These Air Fryer Cinnamon Bites are a delightful blend of soft, fluffy interiors with a crispy, sugary exterior. Perfect for those moments when you need a quick treat without the hassle, their warm, cinnamon-spiced flavor makes them irresistible for any occasion, especially when paired with a cup of coffee or tea.
These air fryer cinnamon bites are a delicious snack that's crunchy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. They're super quick and easy to make, perfect for when a sweet tooth hits.
What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Quick and Easy: Ready in just 15 minutes, these cinnamon bites are perfect for last-minute cravings or unexpected guests.
- Minimal Cleanup: The air fryer means less mess compared to traditional frying or baking.
- Versatile: Serve them as a sweet breakfast option, a snack, or a dessert. They're also perfect for dipping into your favorite sauces or icings.
- Customizable: Easily adjust the amount of cinnamon or sugar to suit your taste preferences.
- Fun for Kids: A great recipe to get children involved in the kitchen, with simple steps they can help with.
Grands Biscuit Dough: Look for fresh, refrigerated cans for the best results. These biscuits provide a fluffy, tender base for your bites.
Vegetable Oil: A little goes a long way to ensure each bite is perfectly crispy without being greasy.
Unsalted Butter: Melted butter adds richness and helps the cinnamon sugar adhere to the bites. Choose high-quality butter for the best flavor.
Granulated Sugar: The sweet component of your cinnamon sugar mixture. Fine, granulated sugar works best for even coating.
Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon brings warmth and spice. Feel free to adjust the amount based on your preference for a stronger or subtler cinnamon flavor.
- Air Fryer: The star tool for achieving that perfect crispy texture with minimal oil.
- Pastry Brush: Used to evenly coat the biscuit pieces with vegetable oil. If you don't have one, a small spoon or your fingers can work in a pinch.
- Gallon-Sized Freezer Bag: Ideal for evenly coating your biscuit bites in the cinnamon sugar mixture. A large bowl with a lid or a large plastic container can also be used for shaking the bites with the sugar.
Getting Started: First up, let's crank up your air fryer to 350°F. This preheating step is crucial for making sure your cinnamon bites cook evenly and get that perfect golden color.
Prep the Dough: Grab your can of Grands Biscuit Dough and open it up. Then, take each biscuit and cut it into four equal pieces.
This is going to give you the perfect bite-sized treats. If the dough is sticky, lightly flour your knife or use a bit of cooking oil on it to make cutting smoother.
Oil Them Up: Now, let's get those biscuit pieces ready for the air fryer. Brush each piece all over with vegetable oil. This little step helps them not to stick to the air fryer basket and gives them a nice crispy edge.
Don't have a pastry brush? No worries, dipping them in oil or using your fingers to spread the oil works too.
Cinnamon Sugar Magic: Take a large Ziplock bag and mix your granulated sugar and cinnamon inside.
Seal it up and give it a good shake to mix everything evenly. This is your cinnamon sugar coating that will make these bites absolutely irresistible.
You'll need it ready for when your biscuits are done baking.
Air Fry Time: Place your oiled biscuit pieces into the air fryer basket. Make sure they're not touching so the air can circulate around them, ensuring they cook evenly.
Cook them for 4 minutes, then flip each piece over and cook for another 3-4 minutes. They should puff up and get a nice golden brown color.
Butter Bath: After they're done cooking, dip each piece into melted butter. This not only adds flavor but also helps the cinnamon sugar stick to them in the next step. Plus, it gives them a beautiful glossy finish.
Toss in Sugar: Now, for the fun part. Add your butter-dipped bites into the bag with the cinnamon sugar. Seal the bag and gently shake it until each piece is thoroughly coated with that sweet, cinnamony goodness.
A tip here: Do this while the bites are still warm, so the coating sticks better.
Enjoy: That's it! Your Air Fryer Cinnamon Bites are ready to be devoured. Serve them warm for the best experience. They're perfect as is or with a side of your favorite dipping sauce or icing.
For the best flavor and texture, serve the cinnamon bites immediately after cooking and coating. The warm, crispy exterior combined with the soft, fluffy inside and the sweet, spiced coating is best enjoyed fresh.
- Coconut Oil: For a dairy-free option, coconut oil can replace vegetable oil for brushing the biscuit pieces.
- Brown Sugar: For a deeper, molasses-like sweetness, substitute granulated sugar with brown sugar in the cinnamon sugar mix.
- Chocolate Cinnamon Bites: Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the cinnamon sugar mix for a chocolaty twist.
- Glazed Cinnamon Bites: Skip the cinnamon sugar coating and drizzle with the quick icing recipe provided in the notes for a glazed version.
Fridge Storing Option: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes to refresh the texture.
Freezer Storing Option: Freezing is not recommended for this recipe, as the texture may become soggy upon thawing.
Reheating: If stored, reheat in the air fryer to maintain the crispy texture. Microwave reheating is not recommended as it can make the bites chewy.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Bites
- 1 can grands biscuit dough
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
- Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.
- Brush each piece with vegetable oil on all sides.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar in a large Ziplock bag and set aside.
- Place biscuit pieces in the air fryer, cook for 4 minutes, then flip.
- Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until golden.
- Dip each piece in melted butter, then toss in the cinnamon sugar mix.
- Serve warm.
Yes, homemade biscuit dough can be used as a substitute. Ensure it's rolled to about ½ inch thickness before cutting into pieces for consistent cooking.
The bites are done when they have a golden brown exterior and have puffed up. This usually takes 7-8 minutes total in the air fryer.
While this recipe is designed for an air fryer, you can bake them in a conventional oven. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Lightly greasing the air fryer basket with cooking spray or brushing with oil can help prevent sticking. Make sure the biscuit pieces are also brushed with vegetable oil.
Absolutely! The cinnamon sugar mixture can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. We have some in a container with a sprinkler top, so that we can make cinnamon toast quickly and easily for breakfast.