The Best Ways To Reheat Cinnamon Rolls With Icing

Figuring out the best ways to reheat your cinnamon rolls with icing can be a game-changer. You might have noticed that your leftover cinnamon rolls are not as soft and fluffy as they used to be from the previous day.

Regardless of this, throwing them away should not be considered especially when there are ways to reheat and bring back their moisture. Now you might be thinking how can I reheat my cinnamon rolls with icing in the best possible ways?

There are several ways you can reheat your frosted cinnamon rolls, however, one of the best ways is to heat them in the oven for a maximum of 15 minutes at 350°F. This will help retain the taste and texture as well as prevent sogginess. Other ways like heating them in the microwave, air fryer, and stovetop can also do a good job.

Dry cinnamon rolls may be a result of keeping them in the refrigerator or leaving them out for a long time as this can drain out their moisture. Notwithstanding, reheating them always does the trick of restoring their moisture and gooeyness. 

The Best Ways To Reheat Cinnamon Rolls With Icing

Reheating cinnamon rolls with icing might seem tricky and tasking at the same time but it isn’t as hard as it appears. However, it is easy to heat up cinnamon rolls without messing up the icing. And this can be achieved using one of the several methods mentioned below;

1. Reheating in an oven

Reheating your cinnamon rolls in the oven is the best way, as it offers convenience and helps to retain the taste and texture of the cinnamon rolls. The oven is spacious enough to warm up a large number of cinnamon rolls at a time. 

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But keep in mind that it takes about 10-15 minutes for the oven to reheat cinnamon rolls which is a long time when compared to other methods.

Let’s take you through the steps to take when reheating cinnamon rolls in the oven;

  • The first necessary step is to preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  • Place cinnamon rolls in a baking tray, arrange and cover them with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Put the baking tray in the oven and heat it. You should be sure they are warm enough after about 10-15 minutes. But if you are heating frozen cinnamon rolls it could take 20-25 minutes.

2. Reheating with Microwave

The microwave has always been the fastest way to heat cinnamon rolls. It is best to cover the cinnamon rolls with a damp paper towel before putting them in the microwave to retain their moisture. Or you can heat the cinnamon rolls along with a glass of water for moisture.

On the other hand, using the microwave to reheat cinnamon rolls has its downsides, many have reported that the cinnamon loses its texture and that it gets dry if not eaten immediately. Also, the microwave is not spacious so it’s best to use it if you’re reheating a smaller amount of cinnamon rolls.

The following is how to reheat a cinnamon roll using a microwave;

  • Arrange cinnamon rolls in a microwave-safe container.
  • Place a dampened (not dripping) paper towel over the cinnamon roll.
  • Put cinnamon rolls in the microwave and heat for 20-30 seconds max.
  • Now you can bring out the cinnamon rolls from the microwave and let them rest at room temperature for 40-60 seconds before serving them.

3. Reheating in an air fryer

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Air frying is also a fast and effective way to reheat cinnamon rolls. Although it is not as quick as the microwave, it requires the same amount of work. It takes about 4-6 minutes at 350°F (180°C) for cinnamon rolls to reheat in an air fryer.

A parchment paper might also be required to create less mess.

How to reheat cinnamon rolls in an air fryer;

  • It’s best to preheat your air fryer at 350°F (180°C)
  • Spatter a tablespoon of water on each cinnamon roll.
  • Apply cooking oil to the bottom of the air fryer basket. 
  • Spread a sheet of parchment paper in the basket (optional).
  • Put your cinnamon rolls to heat in the air fryer.
  • Leave cinnamon rolls to warm up for about 4-6 minutes.

4. Using stovetop to reheat cinnamon rolls

The stovetop method also works for reheating cinnamon rolls. I’m quite sure you didn’t think of it but it does a great job at reheating cinnamon rolls with or without icing. But you must note that you can use this method only when you are not in haste as it can be a bit more time-consuming.

Here are a few steps to take when using this method;

  • Place a clean and dry pan over the medium-to-low flame and allow it to heat up for a few seconds.
  • Arrange your cinnamon rolls in the pan and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Allow the rolls to reheat for a maximum of ten minutes. Serve immediately.

Cinnamon Rolls Shelf Life

Room temperature



Uncooked cinnamon rolls
7 days

1 month

Par baked cinnamon rolls


2 weeks

5-6 weeks

Store-bought cinnamon rolls

  2 days

1 week

2 months

Homemade cinnamon rolls

1-2 days

4-5 days

6 weeks

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you reheat refrigerated cinnamon rolls?

The best way to reheat refrigerated cinnamon rolls is by leaving them to warm at room temperature for a couple of minutes and then reheating them in either the oven, microwave, air fryer, or stovetop. How long it takes to reheat will depend on the reheating method you choose. 

How do you reheat iced cinnamon rolls?

Generally, the best way to reheat food is by using an oven or a microwave. The oven reheats cinnamon rolls with dry heat which is good for heating them evenly. The first step is to preheat the oven to 350°F and then put cinnamon rolls on a baking tray. Next is to put the baking tray in the oven and heat it for at least 10-15 minutes.

How do you reheat cinnamon rolls without drying them out?

Using the oven to reheat cinnamon rolls is the same best way to reheat them without drying them. Reheat the cinnamon roll for a maximum of 15 minutes at 350°F. This helps to keep moisture and texture intact. Also, wrapping them in a dampened paper towel before microwaving them, can help retain their moisture.

Final Thoughts 

Reheating cinnamon rolls with icing isn’t as hard as it seems. There are four ways to reheat cinnamon rolls.

However, the oven method has proven to be the best so far as it heats cinnamon rolls without drying them out and also prevents sogginess.

The microwave and air fryer, on the other hand, are faster ways to reheat cinnamon rolls but there are efforts to put in to ensure that they don’t dry out. Another simple way if you don’t want to use any of the three mentioned is to make use of your pan and stovetop. The decision, however, is entirely yours to make.