Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls could not be any easier. With all of that ooey gooey cinnamony flavor, these fluffy breakfast treats are sure to make any morning brighter! One kitchen tool, one ingredient, and 10 minutes – it’s literally that easy!!

Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.

If you thought that Pillsbury cinnamon rolls were already easy to prepare, get ready for an even easier air fryer breakfast.

It’ll be done before you’re even finished setting the table! There’s no big secret – it’s the same as using your oven, only faster!

raw pillsbury cinnamon rolls.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls


I’m not sure who convinced all of us that cinnamon rolls are a breakfast item instead of a dessert, but I’m not complaining!

Between cinnamon roll monkey bread and my copycat Cinnabon recipe, I think I could start every day with that melty, mouthwatering cinnamon goodness. 

cinnamon rolls in air fryer basket.

INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls – There are a couple of options out there, right? Grands, flaky, and even orange flavored nowadays!

    Any of them will do. The icing varies as well, with your choice of the original recipe, cream cheese, reduced fat, and extra rich butter cream.

    Take your pick of those as well! 
  • (Optional) Vanilla Frosting – Have some on hand if you want extra icing to drizzle or serve alongside the air fryer cinnamon rolls.

    Simply microwave the canned version – you’ll find tips on that in the recipe card below!
air fried cinnamon rolls on plate

Air Fryer Baking Tips & Tricks

  • Leave Space Around Each Roll – Air fryers are all about air circulation. So if the edges of your rolls are covered up, the air can’t reach them and they can’t cook!

    If proper spacing means baking in multiple batches, so be it–better to take a bit more time than have an underbaked batch!
  • Keep the Dough Chilled – If you do find yourself frying in multiple batches, then be sure to keep the excess dough chilled until its turn in the air fryer.

    The cooking time is based on chilled dough. Additionally, the rolls will start to droop if left at room temperature for too long, affecting its fluffiness and rise.
  • Use Parchment Paper – While it’s true that you can use either parchment paper or aluminum foil in the air fryer, go with parchment paper this time around.

    Aluminum foil heats up and bakes the bottom of your ingredients just a tad more than the edges and the top.

    So unless you want a harder, crisper bottom, line with parchment paper!
air fried cinnamon rolls with icing.

Fun Toppings for Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

  • Cream Cheese Frosting – I don’t know about you, but I’m all about cream cheese frosting with my cinnamon treats!

    Use an electric or stand mixer to fluff up a block of cream cheese with 2 cups of powdered sugar.

    Then, add a little vanilla extract, plus a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.
  • Lemon Drizzle – A quick lemon icing will brighten up these rolls in a flash!

    Mix powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice, and just enough milk to get the right consistency. You’ll have a sweet and sour topping that’s absolutely to die for!
  • Strawberry Dessert Topping – This one is pretty indulgent, but what’s better than a fruity breakfast?

    These strawberries are boiled with sugar and flavored with vanilla. You can use this recipe with any fruit!

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls FAQ

Can you make Pillsbury cinnamon rolls from frozen?

You can, but they’ll need a bit more time in the air fryer than the refrigerated dough. 

Don’t increase the heat – just increase their time in the fryer. You’ll be able to tell that they’re done when the tops turn golden brown.

How long do you cook cinnamon rolls in the air fryer?

It takes between 6 and 7 minutes. As always, this varies from air fryer to air fryer and depends on how packed your basket is. So keep an eye on them!

Why make cinnamon rolls in the air fryer?

The air fryer always ensures that your recipes cook evenly and entirely from top to bottom. You don’t have to worry about placement in an oven altering the temperature. 

It’s also much quicker to prepare cinnamon rolls in the air fryer. It takes over 20 minutes, plus preheating time, to prepare refrigerated cinnamon rolls in the oven. 

closeup of air fryer cinnamon rolls

Enjoy!
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air fryer cinnamon rolls on plate

Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in air fryer.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Donna Elick
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls are the best way to get your sweet cinnamon fix! Read on for my quick and easy Pillsbury cinnamon rolls recipe.
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 8

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 8 Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls, 1 8-Count package

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350° F. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.
  • Open package and separate rolls. Place rolls in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each for expansion.
  • Cook rolls for 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove rolls from basket and transfer to a serving plate. Allow cinnamon rolls to cool slightly, then stir the frosting and spread evenly over the rolls.

Donna’s Notes

For extra icing, add ⅓ to ½ container of vanilla frosting to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and stir.
Serve warm with plenty of napkins

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 150cal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 350mg | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 0.8mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
air fryer cinnamon rolls recipe.

Originally published October 2022

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    When I woke up and saw this recipe in my email I had them make them for the kids! It literally took a few minutes and my kids are happy with breakfast today! Now I think they may want them everyday LOL

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Donna!

    Quick question: could you possibly add an option on your recipe pages to jump right to the recipe card please? I just want to get to the nitty-gritty without having to scroll for that long. Thanks!

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