Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls With Bacon

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This fluffy Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls with Bacon recipe is a classic celebration dish with a twist. Easy to make homemade bacon cinnamon rolls, whipped up with pantry staples, are perfect for bringing to holiday breakfasts and special occasion brunches.

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4 of the completed air fryer cinnamon rolls with bacon topped with frosting

Air Fryer cinnamon rolls are a special occasion staple in our house, and especially during the holiday season. Nothing beats this delicious and nostalgic freshly baked sweet treat.

Anytime my family wakes up to that irresistible aroma wafting through the house, they know it’s going to be a special day. If you love cinnamon rolls then these are an easy breakfast everyone loves.

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Thanks to a recipe I just learned from my sister, I am stepping up my celebratory cinnamon roll game. Yeap, from now on I’ll be whipping up homemade cinnamon rolls that offer a savory and salty surprise…BACON!

That’s right, the center of these rolls is loaded with a traditional brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon filling, then layered with a strip of savory bacon. I’m talking next level cinnamon rolls, folks.

If you love this recipe you will love Air Fryer Beignets, these easy Air Fryer Apple Fritters and Air Fryer Bagels.

one of the finished air fryer cinnamon rolls with bacon served on a white plate

And the best part is that these bacon cinnamon bacon rolls come together so easily. And after just a few minutes in the air fryer, you have cinnamon rolls that are perfectly cooked golden brown on the outside and soft, fluffy, and full of sweet cinnamon and smoky bacon goodness on the inside.

In other words, cooked cinnamon rolls that are utterly amaaaaazing!

Why Make This Recipe

  • Make Ahead – It’s easy to prep these rolls ahead of time. Just follow the prep ahead instructions below.
  • Savory and Sweet – The perfect combination of sweet and salty totally satisfies your taste buds.
  • Festive – Cinnamon is the ultimate seasonal spice and these rolls are perfect for holiday, Christmas, Thanksgiving breakfasts, brunches or an anytime special treat.

Ingredient Notes

For the dough:

  • Milk – use whole milk.
  • Yeast – get that rise with instant yeast.
  • Sugar – regular granulated sugar.
  • Egg – room temperature egg is best.
  • Egg Yolk – add richness to the dough.
  • Butter – melted butter adds so much flavor.
  • Flour – use plain all-purpose flour.

For the filling:

  • Butter – I prefer using salted butter for this.
  • Cinnamon – freshly ground cinnamon for warm flavor.
  • Sugar – brown sugar adds the right flavor.
  • Bacon – this starts with uncooked bacon.

For the frosting:

  • Butter – softened salted or unsalted butter, to your preference.
  • Maple Syrup – or honey if preferred.
  • Powdered Sugar – sift it first before using.

Ready to learn how to make Air Fryer Bacon Cinnamon Rolls? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

  1. Combine milk, yeast, sugar, egg, egg yolk, melted butter, and flour and knead until the dough is well combined and elastic. Allow it to rise for 40 minutes.
  2. While the dough is rising, make the filling by combining butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Roll out the cinnamon roll dough, then spread with butter and sprinkle with half the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture. Add the bacon slices and top with the remaining filling.
  4. Roll up the dough, slice, and add the individual rolls in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  5. Set air fryer to 300 degrees F / 150 degrees C. Lightly oil basket with olive oil or non stick cooking spray.
  6. Air Fry Cinnamon Rolls for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F / 93 degrees C and cook for 10 more minutes
  7. While the air fried cinnamon rolls cook, make the frosting by beating together the butter and maple syrup in a stand mixer. Then add the confectioner’s sugar, whipping up until light and fluffy.
  8. Top the fully cooked warm cinnamon rolls with frosting and serve immediately.
image collage showing the first four steps for making bacon cinnamon rolls

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

image collage showing the final steps for making bacon cinnamon rolls in air fryer

How To Make Bacon Cinnamon Rolls in the Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Follow the steps for preparing cinnamon rolls above, place sliced rolls on a baking sheet and cook cinnamon rolls for 35–40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top with frosting, and serve warm rolls immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Loosely roll the cinnamon rolls and avoid squeezing them.
  • If cooking right away, preheat the air fryer before adding the cinnamon rolls to the basket.
  • If you are preparing ahead and are cooking these straight from the refrigerator, allow the cold rolls to warm up in the air fryer while it preheats.
  • Cooking time can vary based on your air fryer. Check your rolls every 2-3 minutes during the second half of the cooking process.
  • Double the frosting. Seriously. Can you ever have too much frosting?
  • If you prefer a quick breakfast, you can always use canned cinnamon rolls like Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, but the cook time would be different. Different brands will cook differently.
  • If you prefer, you can cook these without bacon, and just serve some Air Fryer Bacon on the side.
a finished bacon cinnamon roll served on a white plate

Delicious Variations

  • Make it boozy – soak the bacon in alcohol overnight. Then drain, pat dry, and cook as usual. Bourbon and whisky both make excellent infusions.
  • Swap the bacon – try using different flavors of bacon such as hickory, applewood, or even maple-flavored.
  • Top ’em off – add fun and flavorful toppings such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit, cream cheese frosting, or a streusel topping.

Make Ahead and Storage

This air fryer cinnamon buns recipe is perfect for prepping ahead.

  • Make Ahead – Make the dough and assemble the cinnamon rolls as directed. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment and cover with plastic wrap that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking oil. Store overnight in the refrigerator and air fry as directed when you are ready.
  • Store – Leftovers (assuming there are any!) can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Microwave for 15-20 seconds to give them a fresh-baked taste.
  • Freeze – To freeze these bacon cinnamon rolls, air fry them as directed and allow them to cool. Frost and place them on a baking sheet in the freezer until they are frozen. Then transfer the frozen rolls into a ziplock bag. Consume frozen cinnamon rolls within 4 weeks.
top down view of two bacon cinnamon rolls served extra frosting on a spoon

FAQs

How Long To Cook Cinnamon Rolls In Air Fryer

This depends on if you are using homemade dough or canned dough. For the homemade dough, you want to cook them for about 20 minutes at the temperatures given.

I’m Having Trouble Cutting The Cinnamon Rolls

Cut the cinnamon rolls using a serrated knife and gently drag it across the surface to slice.

Alternately, use a piece of unflavored dental floss. Slide the floss under the roll to the desired thickness, criss-cross the floss, and pull it tight in a single swift motion. This will only work if there is no bacon in the dough.

Can I Use Store-Bought Dough?

This homemade dough is fairly simple to make, but if you’re short on time, you can certainly make these with premade store-bought dough or use pre-made cinnamon rolls in a tube.

Do You Need to Use Parchment Paper For Cinnamon Rolls In The Air Fryer?

I did not need to use it, but you can use perforated parchment paper.

top down view of the completed cinnamon bacon roll on a plate

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4 of the completed air fryer cinnamon rolls with bacon topped with frosting
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Air Fryer Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

This irresistible recipe combines two of your favorite breakfast foods all rolled into one!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 12
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • ¾ cup (177ml) milk
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup (57g) butter melted
  • 3 cups (384g) flour

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (50g) brown sugar
  • 6 strips bacon

For the frosting:

  • ¾ cup (170g) butter softened
  • cup (113g) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

How To Make Bacon Cinnamoin Rolls in Air Fryer

  • In a bowl stir together the milk, yeast, sugar, egg, egg yolk and melted butter. Add the flour and knead for 8 minutes or until the dough is soft and elastic.
  • Cover with a cloth and let it rise for 40 minutes.
  • Combine milk, yeast, sugar, egg, egg yolk, melted butter, and flour and knead until the dough is well combined and elastic. Allow it to rise for 40 minutes.
  • While the dough is rising, make the filling by combining butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick, then spread with butter and sprinkle with half the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture. Add the bacon slices and top with the remaining filling.
  • Roll up the dough, slice, and add the individual rolls to the air fryer basket.
  • Set air fryer to 300F / 149C. Cook for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 200F / 93C and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • While the bacon cinnamon rolls cook, make the frosting by beating together the butter and maple syrup in a stand mixer. Then add the confectioner’s sugar, whipping up until light and fluffy.
  • Top the warm cinnamon rolls with frosting and serve.

How To Make Bacon Cinnamon Rolls in the Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C.
  • Follow the steps for preparing cinnamon rolls above, place sliced rolls to a baking sheet and bake for 35–40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top with frosting, and serve.
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Notes

  • Loosely roll the cinnamon rolls and avoid squeezing them.
  • If cooking right away, preheat the air fryer before adding the cinnamon rolls to the basket.
  • If you are preparing ahead and are cooking these straight from the refrigerator, allow the cold rolls to warm up in the air fryer while it preheats.
  • Cooking time can vary based on your air fryer. Check your rolls every 2-3 minutes during the second half of the cooking process.
  • Double the frosting. Seriously. Can you ever have too much frosting?
  • Storage – keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days (if they last that long!)

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

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    I’ve got to make these! I have a feeling that if I have rolls like this on my table in the morning, my day will be pretty special LOL