Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls and all their warm, ooey, gooey greatness? Combine them with a hot cup of coffee or tea and it’s just about the greatest combo ever.
They are just an amazing comfort food. If you’ve had a delicious cinnamon roll while out and about, possibly the best cinnamon roll you’ve ever had, so much so that you have leftovers because maybe you got an extra one, you want to figure out how to reheat your cinnamon roll. Or maybe you’re one of those folks that loves to eat the outside of the cinnamon roll and keep the cinnamony-center for later.
The trouble is, not all methods for reheating leftover cinnamon rolls are equal, and the last thing you want to do is ruin that delicious treat by reheating it incorrectly.
Let’s talk about the different methods for reheating cinnamon rolls.
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Can You Reheat Cinnamon Rolls?
Obviously, you can reheat cinnamon rolls. Any food that has been refrigerated or frozen technically can be reheated. The key is figuring out which method is best, so your specific food tastes as good as it did the first time you ate it, or at least close.
In some cases, using the wrong method can leave your food inedible. I pity anyone who does this to a cinnamon roll. There’s nothing worse than setting yourself up for a great cinnamon roll only to be disappointed.
Different foods call for different methods. Foods that are fried or breaded typically reheat better in an oven or an air fryer. Foods that are baked or grilled often do better when reheating in an oven or on the grill.
With cinnamon rolls, it seems the best method will likely be either an oven or a toaster oven, which lets you retain its crispy outside and moist inside. The last thing we want is a rubbery cinnamon roll.
Should You Reheat Cinnamon Rolls?
Now that we’ve discussed whether you can reheat, cinnamon rolls, we have to address safety and foodborne illnesses.
We’re talking about a bread product here, so we’re probably in the clear. But it’s always a good idea to do your own research to make sure that you practice safe handling when it comes to reheating leftovers.
The USDA website on reheating leftovers is a great place to start.
How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in the Oven
Reheating cinnamon rolls in an oven is easy and likely the tastiest way to get this done. To reheat cinnamon rolls in the oven, follow these instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put your cinnamon rolls in a baking dish and sprinkle a small amount of water over the top of each cinnamon roll along with a bit of butter.
- Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Place your baking dish in the oven for 10-15 minutes. After 10 minutes pull your cinnamon rolls out and stick a knife in the center. When you pull your knife out, check the temperature of the knife. If it’s warm, your cinnamon rolls are probably ready.
- If the knife is not warm, leave cinnamon rolls in the oven for a few more minutes.
- Once you pull the cinnamon rolls out of the oven, allow them to cool off a bit then add your frosting if they are not already frosted.
How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in the Microwave
Two separate approaches to reheating cinnamon rolls in the microwave exist – one with frosting and one without.
- To reheat already frosted cinnamon rolls, put your cinnamon rolls on a microwave-safe plate and place a small amount of butter on each one.
- The frosting will act as a moisture protector over your cinnamon rolls.
- Keep the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for 30 seconds. Allow them to cool a bit and enjoy.
- To reheat cinnamon rolls that don’t have frosting on them, put your cinnamon rolls on a microwave-safe plate, and place a small amount of butter on each one.
- Drape a damp paper towel over the rolls, which will act as a rehydrator of sorts.
- Again, heat the cinnamon rolls for about 30 seconds.
- Remove the cinnamon rolls from the microwave and allow them to cool a bit.
- Frost and enjoy.
How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in an Air Fryer
People today love their air fryers. Reheating cinnamon rolls in an air fryer can be much faster than trying to do it in an oven. However, you do run the risk of drying out your cinnamon rolls.
Follow these steps to reheat cinnamon rolls using an air fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put your cinnamon rolls in an air fryer-safe baking dish and sprinkle the tops of your cinnamon rolls with a little bit of water and a small pat of butter. Cover your dish with foil.
- Place your dish in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes, using the same knife trick you use when reheating them in an oven.
- Allow your cinnamon rolls to cool a bit.
- Frost them and enjoy.
How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls on a Grill
You might be wondering, in what world would you be reheating cinnamon rolls on a grill? One word…camping! Cinnamon rolls are a great treat to share around the campfire with a cup of coffee to start your day.
In any event, it is possible and simple to reheat cinnamon rolls on the grill. Follow these instructions:
- Heat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sprinkle the tops of your cinnamon rolls with water and add a bit of butter.
- Wrap each cinnamon roll individually in aluminum foil and place them directly on the grill, away from open flame, and allow to heat for about 10 minutes.
- Check the temperature of each roll with your knife.
- When they’re done, allow to cool a bit and frost.
How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in a Toaster Oven
For anyone who’s ever used a toaster oven, this appliance can be a lifesaver in a pinch.
You will likely get the same results from the toaster oven as you would with the oven. The only thing to remember is that your toaster oven won’t be able to hold as many cinnamon rolls as a conventional oven would.
So, if you only have one or two cinnamon rolls to reheat, this may be your best method. Use these steps to reheat cinnamon rolls in a toaster oven:
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sprinkle the tops of your cinnamon rolls with a bit of water and a small pat of butter.
- Wrap each roll individually in foil and place in the toaster oven for 10 minutes.
- Allow them to cool a bit, add your frosting, and enjoy.
How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls in a Pan on the Stove
The stovetop can also be an effective way to reheat your cinnamon rolls. For the best results, follow these instructions:
- Bring a large skillet that has a lid to medium heat. Add a quarter cup of butter to the bottom of your pan and allow it to melt.
- Place each cinnamon roll individually into the skillet. Don’t worry about creating space between the rolls.
- Simmer the cinnamon rolls in the butter for 2 to 3 minutes then turn off the heat and put the lid on your skillet.
- Check your cinnamon rolls after about 5 minutes by inserting a knife into one of your rolls and checking to see if the knife is warm.
- Add your frosting and enjoy.
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls Is Using the Oven
The best method for reheating cinnamon rolls has to be the oven. Hands-down. A close second is the air fryer, but be very careful!
The oven allows you to maintain moisture on the inside and a crispy freshness on the outside without the risk of drying them out like the air fryer.
Have you reheated cinnamon rolls? What method did you use? What worked and what didn’t? Let me know in the comments below.