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Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls


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5 from 3 votes
Cook Time : 20 mins
Total Time : 2 hrs 35 mins
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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make and taste just like the real thing! If you are looking for a delicious and easy breakfast or dessert recipe, you need to try these!

If you are a fan of sweet breakfast recipes then this is the recipe for you. Not only are these air fryer cinnamon rolls easy to make, but they also taste just like the real thing!

Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll topped with cream and dusted with cinnabon powder

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnabon was started in a mall in Seattle back in the early 1980s, it was an instant success and soon grew to be a nationwide phenomenon. The cinnamon rolls are famous for being soft, fluffy, and full of sweet cinnamon flavor.

Why I Love This Recipe

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls are one of my all-time favorite breakfast recipes. I love the sweet and gooey cinnamon filling, and the soft and fluffy dough.

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love cinnamon rolls give this Bacon Cinnamon Roll Casserole a try.

Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll topped with cream and dusted with cinnabon powder

Ingredients

These delicious cinnamon rolls are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and they’re all yours for the taking with just a few simple ingredients.

For the dough:

  • warm whole milk
  • active yeast
  • white sugar
  • egg and egg yolk
  • unsalted butter, melted
  • all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • light brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • unsalted butter, room temperature

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • cream cheese, room temperature
  • unsalted butter, room temperature
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls ingredients

Substitutions

Almond Extract: If you don’t have vanilla extract, you can use almond extract instead.

Butter: Salted butter can be used in place of unsalted butter in a pinch.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few helpful kitchen tools to make these delicious cinnamon rolls in the air fryer. So, gather these tools and get ready to enjoy a sweet treat.

How to Make Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Making these Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls is so easy. Just follow these simple steps below and you will have gooey homemade cinnamon rolls in no time.

Step 1: Warm the milk

Place milk in a microwave safe container and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour warm milk into a mixing bowl and add yeast.

Step 2: Add the sugar, eggs and butter

Add sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Mix until completely combined.

melted butter and sugar in a white bowl

Step 3: Stir in the flour

Stir in flour and salt until dough begins to form.

Cinnamon roll dough in a white mixing bowl

Step 4: Knead the dough until a ball forms

Using a stand mixer, attach a dough hook and mix on medium until dough forms into a ball and does not stick to the mixing bowl. Add some flour if too sticky. If using hands to knead, knead the dough for 10 minutes on a floured surface until the dough is no longer sticky.

cinnamon roll dough in a clear bowl

Step 5: Allow the dough to rise until double in size

Place the dough ball in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Place the bowl on the counter for an hour and a half to allow for the dough to double in size.

Step 6: Roll out the cinnamon roll dough

Place the dough on a floured surface and flatten with a rolling pin until the dough is roughly a square foot of surface. (12”x12”)

flattened dough on a wooden board dusted with flour

Step 7: Coat the dough in butter

Rub room temperature butter to cover the dough leaving a slight margin around the dough.

flattened dough spread with butter, on a wooden board

Step 8: Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture

Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle over the butter to complete the filling.

flattened dough topped with butter and sugar, on a wooden board

Step 9: Cut the dough with a pizza cutter or sharp knife

Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into inch and a half wide strips.

cinnamon roll dough cut in strips and rolled up on a wooden board

Step 10: Allow the dough to rest

Roll the strips into themselves until all are rolled into a wheel. Place dough wheel into spring mold pan that fits the air fryer basket. Cover pan with a cloth and allow dough to sit for 15 minutes.

roll strips of dough in a spring mold pan

Step 11: Air Fry the cinnamon rolls

Cook in air fryer for 20 minutes on 350 degrees.

Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls in a springform pan in an air fryer

Step 12: Cool the cinnamon rolls

Remove cinnamon roll from air fryer and allow to cool.

Step 13: Make the cream cheese frosting

In a mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter until frosting is combined completely.

Step 14: Top the cinnamon rolls

Top the cinnamon roll with the frosting and enjoy!

overhead view of an Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll topped with cream and dusted with cinnabon powder next to forks a blue and white striped cloth, brown sugar in a tablespoon and cinnamon sticks

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking for ways to change up the flavors of these cinnamon rolls? Here are some of my favorite swaps for this recipe. 

Nutella: Swap the cinnamon sugar filling for a good smear of Nutella.

Raisins: Sprinkle raisins on top of the cinnamon roll filling for a fruity addition.

Orange glaze: Add orange juice to the glaze for a citrus zing.

Toppings/Serving Suggestions

Once your cinnamon rolls are out of the air fryer, dust them with a little extra powdered sugar for a sweet look. Serve with a glass of milk or coffee for the perfect breakfast or snack!

Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll topped with cream and dusted with cinnabon powder

Tips

Here are some tips to make sure that your air fryer cinnamon rolls turn out perfectly.

  • If you’re having trouble rolling out the dough, try using a little bit of flour to help keep it from sticking.
  • If your cinnamon rolls get too brown while in the air fryer, turn the temperature down a few notches for the remainder of cook time.
  • Be sure to grease your bowl well before placing the dough in it to rise. This will help the dough not stick to the sides and bottom.

FAQs

Do you have questions about these Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How to reheat

Just microwave them for a few seconds before serving!

Can I freeze cinnamon rolls?

Yes! Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, let them thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat in the microwave or oven.

closeup of an Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll topped with cream and dusted with cinnabon powder

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Air Fryer Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Corinne Schmitt
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make and taste just like the real thing!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Cinnamon Rolls
Calories 2103 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • stand mixer with dough hook
  • Rolling Pin
  • sharp knife or pizza cutter

Ingredients
  

For the dough

  • ¾ cup warm whole milk
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active yeast
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Place milk in a microwave safe container and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour warm milk into a mixing bowl and add yeast.
  • Add sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Mix until completely combined.
  • Stir in flour and salt until dough begins to form.
  • Using a stand mixer, attach dough hook and mix on medium until dough forms into a ball and is not sticking to the mixing bowl. Add some flour if too sticky. If using hands to knead, knead the dough for 10 minutes on a floured surface until dough is no longer sticky.
  • Place the dough ball in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Place bowl on the counter for an hour and a half to allow for the dough to double in size.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and flatten with a rolling pin until the dough is roughly a square foot of surface. (12”x12”)
  • Rub room temperature butter to cover the dough leaving a slight margin around the dough.
  • Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle over the butter to complete the filling.
  • Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into inch and a half wide strips.
  • Roll the strips into themselves until all are rolled into a wheel. Place dough wheel into spring mold pan that fits the air fryer basket. Cover pan with cloth and allow dough to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Cook in air fryer for 20 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Remove cinnamon roll from air fryer and allow to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter until frosting is combined completely.
  • Top the cinnamon roll with the frosting and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cinnamon RollCalories: 2103kcalCarbohydrates: 299gProtein: 29gFat: 91gSaturated Fat: 55gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 1093mgPotassium: 553mgFiber: 12gSugar: 143gVitamin A: 2897IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 230mgIron: 10mg
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