These air fryer cinnamon rolls are easier to make than in the oven and totally delicious! The fluffy dough and crispy exterior make this recipe a total hit.
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 recipe in the air fryer.
The best part about this recipe is that it cooks 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 a more than you need.
Using Store-Bought Cinnamon Rolls
It’s incredibly easy to make store-bought cinnamon rolls in the air fryer.
They are a great option when you are in a hurry or just don’t want ot make your own dough. They turn out great and cook a whole lot faster than in the oven. But I do encourage you to try making your own dough, too. We give the instructions below.
A tube of cinnamon rolls usually contains 5 big 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.
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.
How to Make Your Own Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer
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, sugar, oil and yeast. Yes, it’s a lot of yeast. It makes the dough very active, so it doesn’t take long for them to rise.
Let it sit for fifteen minutes until it’s frothy. This is how you know the yeast is active.
Add in the salt, eggs, and flour. Mix for ten minutes on a low speed. Yes, it’s a lot of flour, and that’s a lot of mixing, but it’s worth it. After mixing, let it sit for ten minutes.
Now you roll out the dough. I usually just roll out dough on my countertop. You can use a silicon mat or a large cutting board.
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 and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the top. 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 cinnamon rolls in the air fryer is on squares of parchment paper, so the dough doesn’t stick. I put 3-4 rolls on each square because that is what would fit in my machine.
Since you can only cook about 3-4 at a time, you have to bake them in batches.
Cook the cinnamon rolls in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes. Take the parchment paper and cinnamon rolls out of the air fryer. Flip the cinnamon rolls over and put them back into the air fryer without the parchment paper. Cook for 6 more minutes.
Cooking times vary between machines, so you may need to adjust the second cooking time by a minute or two. They should come out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
How to Make Cinnamon Rolls 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 teaspoon 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.
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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- 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 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- milk for desired consistency
- Mix first 4 ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer and rest for 15 minutes for the yeast to bloom.
- Add salt, eggs and flour. Mix for 10 minutes using the dough hook. The dough will still be a bit wet. Rest for 10 minutes.
- Turn out dough onto a floured work surface. Roll dough into a rectangle, about 1/4" thick. Spread softened butter out to the edges and top with cinnamon and sugar.
- Roll lengthwise into a tube and cut into 12-18 pieces.
- Cut squares of parchment paper to fit inside your air fryer. Place 3-4 cinnamon rolls on each square and allow to rise.
- To make the frosting, mix the softened butter, vanilla and confectioner's sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth.
- Cook one batch at a time. Place the parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer with the cinnamon rolls on top. Cook at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes. Flip the rolls over. Remove the parchment paper and cook for 6 more minutes.
- Allow cinnamon rolls to cool on wire rack while cooking the next batch. Top with frosting and enjoy.