How to Make Cookies…in the Air Fryer?!

I just bought an air fryer, because I’m trying to lessen my use of oil (and also, have you seen how popular air fryers are now? I had to try one!). One thing I was curious about: can you bake with one?

I’d made my fries and eggplant parmesan, but I wanted to see if I could make cookies inside of one, too. Turns out: yep, you can! Here are a few recipes, as well as tips on how to get the most out of your cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 room-temp egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Microwave the butter until it’s almost fully melted. Combine with the white and brown sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla for about 30 seconds. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt, then fold in the chocolate chips until completely mixed together. Place them in fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Line the air fryer racks with parchment paper or foil. Use a cookie scoop (we love this one from Toque Blanche!) and place cookie dough in the fryer baskets. Depending on the size of the air fryer, you can most likely fit about two to five scoops on each rack.

3. At 350°F, air fry the dough until it begins crisping and looking golden (which should take about five to seven minutes). Remove the cookies, then let them rest for a few minutes. Work in batches until all the dough is gone, and enjoy!

Snickerdoodles

Recipe:

  • One stick of butter (AT ROOM TEMP – here’s why that’s important!)
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Mix together butter and 1 ½ cups of sugar. Slowly add in eggs, vanilla, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt until fully combined. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and roll the balls in the remaining sugar and cinnamon.

3. Add parchment paper to the air fryer racks, then gently place dough balls on the parchment paper. You should be able to fit two to five scoops depending on how big your air fryer is.

4. At 340°F, fry for four minutes, or until the edges look crispy. Remove from the air fryer, let sit for five minutes, then snack away!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe:

  • 1 stick room-temp butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ white sugar
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. milk (can be non-dairy)

Directions:

1. Mix together peanut butter and softened butter. Then add sugars and mix until fully combined. Add the egg and milk, continuing to mix. Finally, add flour in slowly, bit by bit – you don’t want to add it all at once! Let them chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Use a cookie scoop to place small balls of dough on parchment-lined air fryer racks/baskets. Take a fork and flatten them.

3. Fry at 350°F for five to seven minutes, or until they look crispy. Take them out of the air fryer and let them sit until they’re completely cool. Then feast!

Tips On Baking Cookies In An Air Fryer

1. The best size is a two-tbsp. scoop (so use a scoop!), and you should keep the cookies one inch apart. This way they cook evenly and won’t melt into each other despite the limited space.

2.. Follow the directions to a T! Air fryers are not your conventional ovens, so don’t expect them to bake the same way (there’s a reason they only go in for five minutes instead of nine to eleven).

3.. If you’re not baking from scratch, lower the temperature about 20°F less than the recommended temp on the package and cook for 20% less time. The high-pressure air can accidentally burn them.

Have you baked in an air fryer? Are you going to try? Let us know in the comments!

1 Comment

  1. I think I need to get myself an air fryer now!

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