Reheating cinnamon rolls is a delicate balance between baking them too long or under-baking, which will result in dry and crumbly results. There are two ways you can go about this. The first is by preheating your oven for half an hour before baking while keeping the temperature constant throughout cooking.
You’ll want to ensure that the oven rack has been removed and the door left slightly open so that any excess heat doesn’t escape. If you don’t have time for this process, then it’s best to bake your cinnamon rolls at a lower temperature until they reach a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (75 degrees Celsius) on an instant-read thermometer.
In order to prevent the cinnamon rolls from getting soggy from over-steaming, which can happen if the rolls are cooked for too long, you should not cut into the center of the roll when baking. Instead, allow the tops to brown and become golden before serving.
To do this, remove the pan once the cinnamon bun is light browning and add some butter to the top of each one. This will help to keep them from drying out too much as well.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Arrange the rolled dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let rest for 20 minutes before filling.
- In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter with the sugar and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash on each roll. Then, sprinkle generously with sugar and cinnamon mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
How to make cinnamon rolls with whole milk
Whole milk gives these cinnamon rolls a richer taste, but there is no need to use all whole milk; you could even substitute part skim milk. It just depends on what’s readily available where you live.
Using all whole milk may cause the eggs to curdle if you’re using room temperature eggs. To avoid this, be sure to use very cold eggs, preferably straight from the fridge.
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (250 mL) unsalted butter
- 3 cups (750 mL) packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons (10 mL) ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon (4 mL) salt
- 1½ cups (375 mL) milk
- 8 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups (310 mL) all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the cinnamon and salt and beat again.
- With the mixer running, add the milk gradually, beating after each addition. Once completely incorporated, stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat again briefly.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- On low speed, slowly stir in the flour. Mix until smooth. The batter will be thick.
- Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a 1 ½ inch (12 mm) tip. Pipe 12 small mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each mound.
- Bake the cinnamon buns for 16 to 17 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly browned around the edges. Let cool completely on wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.
How to reheat cinnamon rolls in the microwave
Microwaving cinnamon rolls takes some practice, because they’ll turn out either soggy or burnt depending on how long you cook them for. To get the perfect texture, you need to start with an accurate baking time.
For example, if you’re cooking four rolls that are 3 inches (7 cm) wide, you should aim to heat them for 8 to 9 minutes. But remember, the length of time does vary based on the size of the rolls, so always check the package instructions if you’re unsure.
If you don’t have the patience to wait for cinnamon rolls to cook in the oven, here’s how to reheat them in the microwave.
- 4 Cinnamon Rolls
- Cooking spray or oil
- Powdered sugar
- Cut the cinnamon rolls in half horizontally and place them face down in a microwave-safe dish. Spray the rolls with cooking spray or rub with oil.
- Microwave on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, turning them over halfway through.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!
How to reheat cinnamon rolls in the slow cooker
You can also make cinnamon rolls in the slow cooker, although it might take several hours for the cinnamon rolls to set up properly. Follow the same directions as above, except cook on low for 4 hours instead of 2.
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