How to Cook Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer

Shannon Cairns

January 5, 2022

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Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls are cooked to perfection in the Air Fryer and topped with a super quick and easy homemade cream cheese frosting.

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Cinnamon rolls have always been a special breakfast treat with my family.  Everyone gets so excited when I pull them out of the oven.  Now, with this recipe, I can make them in the air fryer and, if you can believe it, they taste even better!  The air fryer makes the outside just a little crispy, and leaves the inside warm and soft.  Top them off with this easy homemade icing and you’ll have the indulgent breakfast of your dreams!

One of the best parts of this recipe is that you can use Pillsbury dough!  This means no messy, flour-covered counters, no kneading dough, and no trouble.  Just pop the rolls out of the can and into the air fryer!  While they are cooking, beat the ingredients together for the homemade frosting.  Let the cinnamon rolls sit for a few minutes, then ice them while they are still a little warm, so it is just melted enough to drip down the sides.  They’ll look just as good as they taste!

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Why You’ll Love These Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer

  • They’re very simple to make – you use Pillsbury pre-made dough!
  • These cinnamon rolls are topped with a dreamy homemade frosting.
  • They only take a few minutes to cook in the air fryer.
  • They have the perfect texture – crispy on the outside and soft, warm, and gooey on the inside.
  • The homemade frosting is sweet and delicious!

Equipment Needed To Make Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer

Ingredients For Your Homemade Air Fryer Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

  • Spray oil cooking spray
  • 1 8-pack Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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How To Make Air Fryer Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

Step 1: Spray the Air Fryer basket with oil.

Step 2: Unpack the Cinnamon Rolls and lay them out in the basket of the Air Fryer. You should have enough room for 7 around the edge and 1 in the center.

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Step 3: Air Fry on 350 degrees for 8 minutes (see recipe notes).

Step 4: To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and softened butter to a mixing bowl and beat until there are no lumps.

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Step 5: Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat very well until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

Step 6: Remove the Cinnamon Rolls from the Air Fryer, leave them to cool for a couple of minutes then add the frosting while they are still warm.

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Tips: 

  • After 4 minutes, check on the Cinnamon Rolls – they should be starting to brown nicely on the top.
  • At this point, carefully flip them over. If you don’t flip them, they will be overly brown on top and raw underneath.
  • You can beat the frosting ingredients by hand or with an electric whisk.
  • When you add the frosting to the warm Cinnamon Rolls, it will melt a little.
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Storage

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 3 days. They can be reheated for 30 seconds in the microwave. You won’t want to freeze these cinnamon rolls.  The texture just won’t be the same when they are frozen then reheated.

What To Serve/Pair With Your Air Fryer Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls 

If you’re like me and try to make sure that you eat fruit in the morning, pair these cinnamon rolls with a bowl of fresh fruit or a strawberry banana smoothie.

If you want to add some protein to your breakfast, enjoy these cinnamon rolls with bacon and scrambled eggs.  You’ll stay full until lunch!

For some caffeine with your cinnamon rolls, pair them with a hot, fresh cup of coffee.  Because the cinnamon rolls and icing are so sweet, you won’t even need any sugar in your coffee.

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Air Fryer Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls Recipe FAQs

Can I use the store brand cinnamon rolls, or do they have to be Pillsbury?

You can use the store brand, but be mindful of the cooking time.  The time and temperature in this recipe are based on Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.

How do I know when my cinnamon rolls are done in the middle?

As long as you have cooked them for the full 8 minutes and flipped them halfway through, they should be done.  If you want to check, stick a toothpick in the middle to check the texture.

Can I use the orange-flavored cinnamon rolls?

Sure!  If those are your preference, feel free to use the orange-flavored Pillsbury Rolls.

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Be sure to come back and tell me how your Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer turned out!

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls are cooked to perfection in the Air Fryer and topped with a super quick and easy homemade cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • Spray oil cooking spray
  • 1 8-pack Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Spray the Air Fryer basked with oil.
  2. Unpack the Cinnamon Rolls and lay them out in the basket of the Air Fryer. You should have enough room for 7 around the edge and 1 in the centre.
  3. Air Fry on 350o for 8 minutes (see recipe notes).
  4. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and softened butter to a mixing bowl and beat until there are no lumps.
  5. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat very well until the frosting is smooth and creamy.
  6. Remove the Cinnamon Rolls from the Air Fryer, leave them to cool for a couple of minutes then add the frosting while they are still warm.

Notes

After 4 minutes check on the Cinnamon Rolls they should be starting to brown nicely on the top.At this point, carefully flip them over. If you don’t flip them, they will be overly brown on top and raw underneath.

You can beat the frosting ingredients by hand or with an electric whisk.

When you add the frosting to the warm Cinnamon Rolls it will melt a little.

Storage and reheating:

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be reheated for 30 seconds in the microwave.

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