You can make air fryer cinnamon rolls from frozen or fresh, store bought or with you own recipe. They turn out even better than they would in the oven. The fluffy dough and crispy exterior make this recipe a total hit.
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If you’ve ever wondered if you could make cinnamon rolls in the air fryer – well, you can! We make both store-bought cinnamon rolls and our own homemade cinnamon rolls in the air fryer.
The best part about this recipe is that the cinnamon rolls cook very quickly in the air fryer and you don’t have to turn on the oven for an extended period of time. You can also cook just one or two cinnamon rolls at a time, so you don’t have to make more than you need. Baking corn bread muffins or biscuits is easy in the air fryer.
Using Store-Bought Cinnamon Rolls
It’s incredibly easy to make store-bought cinnamon rolls in the air fryer. You can even keep them in the freezer and just pull out how many you want to make each time.
They are a great option when you are in a hurry or just don’t want to make your own dough. Mixing up, rising, and rolling cinnamon rolls from scratch can be very time consuming.
They turn out great when cooked in the air fryer, and a whole lot faster than in the oven. The brands we use most often are Grands cinnamon rolls in a tube, and Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls in a bag.
A tube of cinnamon rolls usually contains 5 large cinnamon rolls. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you usually can’t make more than 3 at a time in the air fryer. They need space to expand. So you’ll have to make multiple batches. Since they are fresh rolls, they have to be made right away. The Rhodes rolls can be frozen and used whenever you want.
How to Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
Use a parchment paper round or cut a piece of parchment paper so that it fits inside the air fryer. This prevents the cinnamon rolls from sticking to the tray.
Set three cinnamon rolls on the paper and cook at 350 degrees F for 4-6 minutes.
Flip them over and cook for another 4 minutes. If you want them to turn out crispier, remove the parchment paper when you flip them over.
For smaller cinnamon rolls, you can reduce the cook time to 3 minutes per side.
When you take them out, pour on any frosting or icing you want so that it melts into the warm cinnamon roll. If your cinnamon rolls didn’t come with frosting, you can mix some up easily with the recipe included here.
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Frosting
To make the cinnamon roll frosting, combine the softened butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat until the frosting is smooth. This leads to a pretty thick frosting.
If you’d like it to be more like a glaze, you can add a small drizzle of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
When the cinnamon rolls come out of the air fryer, you can spread the frosting on and allow it to melt over the roll. It’s the perfect combination.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
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How to Make Your Own Cinnamon Rolls
Here’s a great homemade cinnamon roll recipe:
- 1 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 cup sugar divided
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 tbsp yeast approx. 3 packets
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 5 cups flour
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
I recommend using a stand mixer with the dough hook for this, because it requires a lot of mixing.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water, 1/2 cup of sugar, oil and yeast. Yes, it’s a lot of yeast. It makes the dough very active. Let it sit for fifteen minutes until it’s frothy.
Add in the salt, eggs, and flour. Mix for ten minutes on a low speed. After mixing, let it sit for ten minutes. Now flour the surface. Turn the dough out on the surface. With a rolling pin, begin to shape the dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Spread the melted butter over the surface of the rectangle.
Mix together the remaining 1 cup of sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl. Then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the dough. Roll the dough lengthwise into a long tube shape.
Cut the roll into twelve pieces. Let them rise for a bit on the counter. It doesn’t take much time to rise. Maybe 15 minutes at most. Just watch out that it doesn’t rise too much while you’re making other batches in the air fryer.
If the rolls overrise, they can deflate, so don’t allow them to rise too long on the counter. They can be kept in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
The easiest way to cook the cinnamon rolls is in the air fryer, so follow the instructions above to cook them.
How to Cook Cinnamon Rolls in the Oven
If you don’t have an Air Fryer, that’s okay! You can still cook these cinnamon rolls in the oven.
Place the cinnamon rolls into an oven-safe baking dish. I recommend a 9″x13″ pan. Place them in four rows of three, spaced out.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. They are done when they’re golden on top and spring back to the touch.
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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- 4 cinnamon rolls
For The Frosting
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- milk for desired consistency
- Place a piece of parchment paper in the air fryer and lightly spray it with cooking spray. Place the cinnamon rolls on the paper.
- Cook at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes. Flip the rolls over. Remove the parchment paper and cook for 6 more minutes.
- To make the frosting, mix the melted butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together in a bowl until smooth. Add a tiny bit of milk to smooth it out, if necessary.
- Top with frosting and enjoy.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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Angie lives in a small town in Oregon where she spends her time reading, creating recipes, and spending time with her two kids.
17 thoughts on “Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls (from frozen or fresh)”
Wow! What can’t you make in an air fryer. This is amazing, thank you for sharing 🙂
We’re on a mission to prove there’s nothing that can’t be made in the air fryer!
Oh wow! How good do these cinnamon rolls look? I am so excited I can make them in the Air Fryer. I have just recently experimented cooking in it. My husband will be so excited when I make these in the Air Fryer for him.
They’re easier than you could imagine! I hope you like them.
I’m still figuring out this whole air fryer thing, so I can’t wait to try these cinnamon rolls!
This looks so yummy and scrumptious! My daughter is going to love this! Can’t wait to try this!
Cinnamon rolls in the air fryer, who would’ve thought?!! But these look delicious, definitely something I’ll have to try for myself 🙂
This recipe is life-changing! The air fryer is amazing and so are these cinnamon rolls!
This is one recipe i can’t wait to make in my air fryer! Looks so gorgeous.
I’m about to try this but I don’t have an Air Fryer. So, I’d like to do it in the oven. How many degrees and for how long? The other thing is the recipe indicates the sugar is ‘divided’ but nowhere do I see how in the how-to?
Greg, you can bake the rolls at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until golden on top. I have added these instructions to the post, along with the correctly divided sugar quantities. 1/2 a cup goes into the dough. 1 cup goes into the sugar/cinnamon mixture that you sprinkle over the dough.
Thank you, Laura. I’m off to make them now. Yum!
Fantastic. Let me know how they turn out for you!
Can the Rhodes frozen that come in the box in an aluminum pan be done in the air fryer without thawing them? And if can, what temp and time amount?
Yes, you can cook frozen cinnamon rolls without thawing. You can cook them in the aluminum pan as long as it fits in your air fryer. Use the same time and temp as in this recipe.
We tried frozen Rhodes today and they didn’t rise anywhere near what they should’ve. Maybe need to adjust temp & time…?
Hi Beth, did you let them thaw before you cooked them? We haven’t cooked cinnamon rolls from frozen in the air fryer. I let mine sit out to warm up. Then, hopefully, they will rise while cooking.