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Make perfect cookies every time in the air fryer! Whether it’s homemade or store-bought, this Air Fryer Cookie Recipe gives the best results with golden brown crispy edges and soft centers. Perfect for making a small batch of homemade cookies!

Overhead shot of air fryer cookies in an air fryer.

❤️ Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy recipe: All you have to do is air fry the cookie dough (homemade or storebought) and then let the cookies cool. It’s such an easy way to bake cookies.
  • Quick way to cook: This method is even quicker than oven baked.
  • Best cookies! These are seriously the best chocolate chip cookies! They’re made a little healthier as well with coconut oil, greek yogurt, and you can use xylitol or erythritol instead of sugar too. They have crispy edges and soft centers. My favorite!
  • Small batch: Nothing beats a freshly baked cookie! The best part (for me) is that I can bake just a few instead of an entire batch of cookies. A warm cookie every time? Yes, please!
  • Homemade or premade: You can use either premade cookie dough or follow my recipe below for coconut oil chocolate chip cookies. They can also either be fresh or frozen!
  • Cheap: The air fryer method is much more cost-effective to cook in an air fryer than in a conventional oven. The space needed to heat up is much smaller and therefore uses far less energy.

🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

You can use homemade or pre-made cookie dough. For the homemade cookie dough recipe you will need:

  • Flour: I used gluten-free all-purpose flour for this chocolate chip cookie recipe, however, regular all-purpose flour would be fine as well.
  • Sugar or substitute: Cookies are made usually with both brown sugar and white sugar. I’ve swapped the white sugar for xylitol or erythritol a few times and they taste great!
  • Coconut oil: Instead of butter I opted for refined coconut oil. The chocolate chip air fryer cookies still taste buttery but have a little bit of a healthier profile.
  • Greek yogurt: This adds a little tanginess to the cookies and helps them bind together a little more. Use a dairy-free alternative to make these cookies dairy free!
  • Eggs: Just the yolks for a chewier cookie.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract elevates the sweetness and adds a little warmth. It can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Baking soda: This gives the cookies just a little lift and adds to that “cookie” flavor. If you skip it, you can really taste that something is off.
  • Sea salt: Desserts need a little salt to bring out all of the other flavors.
  • Chocolate chips: Feel free to add in extra chocolate chips or some other additions. See below for a few ideas.
  • Xanthan gum (optional): If you’re using gluten-free flour and it doesn’t have xanthan gum already in it, add a little to help with the texture. Skip it for regular flour.

🥣 How to Make Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make the chocolate chip cookie dough (optional)

1. Begin by creaming the sugar and coconut oil together in a large bowl. I used a stand mixer at medium speed. The coconut oil should NOT be melted. Room temperature is ideal.

Creaming sugar and coconut oil together.

2. Next mix in the greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and egg yolks.

Egg yolks added to sugar and coconut oil in a stand mixer.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and xanthan gum (if using) together.

A turquoise whisk whisking flour in a metal bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until it’s fully incorporated. I do this one spoonful at a time in the stand mixer.

A spoon adding flour to a stand mixer.

5. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Adding chocolate chips to cookie dough in a stand mixer.

6. Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes-1 hour.

7. Form the cookie dough into 1.5-inch balls using a regular cookie scoop or rolling it between your hands and then flatten them slightly.

Hands forming cookie dough balls.

8. Cook them, place them back in the fridge, or freeze them in a freezer bag for later.

Air fryer refrigerated cookie dough

1. You’ll need some kind of baking sheet that fits in your air fryer basket. I use a springform cake pan that fits just perfectly. Place a piece of parchment paper over the circle and close the springform over it, cutting off any excess paper. This works particularly well because the parchment paper stays in place.

2. Place the tray in the basket of the air fryer and preheat the air fryer to 160°C

3. If you’re using premade cookie dough, roll the cookie dough portions into balls between your hands and then flatten them.

4. When the air fryer is hot, place 1-3 cookie dough balls onto the parchment paper.

Cookie dough in an air fryer on parchment paper.

5. Air fry cookie dough for 8-10 minutes.

6. Allow it to cool before eating. I remove the springform and lift the parchment paper onto a wire rack.

Air fryer frozen cookie dough

1. Use a cookie sheet or tray that fits your air fryer basket. I use a springform cake pan that fits just perfectly. Place a piece of parchment paper over the circle and close the springform over it.

2. Place the tray in the air fryer basket and preheat the air fryer to 160°C

3. When the air fryer is hot, place 1-3 cookie dough balls onto the parchment paper.

4. Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes.

5. Allow it to cool before eating. I remove the springform and lift the parchment paper onto a wire rack.

Overhead shot of air fryer cookies in an air fryer.

🍪 How to serve cookies

Serve this delicious treat with a scoop of ice cream or a glass of cold milk. Indulge in my healthy chocolate milk recipe for the ultimate dessert combo!

🫙 Storage Instructions

Cookie dough:

This is a great way to have delicious cookies any time you like! Freeze any leftover raw cookie dough for up to 3 months. No need to thaw before cooking!

Cookies:

  • Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze leftover cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Reheat room-temperature cookies for 3 minutes in the air fryer. Frozen cookies will take about 5 minutes.

🪄 Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Chilled too long: If the cookie dough is too hard after leaving it in the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes (or longer) to soften up.
  • Cookie type: From chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies to sugar cookies, this method works for all of your favorite cookies.
  • Size of your air fryer: The cooking time can be either longer or shorter depending on the size of your air fryer. I recommend checking the cookies at the shortest time given in the recipe card, and adding 2-3 minutes as needed.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put cookie dough in the air fryer?

Yes, cookie dough bakes perfectly in an air fryer. The heating element creates hot air that circulates in the air fryer making the outside edges crispy and the inside soft. The cookies turn out perfectly!

Can you reheat cookies in the air fryer?

Yes, using the air fryer is the best way to warm up cookies! It takes just a couple of minutes and there is no need to turn on the oven. I prefer the air fryer to the microwave as the cookies stay nice and crispy.

Can you put frozen cookies in the air fryer?

Yes, you can even warm up small batches of frozen cookies in the air fryer. It takes just a few extra minutes compared to room-temperature cookies but they taste delicious.

🍫 Can I add anything else to these cookies?

Yes, add up to 1.5 cups in total of your favorites! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Sugar-free chocolate chips
  • Carob chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Chopped chocolate bar
  • M&M’s
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
A pile of chocolate chip cookies on a baking tray with parchment paper.

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Overhead shot of air fryer cookies in an air fryer.

Easy Air Fryer Cookies Recipe

Bethany Galloway
Make perfect cookies every time in the air fryer! Whether it's homemade or store-bought, this air fryer cookie recipe gives the best results with golden brown crispy edges and soft centers. Perfect for making a small batch of homemade cookies!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 183 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package of frozen or refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough or follow the recipe below

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 282 g 2 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (or regular all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum* see note 1
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt or a dairy-free alternative
  • 180 g 3/4 cups/12 tablespoons refined coconut oil, room temperature (or butter)
  • 170 g 1 cup packed brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute)
  • 100 g 1/2 cup white sugar (or white sugar substitute, I used xylitol)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 340 g 1-1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

Make the chocolate chip cookie dough (optional)

  • Begin by creaming the sugar and coconut oil together in a large bowl. I used a stand mixer at medium speed. The coconut oil should NOT be melted. Room temperature is ideal.
    Creaming sugar and coconut oil together.
  • Next mix in the greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and egg yolks.
    Egg yolks added to sugar and coconut oil in a stand mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and xanthan gum (if using) together.
    A turquoise whisk whisking flour in a metal bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until it's fully incorporated. I added 1 spoonful of flour to the wet mixture in the stand mixer at a time.
    A spoon adding flour to a stand mixer.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
    Adding chocolate chips to cookie dough in a stand mixer.
  • Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes-1 hour.
  • Form the cookie dough into 1.5-inch balls using a regular cookie scoop or rolling it between your hands, then flatten them a little.
    Hands forming cookie dough balls.
  • Air fry them or place them back in the fridge or freeze them in a freezer bag for later.

Air fryer refrigerated cookie dough

  • You'll need some kind of baking sheet that fits in your air fryer basket. I use a springform cake pan that fits just perfectly. Place a piece of parchment paper over the circle and close the springform over it. Cut off any excess paper.
    Fixing the springform over the parchment paper.
  • Place the tray in the basket of the air fryer and preheat the air fryer to 160°C/320°F.
    Parchment paper and a springform pan in an air fryer.
  • When the air fryer is hot, place 1-3 cookie dough balls onto the parchment paper.
    Cookie dough in an air fryer on parchment paper.
  • Air fry cookie dough for 8-10 minutes.
  • Allow it to cool before eating. I remove the springform and lift the parchment paper onto a wire rack.
  • Repeat for as many cookies as desired or save the rest of the cookie dough for later.

Air fryer frozen cookie dough

  • Use a cookie sheet or tray that fits your air fryer basket. I use a springform cake pan that fits just perfectly. Place a piece of parchment paper over the circle and close the springform over it.
  • Place the tray in the air fryer basket and preheat the air fryer to 160°C/320°F.
  • When the air fryer is hot, place 1-3 frozen cookie dough balls onto the parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes.
  • Allow it to cool before eating. I remove the springform and lift the parchment paper onto a wire rack.
  • Serve this delicious treat with a scoop of ice cream!

Notes

  1. Chilled too long: If the cookie dough is too hard after leaving it in the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes (or longer) to soften up.
  2. Cookie type: From chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies to sugar cookies, this method works for all of your favorite cookies.
  3. Size of your air fryer: The cooking time can be either longer or shorter depending on the size of your air fryer. I recommend checking the cookies at the shortest time given in the recipe card, and adding 2-3 minutes as needed.

Storage instructions

Cookie dough:

This is a great way to have delicious cookies any time you like! Freeze any leftover raw cookie dough for up to 3 months. No need to thaw before cooking!

Cookies:

  • Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze leftover cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Reheat room-temperature cookies for 3 minutes in the air fryer. Frozen cookies will take about 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18g
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