Cinnamon rolls baked in the air fryer are the best breakfast pastry using Pillsbury canned cinnamon rolls. They bakes in 8 minutes! No preheating, no fuss – just delicious, hot cinnamon rolls topped with sweet icing with time to savor and enjoy!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Hands down this is a great time saver! Only 8 minutes to bake with no preheating time. The kitchen stays cool since you are not heating up the big oven or even a toaster oven.
The quality is even better than baking in a traditional oven. I will use my air fryer for cooking rolls and biscuits because the texture is gentle crisp perfection.
A can of rolls costs about $4 or less. That’s 50 cents or less for each roll and you get a mouthwatering taste of satisfaction topped with finger licking icing.
Kids like it. Teenagers like it. We ALL like it…. and some of us LOVE it!
Be sure to try our recipe for Pillsbury Orange Rolls cooked in the Air Fryer. It’s amazing how the sweet orange icing makes this a whole different treat. They cook in 7 minutes.
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Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer
To make these Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the air fryer all you need is one can of cinnamon rolls. You can optionally use olive oil to grease the basket if needed. I used Pillsbury 8 count regular size. Other easy air fryer recipes to try include Air Fryer Donuts and Texas Toast in Air Fryer.
How to Make Cinnamon Rolls In Your Air Fryer
Set Air Fryer to 380° for 8 minutes. Open can of cinnamon rolls and place rolls in air fryer basket leaving a little space between each roll. Cook for 8 minutes and they are crispy outside and delicious and tender inside to spread icing on top to serve.
Since air fryers vary somewhat, be sure to test yours by checking on the rolls at 4 minutes. Turn them over if they are browning too quickly. You can subtract or add a minute or two to get golden perfection.
Breakfast on a weekday or weekend – Quick enough to get out the door and on to your life!
Snack – Perk up those afternoons with a quick hot treat of happiness!
Dessert – Serve rolls with a scoop of ice cream and caramel drizzle. Top with nuts, candy pieces, or cookie crumbles.
Other Ideas for using Pillsbury Canned Cinnamon rolls – Try Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake from Pillsbury. Delicious!
How to Store
Refrigerate leftover cooked cinnamon rolls in a Ziploc or a sealed storage container. You can add icing after reheating or store already frosted. Microwave about 10 seconds to reheat.
Refrigerate unused dough if you only prepared a few. It will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. Cook as directed for 8 minutes.
I suggest doing a trial run with your air fryer and check for doneness at 4 minutes. If they are browning too quickly simply turn them over to finish cooking on the other side.
Don’t crowd the rolls in the basket. You can make another batch if your air fryer is small.
Use parchment paper to line basket for a non-stick surface without oils if your basket has lost its non-stick quality. Another alternative is to spritz the bottom of the basket with olive oil. You will need to turn the rolls half way through cooking time to be sure they don’t burn on the bottom
If your air fryer has a rack and a basket, I think the basket does a better job. They are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
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FAQs about Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls work best. They have the best texture and taste and amazing icing!
Any brand will work including Ninja Foodie, Gourmia, Instant Pot Vortex, Cosori, GoWise USA. Test for doneness a few minutes before the end of cooking to be sure you tweak the time just right to your model.
8 minutes at 380° works great for this recipe.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 Can Cinnamon Rolls (Regular Size, Any Brand)
- 1 tsp olive oil (optional for greasing pan)
- Open can of cinnamon rolls.
- Place rolls in air fryer basket. Grease basket with olive oil if needed. Leave a little space between each roll.
- Turn air fryer on to 380° and cook for 8 minutes. (Check at 4 minutes and turn rolls over if they are browning too quickly – air fryers vary so it's best to check)
- Remove basket from air fryer.
- Place cinnamon rolls on a plate and use a knife or spoon to frost each roll with the icing that came in the can.
- Serve and enjoy.