Get ready to indulge in the most scrumptious Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls! These homemade cinnamon rolls are delightfully soft and fluffy and come together with just about 25 minutes of hands-on time. Packed with a warm and sugary cinnamon filling, these rolls have a slightly crispy exterior that gives way to a soft, gooey center. With this easy-to-follow guide, your home will be filled with a delicious aroma in no time!
Today, we're taking a trip into the sweet world of homemade pastries, and trust me, it's going to be mouth-watering.
Fluffy air fryer cinnamon folls are a treat that you don’t want to miss.
Now, we could run out and buy some Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, and of course, they would be delicious.
But everyone knows that the best air fryer cinnamon rolls are homemade!
Follow along, and I’ll show you just how easy it is.
- Whole Milk: You can use reduced-fat milk, or even nut milks, but it will impact your final results.
- Egg: I recommend using large eggs.
- Unsalted Butter: Baking with unsalted butter allows you to control the overall salt levels.
- Vanilla Extract: Adds a sweet, aromatic flavor to the dough.
- All-Purpose Flour: I don’t recommend using bread flour to make cinnamon roll dough - the added protein provides a little more structure than we want.
- Granulated Sugar: You could substitute it with coconut sugar or honey.
- Rapid Rise Yeast: This helps the dough rise. If you only have active dry yeast, you can use it; just remember to proof it first.
- Salt: You can use sea salt, kosher salt, or table salt.
- Unsalted Butter: Margarine could be used as a substitute.
- Light Brown Sugar: Dark brown sugar can also be used for a deeper, more caramel-like flavor.
- Ground Cinnamon: Use a good quality of cinnamon for best results.
For the Glaze
- Powdered Sugar: Creates a sweet and smooth glaze to frost with.
- Milk: Thins out the glaze. Any type of milk will do, including non-dairy options like almond or coconut milk.
- Vanilla Extract: This adds a final burst of flavor to this dessert.
How to Make Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer
For the full recipe with measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Tips and Tricks
- Get to know your air fryer: All air fryers are not created equal! Some may run hotter or cooler than others. Make sure you keep an eye on your cinnamon rolls and adjust the cook time as needed.
- Rolling the dough: When you're rolling the dough into a log, try to keep it as tight as possible. This will help you get that beautiful spiral in your cinnamon rolls.
- Cutting the rolls: Use a sharp, serrated knife to cut your rolls. If you're finding it tricky, try chilling the log of dough for a bit before slicing.
- Easy Clean-Up: Line your baking pan with a piece of parchment paper for easy clean-up.
Store leftover cinnamon rolls in an airtight container for up to three days.
If you have already glazed them, I recommend keeping them in the fridge for food safety reasons. Make sure they are sealed in a tight container because refrigerating baked goods can cause them to dry out.
Reheat in the microwave or in your air fryer basket. Add melted butter to the top if they are a little dry.
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More Air Fryer Recipes to Try
- For a sweet treat that the whole family will love, why not try these crisp and chewy Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies?
- If you're a fan of fluffy, golden-brown biscuits, our Air Fryer Biscuits recipe is a must-try. These gems are a fantastic addition to any meal, especially those cozy family dinners!
- Who can resist the allure of crispy, buttery, and garlicky goodness? Our Air Fryer Garlic Bread recipe delivers all that and more, proving that sometimes, the simplest recipes truly are the best.
- Finally, for all the peanut butter lovers out there, put your air fryer to work and make our Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies. They're delightfully soft, packed with rich peanut butter flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- Air Fryer
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 1 large egg at room temperature and beaten
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon rapid-rise yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the Glaze
- ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 ½ -2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir to combine.
- Add the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
- Mix using the dough hook until the mixture forms a ball, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove the dough from the mixer bowl, and gently shape it into a ball. Grease a medium bowl and add the dough. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
- While the dough is rising, combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Putting it Together
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12” rectangle.
- Spread the filling mixture over the dough.
- From the long side, roll the dough until a log. Cut into 8 rounds using a serrated knife.
- Arrange the rounds in a greased pan that fits into your air fryer.
- Cover with a damp towel, and let rise for 35 minutes.
- Preheat your air fryer to 325° F. Cook the cinnamon rolls for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Turn the air fryer off, and let the cinnamon rolls sit in the air fryer for another 5 minutes. (This will help ensure they are cooked all the way through without getting too brown.)
- White the cinnamon rolls are cooking in the air fryer, make the glaze by combining the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
- Remove the cinnamon rolls from the air fryer and drizzle with the icing.
- Serve warm.