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How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls can be just as soft and gooey when reheated with the proper method. We'll teach you how to do it in this post!

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Nothing beats the smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven! As good as they are to eat fresh, they can also be enjoyed later when reheated properly. Continue reading to learn the three best ways to reheat cinnamon rolls to enjoy these delicious pastries the next day.

A wooden spoon lifting a cinnamon roll from a cast-iron pan.

Most cinnamon roll recipes make 6+ rolls per batch. If you don’t have a big family or a large appetite then you’ll probably be saving some for later. But can you reheat cinnamon rolls and still get that soft and gooey texture on the inside? You sure can! And we’ll teach you how.

We’ll go over how to reheat cinnamon rolls in the oven, microwave, and air fryer. Whether you have homemade cinnamon rolls, or a premade version such as Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, we’ll let you know the best way for each reheating method to get soft, delicious cinnamon rolls.

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Facts and Common Questions

First, let’s go over some basics.

How do you make cinnamon rolls soft again?

To help make cinnamon rolls soft again when reheating in the microwave, add a damp paper towel when reheating. This will produce excess moisture in the microwave to soften the rolls. When reheating in the oven without frosting, add a bit of butter to the top of the roll so that melted butter falls throughout the roll and softens it.

 

How do you reheat Cinnabon?

Cinnabon has some absolutely amazing cinnamon buns! They’re so big so you may have to save some for later and reheat them. To do so, you can follow one of our methods below to reheat cinnamon rolls.

 

Should cinnamon rolls be refrigerated with the frosting?

Fresh cinnamon rolls can certainly be refrigerated with or without the frosting on top. If your cinnamon rolls have the frosting on top there are some methods to keep the frosting yummy when you reheat them. However, if possible, it’s ideal to store cinnamon rolls and frosting separately and add the frosting on top of the reheated rolls.

 

How long do cooked cinnamon rolls last in the fridge?

Cinnamon rolls can keep for up to a week in the fridge. There are a few different methods to store them. We recommend storing them in an airtight container, plastic bag, or in the pan you baked them in with plastic wrap of aluminum foil on top. This is to ensure excess air doesn’t dry them out.

 

Can you freeze cinnamon rolls?

Cinnamon rolls will keep for up to 3 months sealed in the freezer. If you’re planning to freeze cinnamon rolls, we recommend the rolls be stored without frosting for best results. This is because the frosting will likely separate when reheated if it was frozen. When ready to eat, let the rolls thaw overnight in the fridge the night before and then reheat using one of the methods above.

Make fresh cream cheese frosting for the frozen cinnamon rolls using our protein cinnamon roll recipe! Keep the frosting at room temperature and spread on top of the rolls after they’ve been heated.

Overhead view of cinnamon rolls in a skillet.

 

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in Oven

Reheating leftover cinnamon rolls with the oven method is the best option if you stored them in the same pan you baked them in because it’ll be easy to put the pan back in the oven. It’s also the best method if you want to heat three or more cinnamon rolls at once.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, place the cinnamon rolls on a baking tray, baking sheet, or pan inside with aluminum foil on top and reheat for 6-8 minutes.

The aluminum foil is optional, but it can help the frosting from drying out. If the frosting is butter based, the frosting will melt when reheated so it should be removed before reheating. If the frosting is a glaze with powdered sugar or cream cheese based then it should heat up just fine.

 

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in Microwave

Reheating cinnamon rolls in the microwave is a nice option if you’re looking for a quick method and are heating one at a time. The key to reheating in the microwave is to not overcook! If you cook in the microwave for too long, the rolls can become hard.

Pro tip: If you want to make sure the rolls don’t dry out, you can place a damp paper towel in the microwave with them. This will help prevent potentially ending up with hard cinnamon rolls.

To reheat, microwave on a microwave-safe plate for 45 seconds and check if you have a warm cinnamon roll. If it’s not, microwave for 15-second intervals until it’s hot.

Then, carefully mix the frosting with your fork on top to recombine if the frosting separates.

 

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

Reheating cinnamon rolls in the air fryer is a great option if you want a quick method but don’t want to use the microwave.

It’s simple: Just preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees. Place the cinnamon rolls in the air fryer basket and heat for 3-5 minutes.

Picking up a piece of cinnamon roll with a fork.

Conclusion

As you can see, cinnamon rolls can be reheated to be just as good as when they were first baked. We just recommend storing them without the frosting for optimal reheating. So go ahead and make a big batch of gooey cinnamon rolls and enjoy then throughout the week!

 

A wooden spoon lifting a cinnamon roll from a cast-iron pan.

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

Servings: 1
Total Time: 5 minutes
Cinnamon rolls can be just as soft and gooey when reheated with the proper method. We'll teach you how to do it in this post!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon roll, cinnamon rolls
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 premade cinnamon roll

Instructions

Microwave Method

  • Heat on a microwave safe plate for 45 seconds. Optional: Place a damp paper towel in the microwave to help keep roll soft.
  • Check temperature and continue to reheat in 15 second intervals until cinnamon roll is hot.

Oven Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Then, place the cinnamon rolls on a baking tray, baking sheet, or pan inside with aluminum foil on top and reheat for 6-8 minutes.

Air Fryer Method

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Place the cinnamon rolls in the air fryer basket and reheat for 3-5 minutes.
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