Are you a fan of cinnamon rolls but tired of the mess and hassle of traditional baking methods? Look no further than the air fryer to make these Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls! This magical device can crisp up your favorite treats to perfection in a fraction of the time.
And when it comes to cinnamon rolls, the air fryer takes them to a whole new level of deliciousness. Imagine warm, gooey cinnamon rolls with a perfectly crispy exterior, all without the need for an oven.
Why I Love This Recipe
Once you discover a great cinnamon roll recipe, it’s really hard to not love it!
- No more sticky pans or messy cleanup, the air fryer keeps everything contained.
- The air fryer technology ensures that your cinnamon rolls come out with a perfectly crispy exterior.
- Despite the crispy exterior, the inside of the cinnamon rolls stays soft, gooey, and oh-so-delicious.
- Add your own twists to the recipe by experimenting with different toppings or fillings.
We’re huge fans of cinnamon rolls around here, which is why we make these Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls often, as well!
This is an overview of the ingredients that you will need to make this easy recipe. You can find the full list of ingredients in the recipe card.
- crescent rolls
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- powdered sugar
How to Make Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
This is a quick overview of the steps needed to make these cinnamon rolls. You can find the full instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: Roll out the crescent rolls and seal the perforated seams.
Step 2: Then mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Step 3: Brush the melted butter on the top side of the crescent rolls and then top with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Step 4: Roll the crescent rolls up along the long side and then cut into 12 even pieces. And add the cinnamon roll dough to the air fryer basket with space in between.
Step 5: Air fry for 7 to 9 minutes or until golden around the edges.
Step 6: Mix the powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls before serving.
- Scrambled eggs: For a protein-packed breakfast, serve your cinnamon rolls with a side of scrambled eggs.
- Fresh fruit: Pair your cinnamon rolls with some fresh fruit like sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or bananas.
- Bacon: Crispy bacon makes a delicious savory complement to sweet cinnamon rolls.
- Yogurt: Serve your cinnamon rolls alongside a cup of yogurt for a balanced breakfast.
- Coffee: A warm cup of coffee is the perfect beverage to enjoy with a freshly baked cinnamon roll.
- Milk: A cold glass of milk is a classic pairing that never goes out of style.
- Breakfast potatoes: Serve your cinnamon rolls with a side of crispy breakfast potatoes for a hearty breakfast.
- Preheat the air fryer: Make sure to preheat your air fryer before adding your cinnamon rolls to ensure even cooking.
- Use the right size: Make sure to use cinnamon rolls that are appropriate for the size of your air fryer basket.
- Coat the basket with cooking spray: Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray to prevent the cinnamon rolls from sticking.
- Don’t overcrowd the basket: Leave enough space between cinnamon rolls to allow for proper airflow and even cooking.
- Check frequently: Keep a close eye on your cinnamon rolls towards the end of the cooking time to prevent them from overcooking or burning.
- Fridge storage: Once the cinnamon rolls have cooled, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container. They can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.
- Freezer storage: To freeze your cinnamon rolls, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.
- Reheating: To reheat refrigerated cinnamon rolls, simply place them in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 10-15 seconds. If reheating frozen cinnamon rolls, let them thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave or air fryer.
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.
Yes, you can use homemade cinnamon rolls in the air fryer. Just make sure they are the appropriate size for your air fryer basket and adjust the cooking time as needed.
Yes, you can use parchment paper to line the air fryer basket when cooking cinnamon rolls. This can help prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
To prevent burning, check the cinnamon rolls frequently towards the end of the cooking time and adjust the temperature or cooking time as needed. You can also cover the cinnamon rolls with aluminum foil halfway through cooking to prevent over-browning.
Want to make this delicious recipe? Print the recipe card below, or pin it so that you can come back to it later.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- Air Fryer
- small bowl
- 8 ounces refrigerated crescent rolls
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the air fryer to 325 degrees. Prepare the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the crescent rolls, pressing the perforated seams together to seal.
- In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon until well blended.
- Brush the melted butter over the crescent rolls. Then, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the butter.
- Roll the crescent rolls up along the long side. Cut the length into 12 even pieces. Transfer the crescent rolls to the air fryer basket allowing space between each.
- Cook the crescent rolls for 7 to 9 minutes or until golden around the edges and across the top.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the cinnamon rolls.
- Serve warm.
- I used the toaster oven style air fryer to make these cinnamon rolls. If you have the basket style, line your air fryer basket with parchment paper to make it easy to remove the cinnamon rolls without them breaking.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to make these in batches so that they cook evenly.