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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

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These are the best air fryer cinnamon rolls around with their warm ooey-gooey centers and cream cheese icing.
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  1. Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These delicious air fryer cinnamon rolls are easy to make and SO good. The sinfully delicious treats are cooked to perfection in your air fryer, giving you that perfect golden crust with a soft and gooey center. 

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 17.5-ounce can of Pillsbury Grands Original Cinnamon Rolls (with icing)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅛ teaspoon (a pinch) salt
  • Optional garnish – sprinkle of cinnamon 

PRO TIP:

You will need to note that this easy recipe is for the GRANDS size rolls. These rolls have the traditional look of cinnamon rolls. The standard 12.4-ounce cinnamon rolls are more like little cinnamon biscuits. If you are going to use a different brand, I suggest you buy one that is as close to weight and size as the Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CINNAMON ROLLS: I did test the standard, 8-count/12.4-ounce, smaller-sized Pillsbury Original Cinnamon Rolls and followed the directions on those as well. They tasted good and were cooked well. I would note that they only needed another 5 minutes of cooking time after they were flipped to get a beautiful golden brown and cooked all the way through. 

How to Make This Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

STEP ONE: Line the bottom of the basket of your air fryer with a piece of parchment paper that is cut to fit. You do not need to use any cooking spray in the basket. The cinnamon rolls will not stick to the parchment paper.

STEP TWO: Open your tube of cinnamon rolls, set your container of icing to the side, and pull apart the cinnamon roll dough. Place the rolls in a single layer into the parchment-lined air fryer basket, leaving a little space between each roll.

rolls placed into the air fryer

STEP THREE: Set your air fryer temperature to 330°F and your timer to 17 minutes. DO NOT PREHEAT your air fryer.

STEP FOUR: Cook the cinnamon rolls for 9 minutes, carefully flip them over using a spatula or tongs, then cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. You will want to check them at the 6-minute mark to ensure they are not over-browning. 

PRO TIP:

This sweet treat was cooked using the COSORI 5.8-quart air fryer. If your brand of air fryer is different, then I would suggest you check your cinnamon rolls for doneness at the 12-minute mark and go from there. Some brands may heat differently than this one. 

Cinnamon Rolls cooked in a air fryer

STEP FIVE: Carefully remove the cinnamon rolls and place them onto a serving plate.

STEP SIX: In a small bowl with a handheld mixer on medium speed, beat together the softened cream cheese, salt, and the reserved container of icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls. Beat for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth and fluffy.

cream cheese, salt, and icing whisked together in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Divide the cream cheese icing evenly between the cinnamon rolls. I like to spread the icing just barely to the edges of each cinnamon roll so that it does not run down the sides of the warm rolls.

STEP EIGHT: You can sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon onto the tops of each cinnamon roll for added flavor and garnish.

ground cinnamon sprinkled on top of each roll on a plate

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

I tested this method of air frying canned cinnamon rolls with several variations. I tested different times and temperatures and found that the directions on the can of Grands Cinnamon Rolls for the “Air Fryer Method” were pretty accurate with my brand of air fryer (COSORI). I did try cooking them at the same temperature (330°F) without parchment paper and found that you need to reduce the cooking time to 10-12 minutes, and you do not need to flip them halfway through the cooking process. 

How To Serve

These fluffy air fryer cinnamon rolls would make an easy breakfast. Since they take no time at all to make, you could easily make a batch in the morning and serve them alongside a warm pumpkin spice latte or homemade hot chocolate.

Easy air fryer recipes save time and mess when you want to whip up a recipe. Our air fryer chocolate cake and air fryer pizzas are two great time savers.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: These fluffy cinnamon rolls are quick and easy to make and are best served while still warm from the air fryer. Leftover cinnamon rolls do not keep well for very long after they are baked, making them a great item to have on hand, kept in the refrigerator in their original packaging, until ready to cook and serve.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing these cinnamon rolls. They are best made fresh.

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These fantastic little morsels are crispy on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside, with a sweet and gooey center that will make your taste buds do backflips. They are so quick and easy to make in the air fryer, and clean-up takes no time at all.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the air fryer cook the cinnamon rolls better than in the oven?

Air fryers are a great alternative to using the regular oven for many reasons. Air fryer recipes tend to cook faster than in the oven, don’t warm up the kitchen the way a regular oven would, and the best part is that clean-up is a snap!

Can I freeze these sweet rolls?

Air fryer Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are best served fresh. We don’t recommend freezing them.

Does this recipe work with any size of cinnamon rolls?

This easy cinnamon rolls recipe would be fine with any size of cinnamon rolls. You will need to adjust your cooking time based on our recommendations above, depending on the size.

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These are the best air fryer cinnamon rolls around with their warm ooey-gooey centers and cream cheese icing.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 17.5 ounce Pillsbury Grands Original Cinnamon Rolls, with icing
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 sprinkle cinnamon, optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Line the basket of your air fryer with a piece of parchment paper that is cut to fit. You do not need any cooking oil sprayed into the basket. The cinnamon rolls will not stick to the parchment paper.
  • Open your tube of cinnamon rolls, set your container of icing to the side, and pull apart the cinnamon rolls. Place the rolls into the parchment-lined air fryer basket leaving a little space between each roll.
  • Set your air fryer temperature to 330°F and your timer to 17 minutes. DO NOT PREHEAT your air fryer.
  • Cook the cinnamon rolls for 9 minutes, carefully flip them over using a spatula or tongs, then cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. You will want to check them at the 6-minute mark to ensure they are not over-browning.
  • Carefully remove the cinnamon rolls and place them onto a serving plate.
  • In a small bowl, with a handheld mixer on medium, beat together the softened cream cheese, salt, and the reserved container of icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls. Beat for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth and fluffy.
  • Divide the cream cheese icing evenly between the cinnamon rolls. I like to spread the icing just barely to the edges of each cinnamon roll so that it does not run down the sides of the warm rolls.
  • You can sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon onto the tops of each cinnamon roll for added flavor and garnish.

Notes

  • You will need to note that this easy recipe is for the GRANDS size rolls. These rolls have the traditional look of cinnamon rolls. The standard 12.4-ounce cinnamon rolls are more like little cinnamon biscuits. If you are going to use a different brand, I suggest you buy one that is as close to weight and size as the Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls.
  •  I tested this method of air frying canned cinnamon rolls with several variations. I tested different times and temperatures and found that the directions on the can of Grands Cinnamon Rolls for the “Air Fryer Method” were pretty accurate with my brand of air fryer (COSORI). I did try cooking them at the same temperature (330°F) without parchment paper and found that you need to reduce the cooking time to 10-12 minutes, and you do not need to flip them halfway through the cooking process.
  • This sweet treat was cooked using the COSORI 5.8-quart air fryer. If your brand of air fryer is different, then I would suggest you check your cinnamon rolls for doneness at the 12-minute mark and go from there. Some brands may heat differently than this one.

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 2mg
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