Air Fryer Pillsbury Orange Rolls: 10 Minute Citrus Sweets

One of my favorite Christmas morning breakfasts as a kid were orange rolls. Imagine perfect warm cinnamon rolls smothered in orange icing. As an adult, now I just make Pillsbury orange rolls in the air fryer for a quick and convenient option that really satisfies my sweet cravings!

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What Are Orange Rolls?

Orange rolls are just a regular cinnamon roll, but instead of cream cheese or vanilla icing, an orange-flavored icing is used instead.

The burst of citrus flavor is a nice contrast to the sweet, sugary cinnamon roll dough!

You can certainly make them homemade, using your favorite cinnamon roll recipe and swapping in orange icing instead. If you’re short on time or just not good with yeasted doughs (like me), then starting with refrigerated is a great option.

Currently, Pillsbury is the only brand I know that offers an orange roll in the refrigerated section, but you never know when someone else may jump on the bandwagon!

holding up half of an iced pillsbury orange roll on a fork

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pillsbury orange rolls are a perfect sweet treat for breakfast, brunch, a snack, or even dessert! The orange flavor adds a festive touch that makes them perfect for Christmas.

Since they’re so quick to make, you’re not bogged down on Christmas morning, which is always a plus in my house! The air fryer cuts the cooking time down to about 7 minutes, plus a much shorter preheat when compared to the traditional oven.

So, leave the oven open for the turkey or goose (or whatever you’re making) and let the air fryer handle breakfast and brunch. You’ll still get the same lightly browned, crisp edges and warm, gooey centers you love!

For a frozen option, make sure to check out my Cinnabon Caramel Pecan Roll in the Air Fryer too!

Ingredients List

can of pillsbury orange rolls with frosting
  • 13.9 ounce can Pillsbury orange rolls (with Cinnabon cinnamon and orange icing)
  • Optional mix-ins, if desired

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • You’ll find Pillsbury orange rolls in the refrigerated section near cookie dough usually. This method should also work for other similar brands if you happen to find one
  • If you’d like to customize your rolls, you can unroll the dough and sprinkle around ¼ cup of add-ins such as dried cranberries, walnuts, or pecans in. Then, roll the dough back up, divide, and continue as normal!

Step By Step Directions

  1. Open the can of rolls by peeling back the label, then pushing down on the exposed seam with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Separate the dough log into individual rolls at the seams (mold them back into shape if needed), and set the included icing aside
separate the pillsbury orange rolls from the canister
  1. Spray your air fryer’s basket or rack with nonstick spray, or line with perforated parchment
  2. Place the cinnamon rolls into the air fryer in a single layer, allowing at least 1” air space between each one for expansion during cooking
place pillsbury orange rolls in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, until the exterior is brown and the interior is cooked through (a toothpick in the center should come out free of raw dough and temperature should be about 190°F). Check halfway during cooking, and flip the rolls over if the tops are getting too browned
  2. Remove from the air fryer and frost the cinnamon rolls with the reserved orange frosting. I usually use a butter knife, but a spatula or the back of a spoon works in a pinch
use the included icing on top of the air fryer orange rolls
  1. Serve warm!
overhead view of iced air fryer pillsbury orange rolls on a plate

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Recipe FAQs

Can I Cook Pillsbury Orange Rolls in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can absolutely cook Pillsbury Orange Rolls in the air fryer.

You get a similar texture to oven baking, with no preheat time and even 2-3 minutes less cooking time.

How Long Should I Cook the Pillsbury Orange Rolls in the Air Fryer?

Cook Pillsbury orange rolls for about 8 minutes at 350°F (175°C) or until golden brown.

Times may vary slightly based on your specific brand and size of air fryer.

Do I Need a Pan to Cook the Rolls?

No, you do not need a pan to cook the rolls in the air fryer.

Use nonstick spray to prevent sticking, or line the basket with perforated parchment or a perforated silicone baking mat, so as to not block air flow.

Can I Use Different Frosting or Glaze for the Pillsbury Orange Rolls?

Absolutely, you can use the provided orange glaze or try different frosting variations for a personalized touch.

Homemade orange frosting is generally quick to make, and can be a nice upgrade from the “fake” flavor of many store bought frostings.

How Do I Prevent the Rolls from Overcooking or Burning?

Keep an eye on the rolls during the last few minutes of cooking to avoid over-browning or burning.

You can always flip the rolls over to get a little browning on the bottom, which should slow the brown on the tops if they’re getting too dark.

Can I Add Extra Ingredients or Toppings to Enhance the Rolls?

Feel free to add chopped nuts, citrus zest, dried fruits, or additional spices to enhance the flavor of the rolls.

Simply unroll the packaged rolls into a sheet, add the extras, then re-roll the dough before separating into segments.

Can I Store the Leftover Cooked Rolls?

Yes, store any leftover cooked rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.

You may also refrigerate for up to one week for longer term storage.

Can I Freeze Uncooked Rolls for Future Use?

Yes, you can freeze the uncooked rolls. Place separated rolls on a tray in the freezer, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag once frozen.

It’s generally not advised to freeze in the tube itself, as it can expand and burst the tube open. However, you could always place it inside a zippered bag if you want to risk it.

Are There Different Ways to Serve the Pillsbury Orange Rolls?

Yes, you can serve the rolls as is or try incorporating them into other recipes like bread pudding or french toast.

Orange rolls go well with most breakfast or brunch fare, such as eggs, sausage, bacon, or home fries. Don’t forget the orange juice!

Recipe Pro Tips

  • I did not preheat my air fryer for this recipe, and my rolls were perfect after 8 minutes total cooking time in my Ninja air fryer (and I did not flip them). However, your time may vary slightly based on your specific air fryer. If you do preheat, drop the time to 5-6 minutes instead!
  • Sometimes, the cuts in the rolls get a little uneven. You can either cut them with a knife (ignoring the lines) or try to pat them into more uniform sizes. If some are thin and some are thick, they will cook in different amounts of time! Pick them up and check the bottom for doneness if you’re concerned (look for raw dough in the center as a telltale sign they need more time)
air fryer pillsbury orange rolls iced and cut in half on a plate

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftover orange rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or refrigerate for up to one week
  • To reheat a roll with icing in the air fryer, place it on a square of parchment or nonstick foil and air fry for 2 minutes at 325°F, or until warmed through. The icing will drip a little, hence the parchment under it!

More Recipes For Orange Lovers

Final Thoughts

Once you make some Pillsbury orange rolls in the air fryer, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner! They come out absolutely perfect, in far less time than the oven (and are a great alternative if you don’t have an oven).

Orange rolls are a nice change from the traditional cinnamon roll, offering a burst of citrus flavor in combination with the sweet cinnamon notes. They’re perfect for breakfast and brunch, and a classic for Christmas morning.

Don’t let that stop you, though, as you can enjoy these tasty rolls year round! Orange rolls are loved by kids and adults alike, making for a quick and easy option to please everyone.

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Pillsbury Orange Rolls Air Fryer Recipe

Pillsbury orange rolls cook up in under 10 minutes in your air fryer! They’re perfect for a quick and easy breakfast or brunch option without the need for an oven.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 160 kcal

Equipment

  • Nonstick spray or parchment paper
  • Butter knife (or similar)

Ingredients
  

  • 13.9 Ounce can Pillsbury orange rolls

Instructions
 

  • Open the can of rolls, separate the dough log into individual rolls at the seams (mold them back into shape if needed), and set the included icing aside
    13.9 Ounce can Pillsbury orange rolls
  • Spray your air fryer’s basket or rack with nonstick spray, or line with perforated parchment
  • Place the cinnamon rolls into the air fryer in a single layer, allowing about 1” air space between each one for expansion during cooking
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, until the exterior is brown and the interior is cooked through (a toothpick in the center should come out free of raw dough and temperature should be about 190°F). Check halfway during cooking, and flip the rolls over if the tops are getting too browned
  • Remove from the air fryer and frost the cinnamon rolls with the reserved orange frosting. I usually use a butter knife, but a spatula or the back of a spoon works in a pinch
  • Serve warm!

Notes

  • If you’d like to customize your rolls, you can unroll the dough and sprinkle around ¼ cup of add-ins such as dried cranberries, walnuts, or pecans in. Then, roll the dough back up, divide, and continue as normal!
  • I do not preheat my air fryer for this recipe. My orange rolls were perfect after 8 minutes total cooking time in my Ninja air fryer (and I did not flip them). However, your time may vary slightly based on your specific air fryer. If you do preheat, drop the time to 5-6 minutes to start instead!
  • Sometimes, the premade cuts in the rolls get a little uneven. You can either cut them with a knife (ignoring the lines) or try to pat them into more uniform sizes. If some are thin and some are thick, they will cook in different amounts of time! Pick them up and check the bottom for doneness if you’re concerned (look for raw dough in the center as a telltale sign they need more time)
  • Store leftover orange rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or refrigerate for up to one week
  • To reheat a roll with icing in the air fryer, place it on a square of parchment or nonstick foil and air fry for 2 minutes at 325°F, or until warmed through. The icing will drip a little, hence the parchment under it!
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on the size of each role and the amount of icing used on each one, as well as any additions or modifications, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 49gCalories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 340mgSugar: 10gIron: 1mg
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