The best air fryer cinnamon rolls ever! I made these Ninja Foodi sticky buns using no yeast in just 20 minutes total and they were the best breakfast ever!
For breakfast today I made these air fryer cinnamon rolls and sticky buns and let me tell you they were a hit! I’m a little obsessed with creating new air fryer recipes lately since I got my Ninja Foodi machine! I bet you are too. (originally published 2/19, affiliate links present)
Are you ready for this mouthwatering breakfast or dessert idea? Packaged ones are great but this sticky homemade topping is to die for.
Try both versions and let us know what you think.
If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:
- THIS is my Favorite Air Fryer!
- You can find more Air fryer recipes here, we have Ninja Foodi recipes as well; bookmark them both!
- Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
- It has temp. and times for making the best frozen foods for air fryer too.
- Then join our Facebook page where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. We have a Foodi social media group as well.
At the top they are done and incredible, below is in process right before I start the air fryer process.
Can I bake cinnamon rolls in an air fryer?
- They cook quickly
- There’s no need to heat up your oven
Cinnamon rolls in the air fryer come out crispy on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside
When you want a mouth watering start to the day this is the way to do it. NO heating up the oven and waiting waiting anymore.
Refrigerated cinnamon rolls have never been better.
Here are a few questions you might have in mind before you get started making either one of these.
If you have others, let us know and we will try to answer those too.
Follow these directions and make semi homemade sticky buns! Refrigerated Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are the base but this takes them to the next level! BEST part is there’s NO yeast or rising time required!
What are the best store bought cinnamon rolls?
Rhodes cinnamon rolls has a frozen version you just thaw out, and of course you can get Pillsbury cans in the fridge section too.
These are the semi-homemade no yeast sticky buns I talked about. You can make traditional refrigerated cinnamon rolls in your air fryer too, a close second if you want something really fast.
Air fryer cinnamon rolls
For the air fryer sticky buns you can add the toppings:
- Chopped nuts
- Dried cranberries
- Dried blueberries
Ninja Foodi cinnamon rolls
- Vanilla frosting – or cream cheese
Chopped nuts are a great addition to these you see below.
Cinnamon rolls in air fryer
- Roll of refrigerated cinnamon rolls
- Can sprinkle chopped nuts on top when done
- Frosting is included in the package
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in air fryer
These are directions if you don’t want to make our sticky buns but rather just want to cook straight out of the can.
- Put a trivet into your pot (necessary for a Ninja Foodi)
- Spray the inside of an 8″ springform pan with non stick spray
- other models may just have a drawer so you wouldn’t need a trivet or pan
- Unroll your package of regular cinnamon rolls or Pillsbury Grands into your pan as you see here
- you could try this homemade cinnamon rolls recipe instead but note I haven’t done this yet
- Close your air fryer lid (one that is attached on the Ninja Foodi)
- Set to air crisp, 345 degrees for 5 minutes
I typically will preheat machine for the required temp. for five minutes beforehand but if you forget don’t fret.
- Open and flip all pieces over so bottoms can cook
- Close lid again and reset to 345 degrees for 4 minutes
Remove and drizzle frosting on top and serve them up!
If you’re wondering what is the best air fryer this is the one we have and would recommend because it’s a pressure cooker too.
- Purchase the Ninja Foodi here, it is an air fryer meets a pressure cooker and it is making its mark in the cooking world with a vengeance.
- Here’s a free Ninja Foodi cookbook to help you find easy pressure cooker and air fryer recipes.
Bookmark the page with Ninja Foodi recipes we’ve created…we will add more weekly too.
Can you double this cinnamon rolls air fryer recipe?
- Not really
- The 8″ pan only holds the 8 cut rolls and the air fryer basket isn’t much bitter
- Smaller air fryers may hold less and you may need to cook half at a time
Cinnamon rolls air fryer
What you need to make our semi-homemade sticky buns, recipe is in recipe card below.
- Refrigerated crescent rolls
- 8″ pan
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup
- Dried cranberries
- Chopped nuts
If you’re looking for more Ninja Foodi recipes try these:
- Air fryer bagels can be stuffed with cream cheese and air fryer biscuits are great with any protein.
- Use these same rolls and fill with pie filling, we call these air fryer hand pies.
- Easy Air fryer breakfast stuffed peppers
- Salty and crispy Air fryer kale chips
- Then try our other air fryer desserts from there.
Pressure cooker donuts are so good and fun to make if you have a Ninja Foodi with an air fryer and pressure cooker function.
Want to make homemade cinnamon rolls with no yeast, we have a recipe for that too.
Here are quick instructions but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post as well:
Time needed: 9 minutes.
Air fryer cinnamon rolls
Whisk together your melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.
(if you have a Ninja Foodi put a trivet inside)
Preheat air fryer to 345 (or 350 if you have to have even #s) for 5 minutes.
In an 8″ springform (or other style) pan that’s been sprayed with non stick spray on top, pour your brown sugar mixture inside your pan.
Sprinkle your nuts and raisins (can add dried cranberries too) into the pan too.
- Cut refrigerated rolls
Open your package of refrigerated crescent rolls but DO NOT unroll the crescent roll as you normally would. Instead put it on a cutting board and cut it in half (use a non serrated knife so it doesn’t smush down when slicing).
Then cut those pieces in half again, and again until you get 8 equal pieces. Mix your cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and dip the bottom and top of each cut crescent roll piece in it.
Then put each one into your pan on top of your brown sugar mixture with the sugar mixture facing up.
Close your air fryer lid (one attached on the Ninja Foodi) and set to air crisp, 345 degrees, for 5 minutes. Open lid and flip each crescent roll piece upside down.
Turn air fryer on again, press air crisp, 345 degrees for 4 more minutes (5 if you want them crispier on top).
Immediately remove pan, place cooked sticky buns on a plate and spoon mixture at the bottom of the pan on top of your rolls. Enjoy!!
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Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- Whisk together your melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.
- Put a trivet inside your air fryer/Ninja Foodi and an 8″ springform (or other style) pan that’s been sprayed with non stick spray on top.
- Pour your brown sugar mixture inside your pan. Sprinkle your nuts and raisins (can add dried cranberries too) into the pan too.
- Open your package of refrigerated crescent rolls but DO NOT unroll the crescent roll roll as you normally would. Instead put it on a cutting board and cut it in half (use a non serrated knife so it doesn’t smush down when slicing).
- Then cut those pieces in half again, and again until you get 8 equal pieces.
- Mix your cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and dip the bottom and top of each cut crescent roll piece in it. Then put each one into your pan on top of your brown sugar mixture with the sugar mixture facing up.
- Close your air fryer lid (one attached on the Ninja Foodi) and set to air crisp, 345 degrees, for 5 minutes.
- Open lid and flip each crescent roll piece upside down.
- Turn air fryer on again, press air crisp, 345 degrees for 4 more minutes (5 if you want them crispier on top).
- Immediately remove pan, place cooked sticky buns on a plate and spoon mixture at the bottom of the pan on top of your rolls. Enjoy!!