Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls are a great quick and easy breakfast idea. The Air Fryer cooks them faster than a traditional oven and they are perfectly soft and tender with a thick layer of icing.
My son, Noah, loves these cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
He’s getting to the age where he can almost make them on his own without burning himself.
I love how the air fryer makes cooking easier for kids.
This is a perfect beginner air fryer recipe.
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Key to Success #1 – Preheat the Air Fryer
I know that preheating the air fryer seems like a step that could easily be skipped, but don’t do that on this recipe.
The cinnamon rolls cook so quickly that you’ll want to have the inside of the air fryer warm before you add in the cinnamon roll dough.
Starting with a warm air fryer basket will also help the bottom of the cinnamon rolls cook through before the top of the cinnamon roll gets too brown.
You only need to preheat the air fryer for 4-5 minutes before adding the refrigerated cinnamon roll dough.
I tested this recipe with a 12-ounce package of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls that has 8 rolls in it.
All 8 rolls fit into my air fryer basket at one time with plenty of room around them.
Key to Success #2 – Cook at a Lower Temperature
To keep the cinnamon rolls soft and tender, we’re cooking them at a lower temperature than you would use for traditional cinnamon rolls.
Heat your air fryer to 320 degrees F. This is the secret to soft air fried cinnamon rolls.
If you cook the cinnamon rolls in the air fryer at a higher temperature, you risk the rolls coming out too brown on the top but under-baked inside.
The cook time is only 7-8 minutes for the Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls.
All air fryers are different though so you will need to watch your cinnamon rolls closely.
In my air fryer, I cook them 8 minutes max and I do not flip them.
Check them after 7 or 8 minutes then flip them over and cook another 1 or 2 minutes if they need it.
Key to Success #3 – Wait A Few Minutes Before Icing
The trick to a thick coating of icing is to wait a few minutes before spreading the icing over the top of the cinnamon rolls.
If you spread the icing on the cinnamon rolls as soon as they come out of the air fryer, the icing will melt and slide right off onto the plate.
It’s so hard to wait! But I like to allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for about 5 minutes before I add the icing on top.
The icing will still melt a bit, but it will still be thick and glorious.
Save this Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls recipe to your favorite Air Fryer board or your Air Fryer Breakfast board.
- 1 tube (12 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon roll dough
- icing from cinnamon roll package
- Preheat the air fryer to 320 degrees F.
- Place the rolls in the air fryer basket cinnamon side up.
- Cook at 320 degrees F for 7-8 minutes.
- Check the rolls. If they are not cooked through, flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the rolls from the air fryer and place them on a plate. Allow to cool up to 5 minutes then spread frosting on top of cinnamon rolls.
- Serve warm.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.