not have any such issues however if you find yourself in a situation where they are sticking, you can line the basket with a piece of parchment paper or some aluminum foil. Poke a few holes in the parchment or foil to allow air to circulate.

  • Do I need to turn over the cinnamon rolls in air fryer halfway through cooking?

Normally there is no need to turn them over and they come out perfectly cooked and fluffy. However, if you find that they are undercooked, make sure that there is proper space between them and cook for additional 2 to 3 minutes.


We have covered each and every detail regarding how to cook air fryer cinnamon rolls. To sum up, making cinnamon rolls in air fryer are quite easy if you use the right ingredients and our special tips. However, if you want to cut off some process time, you can also use Pillsbury canned air fryer cinnamon rolls. Just remove the can lid, add the cinnamon rolls in air fryer, cook them for approximately 10 minutes on 360 temperature and you have your delicious cinnamon rolls ready.

In the end, we hope you like our easy and instant air fryer recipes. We will keep on adding new recipes soon. Stay tuned!



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