Have you ever wanted to bake cookies, but didn’t want to deal with the mess? Air fryer cookies are a great alternative because clean-up is easy. Plus, there’s no need for an oven! The best part about these cookies is that there’s no need for an oven or stovetop because you can cook them all at once right inside the air fryer.
You can go make homemade cookies or even use refrigerated cookie dough to make these Air Fryer chocolate chip cookies (or make your favorite kind of cookie)! Scroll down for a printable recipe card or continue reading for detailed instructions along with tips and tricks!
AIR FRYER COOKIES
If you’re like me, then you’ve had your fair share of disappointing air fryer cookie experiments. You know the ones: they taste terrible and come out as a hard, crunchy mess with no depth of flavor. I’m happy to report that this recipe is better than anything I’ve tried before! It’s easy to make too–I promise it’ll be worth your time.
Air Fryer Cookies are simple to make. You can use store-bought cookie dough, or even homemade cookie dough like the recipe I have for you below. I love making homemade cookies from scratch. Especially chocolate chip cookies. I mean you can never go wrong with a cookie loaded with chocolate right?
We’re a super busy family though so sometimes refrigerated cookie dough is the way to go!
CAN YOU BAKE IN AN AIR FRYER?
The great thing about baking cookies in the air fryer is that it cooks with circulating hot air instead of direct heat. This means that the flavors infuse into the cookies without burning them. When using the air fryer you will end up with the perfect cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.
Here are some other reasons to try baking cookies in the air fryer:
- No need to preheat: Perfect for last-minute dessert needs.
- Easy cleanup: If line your basket there’s no need to even wash your air fryer basket after baking your cookies.
- Precision: Cooking is more precise than in an oven Takes less time than oven baking.
- You can cook straight from frozen: No need to thaw anything before baking.
- Perfect for any type of cookie recipe (cake, chocolate chip, sugar): Just adjust your temperature and cooking time accordingly.
While I wouldn’t start using my air fryer as my main way to bake cookies, it is fun to do from time to time and also works very well for smaller batches. You can also use your air fryer to supplement your baking especially during busy times like the holidays. You can bake in the oven and in the air fryer so you make more cookies at one time.
AIRFRYER COOKIES INGREDIENTS
To make this homemade cookie dough, you’ll need:
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- baking soda
- chocolate chips
Exact measurements are listed in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
HOW TO BAKE COOKIE DOUGH IN AIR FRYER
This recipe will make homemade cookie dough to bake in the air fryer. It makes enough for about 12 cookies. You will bake them in smaller batches. You can also use store-bought or frozen cookie dough.
If required for your air fryer model, start by preheating the air fryer to 325°.
Then beat together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture and beat to combine the ingredients.
Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Then add the dry ingredient mixture to the butter mixture and beat to combine together.
Fold in the chocolate chips using a spatula.
For baking cookie dough in the air fryer, I highly recommend using parchment paper to line the bottom of the basket. I have gotten the best results using parchment instead of cooking spray or other methods of greasing the basket. You do want to make sure you either line your air fryer basket or grease it when baking cookies.
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Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to scoop large tablespoons of dough. Roll the dough into a ball then press it down slightly on the ball of cookie dough before placing it in the lined air fryer basket.
Leave at least one inch of space between each cookie in the basket.
Cooking for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown.
Place the air fryer basket on a wire cooling rack to cool. Once the basket is cool enough to touch, move the cookies to the wire rack to continue to cool.
Continue cooking in batches until you’ve used all of your cookie dough.
The size of your batch of cookies will depend on the size of your fryer.
CAN YOU PUT RAW COOKIE DOUGH IN THE AIR FRYER?
Yes, this air fryer cookies recipe will create a raw cookie dough that you can put right into your air fryer. You can also use refrigerated cookie dough straight from the package.
SHOULD I REFRIGERATE MYY COOKIE DOUGH?
If you’re not using the dough right away, then I recommend refrigerating or even freezing it. This will keep your cookies moist and ready to bake whenever you want them. However, if you plan to bake your cookies right away there is no need to refrigerate your cookie dough.
HOW DO I GET THE BEST COOKIES IN THE AIR FRYER?
The trick to making cookies in your air fryer is to make sure that you space your cookies out enough.
Cookies need room to cook on all sides in the air fryer so be sure to leave room around your cookie dough and not allow your cookies to touch in the fryer basket.
HOW TO COOK REFRIGERATED COOKIE DOUGH IN AIR FRYER
You can use store-bought refrigerated dough to make these cookies. All you need to bake prepared cookie dough is the cookie dough and whatever you want to line your basket with. Then follow the baking directions in the recipe and make batches based on the size of your air fryer.
CAN YOU COOK FROZEN COOKIES IN THE AIR FRYER?
Yes, this works great. Air frying is one of the best ways to make small batches of cookies using frozen cookies or frozen cookie dough. If you find yourself buying from school fundraisers, trying baking some of those cookies in your air fryer!
You can break out some of the cookie dough squares and you don’t have to wait for your oven to heat up!
You will need to add an additional 2 to 4 minutes to your bake time if you are using frozen cookie dough. So I recommend baking for approximately 6 to 8 minutes per batch.
Can you bake frozen cookie dough without thawing?
Absolutely. You can place it directly in the basket. Generally, the frozen cookie dough won’t spread out as much as fresh or refrigerated dough but they still taste amazing!
I bake my frozen cookies at 325° for 6-8 minutes. Check them after about 5 minutes to make sure they’re not browning too quickly.
SHOULD I LINE MY AIR FRYER BASKET WITH PARCHMENT PAPER?
You can make air fryer cookies with no parchment paper. But I like to use it because it keeps the clean-up easy. Baking cookies on parchment paper will prevent the chocolate chips from burning and sticking to the basket.
If you don’t, I recommend you spray the basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking and burning. Be sure to spray it well.
Another option is to use a small baking pan. I don’t have much experience with this yet as I just got my first set of air fryer accessories that includes a lot of options that could be great for baking!
Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Air Fryer
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the air fryer to 325° if required by your model.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and beat to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Use a tablespoon/cookie scoop to scoop a heaping spoonful of dough and roll the dough into a ball. Slightly press the ball down and place it in a lined air fryer basket, leaving at least one inch of space between each cookie in the basket.
- Place the basket in the air fryer and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the outside is brown and the inside is still slightly soft.
- Place the basket on a wire cooling rack to cool until the basket is safe to touch, then transfer the cookies on the parchment paper lining to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Continue cooking in batches until all the dough has been used.