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5-ingredient stay-home recipe: Air Fryer Cinnabons

Last Updated: June 9, 2021

Written by Vera Leng

Considered quite the all-American dessert, Cinnabons and sweet-toothed hopefuls go together as perfectly as ignorance and racism. Sorry, you didn’t sign up for a social commentary this Tuesday afternoon. But you know what would make everything better? Simple, Air Fryer Cinnabons that are easy to make, and even easier to devour.

A row of homemade cinnabons A flatlay of ingredients for cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (ready rolled sheets)
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon powder
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • Lemon juice

Tools

  • Air fryer (or an oven if you don’t have an air fryer, though you will need a longer cooking time with an oven)
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Rolling pin
  • Bread/serrated knife

Recipe Preparation

Preparation time + Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 2

  • Mix in the softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon powder in a bowl. Put this paste aside for now.
  • Roll out the pastry sheet until thin enough.
  • Spread your paste evenly across the sheet. Be careful not to overspread as some of this will ooze out later on.
  • Starting from one end, gently roll the pastry in on itself until you reach the end.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the roll in sawing motions. Leave about 3cm thickness for each piece.
  • Carefully transfer the pieces on their sides into an air fryer.
  • Cook them at 200°C for 12 minutes. To prevent them from being soggy at the bottom, you may choose to prop them up using a wire rack.
  • Plate them and drizzle a touch of lemon juice over for extra zest.

Recipe in pictures

Mixing in butter, cinnamon, and sugar

Step 1: Mix in the softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon powder in a bowl. Put this filling aside for now.

Step 2: Roll out the pastry sheet until thin enough.

Spreading cinnamon filling

Step 3: Spread your filling evenly across the sheet. Be careful not to overspread as some of this will ooze out later on.

Rolling the pastry sheet

Step 4: Starting from one end, gently roll the pastry in on itself until you reach the end.

Step 5: Using a serrated knife, cut the roll in sawing motions. Leave about 3cm thickness for each piece.

Step 6: Carefully transfer the buns on their sides into an air fryer.

Step 7: Cook them at 200°C for 12 minutes. To prevent them from being soggy at the bottom, you may choose to prop them up using a wire rack.

A top down shot of cinnabons

Step 8: Plate the buns and drizzle a touch of lemon juice over for extra zest.

A close up of a cinnabon

If you’d like icing to go with, you can quickly whip something up with a tablespoon of milk, a cup of icing sugar, and a little bit of lemon juice. Mix them all together and drizzle over. Otherwise, I find that a drizzle of fresh lemon juice over the buns is sufficient in lifting the whole dish with a refreshing zing.

Be sure to keep the puff pastry cold for as long as you work with it before popping it into the air fryer, lest it doesn’t rise while baking.

While Cinnabon might not be stepping foot into Singapore any time soon, you no longer have to impatiently stress about that because you can make your own right at home now and at only a fraction of the price.

Expected damage: S$3 – S$4 per portion


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