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Soft and delicious Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies are an easy dessert that won’t require heating up your kitchen. Make the perfect cookie in the air fryer for fast treats that your family will love.

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Thanks to the magic of the air fryer, deliciously soft and warm cookies can be yours in a flash. And while they’re perfect for small batches, you can also cook a bunch of cookies quickly. Everybody wins. Especially you.

And if you don’t have an air fryer (yet!), you’ll want to follow the oven-baking directions in this Soft Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. The cooking time remains the same regardless if you use all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

3 photos showing the process of mixing cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Cookies be Baked in an Air Fryer?

Absolutely! An air fryer works as a countertop convection oven and works beautifully for baking.

Air fryers are much more energy efficient than a traditional oven/range, so baking cookies in an air fryer helps keep electricity bills down.

Can You Put Raw Cookie Dough in the Air Fryer?

Yes! Put some dough in the air fryer and some in your mouth and go live your best life.

Are Cookies Better in an Air Fryer?

I wouldn’t say they are better, but they are just as delicious as when baked in an oven.

Do You Have to Use Parchment Paper for Cookies in an Air Fryer?

It’s not necessary, but it does help prevent the cookies from sticking to the basket. I use this air fryer parchment paper.

If you don’t have parchment, brush olive oil on the basket before placing the cookie dough balls in the air fryer.

You can also use your favorite brand of regular parchment but poke some holes in it. This will prevent the edges from curling up from the power/heat of the air fryer fan.

Can You Bake Frozen Cookie Dough in an Air Fryer?

Yes! Add 1 minute to the cooking time in the recipe card below when working with frozen dough.

Dough that is very cold may not spread as well as slightly chilled/room temperature dough.

cookie dough in an air fryer.

How to Store and Reheat

Storing Leftover Cookies: Allow the cookies to fully cool before storing them in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Reheating Leftover Cookies: Room-temperature cookies are a delight, but there is nothing like a warm cookie!

To reheat leftover cookies, place 1-2 cookies on a microwave-safe plate and loosely cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 10 seconds at a time until the cookies are warmed though.

Freezing Cookies: You can freeze both cookie dough or baked cookies.

You can roll the dough into balls and store them unbaked, in the fridge, for 4-5 days. I like to leave them at room temperature while the oven preheats.

You can also freeze the cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet or plate for a few hours. Transfer them to a freezer bag and they’ll store for months.

You can bake them frozen, but I prefer to leave them at room temperature for 30-60 minutes prior to baking.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Use homemade brown sugar and homemade vanilla extract for an extra special flavor.
  • Form any leftover unbaked cookie dough into balls and store them in the fridge for up to a week in an air-tight container. You can also freeze extras by placing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freezing them for an hour. Then transfer to freezer-safe storage like these reusable silicone bags.
  • Want to add chopped nuts or other mix-ins? Feel free! Adding any more than 1/3 cup of extras may impact the texture of the finished product.
  • Cookies need to be stored in an air-tight container to avoid getting stale. If the cookies get left out, check out my tips on how to soften cookies.

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4.94 from 44 ratings

Air Fryer Cookies

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
an upclose photo of 3 air fryer chocolate chip cookies on a beige plate
These air fryer chocolate chip cookies are an easy dessert that doesn't require heating up your kitchen.



  • In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter for 20 seconds. You want some of it melted, but the vast majority of the butter should be soft but solid.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • Add the brown and white sugar and mix. 
    1/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix.
    1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Add the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is about 50% combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix. Optional: Refrigerate dough for an hour at this point.
    1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Make dough balls about 2-inches wide.
  • Place a piece of parchment in the air fryer basket. Arrange cookies on parchment. Bake at 300 degrees F for 8 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to rest on the pan for 4-5 minutes before removing.


  1. Spoon flour into the measuring cup. 
  2. Egg should be at room temperature for optimal results.
  3. You do not need to preheat your air fryer.
  4. Add 1 minute to cooking time for frozen dough.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 181IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Biscuit très bon mais j’ai due corriger la température à 325f et plus de 10 minutes pour la cuisson4 stars

    1. (via google translate, so apologies if any of it is wrong) merci d’avoir pris le temps de laisser un avis. Je suis heureux de savoir que vous avez apprécié la recette!

  2. I forgot to put my butter into the mixture 😅
    So i add my butter at the very end… and now i feel like my dough is to runny 😀
    Should i add more flour or should i put my cookie dough into the trash can?

    Also, does any brown sugar works? Cuz when i shop for the ingredients theres a “light brown sugar” and “dark brown sugar”.

    1. Hi Del, I would not bake them with melted butter mixed in at the very end. BUT that doesn’t mean they’re destined for the trash. Make sure the dough is mixed well and refrigerate it for 1-2 hours and THEN bake them.

      You can use either light or dark. Dark will give a slightly more intense flavor to the cookies. Intense in a good way.

    1. Hi Sarah (great name!) a few guesses:
      1) how cold was your butter/batter?
      2) did you scoop the flour into the cup or scoop? That can pack too much in there, which changes the consistency of the dough.
      3) did you make any ingredient substitutions?
      4) the temp in the recipe is in F. Did you need to convert it to C for any reason? Perhaps the cooking temp didn’t convert correctly.

  3. I just made these! I had them in the air fryer for 8 minutes, but they are still not cooked. They were still “squishy/spongy” to the touch. Not a solid at all. Any recommendations on what I did wrong and how to correct it?? Thanks!

    1. A few guesses: 1) how large are the cookies? If you make them bigger than recommended, they will take longer to cook.
      2) did you scoop the flour into the cup or scoop? That can pack too much in there, which changes the consistency of the dough.
      3) did you make any ingredient substitutions?
      4) the temp in the recipe is in F. Did you need to convert it to C for any reason? Perhaps the cooking temp didn’t convert correctly.

    2. You did not do anything wrong. I baked these cookies as well and the same thing happened to me. These cookies come out perfect if baked at 350 degrees for 8 minutes I figured out the temp should be higher because my air fryer is larger than most. Also, don’t forget to turn on the “fan” function for even circulation.