MENU

We Tried These Products in an Air Fryer and Here's What Actually Worked

Updated March 10, 2020
Air Fryer, cinnamon rolls, grands cinnamon rolls, pizza rolls, toaster strudel, biscuits, crescents
It’s no secret—the air fryer is here to stay. You asked, so we tried nine of our popular products in the air fryer and we had to share the results. Using a GoWise USA 3.7-quart Air Fryer, we wanted to see how crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, pizza rolls, toaster pastries and brownies cooked up (and we were impressed!). If you’re looking for golden, flaky dough that’s cooked to perfection, the air fryer is your new secret weapon.
Top

Our Classics

Air Fryer, cinnamon rolls, grands cinnamon rolls, pizza rolls, toaster strudel, biscuits, crescents

From our classic Pillsbury favorites like flaky crescent rolls, warm biscuits and sweet cinnamon rolls to delicious Toaster Strudel™ pastries and party-approved Totino’s® Pizza Rolls®, these products all cook to perfection with a little help from the trusty air fryer.

Crescent Rolls

We’re always looking for new ways to make our fan-favorite Pillsbury™ crescent rolls. This oven-free method cooks up four delicious crescent rolls per batch and best of all, the cleanup is done in a snap.

How to Make Crescent Rolls in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in the bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 8-count can of Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Roll up each loosely, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point.

Step 3: Place four crescents rolls on parchment paper in air fryer basket. Refrigerate remaining four crescent rolls until ready to cook the second batch.

Crescent rolls in an air fryer

Step 4: Set air fryer to 300°F and cook for 5 minutes. Remove basket from fryer; use a pair of tongs to turn over crescent rolls and place back on parchment paper.

Step 5: Cook 4 to 6 minutes more, or until crescents are golden brown and thoroughly cooked through. Serve immediately (or wrap loosely in foil while baking second batch). Repeat with second batch.

Crescent rolls in an air fryer after cooking

Cinnamon Rolls

Now you can make cinnamon rolls at home without heating up your kitchen with the oven. We used the air fryer for both our Pillsbury™ original cinnamon rolls and Grands!™ Cinnamon rolls with great results. Keep your icing on hand and get ready to enjoy these tasty treats.

How to Make Pillsbury™ Original Cinnamon Rolls in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in the bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 8-count can of Pillsbury™ original refrigerated cinnamon rolls. Place cinnamon rolls, with cinnamon topping side down, on parchment paper in air fryer basket.

Cinnamon rolls in an air fryer

Step 3: Set air fryer to 320°F and cook for 6 minutes. Place a large plate over air fryer basket and invert. Discard parchment paper.

Place a large plate over air fryer basket

Step 4: Using a pair of tongs, transfer cinnamon rolls back to air fryer basket with cinnamon topping up.

Cinnamon rolls in an air fryer after cooking

Step 5: Cook 4 to 6 minutes more or until cinnamon rolls are a deep golden brown and rolls are thoroughly cooked through. Top finished cinnamon rolls with icing and serve immediately.

How to Make Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Cinnamon Rolls in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 5-count can of Pillsbury™ Grands!™ original cinnamon rolls. Place cinnamon rolls on parchment paper in air fryer basket.

Grands cinnamon rolls in an air fryer

Step 3: Set air fryer to 320°F and cook for 6 minutes. Place a large plate over air fryer basket and invert. Discard parchment paper.

Grands cinnamon rolls in an air fryerAirFryer_07

Step 4: Using a pair of tongs, transfer cinnamon rolls back to air fryer basket. Cook 4-6 minutes more, or until the cinnamon rolls are a deep golden brown and rolls are thoroughly cooked through. Remove from air fryer basket and top with icing. Serve warm for best results.

Grands cinnamon rolls in an air fryer after cooking

Biscuits

These savory Pillsbury™ biscuits get the air fryer treatment and are on the table in less than 15 minutes. Toss out your parchment paper, wipe out your air fryer and the cleanup is done (It’s that easy!).

How to Make Pillsbury™ Biscuits in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 8-count can of Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers biscuits. Place four biscuits on parchment paper in air fryer basket. Refrigerate remaining four biscuits until ready to cook second batch.

Biscuits in an air fryer

Step 3: Set air fryer to 320°F and cook for 6 minutes. Remove basket from air fryer and, using a pair of tongs, turn over biscuits and place on top of parchment.

Step 4: Cook 5 to 7 minutes more, or until biscuits are deep golden brown and cooked through. Serve immediately or wrap loosely in foil while cooking second batch of biscuits.

Biscuits in an air fryer after cooking

Pizza Rolls

Craving a mid-afternoon snack? Your air fryer can now make wonderfully crisp Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® in under 10 minutes! Whether you’re making a small batch or the whole bag, we’ve got you covered.

How to Make Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Empty one 15-count box of Totino’s® pizza rolls into air fryer basket.

Pizza rolls in an air fryer

Step 2: Set air fryer to 370°F and cook for 5 minutes. Pull air fryer basket out and shake pizza rolls to ensure even cooking.

Step 3: Cook pizza rolls for 3 to 5 minutes more, or until edges are golden brown and pizza rolls are thoroughly cooked through.

Pizza rolls in an air fryer after cooking

Alternative Method: Making more than a snack? For Totino’s® 40-count bag, place entire contents into air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes. Then shake air fryer basket and cook 4 to 6 minutes more, or until edges are golden brown and pizza rolls are thoroughly cooked through.

Toaster Strudel™

We’ve found the ultimate hack to warm, flaky Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™ without needing to turn on your oven or toaster! Due to its rapid air circulation cooking process, the air fryer perfectly browns both sides of the Toaster Strudel™ without any burning in as little as 8 minutes. Talk about an all-around win!

Toaster strudel, air fryer, toaster

Compared to a traditional toaster oven (left), we saw the air fryer Toaster Strudel™ was more evenly cooked (without any lines from the toaster oven).

How to Make Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™ in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 6-count box of Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™. Place two pastries on parchment paper in air fryer basket. Return remaining pastries to freezer until ready to cook.

Toaster Strudel in an air fryer

Step 3: Set air fryer to 350°F and cook for 5 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, carefully flip pastries over and place back on parchment paper.

Step 4: Cook for 3 minutes more, or until pastries are golden brown and thoroughly cooked through.

Toaster Strudel in an air fryer after cooking

As always, when working with an air fryer, keep these tips in mind:

  • Air fryer temperature control settings vary according to brand and model. If your air fryer does not have the exact temperature setting called for in the recipe, consult your manual for suggested temperature settings.
  • Our recipes do not call for preheating your air fryer. Just set the temperature and start. Never preheat with parchment paper alone.

Our Newest Faves

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits, Place & Bake™ Brownies, Pillsbury™ Filled Crescents

Why not keep this air fryer party going? Once we saw how well our classic Pillsbury™ products cooked in the air fryer, we knew we’d need to try it with our newest products—Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits, Place & Bake™ Brownies and Filled Crescents—and we were not disappointed!

Sweet Biscuits

Our Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits with Icing are so good, we want to test out all the ways we can make them! The air fryer perfectly cooks the biscuits to an all-around golden hue, and then we top them with sweet icing for the ultimate breakfast treat. Bonus: They’re available in chocolate chip and blueberry flavors!

How to Make Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 8-count can of Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits with Icing. Place four biscuits on parchment paper in air fryer basket. Refrigerate remaining four biscuits until ready to cook second batch.

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits

Step 3: Set air fryer to 320°F and cook for 6 minutes. Remove basket from air fryer and, using a pair of tongs, turn over biscuits and place on top of parchment.

Step 4: Cook 4 to 6 minutes more, or until biscuits are deep golden brown and cooked through. Serve immediately or wrap loosely in foil while cooking second batch of biscuits.

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Sweet Biscuits

Place & Bake™ Brownies

Want to make delicious fudgy brownies without even turning on your oven? You’re in luck! We tested how to make our brownies in the air fryer in less than 20 minutes, and the results were delightful. Available in three flavors—chocolate fudge, marshmallow and peanut butter—every package of brownies includes 12 brownie dough rounds, so you’ll have plenty to share (if you want to).

How to Make Pillsbury™ Place & Bake™ Brownies in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one package of Pillsbury™ Place & Bake™ Brownies. Place four brownie dough rounds on parchment paper in air fryer basket. Refrigerate remaining brownie rounds until ready to cook your next batch.

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Place & Bake™ Brownies

Step 3: Set air fryer to 320°F and cook for 16 minutes, or until brownies are cooked through. Serve immediately or wrap loosely in foil while cooking subsequent batches of brownies.

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Place & Bake™ Brownies

Filled Crescents

Calling all crescent lovers! We took your favorite Pillsbury™ crescents and stuffed them with cherry or apple filling for a beyond-decadent breakfast staple. Best of all, we’ve tested out the perfect method for cooking them in your air fryer.

How to Make Pillsbury™ Filled Crescents in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Cut one 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper and place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Step 2: Open one 8-count box of Pillsbury™ Filled Crescents. Follow instructions to prep and fill crescents. Place four filled crescents on parchment paper in air fryer basket. Refrigerate remaining four filled crescents until ready to cook second batch.

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Filled Crescents

Step 3: Set air fryer to 300°F and cook for 5 minutes. Remove basket from air fryer and, using a pair of tongs, turn over filled crescents and place on top of parchment.

Step 4: Cook 4 to 6 minutes more, or until filled crescents are deep golden brown and cooked through. Serve immediately or wrap loosely in foil while cooking second batch of filled crescents.

Air Fryer, Pillsbury™ Filled Crescents
Want to learn more about the air fryer? Our friends at Tablespoon have put together a comprehensive guide to answer your most important questions.