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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch

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Spoil your loved ones with these fluffy, soft, and moist Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls made from scratch!

Slathered with a generous layer of silky cream cheese icing, they are the perfect breakfast treat or late-night snack when you crave something sweet.

6 pieces of air frier cinnamon rolls

You can prepare the dough in advance, refrigerate it overnight, and then freshly bake it in the morning for a convenient and quick breakfast.

Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to easily prepare homemade air fryer cinnamon rolls that are sure to become a family favorite.

Please continue scrolling down to find the recipe card below, which contains the complete list of ingredients with measurements, detailed recipe instructions, additional notes, and nutritional information.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

The Dough

labeled picture of ingredients for air fryer cinnamon rolls dough
  • Flour – Opt for plain white flour or all-purpose flour for the best results with this air fryer cinnamon rolls recipe. You can also use bread flour in a pinch, however, the rolls will be chewier.
  • Milk – I recommend full-fat milk, but semi-skimmed milk is also suitable for this recipe. Avoid using skimmed milk and ensure it is lukewarm before mixing it with the yeast.
  • Butter – Opt for high-quality unsalted butter to achieve tender, fluffy rolls with an enhanced and rich flavor.
  • Egg – You need a medium-sized, fresh, free-range egg at room temperature for extra richness.
  • Sugar – Both granulated and caster sugar work well with this Air Fryer Cinnamon Roll recipe.
  • Yeast – I use fast-action dry yeast or instant yeast.

CINNAMON FILLING AND CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

labelled picture of ingredients for cinnamon rolls filling and frosting
  • Butter – Use super-soft butter for both the filling and the frosting. Firm or melted butter wouldn’t work for cinnamon rolls.
  • Brown Sugar – You can use dark brown or light brown sugar to sweeten the filling and create a sticky texture.
  • Cinnamon – It is the primary flavoring for the cinnamon roll; adjust the amount for a stronger cinnamon flavor if desired.
  • Cream cheese – Use full-fat cream cheese that has been softened to room temperature.
  • Walnuts – I love the crunchy and nutty touch that walnuts bring to these delicious Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls. Feel free to substitute them with any other nuts of your choice or omit them.
  • Icing sugar – It is also known as powdered sugar and is ideal for frosting as it dissolves more quickly than regular sugar.

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch in Air Fryer?

Important Note

Before you start cooking, note that times may differ among air fryers. I develop my recipes using a Cosori 6.8 air fryer. If you’re using a different air fryer, view my recipes as a general guide and tweak the cooking time—add a bit more or cook slightly less as needed.

Making these homemade Airfryer Cinnamon Rolls from scratch is a straightforward process. 

To achieve the best results, you need to follow a few simple steps:

Prepare the Dough

Place the milk in a saucepan and gently warm it over low heat.

When the milk is warm add the butter and let it melt, making sure to remove it from the heat to prevent overheating. The mixture should be between 40° C – 45° C (105° F -115° F). 

Place the warm milk and butter mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, and stir in the yeast. Let it foam for approximately 10 minutes. 

milk, butter, sugar and yeast are placed in a bowl of a food processor

Add the flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl and mix well until all are combined and formed a dough.

flour and sugar are added to wet ingredients

To complete the process, incorporate the egg into the mixing bowl and continue whisking until the dough forms and separates from the sides.

This usually takes 4 to 5 minutes, resulting in a soft, slightly sticky, and stretchy texture.

egg is added to the dough

If the dough remains excessively sticky, add a small amount of flour until it reaches a somewhat sticky but still very soft and manageable consistency.

soft and sticky dough for cinnamon rolls

I typically begin with 350 grams of flour and adjust gradually until achieving the desired texture.

Turn the dough to a lightly floured surface and form a dough ball.

Lightly grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough ball into it. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.

the dough for air fryer cinnamon rolls has doubled in size

Shape the Cinnamon Rolls

Turn the dough on a lightly floured working top, and sprinkle some more flour on the dough ball.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough ball out into a 35cm x 28cm (14″ × 11″) rectangle. The size of the rectangle can vary slightly, it does not have to be exact.

the dough ball shaped into a rectangle

Spread the softened butter over the dough with an offset spatula.

softened butter spread on dough

Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts evenly over the butter into a thin layer. 

cinnamon, sugar, and walnuts mixture spread on softened butter

Tightly roll the dough from the long side to the long side to turn it into a log. 

the dough has been rolled to a log

Place parchment paper in your air fryer basket and cut the log into 8 or 9 equal rolls. For context, my air fryer basket is 23 cm x 23 cm (9″ x 9″) and can comfortably fit 9 cinnamon rolls.

If your air fryer is smaller, I suggest doing it in two batches to ensure even cooking and prevent overcrowding of the basket.

Place the rolls in the air fryer basket leaving approximately an inch of space around them. 

8 pieces of cinnamon rolls are placed in air fryer basket

Cover the air fryer basket with a clean kitchen towel and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes or until nearly double.

cinnamon rolls are doubled in size

Air Fry the Cinnamon Rolls

When the cinnamon rolls are doubled in size, place them into your air fryer and bake them at 190° C (375° F) for 6 minutes.

Flip them gently and bake them for another 5 to 6 minutes, until they are nicely browned.

Prepare the cream cheese frosting while the cinnamon rolls are baking.

Place the softened butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla paste into a medium-sized bowl.

butter, icing sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese are placed in a bowl for making the frosting

Using a whisk or a hand blender, whip them until smooth and all incorporated. 

frosting for sir fryer cinnamon rolls

Let the cinnamon rolls cool down for 10 minutes.

8 pieces of air fried cinnamon rolls

Cover them with the cream cheese frosting.

To add a little extra flair, you can also choose the cream cheese frosting I use for this delicious super simple Easy Carrot Cake recipe.

homemade air fryer cinnamon rolls covered with frosting

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

After cutting the cinnamon rolls into 8 or 9 pieces, arrange them in your air fryer’s basket lined with parchment paper.

Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The following morning, take the cinnamon rolls out of the fridge and allow them to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour, or until they double in size.

Afterward, follow the air fryer baking instructions.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • You can prep them ahead and bake for a simple breakfast on special occasions like Easter or Christmas morning.
  • Just like Air Fryer Sausage Links, it is extremely easy to make—just follow the simple steps, complete with pictures and a video on the recipe card.
  • They freeze beautifully, and you can choose to freeze them before or after baking, ensuring you always have a tasty treat on hand.
  • These deliciously fluffy Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls from scratch are incredibly soft and moist, and are topped with a generous layer of silky cream cheese icing.

Expert Tips From the Chef

  • Bring the butter, eggs, and cream cheese to room temperature by taking them out of the fridge for at least an hour before starting the dough. This helps the dough rise better and makes your cinnamon rolls lighter and fluffier.
  • The milk and butter mixture should be between 40° C – 45° C (105° F -115° F), close to lukewarm when touched.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour until it’s somewhat sticky but still very soft and easy to work with. Avoid adding too much flour!
  • Mix until everything is just combined and knead the dough for only a few minutes until it forms a smooth and elastic ball. Overworking the dough can lead to tough cinnamon rolls. 
  • Cutting the rolls evenly ensures even cooking and a more appealing appearance. Use a sharp knife or unflavored dental floss.

Freezing the Cinnamon Rolls

You can freeze cinnamon rolls either before or after baking, and they will stay fresh for up to three months in the freezer.

If you prefer to freeze them before baking, make the cinnamon roll dough as directed and shape it into rolls.

Lay the rolls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze them until firm. Once frozen, transfer the rolls to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and return them to the freezer.

When you’re prepared to bake the cinnamon rolls, take them out of the freezer and place them in the air fryer’s basket.

If you want to freeze them after baking, allow the cinnamon rolls to cool completely after baking.

Individually wrap each cinnamon roll with plastic wrap and place them in a large freezer-safe bag or an airtight container.

To thaw frozen cinnamon rolls, take them out of the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for a few hours or overnight until they are completely thawed.

Recipe FAQs

How to store the leftovers?

While it’s ideal to savor your cinnamon rolls on the day they’re made, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
For longer freshness, I recommend keeping any leftover cinnamon rolls in the freezer.

Can I make Cinnamon Rolls without a stand mixer?

Yes, you can knead the dough by hand. While a stand mixer can make the process easier and quicker, you can still make delicious cinnamon rolls by hand.
Just place all the ingredients in a large enough bowl and knead them until the dough is soft and slightly sticky.

Can I make them without an air fryer?

Yes, definitely! You can also make these delicious cinnamon rolls by using a normal oven. 
Shape the cinnamon rolls as directed in the recipe, then place them in a 9″ x 9″ baking tray and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 20-25 minutes.

Did you make this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out! Please give us a five-star rating and leave a comment below.

I hope you enjoy the process of preparing these soft and fluffy Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls made from scratch just as much as you enjoy eating them! 🙂 

Bon appétit! 

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch

Ayla Clulee
Spoil your loved ones with these fluffy, soft, and moist Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls made from scratch! Slathered with a generous layer of silky cream cheese icing, they are the perfect breakfast treat or late-night snack when you crave something sweet.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rising time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Pastry, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 514 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Making the Dough

  • 180 ml semi-skimmed or full-fat milk
  • 45 g unsalted butter
  • 7 g yeast
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 380 g plain white flour / all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 medium egg

For the Cinnamon Filling

  • 70 g brown sugar
  • 45 g unsalted butter  (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 75 g chopped walnuts

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 115 g full-fat Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 30 g unsalted butter  (softened at room temperature)
  • 80 g  icing sugar – powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Instructions
 

Preparing the Dough

  • Place the milk in a saucepan and gently warm it over low heat.
  • When the milk is warm add the butter and let it melt, making sure to remove it from the heat to prevent overheating. The mixture should be between 40° C – 45° C (105° F -115° F). 
  • Place the warm milk and butter mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, and stir in the yeast. Let it foam for approximately 10 minutes. 
  • Add the flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl and mix well until all are combined and formed a dough.
  • To complete the process, incorporate the egg into the mixing bowl and continue whisking until the dough forms and separates from the sides. This usually takes 4 to 5 minutes, resulting in a soft, slightly sticky, and stretchy texture. If the dough remains excessively sticky, add a small amount of flour until it reaches a somewhat sticky but still very soft and manageable consistency. I typically begin with 350 grams of flour and adjust gradually until achieving the desired texture.
  • Turn the dough to a lightly floured surface and form a dough ball.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough ball into it. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Shaping the Cinnamon Rolls

  • Turn the dough on a lightly floured working top, and sprinkle some more flour on the dough ball.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough ball out into a 35cm x 28cm (14" × 11") rectangle. The size of the rectangle can vary slightly, it does not have to be exact.
  • Spread the softened butter over the dough with an offset spatula.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts evenly over the butter into a thin layer. 
  • Tightly roll the dough from the long side to the long side to turn it into a log. 
  • Place parchment paper in your air fryer basket and cut the log into 8 or 9 equal rolls. For context, my air fryer basket is 23 cm x 23 cm (9" x 9") and can comfortably fit 9 cinnamon rolls. If your air fryer is smaller, I suggest doing it in two batches to ensure even cooking and prevent overcrowding the basket.
  • Place the rolls in the air fryer basket leaving approximately an inch of space around them. 
  • Cover the air fryer basket with a clean kitchen towel and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes or until nearly double.

Baking the Cinnamon Rolls

  • When the cinnamon rolls are doubled in size, place them into your air fryer and bake them at 190° C (375° F) for 6 minutes.
  • Flip them gently and bake them for another 5 to 6 minutes, until they are nicely browned.
  • Prepare the cream cheese frosting while the cinnamon rolls are baking.
  • Place the softened butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla paste into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Using a whisk or a hand blender, whip them until smooth and all incorporated. 
  • Let the cinnamon rolls cool down for 10 minutes before covering them with the cream cheese frosting.

Video

Notes

  • Bring the butter, eggs, and cream cheese to room temperature by taking them out of the fridge for at least an hour before starting the dough. This helps the dough rise better and makes your cinnamon rolls lighter and fluffier.
  • Use a digital kitchen scale to measure your ingredients as precisely and accurately as possible.
  • The milk and butter mixture should be between 40° C – 45° C (105° F -115° F), close to lukewarm when touched.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour until it’s somewhat sticky but still very soft and easy to work with. Avoid adding too much flour!
  • Mix until everything is just combined and knead the dough for only a few minutes until it forms a smooth and elastic ball. Overworking the dough can lead to tough cinnamon rolls.
  • Cutting the rolls evenly ensures even cooking and a more appealing appearance. Use a sharp knife or unflavored dental floss.
Keyword dessert, pastry, snack, sweet treat

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