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Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Pastry

Crispy strips of pastry coated in sweet cinnamon sugar are a delicious treat, especially when served with a dish of icing for dipping. These air fryer cinnamon sugar pastry scraps are light, flaky, and crisp. They are made with just a few simple ingredients and are ready in about 15 minutes. A great way to use leftover pastry, these treats will disappear quickly.

Fried pastry strips coated in cinnamon sugar and a small dish of icing.
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Why We Love This Recipe

We love these tasty little pastry bites because they are so quick and easy to make. They are made with just four simple ingredients, and the quantities listed are just guidelines. You can make these pastry treats with as much or as little pastry as you have and just adjust the remaining ingredients to suit your taste.

The flaky, buttery pastry, combined with the sweet cinnamon sugar, is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed just as you would any cookie. They are lightly crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside, and they just melt in your mouth.

Because they are made with scraps of pastry, they are a great way to use up the bits of pastry you have left after making other treats, such as air fryer pop tarts or air fryer strawberry hand pies.

If you don’t have any leftover pastry but still want to make these little cinnamon sugar treats, then you can use any frozen or refrigerated pastry and just cut it into small strips or bite-sized pieces. If you’d rather, you can roll the pastry out and cut it into shapes with a cookie cutter.

A tray of cinnamon sugar pastry and a dish of icing for dipping.

Ingredients

This recipe is made with just four simple ingredients.

  • Pastry scraps – You can use sweetened or unsweetened pastry for this recipe. I use the scraps from trimming the pastry for other recipes, but if you want to make these cinnamon sugar strips and don’t have any scraps from making something else first, you can just use the pastry from one deep dish pie crust and cut it into strips.
  • Melted butter – Salted or unsalted butter is fine. You will want two to three tablespoons, depending on how much pastry you have.
  • Granulated sugar – Granulated sugar works best as it coats the buttery pastry evenly. However, you can use brown sugar if you prefer, or even coarse raw sugar.
  • Ground cinnamon – This adds a warm, spicy flavour to the pastry. You can adjust the quantity to suit your tastes or get creative with spice blends such as pumpkin spice or apple pie spice.
Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar pastry strips.

Step by Step Instructions

Start by cutting the pastry into strips or small pieces, then place them in a medium-sized bowl.

Pour the melted butter over the pastry and toss to coat. Then mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, sprinkle over the pastry, and toss to coat, repeating until the pastry is well covered in the sweet cinnamon sugar.

Raw pastry strips in a bowl tossed with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 350°F, then add the pastry to the basket in a single layer.

Pro Tip: Try to keep these pastry scraps in a single layer to prevent them from sticking together and ensure even cooking.

Raw pastry strips coated in cinnamon sugar in a single layer in an air fryer basket.

Cook the pastry on the air fry setting for 8-9 minutes, or until the pasty is your desired crispiness. Shake the basket once or twice during the cooking process to ensure even cooking.

Pro Tip: These cinnamon sugar pastry strips will continue to crisp and firm up as they cool. So be sure not to over cook them.

Crispy cinnamon sugar pastry in an air fryer basket.

When the pastry strips are done cooking, turn them out onto a cooling rack and serve as desired.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve these little treats hot or cold.

We suggest serving them with a dish of sweet dipping sauce, such as thinned icing, cream cheese frosting, chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce.

They also taste great on top of a dish of ice cream or served alongside some air-fried pears or air-fried bananas.

Crispy cinnamon pastry dipped in cream cheese icing.

Storage

These little pastry cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.

They can also be frozen for later. Just place them in an airtight container and freeze until you are ready to consume. Then allow them to thaw at room temperature before serving. They will keep in the freezer for several months.

Top tips and FAQS

  • Don’t oversaturate the pastry with butter. You want to use just enough so that the sugar and cinnamon sticks.
  • Be sure to place the pastry in a single layer in the air fryer basket to keep the strips from sticking together and ensure even cooking.
  • Make sure the cookies are fully cool before storing, or they will soften and lose their crunch.
How long will pastry cookies keep?

These little cinnamon sugar pastry cookies will keep for about a week in an airtight container at room temperature or several months in the freezer.

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Pastry

Crispy strips of pastry coated in sweet cinnamon sugar are a delicious treat, especially when served with a dish of icing for dipping. These air fryer cinnamon sugar pastry scraps are light, flaky, and crisp.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups pastry scraps
  • 2 tablespoon butter melted
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the pastry scraps into strips, or any shape you desire.
  • Place them in a bowl, add the melted butter and toss to coat.
  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and add to the pastry tossing to coat.
  • Add the pastry scraps to a preheated air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook the pastry on the air fry setting at 350°F for 8-9 minutes until you've reached your desired crispness. Shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Turn the pastry onto a cooling rack and serve.
  • Serve with dip, such as icing, cream cheese icing, or chocolate sauce if desired.

Notes

If you don’t have any scraps of pastry, you can use pastry for a deep dish pie shell and simply cut it into strips or small bites.
This recipe can be made with as much or as little pastry as you have; just adjust the remaining ingredients accordingly.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Pastry
Amount per Serving
Calories
235
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
182
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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