Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls)

February 13, 2020Kristy
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The best breakfast pastry made easy with Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls!

One of my favorite ways to use the air fryer is just by cooking some of the prepared foods we purchase such as Cinnamon Rolls. 

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls can be made in less than 8 minutes in the Air Fryer!

air fryer cinnamon rolls

What is the benefit of making these?

Of course, eating them is the benefit, but we’ve found that making them in the air fryer takes much less time.  These are ready in just 8 minutes without doing any pre-heating.  

air fryer cinnamon rolls

It’s also a great option to teach the older kids to cook too, my daughter is pretty handy with cooking these as well.  We still get them out when they are done, but she loves to put them in and get them ready to cook.

air fryer cinnamon rolls

If you want to add a twist, you can top them with bacon too, sounds tasty, right?  

How do you make Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls?

air fryer cinnamon rolls

These can be made in your Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi using the air crisp function.  With either appliance, all you need is the air fryer basket, no extras are needed.

These are the perfect addition to your list of Ninja Foodi Recipes too!

We spray the basket with just a bit of coconut oil spray, then place the cinnamon rolls right in the basket.  The basket is the perfect size to fit the entire batch of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.  

How long do you cook Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the Air Fryer?

pillsbury cinnamon rolls

Once they are in the basket, air fry them for 8 minutes at 360 degrees.  This should be enough time to get them browned on top and the bottom done as well.  If you want them a bit more crispy, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

We have found 8 minutes is the magic number for our preferred taste and texture. 

I haven’t tried this particular method with other brands of cinnamon rolls, I’ve tried Aldi and a variety of others just in the oven but none of them seem to compare to Pillsbury.

If you do use a different brand, check-in on them after 6 minutes to adjust the time if needed.

Can you use Aluminum Foil or Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer?

Aluminum Foil is easy to use in the Air Fryer.  If you plan to use foil for Cinnamon Rolls, I’d suggest using this parchment paper that is made for the air fryer. 

air fryer cinnamon rolls

This parchment paper fits right over the holes in the air fryer and will help keep the air circulating and you won’t have anything sticking to the bottom too. 

What about biscuits in the air fryer?

If you want to find out more about using canned biscuits in the air fryer, be sure to check out these Air Fryer Donuts with Canned Biscuits

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Make the best cinnamon rolls in the air fryer with Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.


  • 1 Can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (8-Count)
  • Coconut Oil Cooking Spray


  1. Spray the basket of the Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi with Coconut Oil Cooking Spray.
  2. Place the cinnamon rolls from the package evenly in the basket.
  3. Set aside the icing.
  4. Air Fry the cinnamon rolls for 8 minutes at 360 degrees. (SEE NOTE)
  5. Due to the fact that all air fryers heat differently, check in on them around 7 minutes to be sure they are cooking well.
  6. Once done, carefully remove and top with icing.
  7. Serve.


Based on feedback, if you see the tops are browning well at the 4-5 minute mark, go ahead and carefully flip them over so they cook on the other side. I have not had to do this with the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer; however, based on feedback it appears it's necessary for many other air fryers.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g
air fryer cinnamon rolls



  • angie

    February 17, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    love cinnamon rolls and this is a cool way to make them up
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  • Lisa notes

    February 25, 2020 at 7:19 am

    It’s almost breakfast time here for me and now my mind is set on cinnamon rolls. 🙂 Thanks for sharing about the air fryer being so much faster.

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello

    February 25, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I have loved these since I was a kid. Thanks for sharing a new way to make them. #HomeMattersParty

  • Kippi

    February 26, 2020 at 9:41 am

    This is a great idea for a quick breakfast treat. I live in Florida and turning on the oven in the summer is not an option. Thanks for sharing. Pinning.
    Have a great week,
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  • Salina

    May 1, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Just made these. Came out burnt on top and raw on inside !

    1. Kristy

      May 4, 2020 at 8:34 am

      We make these regularly without an issue, what type of air fryer are you using? How long did you let them cook? 7 minutes or 8 minutes?

    2. Nakia

      July 24, 2020 at 9:09 am

      I found that 6 mins is best in my air fryer. I flipped over at the 3 minute mark to cook on the other side. They came out perfect. If I left them in longer mine would have burned too lol. I’ve found my fryer cooks pretty fast so I have to tweak it.

  • Jen Pratt

    May 11, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Morning!! Made Aldi brand cinnamon rolls in the air fryer this morning! 8 min and they were perfection! Thank you!

    1. Kristy

      May 11, 2020 at 9:20 am

      Happy to hear this!! Glad you enjoyed them.

  • Suzanne

    July 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I used regular parchment paper and it didn’t cook them under so I removed and flip them over and cooked them for an extra 3 minutes and they were perfect.

  • Dakota

    August 3, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    This did not work for me. The too was burned and the bottom and middle were severely underdone.

    1. Kristy

      August 3, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      I hate to hear that, what type of air fryer did you use? I’m hearing that many are seeing them work better if they flip them 1/2 way through the cook time. I haven’t ever had to do that with the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer. Here is a YouTube video of the process –

      If you do cook them again, try flipping them at 4-5 minutes.

  • Nicole

    August 31, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Made the Trader Joe’s brand in my gourmia airfryer. Placed in an 8×8 square aluminum pan, baked at 350 for 8 minutes, they were so perfect. Brought them to my son in laws for breakfast, transported in my pre-warmed crockpot to keep warm. So so delicious. Haven’t had cinnamon rolls in so long! Thank you!

    1. Kristy

      August 31, 2020 at 9:49 am

      So glad to hear that, love the idea of doing the aluminum pan too, great to take on the go!

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  • Cheryl

    September 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Cinnamon rolls in the air fryer what a great idea. These turned out better than the oven. The look amazing. A beautiful rise, nice golden color. The taste is spot on.

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