Best answer: How do you cook frozen cinnabons?

Are you a fan of Cinnabon and find yourself with frozen rolls on your hands? Don’t worry! Cooking frozen Cinnabons at home is simple, and it can save you a trip to the store. In this article, we will guide you step by step through the process of cooking frozen Cinnabons. We’ll cover preparation, cooking methods, serving suggestions, and troubleshooting tips.


Before beginning to cook your frozen Cinnabons, gather the necessary ingredients and equipment. You’ll need baking sheets, oven mitts, microwave-safe containers or air fryer baskets, water or other liquids (if using microwave method), Cinnabon frosting (optional), and coffee or tea to serve alongside your finished product.

It’s essential to take the frozen Cinnabons out of the freezer and allow them to thaw before cooking them. You can either let them sit in your refrigerator overnight or keep them at room temperature for two hours before baking them.

Cooking Methods

Method 1: Oven-Baked

Oven-baking is undoubtedly the easiest way to cook frozen Cinnabons. Follow these simple steps:

  • Preheat your oven at 350°F.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or greasing it with butter.
  • Place the Cinnabons onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown on top.
  • Check on their progress periodically by peeking into the oven door.

Once they are ready, remove the baking sheet from the oven carefully using oven mitts. Let them cool down before applying frosting.

Method 2: Microwave

If you’re short on time and want a quick fix for your cinnamon roll craving, microwaving is an option for you. Follow these easy steps:

  • Place a single cinnabon in a microwave-safe container.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of water or other liquid.
  • Microwave for about 30 seconds on high power.
  • Pause the microwave every ten seconds to avoid overcooking and check if they are heated evenly.

For more than one Cinnabon, you’ll want to use a larger container and increase the microwaving time. To prevent them from getting too hot, consider halting the process halfway through to check on their status. Once your frozen Cinnabons are finished cooking, allow them to rest for at least a minute before applying frosting.

Method 3: Air Fryer

If you own an air fryer and love using it for everything, it can be your go-to method for cooking frozen Cinnabons:

  • Preheat the air fryer according to its instructions.
  • Place each Cinnabon in an air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 350°F for about five minutes until golden brown.
  • Check on them periodically to ensure even cooking.

Once cooked, remove from the air fryer using oven mitts and let cool down before applying frosting.

Serving Suggestions

Cinnamon rolls wouldn’t be complete without frosting! If you’re looking for a classic option similar to that of Cinnabon itself, preparing their cream cheese frosting recipe is easy:

-Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Ingredients: 8 oz softened cream cheese 1/2 cup unsalted room temperature butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons whole milk (or heavy cream)


  1. In a stand mixer or bowl with hand-held mixer whip softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy
  2. Add vanilla extract, then gradually add sifted powdered sugar in batches of about one cup at a time while mixing on low speed
  3. As needed add milk (or heavy cream) one tablespoon at a time while continuing to mix
  4. Use frosting immediately and store any leftovers in an airtight container.

To serve, spread the frosting over your finished Cinnabons and enjoy with your favourite cup of coffee or tea.

Troubleshooting Tips

While cooking frozen Cinnabons is relatively easy, issues can arise. Here are some common troubleshooting tips to remedy:

Issue 1: Overcooking / Burning

If you’ve cooked your cinnamon rolls for too long resulting in burnt edges or bottoms then unfortunately they will need to be thrown away and the process started again with new ones.

Issue 2: Undercooking / Doughy Texture

The easiest solution to overcome this issue would be returning them back onto the tray/air fryer basket that they were cooked on and adding around 3-4 additional minutes of cook time before checking again every minute until desired texture is achieved

Issue 3: Uneven Cooking

When cooking multiple cinnabons at once (especially when using the air fryer) they don’t always cook evenly – rotat each one halfway through cook time so it’s exposed to heat equal on all sides or if microwave method is used considering flipping them over around halfway point.

Issue 4: Sticking to Baking Sheet or Container

Ensure that the surface being used under or surrounding containers/baskets etc. is greased with butter, oil, baking spray as appropriate prior to placing items down as well as ensuring they have fully cooled prior to removal.


Cooking frozen Cinnabons at home is a fantastic way to enjoy these tasty treats whenever you want! With our simple preparation techniques, cooking methods, serving suggestions, and troubleshooting tips, it won’t take long before you’re enjoying a delicious cinnamon roll straight from your oven/microwave/air fryer without having to fight traffic crowds at your nearest bakery location again!


  1. Q: Can I cook frozen Cinnabons in the microwave? A: Yes, you can cook frozen Cinnabons in the microwave using the defrost setting for about 30 seconds, followed by heating them on high for 10-15 seconds. However, baking them in the oven will give you a crispier texture and more uniform heating.
  2. Q: How long do I need to bake frozen Cinnabons in the oven? A: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake your frozen Cinnabons for around 25-30 minutes until they are golden brown and heated through. Keep an eye on them towards the end of cooking time to make sure they don’t burn or overcook.
  3. Q: Should I let my frozen Cinnabons thaw before cooking them? A: No, it’s not necessary to let your frozen Cinnabons thaw before cooking them, but it may help reduce cooking time if you let them sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes beforehand. Thawing completely may cause your pastry to become soggy or lose its form during baking.
  4. Q: Can I freeze leftover cooked Cinnabons? A: Yes, you can freeze leftover cooked Cinnabons, but they won’t be as fresh since reheating may dry out the pastry slightly. Wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Microwave on defrost for about 30 seconds, then heat on high power for another 10-15 seconds until warm throughout.

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