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How To Reheat Cinnamon Rolls So They Are Soft and Delicious

Cinnamon rolls are the perfect dessert at any time of the day. They are almost like a comfort food every time you feel bad. 

Delicious, warm, with a delicate cinnamon aroma and a pleasant smell of freshly baked dough, you can hardly resist them. Yet, they are only that good when they are warm and fresh. 

As soon as they stand for a while at room temperature or in the refrigerator, cinnamon rolls start to dry out and become hard and not tasty. That is why we mostly avoid making larger quantities at once. 

I always freeze raw cinnamon rolls and then bake only as many pieces as I need. However, the key to enjoyment is in good reheating that will make them as delicious as in the beginning.

Reheating Cinnamon Rolls In The Oven

There are two ways to reheat cinnamon rolls: in the oven or in the microwave. If you have a little more time, my recommendation would be to opt for an oven as the result will be better than in the microwave.

You can get around the problem of dry rolls by regaining their moisture and softness. Here are the tricks.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 350 °F

Set the oven to a medium temperature of 350 degrees F and let it preheat. 

Remember, if you have had frozen cinnamon rolls, they need to be thawed first and then reheated. You can do this by moving them from the freezer to the fridge overnight for a gradual thawing.

Step 2: Restore Moisture of Cinnamon Rolls with Butter or Water

You can skip this step if you find that your cinnamon rolls are moist and juicy enough and don’t need extra help. If they have become dry and hard though, be sure to do the following. 

When you put the cinnamon rolls on the baking tray, coat them with melted butter. If you do not want to put butter, you can spray a little water on the rolls. Don’t overdo it. You don’t need to soak them in water, just spray. 

After that, wrap the cinnamon rolls in aluminum foil to retain moisture and to soften them as they bake. 

Step 3: Bake for up to 15 Minutes

Now is the time to put your cinnamon rolls on the heat. Put them in the oven and leave them like that for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

After that, you can take them out and check the condition. If necessary, return them for an additional few minutes of baking. Once ready, take the rolls out of the oven. Let them rest for a few minutes and serve.

Reheating Cinnamon Rolls In A Microwave

A faster method of heating cinnamon rolls is in the microwave. As with all other dishes, it will only take you a few minutes to complete the job. However, you must be careful not to heat the rolls in the microwave for too long as they will become tight and hard. 

In this method, you can also restore some of the moisture if they are too dry.

Step 1: Put Cinnamon Rolls on a Plate and Add Moisture

Choose a dish that you can safely use in the microwave, then arrange the cinnamon rolls on a plate. Do not stack the rolls on top of each other. If you have too many rolls, heat them in several rounds.

Coat the rolls with melted butter or sprinkle lightly with water. Of course, in the case of a microwave, never wrap the rolls in foil, but leave them as they are.

Step 2: Heat Cinnamon Rolls for about 15 Seconds

Put cinnamon rolls in the microwave and heat them for 15 seconds—no longer than that. Then, take them out and check how warm they are. 

If necessary, return them back for an additional 10 seconds. Be careful to use very short heating intervals to avoid losing control. 

The rolls could become inedible if you overdo it. Once they’re done, serve them and enjoy immediately.



Cinnamon rolls are an adored and perfect dessert for most people. However, they are best when fresh and still warm. It is important to know how to reheat them properly so that you can always enjoy this sweet dish.

You can choose between an oven and a microwave, depending on how much time you have. A slightly better result will be in the oven, but the microwave will also serve nicely and heat the rolls to enjoy them.

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