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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls (With Christmas Variations)

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Make Cinnamon Rolls in the air fryer in just 10 minutes. Or use the air fryer to make the cinnamon rolls into adorable Santa hats or Christmas trees for a holiday treat!
cinnamon rolls with green icing.

Air fryer cinnamon rolls are perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack! With this easy recipe, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and be eating warm and fluffy cinnamon rolls in just 10 minutes.

It doesn’t get any easier than this simple recipe to turn refrigerated dough into baked cinnamon rolls in no time at all! You don’t need fancy ingredients or to wait for the yeast to rise. Just open the dough and bake.

cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

And if you have a little more time, you can make your sweet rolls into fun Christmas treats! Shape them into triangles and decorate them as Christmas trees or Santa hats for adorable Christmas Cinnamon Rolls.

Why not make some of both shapes? These treats are perfect for Christmas morning or anytime you want to enjoy a warm bakery-inspired treat on a cold winter’s day.

Looking for more easy air fryer recipes? Try Air Fryer Fried Oreos, Air Fryer Christmas Cookies, or Air Fryer Snickerdoodles!

🎅Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

Standard Recipe

  • Refrigerated cinnamon rolls with included icing

Additions for Christmas Rolls

  • Red or green icing
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini marshmallows

🥣How to Make Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

  1. Open – Open the tube and place the rolls in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Keep about an inch of space between them. My 5.8-quart air fryer has no problem fitting 8 rolls, but you might need to cook in batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
  2. Cook – Air fry at 360 degrees F for 7-8 minutes until the rolls are golden brown.
  3. Frost – Take them out and immediately cover the warm rolls with the cream cheese icing included in the tube.
cinnamon rolls in air fryer before cooking.
Before air frying
after cooking cinnamon rolls in air fryer.
After air frying

🎄Christmas Variations

  1. Reroll – Unroll the raw cinnamon roll dough. Reroll it, gently zig-zagging back and form to make a triangle shape.
  2. Air fry – Put them in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them. Air fry at 360 degrees F for 7-8 minutes until golden brown. Take them out of the air fryer.
triangle shaped cinnamon rolls for christmas.
Triangle shapes
christmas cinnamon rolls in air fryer.
Cinnamon rolls in air fryer
  1. Christmas Tree – Cover the warm rolls in green frosting. Then add sprinkles and a star on top. Use the Reese’s mini to make a tree trunk.
  2. Santa Hat – Cover the warm rolls in red frosting. Add a mini marshmallow on the hat’s peak and line the bottom edge with 4 to 5 mini marshmallows.
top view of cinnamon roll christmas trees.
Christmas trees
santa hat cinnamon rolls on a baking rack.
Santa hats

💭How to Store

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 1-2 days. These will be the tastiest right after they are made while they are still warm. You can reheat leftovers in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm them back up.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Using parchment paper is not necessary, but it does make cleanup easier. You can buy precut air fryer parchment paper sheets designed to fit in your air fryer.
  • Larger products like Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls might need a few extra minutes of cooking time. If they still look doughy at the end of the cooking time, air fry them for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • For best results frost the cinnamon rolls right away.
plate of frosted cinnamon rolls.

📝FAQ

What is the advantage of making cinnamon rolls in the air fryer?

The main advantage is time. The rolls can be cooked in about half the time it would take in the oven without sacrificing any taste. So why not enjoy this treat sooner?

What are the best canned cinnamon rolls?

I like Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Rolls. Pillsbury is significantly less expensive and easy to find at almost any grocery store. You can also try store brands like Trader Joe’s or Great Value. I prefer to buy ones that include cream cheese icing.

Can I make these Christmas Cinnamon Rolls in the oven?

Yes, you can make the rolls into Christmas tree or Santa hat shapes and bake them in the oven. Just follow the directions on the package for the baking time.

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cinnamon rolls with green icing.
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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Make Cinnamon Rolls in the air fryer in just 10 minutes. Or use the air fryer to make the cinnamon rolls into adorable Santa hats or Christmas trees for a holiday treat!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 tube cinnamon rolls with icing

For Christmas Trees

  • Star sprinkles
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Green icing
  • Resse's minis for trunk

For Santa

  • Red icing
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

Standard Cinnamon Rolls

  • Open the tube and put the rolls in a single layer in the air fryer. Leave a little bit of space between them so they can expand.
    1 tube cinnamon rolls
  • Air fry at 360 degrees F for 7-8 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to take them out of the air fryer. Immediately spread them with the icing.

Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

  • Open the tube and unroll the dough.
    1 tube cinnamon rolls
  • Form into a tree/Santa shape by zig-zagging the cinnamon roll back and forth to make a triangle. Start with a longer piece and continue to zig-zag smaller as you go.
  • Place them in the air fryer and cook for 7-8 minutes at 360 degrees F.
  • Use a spatula to take them out of the air fryer and decorate them immediately.
  • For Christmas trees: Coat the cinnamon roll in green icing. Quickly add the sprinkles before the icing sets. Add a star sprinkle on top. Use a dot of icing on the Reese’s Mini and stick it on the bottom to make a tree trunk.
    Star sprinkles, Christmas sprinkles, Green icing, Resse's minis
  • For Santa: Frost each cinnamon roll with red icing. Place one mini marshmallow on the peak of Santa’s hat. Then add 4-5 mini marshmallows along the bottom to make the hat brim.
    Red icing, Mini marshmallows

Notes

Jumbo-sized cinnamon rolls might need extra cooking time. Add 1-2 minutes if necessary.
Using parchment paper will make cleanup simple.
Frost these right away while they are still warm.
You can bake the Christmas shapes the oven too, just follow the package directions for baking times.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 330mg | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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cinnamon roll christmas trees on a plate.
By on December 16th, 2022

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