We love cinnamon rolls in my house. I admit I don’t make them from scratch often and my family enjoys using the refrigerated dough. I’ve often wondered how I could change things up when I serve our favorite breakfast treat.
Pillsbury has a recipe online that transforms the ordinary rolls into “fried dough” bites that pack even more cinnamon and sugar flavor into every bite. You don’t even need to turn the oven on because these Air Fryer Cinnamon Roll Bites put the trendy kitchen gadget to good use.
We regularly keep a tube of the Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator, so that’s most of the work already done! The rest of the ingredients are pantry staples and include granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and milk. You can find the quantities needed for each ingredient on Pillsbury’s recipe website.
Once you get out your air fryer, you need to put in the basket and put some parchment paper on the bottom of it to make sure these sweet bites don’t stick. The sugar will melt some and they can get a little sticky if you’re not careful. Then, simply cut each cinnamon roll into quarters, which means you’ll have 32 bites per tube. There’s something wonderful about getting “more” out of this recipe that I love!
You will need to cook these cinnamon roll bites in two batches to make sure they get to be that wonderful golden brown we all love. Each batch only needs a total of 5 minutes of air frying time, with a quick flip about halfway through with a pair of tongs.
Once the batch comes out of the fryer, that’s when the magic happens. The warm bites get placed into a plastic bag filled with the cinnamon sugar. Yes, the rolls already have cinnamon in them, but this extra coating takes the over the top!
Finally, you won’t use the packaged frosting. Although I love it, this recipe’s cream cheese-based frosting is more decadent and is the perfect dipping side to these air-fried cinnamon roll bites!
I’m guessing I’ll need to make at least two batches of these for my family when I try it, because once we start popping them into our mouths, we won’t want to stop!
Or, try these other ways to use refrigerated cinnamon roll dough. And enjoy!