Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

You’re in for a treat if you’re a fan of those warm, gooey, and heavenly cinnamon-infused pastries. We’re taking it up a notch by utilizing the magic of the air fryer. Buckle up as we craft these delectable, pillowy bites without breaking a sweat in the oven.

Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls

But first, what’s the deal with cinnamon rolls? They’re like the chubby cousins of cinnamon buns – bigger, bolder, and absolutely irresistible. I’ve found these delights, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Fast forward to today, and I’ve mastered the art of creating these heavenly swirls using my trusty air fryer.

Can You Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls

Yes, you can air fry cinnamon rolls. Simply prepare the dough, form the rolls, and bake them in the air fryer for a quick and delicious treat.

How Long to Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls?

Preheat the air fryer to 350°F and bake covered with foil for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes until golden brown. The total air frying time is approximately 25 minutes.

Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

To make Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls, start by preparing a yeast-based dough with ingredients like yeast, milk, eggs, butter, salt, and sugar. After allowing the dough to rise, roll it out, add a sugar-cinnamon mixture, form rolls, and air fry at 350°F for 15 minutes covered, then 10 minutes uncovered. Enjoy warm with optional icing.

Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls

Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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1. For the Dough

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of yeast (packet or bulk)
  • 1 cup of warm milk (around 80°F)
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

2. For the Sugar Mixture

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

3. For Assembly

  • Additional butter for spreading
  • Optional: Chopped pecans or other nuts

4. For Icing (Optional)

  • Softened butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract


  • KitchenAid mixer
  • Air fryer
  • Square baking pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Rolling pin
  • Shaker or improvised tool for sugar mixture
  • Foil for covering during baking
  • Towel for covering during rising
  • Parchment liner (optional)
  • Cooling rack (for letting the rolls cool)


I'm excited to share this recipe with you, so let's dive in! 

1. Making the Dough

Making the Dough

  • Combine 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of yeast in a KitchenAid mixer with a cup of warm milk (around 80°F). Allow the yeast to dissolve, creating a bubbly mixture.
  • Add two room-temperature eggs, 1/3 cup of melted butter, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of sugar to the yeast mixture. Mix well.
  • Attach the dough hook and gradually add 4 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour. Knead for 4-5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  • Place the dough in a buttered bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm spot for about an hour or until it doubles in size.

2. Sugar Mixture

Sugar Mixture

  • While the dough rises, prepare the sugar mixture. Mix 1 cup of brown sugar with 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.
  • If you have a shaker, use it for an even sprinkle. If not, improvise or make small holes in a lid to help distribute the sugar mixture.

3. Forming the Rolls

Forming the Rolls

  • Once the dough has risen, flour a surface and roll it into a 12x16-inch rectangle.
  • Spread 1/3 cup of softened butter on the dough and sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly.
  • Roll the dough into a log, cut it into 12 pieces, and place them in a buttered square pan. Ensure they don't touch.
  • Cover the rolls with a towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

4. Baking Instructions

Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  • Cover the rolls with foil to avoid burning the tops. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an
    additional 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for about 10 minutes. If desired, prepare a simple icing by mixing softened butter, powdered sugar, and a dash of vanilla. Spread the icing on the warm rolls.


Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

Yes, you can substitute instant yeast for active dry yeast in equal amounts. However, instant yeast may require less rising time, so keep an eye on the dough’s progression.

What if I don’t have a KitchenAid mixer?

No worries! You can knead the dough by hand. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and knead on a floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Can I freeze the cinnamon rolls before baking?

Yes, you can freeze the rolls after shaping them but before the final rise. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, let them rise, and then bake as directed.

Can I use a different sweetener in the dough?

You can experiment with honey, maple syrup, or other sweeteners, adjusting the quantity to your taste.

My air fryer has different temperature settings; what should I choose?

In general, choose a temperature close to 350°F. If your air fryer has specific temperature markings, refer to the provided guide or choose the setting corresponding to conventional oven temperatures.

Can I add nuts or raisins to the filling?

Customize your cinnamon rolls by adding chopped nuts, raisins, or even chocolate chips to the sugar-cinnamon mixture before rolling.

What should I do if my rolls are browning too quickly?

Cover the tops with foil during baking to prevent burning if they are browning too fast. Adjust the cooking time as needed.

How long can I store leftover cinnamon rolls?

Cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. To reheat, use the air fryer for a few minutes or warm them in the oven.

Can I use a different type of flour, like whole wheat flour?

You can experiment with different flours, but remember that it may alter the texture and taste. Try substituting half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier twist.


There you have it: homemade air-fried, gooey, aromatic, and downright delicious cinnamon rolls. The air fryer provides a quick and efficient way to enjoy these sweet treats without heating up the entire kitchen. So, go ahead, take a bite, and savor the cinnamon goodness.

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