How to Make Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

Homemade cinnamon rolls are so easy and super fun to make, so in case you want to impress someone or if you are just simply craving a sweet treat; cinnamon rolls are the way to go.

You can’t go wrong when you start the day with warm, gooey, sweet, delicious cinnamon rolls—that’s a fact. Also a fact? Nothing says Sunday morning like a warm, gooey batch of homemade cinnamon rolls. Finish them with a generous topping of frosting, and be prepared to lick brown sugar off your fingers for the rest of the afternoon. In a few words you'll be left wanting more.

One last fact about cinnamon rolls? You can bake cinnamon rolls in the air fryer from scratch with little to no effort. Did you know that you can perfectly make the cinnamon rolls in the air fryer? Well you can and is super quick and you can take our word for it, they will come out amazing!

The result is golden brown perfection, made in minutes. It’s the perfect solution for when you’ve got an egg bake or breakfast casserole cooking in the oven or when it’s too hot to heat up the kitchen.

When it comes to nutritional information for cinnamon rolls, keep in mind it can differ depending on the ingredients you are working with for this specific recipe.

CategoryDifficultyBeginner

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time9 minsTotal Time29 mins
 453.59 g frozen bread dough, thawed
 ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
 ¾ cup brown sugar
 5 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon,
 4 oz cream cheese, softened
 2 tbsp butter, softened
 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar
 ½ tsp vanilla
1

Let the bread dough come to room temperature on the counter. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough into a 13-inch by 11-inch rectangle. Position the rectangle so the 13-inch side is facing you. Brush the melted butter all over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border uncovered along the edge farthest away from you.

2

Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the buttered dough, keeping the 1-inch border uncovered. Roll the dough into a log starting with the edge closest to you. Roll the dough tightly, making sure to roll evenly and push out any air pockets. When you get to the uncovered edge of the dough, press the dough onto the roll to seal it together.

3

Cut the log into 8 pieces, slicing slowly with a sawing motion so you don’t flatten the dough. Turn the slices on their sides and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the rolls sit in the warmest part of your kitchen for 1½ to 2 hours to rise.

4

To make the glaze, place the cream cheese and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Soften the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it is easy to stir. Gradually add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

5

When the rolls have risen, pre-heat the air fryer to 350ºF.

6

Transfer 4 of the rolls to the air fryer basket. Air-fry for 5 minutes. Turn the rolls over and air-fry for another 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining 4 rolls.

7

Let the rolls cool for a couple of minutes before glazing. Spread large dollops of cream cheese glaze on top of the warm cinnamon rolls, allowing some of the glaze to drip down the side of the rolls. Serve warm and enjoy!

Ingredients

 453.59 g frozen bread dough, thawed
 ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
 ¾ cup brown sugar
 5 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon,
 4 oz cream cheese, softened
 2 tbsp butter, softened
 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar
 ½ tsp vanilla

Directions

1

Let the bread dough come to room temperature on the counter. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough into a 13-inch by 11-inch rectangle. Position the rectangle so the 13-inch side is facing you. Brush the melted butter all over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border uncovered along the edge farthest away from you.

2

Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the buttered dough, keeping the 1-inch border uncovered. Roll the dough into a log starting with the edge closest to you. Roll the dough tightly, making sure to roll evenly and push out any air pockets. When you get to the uncovered edge of the dough, press the dough onto the roll to seal it together.

3

Cut the log into 8 pieces, slicing slowly with a sawing motion so you don’t flatten the dough. Turn the slices on their sides and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the rolls sit in the warmest part of your kitchen for 1½ to 2 hours to rise.

4

To make the glaze, place the cream cheese and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Soften the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it is easy to stir. Gradually add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

5

When the rolls have risen, pre-heat the air fryer to 350ºF.

6

Transfer 4 of the rolls to the air fryer basket. Air-fry for 5 minutes. Turn the rolls over and air-fry for another 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining 4 rolls.

7

Let the rolls cool for a couple of minutes before glazing. Spread large dollops of cream cheese glaze on top of the warm cinnamon rolls, allowing some of the glaze to drip down the side of the rolls. Serve warm and enjoy!

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch