Did you know that you can make the perfect chocolate chip cookies in the air fryer? Soft, slightly chewy and gooey cookies cooked in just 10 minutes in your air fryer. Air Fryer Cookies are about to blow your mind! Bakery style cookies that you don't have to turn your oven on for and the whole family will love.
You just can't beat a freshly baked cookie. The smell, the texture, the melt in your mouth taste. We are BIG homemade cookie fans, but sometimes heating the oven up, especially in the summer is just a hassle. That's where air fryer cookies come in. The PERFECT texture cookie, all done in the air fryer. It might just be our new favourite way to use the air fryer.
We have tested cookies in the air fryer a LOT of times. Firstly, because "baking" in your air fryer is a little bit of trial and error, so we have experienced all of the errors for you. Secondly, because they are amazing. Once we got the recipe right, we just couldn't stop making them!
If you are looking for other exciting ways to use your air fryer, then why not try our Air Fryer French Toast, Air Fryer Steak, Air Fryer Tortilla Chips, Air Fryer Sausage Rolls, or Air Fryer Boiled Eggs?
Why you will love them
- The PERFECT cookie recipe - These are just incredible! Gooey, soft, chewy, with a slight crunch.
- Quicker than the oven - These take just 10 minutes to cook and you don't need to heat up the oven.
- Adaptable - Use this recipe as a base and then adapt it with a few add-ins to make a different cookie every time.
- Store well - You can store these for a few days, or even freeze the cookie dough balls and bake from frozen.
- Perfect for small batches - You need to cook these in batches because of the size of the air fryer. So this is a great recipe if you just want to cook a few cookies at a time.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Flour - We used plain flour (all-purpose).
- Sugar -We used a mixture of caster sugar and brown sugar to add crunch and colour. The brown sugar gives that lovely caramel flavour.
- Butter - Make sure this is softened and not melted. We used unsalted, because we were adding salt. If you are using salted butter, then leave out the added salt.
- Baking powder and baking soda - This helps the cookies to rise and get nice and fluffy.
- Vanilla - Make sure it is vanilla extract, not essence, as it will give a much more natural flavour. You could use vanilla bean paste instead.
- Chocolate chips - Quality is important here. We used a mixture of milk and white, but you could use dark instead.
- Milk - Any milk will work.
- Salt - A pinch of salt really brings out the sweetness.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make air fryer cookies - Step by step
One: Put the butter, vanilla and sugar into a large mixing bowl (a). Mix well to combine (b).
Two: Add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well to combine.
Three: Add the milk and chocolate chips.
Four: Use your hands to mix together and form into a ball of dough. Chill for at least 30 minutes, but up to a day if possible.
Five: Divide into 12 equal sized balls and put into the air fryer. Add a few more chocolate chips to the tops of the balls. Cook at 160°C for 10 minutes.
Six: Allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
What to serve with air fryer cookies
These are pretty big, so we wouldn't serve it with anything else to eat, maybe some fruit on the side to lighten it all up a little. However, we do love a hot drink or smoothie to go with one of these for an afternoon pick-me-up. Why not try one of these:
- Hot Chocolate Spoons
- Chai Tea Latte
- Banana Milk
- Cinnamon Coffee
- Apple Pie Smoothie
- Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- Cinnamon Mocha
What we love about cookies is how easy they are to adapt. Use this recipe as a base and then add in extra ingredients. Other add-ins that work well are:
- Dark chocolate chunks
- Freeze dried raspberries
Store: These are best eaten on the day of baking, but even though we could happily eat an entire batch of these in one day, it's not a great idea! You can store these in an air tight container and they will keep for 3 days.
Freeze: If you want to freeze cookies, we would recommend freezing the dough rather than the cooked cookies, and you can bake them from frozen. They will take around 13-14 minutes to cook from frozen. You can freeze the cooked cookies though. Wrap them individually and then put into a freezer bag and they will keep in the freezer for 3 months.
Defrost: You can defrost them at room temperature for a couple of hours.
Reheat: If you want to refresh the stored cookies, put them in the microwave for 20 seconds or the oven for 2-3 minutes to warm them though. Cookies should always be served warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you have to line the air fryer basket with something like a liner or parchment paper so it doesn't make a mess, fall apart and all fall through. You can use one of these Air Fryer Liners too.
Every air fryer will cook differently. In ours, the cookies took 10 minutes, but you might want to check them after 8 minutes, and they could take 12 minutes. They are cooked when the edges start to colour. The air fryer cookies will harden as they cool, which is why you need to leave them to cool in the basket before moving.
Make sure you have measured your flour correctly. However, if the dough is still too dry to roll into balls, then add a tablespoon or two more of milk.
Yes, you can! They will take about 12 minutes, but it's a great way to cook them.
• For best results, chill the dough for at least 30 minutes (although you can chill a day in advance). This allows the butter to solidify and stop them spreading so much when cooking.
• Make sure there is space in the air fryer between each cookie as they will rise and spread.
• Leave the cookies to rest in the air fryer basket, out of the air fryer, for 5 minutes before moving them on to a cooling rack.
• When the air fryer cookies have finished cooking, press a couple of chocolate chips into them before they cool, to make them look extra chocolatey.
• If you have any leftover cookie dough, you can wrap it up and put in an air tight container and it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
• You can use this recipe to make mini air fryer cookies too.
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Air Fryer Cookies
- 125 g Plain flour
- 50 g Caster sugar
- 60 g Brown sugar
- 100 g Butter
- 0.25 teaspoon Baking powder
- 0.25 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 120 g Chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon Milk
- 1 pinch Salt
- Put the butter, vanilla and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.50 g Caster sugar, 60 g Brown sugar, 100 g Butter, 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- Add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well to combine.125 g Plain flour, 0.25 teaspoon Baking powder, 1 pinch Salt, 0.25 teaspoon Baking soda
- Add the milk, vanilla and chocolate chips.120 g Chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon Milk
- Use your hands to mix together and form into a ball of dough.
- Divide into 12 equal sized balls and put into the air fryer. Add a few more chocolate chips to the tops of the balls.
- Cook at 160°C for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
- For best results, chill the dough for at least 30 minutes (although you can chill a day in advance). This allows the butter to solidify and stop them spreading so much when cooking.
- Make sure there is space in the air fryer between each cookie as they will rise and spread.
- Leave the cookies to rest in the air fryer basket, out of the air fryer, for 5 minutes before moving them on to a cooling rack.
- When the air fryer cookies have finished cooking, press a couple of chocolate chips into them before they cool, to make them look extra chocolatey.
- If you have any leftover cookie dough, you can wrap it up and put in an air tight container and it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
- You can use this recipe to make mini air fryer cookies too.