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!

It’s National…Potato Chip Day!

Tomorrow is National…Wait for it…

We all know there is a national holiday for just about everything. We already told you that May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, but, did you know that January 4th is National Spaghetti Day? Or that National Power Rangers day is August 28th? While some may find these to be silly or unnecessary, they offer can offer a playful approach to our day. The inventor of all “National Days” has assigned March 14th as National Potato Chip Day! While our specialty is fresh baked cookies, we thought it would be a fun to combine the classic savory snack with our sweet treats.

Chocolate Chip Potato Chip Cookies

Not only is Chocolate Chip our most popular flavor, but it’s such a classic that we thought it would be the best to mix with potato chips. Please note we made these at home. Nothing fancy here. We followed an easy recipe from Ree Drummond, Food Network (you really think we’d give ya’ll our Chocolate Chip recipe?!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cups crushed potato chips

Here’s what to do

First things first. Make sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and brown sugar with a beater (or a stand mixer if you have one). Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix until just combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Once combined, stir in the chocolate chips and two cups of potato chips (the remaining two cups will come into play in just a second).

Roll the dough into two-inch balls, then roll them in the remaining potato chips so they are completely coated. Place the cookies 2 inches apart and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. We like our cookies on the crispy side so we baked closer to 15 minutes.

Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Until the Next National Holiday

The cookies were a hit! They were the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The potato chips softened a bit during baking so while they did not have their crisp, they added a unique texture to the cookies! We will absolutely follow these National Holidays and can’t wait for the next opportunity to incorporate our cookies! Stay tuned.

How to make Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies!

How to make Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter cookies!

I’m all about chocolate covered treats – strawberries, bananas, pretzels, you name it (chocolate covered bacon is still on my list to try.). If you haven’t tried our chocolate covered cookies yet, you’re in for a TREAT! They are available at our downtown bakery on the weekends and they go fast! If you happen to miss them, don’t you worry! Check out this EASY recipe for chocolate covered Peanut Butter cookies!

This recipe is as easy as it gets! I took home a dozen Peanut Butter cookies and stopped at the local grocery store to pick up a few ingredients. Peanut Butter is one of my favorite cookies, but any cookie works with this recipe! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One dozen Peanut Butter cookies (BUY NOW or follow THIS recipe to make from scratch!)
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Nuts (optional)
  • Sea Salt (optional)
  • Parchment Paper

First you’ll want to melt the chocolate chips. I used 1 cup of chocolate chips which was plenty for one dozen cookies. I placed them in a bowl and put in the microwave for 10-second intervals (did a total of 30 seconds). Be sure to stir the chocolate in between intervals! Once the chocolate is melted, the cookies are ready to be covered! You can cover the cookies in as much or as little chocolate as you’d like! I covered about 1/3 of each cookie.

The chocolate will start to set, so if you’re topping with nuts or sea salt, be sure to do so quickly! I sprinkled the majority of them with nuts and just a few with sea salt. Place the cookies on a lined tray and place them in the fridge. Cookies are ready to eat once the chocolate is hard.

That’s all folks!

I wasn’t kidding when I said this recipe was easy! It makes for a quick last minute dessert option for a party or like in my case, when a chocolate craving hits. Let us know if you try this at home!

 

It’s National Peanut Butter Day!

It’s National Peanut Butter Day!

We are all about celebrating daily holidays. Whether it’s National Chocolate Chip Day or National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (see the difference?) you can count on us to acknowledge these playful and sometimes silly holidays (betcha didn’t know February 18th is National Thumb Appreciation Day, did ya?). Well, today is no different because…it’s National Peanut Butter Day!

What is Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter is a spread of dry-roasted peanuts often mixed with an oil to reach a smooth and creamy consistency. Peanut Butter is believed to have originated during Aztec times where peanuts were mashed into a paste. The creamy consistency that we are most familiar with was not invented until the late 1800’s.

Today, there are many variations of Peanut Butter: smooth, chunky, with honey, there’s even Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter! We won’t dive into the Jiff or Skippy debate, but what we will say is that peanut butter is great for any time of the day! Spread a little on toast for breakfast, dip with apples or celery for a snack, and who could pass on a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich for lunch?!

Why do we love Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter is near and dear to us because it was one of our original cookie flavors when we opened our bakery in 1980. Now, 39 years later, it is one of our most popular flavors! We hand scoop and fork (creating hash marks to help the cookies bake evenly) each and every cookie, just like home made! We also make a slightly sweeter version: Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips. Mmmmm!

Peanut Butter Cookies at Home!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for peanut butter cookies that we think you should try! It calls for three simple ingredients which you may already have in your kitchen!

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter (we suggest a chunky version)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop spoonfuls on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper. We suggest creating hash marks with a fork to help flatten the cookies! Bake at 350 degrees F for 6 – 8 minutes and you’ll have peanut butter cookies in no time!

Until the Next Holiday…

We may not observe each and every daily holiday, but we certainly get a kick out of them! Whether it’s National Snickerdoodle Day or National Chocolate Day, if it’s related to our cookies, we will find a way to celebrate. Stay tuned for Wednesday, June 12th where we’ll observe National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.