Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies (Tips and Tricks)


These quick and easy Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies have buttery, crispy edges, while staying soft on the inside, done in minutes! Another great air fryer recipe!

If you’re on the fence about buying an Air Fryer check out my breakdown of the pros and cons, and different styles here: How To Use An Air Fryer

air fryer chocolate chip cookies on the air fryer rack with parchment paper

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am a chocolate chip cookie enthusiast! I have tons of recipes currently here on my site. Check out my entire chocolate chip cookie category! So I am always up for a new twist on the classic. Whether it be a secret ingredient ingredient, prep method or cooking style, I am HERE for it. Making chocolate chip cookies in the air fryer proved to be an easy, effective, and delicious way to enjoy the classic!

Why Air Fry Chocolate Chip Cookies?

You might be thinking, why would I make cookies in an air fryer when I can just make them in the oven? I mean, great question…and there isn’t a great answer! Making air fryer cookies is just another reason to keep your air fryer on the counter. I want to give you options!

  1. Will the cookies be different? The short answer is kind of. They will be equally delicious, but they do look a little different. The air circulates throughout the air fryer, causing the cookies to brown up on the tops a little quicker than in your oven. The center will take the full time to cook, so don’t let the deeper outer color through you!
  2. This recipe and method is perfect if you are a small household, an air fryer enthusiast, or just get a craving and don’t want to bake an entire batch of cookies! This is essentially a small batch recipe which works great for an air fryer that has limited capacity.
  3. After testing this recipe multiple times at different temperatures and bake times, the final recipe I am sharing here produces perfectly soft and chewy cookies. Of course note that as with ovens, cook time/bake time can vary. We don’t all have the exact same brand or style of air fryer.
broken cookie baked in an air fryer with melty chocolate on a rack

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Simple ingredients.
  • No stand mixer or hand mixer needed since you are using melted butter.
  • A smaller batch when you have a quick craving. 
  • Easy cooking style in the air fryer.
  • Golden, buttery edges with a soft, chewy center.
chocolate chip cookies on a baking rack

What Style Air Fryer Is the Best?

I am sure this question is open to debate. I have a whole post dedicated to air fryers that compares the different styles. But the short answer is: I have had and used both styles, and my personal preference is an air fryer with racks, as opposed to the basket version. Both have their pros and cons, but for my family I use it less for things like fries and wings, than I do for chicken breasts and veggies, so I prefer the surface area that racks give. This recipe works the same in both styles!

cookies in an air fryer

Ingredients:

The full ingredient list with measurements can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

  • Melted and cooled butter. The butter doesn’t have to be cooled to room temperature, just not piping hot. You want it to still be liquid, and not cool enough to firm up again. You can also brown your butter and let it cool if you want to really amp up the flavor! You can use salted or unsalted butter. As always I opt for salted, because I prefer the flavor. 
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt
  • Baking soda
  • All purpose flour
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate chips 

Tools:

Obviously this is an air fryer cookie recipe so the most important tool here is an air fryer! You can easily make these cookies in a traditional oven as well. Besides that, you only need a few things to prep this recipe:



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