How to Reheat Cinnabon

How to Reheat Cinnabon: Complete Guide

Last Updated on May 12, 2024 by Lori Walker

Starting the day with the delightful aroma of cinnabon rolls can turn any morning into a memorable experience.

My love for Cinnabon’s gooey, warm treats runs deep, almost as deep as the swirls in their famous rolls. 

Last weekend, I discovered a half-eaten box of Cinnabon in the fridge. The challenge was clear: returning those rolls to their original, mouth-watering taste. 

I’ve researched how to reheat Cinnabon to restore its perfect warmth and softness. Keep reading as I share the secrets to reheating your Cinnabon to perfection.

A Guide To Reheating Cinnabon

Reheating Cinnabon Bread

Using Microwave

  1. For Cinnabons with icing: Place the roll on a microwave-safe plate without covering it. Heat for 30-40 seconds. If you have more than one roll, add 10 seconds of heating time for each additional roll.
  2. For Cinnabons without icing: Top each roll with a small piece of butter or a similar substitute to keep it moist before heating.
  3. After the initial heating time, check the rolls. If they’re not yet warm throughout, repeat the heating process in short bursts until they reach your desired temperature.

Using An Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 275-350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. For Cinnabons with frosting: To maintain the softness of frosted Cinnabons, place them in a baking dish and cover them securely with aluminum foil to trap the moisture. This method ensures that the frosting becomes deliciously gooey again.
  3. For Cinnabons without frosting: If they’re without icing, still place them in a baking dish and cover with foil. Add a pat of butter on top for an extra touch of richness before covering.
  4. Heat your cinnabon rolls for approximately 10 minutes. Check if they are thoroughly warmed through and the frosting is soft. Adjust the time as needed for your oven.

“The great thing about pastry is there are so many avenues – it’s very hard to get bored doing this.”

Adriano Zumbo, Australian Television Presenter

Using Air Fryer

  1. Preheating your air fryer and lightly oiling the basket prevents food from sticking. If you’re concerned about the icing melting and causing a mess with your Cinnabon, adding parchment paper [1] to the basket can provide a solution.
  2. Place your cinnabon rolls in the basket. There’s no need to cover them.
  3. Reheat for about 3 minutes. Check to see if they are hot throughout. The air fryer tends to reheat items quickly, so keep an eye on them to prevent overheating.

What’s the Best Way to Reheat Cinnabon Rolls With Icing?

Opt for the oven method when reviving the delightful warmth of cinnabon rolls with icing. Begin by warming your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Place a shallow baking dish with a cup of water on a lower shelf to maintain moisture. Next, place your cinnabon roll on a baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes until heated. 

This approach ensures your roll retains its soft texture while allowing the icing to melt perfectly, resulting in a delectable treat reminiscent of freshly baked goodness.

What’s the Method to Heat the Center of a Cinnabon Roll?

Close Up Image of Cinnabon Bread

The steaming method is the best way to ensure that the center of a Cinnabon roll warms up just as perfectly as the outer layers. 

This technique involves heating water in a pot until it’s simmering, then placing a steamer basket or colander above it. 

Put your Cinnabon inside the basket, cover the pot, and let the gentle steam warm it for a few minutes. 

As such, it evenly distributes heat, making the center of the cinnabon roll as warm and gooey as the first day without drying it out or making it too soggy.

What’s the Best Way to Soften a Cinnabon That’s Gone Hard?

A simple yet effective method involves adding a touch of moisture to restore the softness of a hardened Cinnabon. Dribble approximately one teaspoon of water for each roll before reheating. 

“Bringing back the warm embrace of a Cinnabon is like rediscovering a slice of heaven in every reheating moment.”

Leonelli Bakery

This small addition helps to rehydrate the pastry as it warms, restoring its original soft and gooey texture. 

No matter your choice of appliance—microwave, oven, or air fryer [2]—this step ensures your Cinnabon becomes irresistibly soft and enjoyable once more.


Why is refrigerating Cinnabon not recommended?

Refrigerating Cinnabon is discouraged because it speeds up the process where the starch molecules in the bread start to recrystallize and harden. 

This natural reaction causes bread to become stale, and keeping it in the fridge only makes this happen faster, affecting the freshness and texture.

What is the shelf life of Cinnabon rolls when refrigerated?

When stored in the fridge like regular bread, Cinnabon rolls can last between 3 and 5 days if they are wrapped tightly and kept in a bread bag or bread box. 

This method helps maintain their freshness and texture for a short period.

How long can Cinnabon icing be stored in the fridge?

When refrigerated, Cinnabon rolls typically last approximately eight to 10 days. 

However, consuming them within this timeframe is essential to ensure optimal freshness and taste. Beyond this period, the rolls may start to deteriorate in quality.

Final Say

As someone who’s savoured many Cinnabon treats, I’ve learned the best ways to reheat and soften them for maximum enjoyment.

First, the oven method is best for reheating Cinnabon rolls with icing. Preheat to 275°F, add water for moisture, and bake for 10-15 minutes until warmed.

When faced with hardened Cinnabons, a dribble of water (1 teaspoon per roll) restores their softness before reheating.

Remember, whether using the microwave, oven, or air fryer, these simple steps ensure your Cinnabon remains irresistibly delicious, just like fresh from the bakery.


Lori Walker

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