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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.

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.

an upclose photo of 3 air fryer chocolate chip cookies on a beige plate

4.95 from 40 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.

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  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.

Nutrition

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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31 Comments

  1. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but is there may be too much chocolate in these? Or did I not mix them enough? Still experimenting with this recipe, but it certainly tastes, good, you know, normal.

    A good basic recipe to experiment with my air fryer!

    1. I firmly believe that chocolate, garlic, and cheese all need to be measured with your heart. So definitely feel free to adjust to your tastes.

  2. The taste is nice average chocolate chip cookie but they stay in ball form in the air fryer they don’t melt down into cookies it’s kinda weird 3 stars

    1. Kelly, did you refrigerate the dough for a long period of time? Typically when a cookie stays in ball form it means one of two things: 1) the dough was too cold 2) when the flour was added it was scooped into the cup instead of spooned. Too much flour can keep the dough more compact.

      As you can see from the photos, my cookies spread in a normal manner, so chances are there was a bit too much flour in your batch.

    1. Ellie, it sounds like your air fryer is in Celcius. My recipe notes that the temp is in F.

      Google tells me that 300F is 148.9C, so I would assume that’s 150C for you.

  3. First time making cookies in the air fryer went well. Thank you Sarah for the detailed post, this is now a go to for my family 🙂5 stars

  4. Loved this recipe it was really good but I want to make this for my mum who is a vegetarian so can I substitute the egg with something else?5 stars

  5. I didn’t quite make them yet but i was wondering this my second time using an air fryer that i recently got. can I use regular parchment rather than air fryer parchment

    1. You can, but you’ll want to punch a few holes in it first. That keeps it from sucking up around the cookies due to the powerful air fryer fan.

    1. Hi Yang, generally that means your batter was too cold when it went into the air fryer. This happens to me both in the air fryer and oven with too chilled batter.

      Another few options: 1) your baking soda is dead (pretty rare but it happens if the box is very old) 2) you did a “scoop and dump” of the flour instead of spooning it into the measuring cups. This compacts the flour and you end up adding too much flour and thus get a really solid batter that doesn’t spread.

      Happy to troubleshoot if you’d like to email me at sarah@www.sustainablecooks.com

  6. This was my first time using an air fryer. The recipe was wonderful, and because you can make small batches in the air fryer and freeze some to later. (we would eat the entire batch-gluttons that we are!) Also, because it makes smaller portions, I could set the air fryer for a minute longer than the recipe recomments for my husband as he likes them quite brown, and I like them chewy.5 stars

    1. I’m with YOU Rae – chewy all the way! So glad you enjoyed them and were able to personalize them to your tastes. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! 🙂

  7. So, what I just read was I can quarter this recipe and make a tiny batch all for myself muahahahahahha muahahahahah (that was evil laughter) while working from home while husband is at work! I just noticed the new? scroll bar across the top that shows all your blog posts. So cool!5 stars

    1. YES ma’am!!! Or, make the whole recipe and freeze the leftover dough for later. Boom!

      The bar thingy is called Slickstream. I’m testing it out for free for 30 days. You can try it on your site too!