These air fryer cinnamon sugar knots couldn’t be easier! Buttery and crunchy puff pastry with sweet sugar and cinnamon make for a perfect treat!
We all know how great an air fryer is for savory snacks (like my air fryer garlic parmesan wings,) but have you ever tried using your air fryer for a sweet treat?
These air fryer cinnamon sugar knots come together in a snap with store-bought puff pastry, butter, warm cinnamon, and white and brown sugars; the air fryer makes them crispy and crunchy!
This is the perfect recipe for little ones to give a helping hand. They can help twist and tie the dough into knots, and roll them into the cinnamon sugar.
You’re going to love how easy it is to whip up a fresh batch of these warm, crispy, sweet air fryer cinnamon sugar knots!
Ingredients for air fryer cinnamon sugar knots
- Puff pastry – This buttery, flaky pastry can be found pre-made in most major grocery stores!
- Unsalted butter – This will be mixed with the cinnamon to create a yummy spread onto the knots.
- Sugars – White sugar will provide sweetness and brown sugar will add a deep molasses flavor.
- Egg – The egg is used to give the knots a golden color and shine.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon is a warm spice that pairs perfectly with sugar.
What is an air fryer?
An air fryer is basically a tabletop convection oven.
It mimics the outcome of a deep fat fryer but without the use of oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks up the food.
The 2 most common air fryers you’ll see are basket style (that is what I have) or convection/toaster oven style.
There are pluses to both but I personally prefer my basket style.
What is the best air fryer to buy?
My biggest tip when it comes to air fryers is to make sure you pick a style that will work the most for your family and the amount of food you will be cooking.
My large basket-style air fryer can cook up to 12 wings, 2-4 servings of french fries, etc. which works well for my household.
Make it festive
Instead of using plain white sugar, feel free to make these air fryer cinnamon sugar knots festive for the holidays by using red or green sanding sugar!
Spice it up
Try making these knots with different spices, like pumpkin pie spice blend, apple pie spice blend, or chai spice blend.
Make a dip!
These air fryer cinnamon sugar knots are delicious all on their own, but if you’re really craving something extra, try dipping them in a store-bought salted caramel sauce, or cream cheese frosting!
Storage and leftovers
Any leftover air fryer cinnamon sugar knots can be stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature for up to 2 days.
More air fryer snacks
- Need something savory? Try my Air Fryer Cheeseburger Egg Rolls.
- Love wings? Try my Air Fryer Honey Mustard Chicken Wings.
- Craving something sweet? Try my Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies.
- Want more pumpkin? Try my Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries.
- 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Line a large baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Unfold the puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface.
- In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Spread the cinnamon butter mixture on half of the unrolled pastry sheet. Fold the other half over the half containing the filling.
- Roll out the pastry sheet into a rectangle of about 1/8 of an inch thickness, pressing the cinnamon butter mixture into the pastry.
- Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 1-inch wide strips
- Working gently, twist and tie the strips to make the knots.
- Place on the prepared baking pan and pop into the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Spray the Air Fryer basket lightly with cooking spray and preheat to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium shallow bowl, combine granulated sugar with the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon to make the cinnamon sugar. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water to make the egg wash.
- Brush pastry knots with egg wash.
- Transfer pastry knots to the Air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown.
- When done, roll pastry knots in cinnamon sugar while still hot to completely coat.
- Serve warm.