Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Buns

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You guys are going to love these amazing air fryer apple cinnamon buns. They are like a little apple pie rolled up and baked in the air fryer. 

I am not sure it gets any better than that, but then you whip up some icing for the cinnamon buns and drizzle it right over top and then your taste buds are in heaven. These are great for breakfast or a simple dessert after dinner. 

Ingredients and Supplies Needed for Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Buns:


  • Self-rising flour
  • Milk
  • Butter, melted
  • Flour (for the counter surface)
  • Apple (I used Gala but you can use your favorite)
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar


  • Air fryer
  • Rolling pin (ones like THESE work great to keep the dough even when rolled)
  • Sharp knife
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon

One of the nice things about this recipe is that you can make these delicious cinnamon buns right in your air fryer like the Cosori 5.8QT air fryer. The Cosori works great and heats everything through evenly to create a wonderful crunch on the outside and a tender sweet inside. 

Types of Apples to Use For Baking

When I know that I am going to be making something with apples in them I try to make sure to get some Granny Smith apples to use. They hold up great and have a lot of flavor and aren’t too sweet. 

Betty Crocker also has a great list of apples that you can look at to see other great apple choices to use for the cinnamon buns.  


Is Self-Rising Flour Necessary?

In order for the cinnamon buns to turn out right you will need to use self-rising flour or make your own. You can make self-rising flour by adding 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 cup of flour together and mixing up. 

Or if you want to avoid using self-rising flour you can always use Pillsbury crescent roll dough instead and then you will just need the ingredients for the apple filling. 


How to Make Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Buns:

Step 1: Make the Dough

Start by mixing together the self-rising flour and milk together in a large mixing bowl until it starts to come together. 

Then add in the melted butter and mix it together until it is well combined with a wooden spoon and then use your hands if it is necessary to finish mixing it together. 

The dough should be smooth almost like playdough. If it continues to be extra sticky, add a little bit of flour at a time until it becomes soft and smooth.   


Step 2: Prepare the Apples

Peel and cut up the apples, dicing them up into small bite-sized pieces. 

Then place the apples in a bowl with the brown sugar and cinnamon, mixing it all together until the apples are completely covered in the sugar and spices. 


Step 3: Roll Out the Dough

Now, lightly flour your surface and turn the dough out onto the floured area. Then use a rolling pin and roll the dough out into a rectangle shape until the dough is about ⅛ – ¼ inch thick. 

The dough should be about 12 inches by 8 inches.   


Step 4: Add the Filling

After the dough is completely rolled out, spread the softened butter across the dough as best you can. 

Then sprinkle the seasoned apples on top of the butter to create the filling for the cinnamon buns. 

Be sure to leave about ½ inch to 1 inch along the sides without butter and apples otherwise, it will spill out easily. 


Step 5: Preheat the Air Fryer

Before you use the air fryer, preheat it for about 5 minutes at 350F or 176C. 


Step 6: Roll up the Dough

Next, carefully begin to roll the dough up, using the long side, trying to keep it tight together. 

Once you get it all the way rolled, try and seal the end by pinching it into the dough it is touching.  


Step 7: Cut the Buns

After the dough is all rolled up, use a very sharp knife to cut the log into 6-9 even rolls depending on how thick you like the cinnamon buns to be. 


Step 8: Bake the Buns

Once you have all of the buns ready, place them carefully into the preheated basket and place them in the air fryer at 350F or 176C for 9-12 minutes or until they begin to slightly brown and cooked through. 


Step 9: Make the Icing

While the buns are baking, mix together the milk and powdered sugar together in a small mixing bowl until the icing is nice and smooth. 

Then drizzle the icing over the top of the rolls when they are done baking, and then serve and enjoy. 


More Desserts in the Air Fryer

Time to use your air fryer more for than just dinner. I have some great desserts you need to try in the air fryer.

Final Thoughts

I always thought making any form of cinnamon rolls or buns would take over an hour to make. But, no longer! With this apple cinnamon buns recipe, you can make these from start to finish in under 45 minutes. 

Not to mention they are absolutely to die for! A perfect easy breakfast or dessert to make up.  


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Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Buns

Think cinnamon rolls, and then make them better by adding in deliciously seasoned chopped apples and you have these amazing air fryer apple cinnamon buns. 
5 / 5 ( 2 Reviews )
Print Rate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Serves: 3
Adjust Servings: 3



Dough (Or Can Use Pillsbury Crescent Dough)

  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 5 tablespoons milk or 1/4 c + 1 tbsp
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • flour for the surface, and add more to the dough as needed

Apple Filling



  • Make the dough. Mix together the self-rising flour and milk until dough is just starting to come together. Add the melted butter and mix until combined. May need to use hands to finishing mixing. Dough should be soft and smooth, like playdough. If it is sticky, add flour until it becomes soft and smooth.
  • Peel the apple and dice it into smaller than bite-sized pieces.
  • In a bowl combine, the brown sugar, cinnamon, and apples.
  • Lightly flour your working surface. Roll dough into rectangle shape, between 1/8- and 1/4-inch thick, about 12 inches by 8 inches.
  • Spread 2 tbsp of softened butter onto the dough. Then spread the apple, brown sugar, and cinnamon mixture over the dough, leaving some space on the long edges.
  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Roll dough up tightly, starting with long edge. Lightly pinch edge to seal.
  • Cut the dough into 6-9 rolls depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls to be.
  • Place in the air fryer and cook at 350 °F for 9-12 minutes, or until dough is golden and cooked through.
  • Mix together the milk and powdered sugar in a small bowl to make the icing. Once the rolls are done, remove from the air fryer basket, drizzle on icing and enjoy!


Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 174mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 63g

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Ingredients: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Milk, Powdered Sugar, Self-Rising Flour
Meal Type: Breakfast, Desserts, Christmas, Fall, Thanksgiving, Meatless
Categories: Breakfast, Cookies and Treats, Muffins and Quick Breads, Air Fryer

Comments & Reviews

  • This sounds so yummy!! I would love to try this recipe from scratch without using the Pilsbury crescent rolls, but I can’t seem to find the ingredient list with exact measurements for the dough. I only see the ingredient list for the apple cinnamon filling? Am I missing something here?

    • Hi Katrina, whoops. Sorry for the mix-up. The dough recipe should be listed now. Here it is again, just in case-

      1 cup self rising flour
      5 tablespoons milk (or 1/4 c + 1 tbsp)
      3 tablespoons butter melted
      flour for the surface, and add more to the dough as needed

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