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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Yes! Put some dough in the air fryer and some in your mouth and go live your best life.
I wouldn’t say they are better, but they are just as delicious as when baked in an oven.
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.
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.
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.
Air Fryer Cookies
- 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.
- Spoon flour into the measuring cup.
- Egg should be at room temperature for optimal results.
- You do not need to preheat your air fryer.
- Add 1 minute to cooking time for frozen dough.