Air fryer cookies

Air fryer cookies

30 min
In the mood for a sweet treat but short on time? Picture warm, melt-in-your-mouth cookies with a crisp exterior and a soft, chocolate-laden interior, all in just a few minutes. Our recipe for easy air fryer cookies allows you to whip up delectable treats in a fraction of the time without compromising on the flavours of classic chocolate chip cookies. Let us show you how to go about it!


  • Whisk butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla sugar, and egg thoroughly together.
  • Mix wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder, and stir it into the butter mixture along with the chocolate.
  • Divide the dough into about 20 small portions, each weighing approximately 45 g, and shape them into balls.
  • Place the balls in an air fryer on a piece of baking paper – press them slightly flat. The cookies will spread a bit, so make sure there is enough space between them.
  • Bake the cookies in the air fryer for about 7 minutes at 175°C until they are golden but soft in the middle. Once they are done, let them cool in the air fryer basket for about 5 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack afterwards.

A perfect cookie requires some attention to detail. Remember to keep your butter at room temperature for an ideal dough consistency, and do not over-mix the dough to keep your cookies tender.


For quick cookie cravings, make and freeze dough balls in advance. They can go directly from the freezer to the air fryer. Just remember to adjust the baking time accordingly. It should take about 14 minutes at 175°C.


When making air fryer cookies, it is important not to overcrowd the air fryer; otherwise, you risk the cookies sticking together. Once they are done, allow them to cool in the air fryer basket for about 5 minutes. This allows them to firm up a bit more. If the edges of the cookies are still raw, continue air frying them for a minute or so until they are completely done.

Questions about air fryer cookies

Craving some delectable chocolate chip cookies? With our air fryer cookie recipe, you get freshly baked cookies with crispy edges and a soft centre in just a few minutes. Keep on reading to find out how.

Can you bake cookies in an air fryer?
Using an air fryer when making cookies can result in cookies that are deliciously crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, thanks to the concentrated heat and rapid air circulation. The quick baking time helps preserve the flavour of the cookies while the chocolate stays nice and melty. However, they might not spread as much as in a conventional oven so you might get slightly thicker, puffier cookies. But overall, the taste and texture of air fryer cookies are just as delicious as cookies straight from the oven.
Can you bake frozen cookie dough in an air fryer?
Yes, you can bake frozen cookie dough in an air fryer. It is a convenient way to have fresh-baked cookies without the need for defrosting. The process is similar to baking room-temperature cookie dough but with a slightly longer cooking time. Bake the frozen cookie dough at around 175°C for approximately 14 minutes. However, since the cooking time can vary, it is a good idea to start checking a bit earlier to ensure that they are not overbaked.
How long to cook cookie dough in an air fryer?
The cooking time for cookie dough can vary depending on the size of the cookie, as well as the specific model of the air fryer. Typically, it takes about 7 minutes for the cookies to bake in an air fryer at 175°C if the dough is at room temperature. If the dough is refrigerated or frozen, the baking time will be longer, roughly 10 to 14 minutes. But keep an eye on them to make sure they do not overbake!


Soft butter
150 g
125 g
Brown sugar
125 g
Wheat flour (approx. 450 ml)
250 g
Roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
200 g
Vanilla sugar
2 tsp
Baking soda
1 tsp
Coarse salt
¾ tsp
Baking powder
½ tsp

Do you crave that freshly-baked cookie smell wafting through your kitchen, but do not want to wait for your oven to preheat? Then we have a quick fix solution with our easy air fryer cookie dough recipe. Within minutes, these delectable delights are ready, offering a texture as dreamy as oven-baked ones, if not better. The powerful hot air circulation of the air fryer guarantees crispy edges and a soft, tender centre. Plus, the air fryer's compact nature makes it super convenient, particularly for smaller batches.

If you like cooking with an air fryer, why not try some other air fryer recipes? Try, for example, our easy air fryer chicken nuggets, air fryer quesadillas, or crispy air fryer fries.

The secret to great air fryer cookies starts with a well-prepared dough. It should feel soft and pliable, and not too sticky. The key to achieving this texture lies in the butter. It should be softened, but not melted, to ensure your cookies hold their shape while baking. Achieving this texture requires the right balance of ingredients and carefully mixing them. Your reward? A firm yet tender dough that paves the way for delicious, well-shaped cookies with a delightful texture, ready to melt in your mouth.

Rich chocolate for flavour and texture

What is a cookie without the indulgent richness of chocolate? The dark chocolate in our recipe does not just lend an enticing aroma; it adds a whole other dimension to the taste and texture of the cookies. As the dark chocolate chunks melt during baking, they create delightful, oozy spots of bittersweetness that beautifully complement the cookie’s crispy shell. The slight bitterness of dark chocolate balances the sweetness from the sugar, resulting in a well-rounded, deeply satisfying treat, with each bite providing a blend of crisp, soft, and gooey.

There is something magical about a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, and this joy is for both kids and adults alike. These compact, delightful treats are ideal for everything from picnics and lunchboxes to a comforting evening snack. They are a fantastic go-to treat all year round. A summer barbecue dessert, an autumnal evening comfort snack, a warm indulgence in winter, or a spring picnic surprise – these chocolate chip cookies ensure you have a little bit of happiness just an air-fryer away!

Add your own touch

While the classic chocolate chip cookie is a crowd-pleaser, why not experiment and add your own twist? For instance, you might fancy a sprinkle of sea salt on top of your cookies. This small addition can elevate your cookie from a sweet treat to a delightful sweet and savoury combo.

Also, consider folding in chopped nuts for added crunch. Almonds, pecans, or walnuts all lend some nice earthy undertones that complement the dark chocolate perfectly. A variation of chocolate can also bring about a different taste. White chocolate chips, for instance, can lend a creamy, vanilla-infused sweetness to your cookies, offering a change from the robust, bitter-sweet notes of dark chocolate.