Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

Make these gooey and sweet instant pot cinnamon rolls in under an hour with your electric pressure cooker. This is one of our most popular instant pot dessert recipes. We hope you enjoy it!

We love our cinnamon rolls around here! We have also shared instant pot Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, instant pot monkey bread, and bread machine apple cinnamon rolls

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This recipe requires no rise time thanks to two amazing kitchen helpers: baking soda and baking powder. This recipe does not require yeast. Don’t get me wrong, I love my yeasted bread but it felt wrong to have to 1-2 hours rise time for an Instant Pot recipe.

Unless I am making yogurt, I do not want to wait longer than an hour for a recipe to be ready. I want my cinnamon rolls ready quickly!

Make these ooey gooey delicious instant pot cinnamon rolls from scratch. No rise time needed! One of our favorite instant pot desserts / instant pot breakfast recipes!

New to the instant pot? Check out our instant pot guide here.

Let me tell you. We were not disappointed! We ate a little bit on the day I made them and the rest for our Sunday breakfast. I have to say, I think they might have even been better the second day! Just make sure you warm them – cold cinnamon rolls just aren’t the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

I knew I wanted to try cinnamon rolls in my instant pot ever since I heard about someone making Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in their electric pressure cooker. I just knew I needed to try making them from scratch.

Make these ooey gooey delicious instant pot cinnamon rolls from scratch. No rise time needed! One of our favorite instant pot desserts / instant pot breakfast recipes!

There are quite a few ingredients listed below. Don’t be alarmed! These are the ingredients for the cinnamon roll dough, the filling, and the cream cheese icing.

There are a lot of components that go into making cinnamon rolls. Luckily, you get to skip the rise time, dough punching, and second rise time all while still having from scratch cinnamon rolls hot, fresh, and ready to eat!

Why use a paper towel and foil to make instant pot cinnamon rolls?

Covering your instant pot cinnamon rolls with a paper towel and then sealing with foil is very important. Since you are cooking the cinnamon rolls in a pressure cooker with water, the paper towel and foil keeps most (if not all) of the moisture away from the cinnamon rolls. 

What if my cinnamon rolls come out undercooked?

Some people’s cinnamon rolls are coming out undercooked. If this happens to you, put them back into the instant pot and cook on high pressure (the manual or pressure cook button, depending on model) and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

What if my dough is too sticky?

The amount of flour your add depends on a lot of factors. Sometimes when there is more moisture in the air, than you may need to add a bit more flour. I reccomend slowly adding more flour (about 1/4 cup at a time) until the dough is dry enough to work with. It should still be a little sticky – but not sticking all over your hands. 

Traditional icing for cinnamon rolls

Would rather make traditional icing instead of the cream cheese frosting for your instant pot cinnamon rolls? I recommend you use the recipe in this post for Banana Blueberry Muffins with Vanilla Glaze.

Make these ooey gooey delicious instant pot cinnamon rolls from scratch. No rise time needed! One of our favorite instant pot desserts / instant pot breakfast recipes!

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Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

Make these sweet and gooey cinnamon rolls in your instant pot. This recipe is 100% from scratch and requires no rise time!
Course Bread Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings 6 rolls
Calories 615 kcal
Author Aileen

Ingredients

Filling

Cinnamon Rolls

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 2 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the light brown sugar, 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  2. Whisk in the 1 tablespoon melted butter until it resembles wet sand. Set aside.
  3. Combine the 1 1/4 cup milk and vinegar in a cup. Let sit 5 minutes. (This will make sour milk, buttermilk may be used in place of this)
  4. Brush 1 tablespoon melted butter on the bottom and sides of a 7-inch push pan. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  6. Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter into the soured milk.
  7. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the soured milk + butter.
  8. Mix until a dough is formed.
  9. Pour your dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes smooth.
  10. Roll the cinnamon roll dough into a 9x12 rectangle.
  11. Brush the dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle the filling on top of the butter - leaving 1/4 inch of space around the edges.
  12. Pat it down so it sticks, leaving 1/4 inch around the edge of the cinnamon roll dough.
  13. Roll the dough lengthwise until it resembles a log. Pinch the seams along the edge and on the ends so they stick.
  14. Cut the log into 6 equal pieces. Place one piece in the center of your push pan and the remaining 5 around the center cinnamon roll.
  15. Brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter.
  16. Pour 2 cups water in the bowl of your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker and place the trivet inside.
  17. Create a foil sling with a long piece of foil, folded lengthwise into thirds. Gently place the foil into your pressure cooker with the ends poking out on both sides.
  18. Place a paper towel on top of your push pan (with cinnamon rolls inside) and cover with a piece of foil. This keeps the water out of your cake pan so your cinnamon rolls don't get soggy.
  19. Gently lower your cinnamon rolls (with the paper towel and foil still on top) into your pressure cooker.
  20. Fold the ends of the foil sling over the top of your push pan so they are accessible after your instant pot cinnamon rolls have cooked.
  21. Close lid and set to "sealing". Cook your the cinnamon rolls on high pressure for 23 minutes. Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 15 minutes.
  22. To make the icing: Mix together softened cream cheese and 2 tablespoons milk. It will be lumpy. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  23. Once the cinnamon rolls are finished cooking, gently remove the pan using your foil sling. Let cool 10 minutes.
  24. Remove the cinnamon rolls by pushing them out from the bottom (this is where the push pan comes in handy).
  25. Spread the icing over the top of your instant pot cinnamon rolls and enjoy immediately.
  26. Refrigerate any uneaten portion and reheat prior to serving.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 615 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 623mg27%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 62g69%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Make these ooey gooey delicious instant pot cinnamon rolls from scratch. No rise time needed! One of our favorite instant pot desserts / instant pot breakfast recipes!Make these ooey gooey delicious instant pot cinnamon rolls from scratch. No rise time needed! One of our favorite instant pot desserts / instant pot breakfast recipes!Other Delicious Instant Pot Recipes:

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We love a delicious batch of warm and gooey cinnamon rolls, but the rise time can be a bummer. This recipe for instant pot cinnamon rolls saves so much time!

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155 Comments

  1. Have you tried prepping them the night before so they can just be placed into the IP in the morning to “cook”?

    1. Hi Vicki! Yes, you can totally do all of the prep the night before and pop them in your pressure cooker in the morning. Enjoy those cinnamon rolls!

      1. Will the pressure cooking time increase if all prep done night before and taken from refrigerator to pressure cook in the morning?

        1. Hi Bonnie! If you are taking the batter straight from the fridge to pressure cooker, I would add 5 minutes. If you let it come to room temperature first, there is no need to change the time.

  2. I received the Chefman pressure cooker for xmas. Can this be done with this cooker? I do not have a spring pan, cooker came with nothing extra not even instructions

  3. 1 star
    ACK!!! I have no idea what happened but this was a total FAIL for me! I followed your recipe. The Fat Daddio push pan leaked cinnamon sugar all over the bottom of the IP insert and was dripping when removed. The rolls rose nicely but were very doughy so I placed the pan (on the foil that covered it in the IP) in a 350F oven for 5 min. to firm up and slightly brown. Inverted the pan of rolls onto a plate. They looked good but they were now hard and still not brown. My husband couldn’t even cut into one. So disappointed.

    1. Oh no! I am so sorry this happened to you! I will continue to test this recip so I can figure out exactly what happened to you. Did they turn out for you once they were baked?

      1. I had the exact same problem as these people. Any updates to the recipe? They took a long time to cook so disappointed in the result

        1. Hi Melissa. I’m so sorry the recipe didn’t wor out for you. That must have been so frustrating! If your rolls come out undercooked, I recommend adding an additional 10 minutes of pressure cook time. I have also updated the posting with this information. – Aileen

    2. Same thing happened to me. Did the 23 + 15 NR (doubles up on the paper towel too). Too doughy and not close to being cooked. Put in a new paper towel, and set it for 10 + 10 NR. Better but still doughy. Putting it in the oven to see if this can be saved. Wonder what went wrong.

    3. Had the same thing happen, still doughy after high pressure 25 min and npr 15. I also transferred to the oven to get the crisp texture and cook all the way through

    4. Same thing happened to me. Total fail. All the work for nothing… guess we will be making something else for breakfast today.

  4. Hi. In the filling part of recipe it calls for 4 tablespoons sugar. That is the only granulated sugar mentioned. On the rolls part. It says to add remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar. My question is. Is some of the 4 Tablespoons in filling section supposed to go in the rolls section?

    1. Hi Roxy! Thank you for catching that discrepancy in the instant pot cinnamon rolls recipe. It should be 6 tablespoons granulated sugar for the rolls. 4 tablespoons in the filling and 2 additional tablespoons added to the cinnamon roll batter. I will update the recipe. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention. I hope you enjoy them!

      1. I noticed that it says 6 tbsp for filling and in the directions it clears up where the tablespoons go.

  5. 5 stars
    looks so good. Cannot get the pilsbury cinnamon rolls here in Australia so i NEED this recipe. I have a Philips multi cooker not the actual instant pot but I’m hoping this will work the same.

  6. These look sooo good! Is there any way to adjust the recipe for an oven? I donโ€™t have a instant pot, just a crock pot.

    1. Hi Angela. Yes! This recipe is actually adapted from an oven recipe I have used for many years (but have not yet posted). Just prepare as directed, and bake at 425 degrees for 23-25 minutes, until golden brown on top. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Jenn. Yes, it can be prepared in the 6 inch instead of 7-inch. They may need to be squished a little in there but should fit. I have not personally made it in the 6-inch pan, so I’m not sure on the cook time. I would advise you start with the original cook time. If they seem to be a bit undercooked, add 5 more minutes.
      Please let me know how it works out for you!

  7. 4 stars
    for those who do not have a springform or push up pan just line the pot with tin foil or parchment paper. thus wilol work too.

  8. Hi there. Did you use a 6 or 8 qt instant pot for this recipe? I have the 8qt so I was wondering if I need to make a larger batch, or would this work?

    1. Hi Kim! I prepared them in a 6 quart, but it will work the same in an 8 quart instant pot. If you have a larger push pan (the one I use is a 7 inch), you can cut them into 6 rolls instead of 5. No need to increase the recipe or anything. I hope you enjoy them1

  9. I hope this works out and I was really supposed to leave the paper towel on top as it was cooking. Recipe looks great, I just didnt understand the paper towel and foil part. I will let you know.

    1. Hi Marci. Yes, the paper towel and foil are supposed to stay on while cooking. This helps create a barrier between the cinnamon rolls and any water that may try to get in there. I hope it worked you enjoyed them!

  10. 1 star
    Disappointed. Dough was VERY soft. Tried adding 1/4 c more flour but was still quite unmanageable. Went ahead with cooking. It wasn’t done so put back in IP for another 4 min & 10 min NPR. Barely edible. Didn’t even save the leftovers.

    1. This was my experience too. I havenโ€™t started cooking because I canโ€™t get my dough to set up at all. Any tips?

      1. Hi Savannah. If your dough is still sticky, I would recommend adding more flour. Keep in mind that it is not a yeasted dough, so it will still be softer than a traditional cinnamon roll dough. I hope this helps.

  11. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you think I can sub gluten-free flour for the all purpose flour in this recipe?
    Thanks so much!

  12. 4 stars
    Success! I used a corningware dish without a removable bottom but had no problems with sticking. I did end up cooking for a total of 28 mins probably because of the cookware I used.

  13. I donโ€™t know what happened. I covered the pan with a paper towel and foil, but when I took my pan out of my IP, the dough was raw looking and swimming in liquid (is it melted brown sugar??). I put it in the oven to try to save it….Itโ€™s baking in there right now. I hope I can save it!

    1. Hi Diane. I am so sorry it came out uncooked. I’m guessing the extra liquid was the liquid from the bottom of the pot. The paper towel is supposed to help with it. I hope it ended up turning out okay in your oven.

  14. 2 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly and they were doughy straight out of the instant pot. I had to put them in the oven to finish baking. ๐Ÿ™ I was so excited for this.

  15. 3 stars
    I tried to convert this to vegan by subbing soy milk, earth balance (in place of butter), and Tofutti faux cream cheese. The texture was very doughy. Perhaps a longer cook time for my next try. Also, perhaps a few paper towels on top next time since one seemed fairly soaked through.

  16. 3 stars
    The flavor was very good but mine were very doughy on top. The paper towel was completely wet. Maybe I should try a larger towel and a bigger piece of foil. It didn’t ruin them but I think I like mine a little firmer. I did use a corning ware bowl and it seemed to work fine for that part. Thanks for sharing.

  17. 2 stars
    Unfortunately I had the same problem as the others- dough was hard and very doughy. Had to finish them in the oven but should have put them in the oven from the beginning and not the instant pot.

  18. Followed recipe to a T and they were still very raw and doughy on top. Like others my paper towel was sopping wet as well so that moisture was just sitting on top of the rolls.

    1. Carolyn, I am so sorry this didn’t work out for you. Can I ask which pot you have? I’m working on finding solutions and that would really help me troubleshoot.

  19. Thanks for sharing this – was fun to make. I have the ultra 8 quart. Worked relatively well but the rolls were very doughy and dense. Had to add a lot of flour because dough was unmanageable. Open to suggestions to make dough lighter

    1. The dough is denser due to the biscuit type dough used in this recipe. You could always try a traditional risen cinnamon roll dough and baking it the same as that would make the dough lighter.

  20. I am having trouble visualizing the foil part of this recipe. Step by step photos could be really helpful for first time instant pot users!

  21. 1 star
    ACK!!! I have no idea what happened but this was a total FAIL for me! I followed your recipe. The Fat Daddio push pan leaked cinnamon sugar all over the bottom of the IP insert and was dripping when removed. The rolls rose nicely but were very doughy so I placed the pan (on the foil that covered it in the IP) in a 350F oven for 5 min. to firm up and slightly brown. Inverted the pan of rolls onto a plate. They looked good but they were now hard and still not brown. My husband couldn’t even cut into one. So disappointed.

  22. 5 stars
    looks so good. Cannot get the pilsbury cinnamon rolls here in Australia so i NEED this recipe. I have a Philips multi cooker not the actual instant pot but I’m hoping this will work the same.

  23. 4 stars
    for those who do not have a springform or push up pan just line the pot with tin foil or parchment paper. thus wilol work too.

  24. 1 star
    Disappointed. Dough was VERY soft. Tried adding 1/4 c more flour but was still quite unmanageable. Went ahead with cooking. It wasn’t done so put back in IP for another 4 min & 10 min NPR. Barely edible. Didn’t even save the leftovers.

  25. 4 stars
    Success! I used a corningware dish without a removable bottom but had no problems with sticking. I did end up cooking for a total of 28 mins probably because of the cookware I used.

  26. 2 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly and they were doughy straight out of the instant pot. I had to put them in the oven to finish baking. ๐Ÿ™ I was so excited for this.

  27. 3 stars
    I tried to convert this to vegan by subbing soy milk, earth balance (in place of butter), and Tofutti faux cream cheese. The texture was very doughy. Perhaps a longer cook time for my next try. Also, perhaps a few paper towels on top next time since one seemed fairly soaked through.

  28. 3 stars
    The flavor was very good but mine were very doughy on top. The paper towel was completely wet. Maybe I should try a larger towel and a bigger piece of foil. It didn’t ruin them but I think I like mine a little firmer. I did use a corning ware bowl and it seemed to work fine for that part. Thanks for sharing.

  29. 2 stars
    Unfortunately I had the same problem as the others- dough was hard and very doughy. Had to finish them in the oven but should have put them in the oven from the beginning and not the instant pot.

  30. I made as directed and put the rolls into a 1.4 quart bundt pan. I did not cover them with a paper towel or tin foil and cooked per directions. After cooling 5-10 minutes, I turned them out onto a plate and the sugar was a nice glaze over the top and worked as the frosting. Thanks for sharing!

  31. I made these in my 6 qt last night! I ending up adding an additional round of cooking (7 minutes HP, 10 minutes NPR) because they were too doughy, it could have been the thickness of my dough or just that I used a springform pan. Either way, it turned out great with some slight adjustments!

    1. Hi Malorie! Thanks for sharing what worked for you. I know that’s a big help to others reading this recipe. I’m glad you liked them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Hello Aileen – I just tried the cinnamon rolls and they did not turn out well at all. Followed recipe to the letter – I found that the amount of dough in the recipe was enough for about 10-12 rolls all told – (six pieces would have made very large rolls)

    I baked one pan of five in the oven, and the other pan of seven in the Instant Pot, as an experiment. Both batches turned out doughy and tough. I tried baking them in the oven to try and save them, to no avail. I have to say they did taste wonderful, but the textures made them quite inedible. Are they supposed to bake up “light and fluffy”? Where could I have done wrong?

    I have the Duo60 – 6 qt – Kindest Regards – for any suggestions you may wish to pass on.

    1. Hi Dee! I am so sorry it didn’t turn out for you. This recipe does make big cinnamon rolls and they do have a slightly different texture than the yeasted version. Again, I am so sorry it wasn’t what you expected. We are working this week on testing the recipe a few more times to offer more tips and tricks. Stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. 1 star
    These Looked so good so I got up early to make them for my husband for his birthday. My mistake is that I didnโ€™t read reviews before I started. Followed the recipe to a T and like others they came out soft and gooey. So put them in the oven to brown them up a little bit and there were a doughy mess. Threw the whole thing in the garbage and made him a BLT

  34. 2 stars
    Dough is incredibly sticky, but if you add flour to make it workable, the rolls aren’t fluffy. Definitely not a fool proof recipe.

    1. Hi Susie! I have not personally made a double batch, although others have told me they successfully made a double batch with stacked pans. I would initially increase the time by 10 minutes. Check them, if they are not done, put them in for a few more minutes.

    1. Hi Blair. Hopefully I am catching you in time. If your dough is not pulling together, slowly mix in more flour until it starts to hold. I hope this helps!