Easy Air Fryer Cinnamon Roll Bites With Canned Biscuits

If you love cinnamon and sugar flavor, then you’re going to enjoy these easy air fryer cinnamon roll bites with canned biscuits! Starting with a can of dough cuts down on prep time, so you can enjoy crispy, sweet, and delicious little bites in way less time.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Just 4 ingredients (well, aside from any dipping sauce you’d like) and cooking time of under 10 minutes is all that’s needed for this recipe!

Canned biscuits are coated in butter, cinnamon, and sugar, for sweet, poppable bites. The air fryer does a great job of getting them lightly crisp on the outside, while staying soft inside.

I think they’re absolutely delicious on their own, but you could also dip them in frosting if you’d like. These little bites are great for entertaining, and the cinnamon flavors make them perfect for fall and winter!

holding up an air fryer cinnamon roll bite with vanilla icing

Try them at your football party, Thanksgiving, or even as an appetizer or snack around the holidays. They’re kid and adult friendly, and sure to be a hit!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make air fryer cinnamon roll bites with canned biscuits
  • 16-ounce can refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury)
  • Β½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • ΒΌ cup salted butter, melted

Ingredient Tips & Substitutions

  • You can use any flavor of refrigerated biscuits you like (and the size of the can will vary from 16-20 ounces depending on flavor). I have butter flavor, but buttermilk, honey butter, and Hawaiian are all great too. You can also substitute canned cinnamon rolls instead, which come with icing for dipping!
  • If you only have unsalted butter, just add a pinch of salt for flavor
  • The granulated sugar may be swapped for brown sugar if preferred
  • Feel free to adjust the cinnamon to taste. I find that 1 tsp is plenty for me, but you can go as high as 1 Tablespoon if you want really bold cinnamon flavor
  • Dipping sauce choices include vanilla frosting, cream cheese frosting, caramel sauce, or vanilla glaze

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350Β°F and mix the cinnamon and sugar together to evenly combine
  2. Open your can of biscuits, separate the biscuits, then cut each one into quarters (or sixths if they’re really large). Roll into balls if desired for a more uniform look
open canned biscuits and roll them into balls
  1. Place the biscuit bites into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving air space in between for expansion (feel free to use perforated parchment paper for easier cleanup)
place biscuit dough bites in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 5-6 minutes at 350Β°F, pausing halfway through to flip the bites (tongs or chopsticks work well for this), until they are golden brown and cooked through. Very large bites may take 1-2 minutes longer or need an additional flip to evenly brown
  2. Roll the cooked bites in the melted butter, then in the sugar and cinnamon mixture (You can do this individually, or use a zippered bag or mixing bowl to toss them all at once)
roll cooked bites in cinnamon, sugar, and melted butter mixture
  1. Serve with icing for dipping, if desired (but they’re delicious on their own)!
overhead view of air fryer cinnamon roll bites made with canned biscuits

What to Serve With Cinnamon Roll Bites

For Breakfast

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Hash browns
  • Fresh fruit

Try some Air Fryer Hash Browns and Eggs for the perfect breakfast pairing!

Entrees

  • Chili
  • Pizza rolls
  • Loaded baked potato
  • Hearty salad (such as Cobb)
  • Hot appetizers

My Air Fryer Chili, Air Fryer Totino’s Pizza Rolls, Air Fryer DiGiorno Pizza Bites, Air Fryer Baked Potato in Foil, and Potato Skins in the Air Fryer are some great choices!

Toppings & Dips

  • Ice cream
  • Frosting (cream cheese or vanilla)
  • Caramel sauce
  • Icing (vanilla, cream cheese, or orange)
  • Whipped cream
  • Maple syrup or honey

Drinks

  • Milk
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Mulled wine
  • Mimosas
  • Bourbon based cocktails
  • Eggnog

Try my Salted Caramel Whiskey Hot Chocolate, Microwave Mulled Wine, Apple Pie Mimosa, or a Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned for some great pairings!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Any Brand of Canned Biscuits for This Recipe?

Yes, you can use any brand of refrigerated canned biscuits for the air fryer cinnamon roll bites.

You may need to cut yours into more pieces or adjust the cooking time slightly, as different brands will be slightly different sizes.

How Long Should I Cook the Cinnamon Roll Bites in the Air Fryer?

Cook the cinnamon roll bites in the air fryer for approximately 5-7 minutes or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

The time will vary slightly based on your specific air fryer, as well as the brand of biscuit dough and exact size of your bites.

Should I Preheat the Air Fryer Before Cooking the Cinnamon Roll Bites?

Yes, it’s recommended to preheat the air fryer to ensure even cooking of the cinnamon roll bites.

This helps to avoid cold spots forming, ensuring more even cooking. However, you can add 1-2 minutes to cooking time and an additional basket shake if preferred.

Can I Glaze the Cinnamon Roll Bites After Cooking Them?

Absolutely! You can prepare a simple glaze using powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, then drizzle it over the cooked cinnamon roll bites.

Feel free to use store bought glaze as well, or frosting, for a pre-made alternative.

How Should I Store Any Leftover Cinnamon Roll Bites?

Store any leftover cinnamon roll bites in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a few days.

If you’d like to reheat them, air fry for 1-2 minutes to reheat and re-crisp them (but watch closely so you don’t burn the sugar).

Can I Freeze the Unbaked Cinnamon Roll Bites for Later Use?

Yes, you can freeze the unbaked cinnamon roll bites. Arrange them on a baking sheet, freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag for up to a month.

You can also freeze them after cooking. Just defrost and warm up before serving.

How Can I Prevent the Cinnamon Roll Bites from Sticking to the Air Fryer Basket?

Lightly greasing the air fryer basket or lining it with parchment paper can help prevent sticking.

Just make sure not to add parchment by itself (such as during preheating). Only add it when there is food on top of it.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Especially if using a β€œlayers” variety of biscuits, these bites can split apart if you’re too rough on them. Use tongs or similar to turn them gently, and use a large spatula or your hands to toss them in sugar. Avoid aggressive shaking, as this will break them up (but if that does happen, they’re still delicious!)
  • I made this recipe in my 8-qt Ninja air fryer. You may need to cook in batches if you have a smaller air fryer to prevent overcrowding. My bites were perfect after 6 minutes total, but your time will vary slightly based on your air fryer, and brand and size of biscuits. If you don’t preheat (we’re all guilty of that sometimes), add an extra 2-3 minutes and an additional flip during cooking to compensate!
closeup of air fryer cinnamon roll bites stacked up on a black plate

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftover cinnamon roll bites in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or refrigerate for up to 1 week. You may also individually freeze on a sheet tray, transfer to a bag, and store for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, if desired, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 325Β°F, or until warmed through. Watch them carefully to ensure the sugar doesn’t burn

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Final Thoughts

These air fryer cinnamon roll bites are perfectly poppable, great for parties, and a fall favorite with warm flavors!

I love to offer them for dessert as part of my game day spread, but they’re also great for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving snacks, and entertaining throughout the holidays!

That’s mostly thanks to using canned biscuits as a base, so there’s very little prep time needed. Just cook, toss, and serve, and it only takes about 10 minutes overall.

Serve with your favorite frosting for dipping, a nice glaze or caramel, or just enjoy them on their own. They’re easy to eat (so much so I snag one every time I walk by) and even easier to enjoy!

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Roll Bites With Canned Biscuits

These air fryer cinnamon roll bites with canned biscuits are so easy to throw together with just 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes. They’re a great dessert or snack for fall and winter entertaining!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 8
Calories 267 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 Ounce can refrigerated biscuit dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • Β½ Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • ΒΌ Cup salted butter (melted)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350Β°F and mix the cinnamon and sugar together to evenly combine
    Β½ Cup granulated sugar, 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Open your can of biscuits, separate the biscuits, then cut each one into quarters (or sixths if they’re really large; halve if they're very small). Roll into balls if desired for a more uniform look (optional)
    16 Ounce can refrigerated biscuit dough
  • Place the biscuit bites into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving air space in between for expansion (feel free to line your basket or rack with perforated parchment paper for easier cleanup)
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 5-6 minutes at 350Β°F, pausing halfway through to flip the bites, until they are golden brown and cooked through. Very large bites may take 1-2 minutes longer or need an additional flip to evenly brown
  • Roll the cooked bites in the melted butter, then in the sugar and cinnamon mixture (You can do this individually, or use a zippered bag or mixing bowl to toss them all at once)
    ΒΌ Cup salted butter
  • Serve with icing for dipping, if desired (but they’re delicious on their own)!

Notes

  • You can use any flavor of refrigerated biscuits you like (and the size of the can will vary from 16-20 ounces depending on flavor). I have butter flavor, but buttermilk, honey butter, and Hawaiian are all great too. You can also substitute canned cinnamon rolls instead, which come with icing for dipping!
  • If you only have unsalted butter, just add a pinch of salt for flavor
  • The granulated sugar may be swapped for brown sugar if preferred
  • Feel free to adjust the cinnamon to taste. I find that 1 tsp is plenty for me, but you can go as high as 1 Tablespoon if you want really bold cinnamon flavor
  • Optional dipping sauce choices include vanilla frosting, cream cheese frosting, caramel sauce, or vanilla glaze
  • Especially if using a β€œlayers” variety of biscuits, these bites can split apart if you’re too rough on them. Use tongs or similar to turn them gently, and use a large spatula or your hands to toss them in sugar. Avoid aggressive shaking, as this will break them up (but if that does happen, they’re still delicious!)
  • I made this recipe in my 8-qt Ninja air fryer. You may need to cook in batches if you have a smaller air fryer to prevent overcrowding. My bites were perfect after 6 minutes total, but your time will vary slightly based on your air fryer, and brand and size of biscuits. If you don’t preheat (we’re all guilty of that sometimes), add an extra 2-3 minutes and an additional flip during cooking to compensate!
  • Store leftover cinnamon roll bites in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or refrigerate for up to 1 week. You may also individually freeze on a sheet tray, transfer to a bag, and store for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, if desired, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 325Β°F, or until warmed through. Watch them carefully to ensure the sugar doesn’t burn
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand, flavor, and size of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 77gCalories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 3.6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 650mgPotassium: 6.1mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 160IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1.4mg
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