What are the Best Ways to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls?

Let's be honest. How many times is it you've purchased a few dozen of these things and attempted to reheat them in some fashion, only to find yourself frustrated at the result? Our guess is too many times.


This guide will rescue your remaining batches of cinnamon rolls from the garbage disposal and provide you with a fool-proof way to reheat them by oven or microwave so that they're not gooey, dried out, or hard as a rock. The texture comes out perfect whenever you apply the method in this guide.


Why Cinnamon Rolls Go Stale?


There are a lot of factors that contribute to the staleness of breakfast items, but it can usually be tied to one of two things:


The presence of too much yeast, causes the rolls to rise too quickly and become too soft. Another reason is the roll was not adequately wrapped, which caused the rolls to dry out.


For the yeast factor it's a bit unavoidable for homemade cinnamon rolls because most recipes call for a lot of yeast. After all, it makes for a nice, fluffy texture.


With regards to the second factor, the way you store your leftovers is critical. Did your cinnamon rolls come in a paper bag or a plastic bag? Did you seal the bag and put it into the fridge? How long have they been sitting there?


The texture of your cinnamon rolls can be a bit of a crapshoot. Some nights you might pull out a gooey, delicious batch and other nights, you might pull out a rock-solid brick that you have to break apart with your hands to actually eat.


The common denominator is that most of these problems come from bad storage and reheating.


How Safe is It to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls?


The good news is that reheating your cinnamon rolls is safe. You have to know the correct method for reheating them. If you just stick them in the oven or microwave like normal, you might as well just toss them in the trash.


How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls the Right Way


One of the easiest ways to do this is through the oven.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Prepare a baking tray and line it with parchment paper.

  • Wrap each cinnamon roll with aluminum foil. Doing this will prevent the moisture from escaping and the tops from burning.

  • Once all cinnamon rolls are wrapped up, pour a tablespoon of water over them to retain the moisture while it’s being heated up.

  • Place the baking tray in the center of the oven and let them warm up for 10-15 minutes.


Another way to reheat cinnamon rolls is through the air fryer.


  • Place a piece of the baking sheet under the cinnamon roll before you place it inside the air fryer.

  • Pour a tablespoon of water over the top of the roll.

  • Turn it to 350 degrees F and let it cook for around five minutes.


Reheat Successfully


There you have it! The next time you have some leftover cinnamon rolls, heat them up with this fool-proof method and you'll have a fresh batch that tastes as good as if you just made them.


Get the best cinnamon rolls in Centennial, CO at Ana’s Norwegian Bakeri. We are a bakery that specializes in Norwegian pastries and baked goods.


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