The Kitchn: These are the best shortcut cinnamon rolls you’ll ever make
These gooey, tender cinnamon rolls are everything you love about the classic brunch treat — down to the blanket of cream cheese icing — but they’re ready in a fraction of the time. The secret? A tube of crescent roll dough and your air fryer, which not only keeps your kitchen cool but also cooks the rolls to perfection in just 20 minutes. Here’s how to do it.
Start with a can of crescent roll dough
Crescent roll dough is the perfect shortcut for a quick batch of cinnamon rolls. It bakes up buttery, flaky and so much more tender than what you get from a tube of cinnamon rolls. After unrolling the dough on a piece of parchment paper, take a minute to pinch the seams together. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but close them as best you can. Then you’ll spread the brown sugar and cinnamon filling over the dough, roll it up, cut into slices and air-fry.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
Serves 4, Makes 8 small cinnamon rolls
1 ounce cream cheese
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 (8-ounce) tube refrigerated crescent roll dough
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar