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Instant Pot Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

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Make these sweet and tender Instant Pot Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls today! They make the perfect sweet breakfast treat or awesome easy instant pot dessert

A hand pulling a cinnamon roll away from a plate of pressure cooker pillsbury cinnamon rolls.

We love a good cinnamon roll around here. I shared this recipe for instant pot cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting from scratch a couple of years ago and it continues to be one of our most popular posts.

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But sometimes, you just need to whip up a batch of sweet breakfast pastries quickly and easily. That’s why we are sharing this recipe for pressure cooker Pillsbury cinnamon rolls today! We also recommend this recipe for instant pot monkey bread.

We combined two time-saving powerhouses to make this tasty treat: canned Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and the instant pot electric pressure cooker. They cook in just 13 minutes and don’t heat up your house!

If you don’t have an instant pot, we recommend our recipe for Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole or Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls.

How to make Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the instant pot

Step-by-step images showing how to make pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the instant pot pressure cooker.

This recipe is insanely easy. I know I’m showing 8 steps in my step-by-step photo, but it really only takes about 5 minutes of prep time to make these yummy cinnamon rolls. 

The most important step of making canned cinnamon rolls in your instant pot is making sure the top of the pan is sealed well. Don’t skip the step of putting a paper towel and foil over the top of the pan. This keeps the moisture out so your cinnamon buns don’t get soggy!

I also include the option of warming up the icing for 10 seconds in the microwave. This makes it easier to drizzle it over your cinnamon rolls. Otherwise, you will just need to spread the icing on the cinnamon rolls. Either way, you will end up with a gooey and delicious breakfast pastry.

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A pan of instant pot pillsbury cinnamon rolls on a cooling wrack.

What pan to use for instant pot Pillsbury cinnamon rolls

You will need a push pan (also called a cheesecake pan) for this recipe. I recommend the Fat Daddio 7-inch by 3-inch cheesecake pan. It will fit in both the 6-quart and 8-quart instant pot models. If you are using an instant pot mini, you will need to use a smaller cake pan and cut the recipe in half.

You could also use a standard 7-inch cake pan for this recipe but will need to scoop the cinnamon buns out of the pan. Having the push function is very helpful for getting them all out at the same time without having to pull them apart. 

Icing being poured over a plate of instant pot Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.

Do Pillsbury cinnamon rolls need to be refrigerated?

Yes. The uncooked roll of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls needs to be refrigerated. Once cooked, they can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container.

How do you reheat cinnamon rolls with icing?

You can reheat cinnamon rolls in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. You can also reheat them in the oven 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

A plate of instant pot canned cinnamon rolls with one pulled off.

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What pairs well with cinnamon rolls?

Close up of pillsbury cinnamon rolls baked in the instant pot pressure cooker.

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Instant Pot Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

Aileen Clark
Make these sweet and tender pillsbury cinnamon rolls in your instant pot!
4.34 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cinnamon rolls
Calories 140 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 12.4-ounce container canned cinnamon rolls


  • Place water and trivet inside instant pot.
  • Open canned cinnamon rolls according to package directions. Set icing aside.
  • Arrange cinnamon rolls in a single layer inside a (7-inch) push pan. You will need to squish them a bit to fit 7 in a circle and 1 in the center.
  • Cover push pan with a paper towel.
  • Top paper towel with foil and crimp tightly around the edges.
  • Create a foil sling by folding a 2 foot long piece of foil into thirds (lengthwise).
  • Place the pan in the center of the foil sling and carefully lower it into the instant pot and on top of the trivet.
  • Fold the edges of the foil sling over the top of the push pan.
  • Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
  • Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 13 minutes.
  • Quick pressure release.
  • Remove lid and take pan out using the foil sling.
  • Remove the foil and paper towel from on top of the push pan.
  • Let the cinnamon rolls cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cinnamon rolls from the push pan by pushing up from the center and transferring to a plate.
  • Optional: warm up the icing in the microwave for 10 seconds. This will make it easier to drizzle on the cinnamon rolls.
  • Drizzle or spread the icing on the cinnamon rolls and enjoy.


We used Pillsbury brand cinnamon rolls for this recipe, but any brand may be used. Keep in mind, if you use the larger Grands-style cinnamon rolls, the cook time will need to be increased to about 23 minutes.


Serving: 1cinnamon roll with icingCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 2.5gSodium: 340mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
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A collage photo showing a roll of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls over a batch of cooked and iced instant pot cinnamon rolls.

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  1. I cooked mine for 25 minutes in the Instant pot with a10 minute natural release and mine were still too doughy. 😭

  2. Yeah 13 minutes is not going to work. At all. Tried for 16 and it was still dough. Drained the water, put on my air fryer lid without foil or towel for another 5 @375 under the bake function after the 16 initially in the pressure cook setting. Next time I’m just going to stick to the bake function with the proper time on the package instructions

  3. This was a doughy mess unfortunately. I followed the instructions completely and they were completely inedible.

    1. I increased cooking time to 19 minutes. Came out perfectly. Such a soggy mess when I checked after 13 minutes— I thought no way is this edible.

    2. I think it either needs longer cooking time or natural relaease. I found a recipe with more like 18 minutes at pressure and it worked with Trader Joe’s cinnamon rolls. I’m trying with NPR today.

  4. 1 star
    Sorry these were not even close to the oven baking version!! I did everything perfect!! Even used the same pillsbury cinnamon roll, and the same instant pot!!
    Doughy, gummy !! Had to put them in the oven for 5 minutes!! So sorry☹️