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Air fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies are seriously the best! Perfectly crispy on the outside yet with soft middle, not too sweet and with light crunch from walnuts, these are perfect when cookie craving strikes and the recipe makes just one batch of 6 cookies.

chocolate chip cookies cooling a wooden handled wire rack

Chocolate chip cookie time everyone!!!

This cookie recipe was a challenging one. It took several tries to get to the result that I wished for – Room temperature or melted butter? Dark brown sugar or light brown sugar? All brown sugar or a mix? Proportion of brown sugar to regular sugar ratio? Whole egg, only white or only yolk? Baking powder, baking soda or a combination of both?

After several not so satisfactory cookies, we created a chocolate chip cookie for dessert that was crisp yet soft middle, not-too-sweet and simply delicious. My favorite part is that, this recipe makes just one batch (6 cookies) which is perfect for a family without too many leftover cookies. We all know where those remaining cookies go! 😂🤭

When I first started venturing into the air frying world, baking in the air fryer didn’t seem like an option. But, it opened a whole new world of possibilities when I saw an air fryer cookie on instagram.

How do you bake with an air fryer? Is that even a thing? Upon more google search, I came across a very detailed guide for air fryer baking and these chocolate chip were my first experiment – A huge success, well after many failures!

Air fryer chocolate chip cookies have:

  • Crispy edges
  • Soft middle
  • Not-too-sweet
  • A touch of salt
  • Makes one batch of 6 cookies
  • Great for holidays / kid friendly

Main ingredients:

Melted butter – Melted lukewarm unsalted butter

Sugars – Golden brown sugar and regular sugar

Egg – Only yolk

All purpose flour

Leavening – Baking soda

Chocolate and walnuts – Semi sweet chocolate chips and chopped walnuts

Flavorings – Vanilla extract and sea salt

How to bake cookies in air fryer?

First, melt butter just until melted and lukewarm. Beat melted butter and both sugars for about a minute or two, until creamy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla extract and then followed by flour, baking soda and salt.

Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts, divide dough into 6 equal portions and roll each into a ball. Place balls in a parchment paper and flatten each to a thick disc.

Bake in a 350 degree air fryer for 6 to 8 minutes.

Expert tips:

Don’t use hot butter. If the butter gets warm/hot, then let cool for a few minutes before using. Hot butter does not help in creaming.

Flatten the cookie dough. The air fryer does not work like oven in spreading the cookie dough when baking,

You can either use regular parchment paper or the ones with holes.

This recipe was tested in Instant Pot 6qt Vortex Air Fryer, cooking time may vary for other brands.

If using a smaller air fryer, bake cookies in two batches.

More recipes with chocolate chips: Almond Flour Chocolate Cake, Dairy Free Microwave Cake, Avocado Chocolate Truffles, Banana Mug Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake, Almond Flour Brownies, 3 Ingredient Truffles, Almond Butter Bars or Almond Butter Cups.

Storage instructions:

Cookies can be stored at room temperature in a sealed container for up to 5 days. The crispness tends to fade away after a day and turn the cookie soft, but the taste remains the same.

More chocolate recipes: Black Forest Smoothie, Mocha Mug Cake, Black Forest Mug Cake, Chocolate Kulfi, Homemade Churros, Chocolate Hummus , Nutella Mug Brownie, Nutella Brownie Muffins or Nutella Brownies.

Love cookies? Some of our favorite cookie recipes include:

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Butter Cookie

Gluten Free Lemon Cookies recipe

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Almond Flour Cookies <— only 3 ingredients

Almond Joy Cookies

Breakfast Cookies <— Healthiest Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Cardamom Cookies <— Melt in your mouth recipe

Walnut Shortbread Cookies

a hand holding a baked cookie above the air fryer basket filled with cookies

Frequently asked questions:

Can you put parchment paper in air fryer?

Yes but not when pre heating. Parchment paper can be used in the air fryer with food placed on it, this prevents the paper from lifting up and touching the heat element. So, NEVER ADD PARCHMENT PAPER WITHOUT ANY FOOD ON IT in an air fryer.

Can I use regular parchment paper in air fryer?

It depends. Generally, it is recommended to use a parchment paper with holes in it for better air circulation. You can cut parchment paper to size and make a some holes using a hole punch (more holes better the air circulation during cooking) or buy online. We used regular parchment (without any holes) for this recipe and we loved the crisp edges with soft inside.

Can I skip the walnuts in cookie recipe?

Absolutely! The cookies will still be fabulous.

Can I use other kind of nuts?

Toasted pecans is a great substitute.

chocolate chip cookies on a parchment paper

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Pudding in air fryer

Chicken Patties in Air Fryer

Fried Apple Donuts

Air Fryer Chickpeas 

Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fry Banana Cake

Crispy Breaded Shrimp with Panko

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Baked Apples

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Parmesan crusted Chicken in Air Fryer

French toast in air fryer

Air Fryer Mushrooms

Yield: 6 Cookies

Air fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Air fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies are seriously the best! Perfectly crispy on the outside yet with soft inside, not too sweet and with light crunch from walnuts, these are perfect when cookie craving strikes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • Less than 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (1/8 teaspoon plus 1/16 teaspoon to be exact)
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1 pinch salt, divided

Wet ingredients

Additional ingredients

Equipments used

Instructions

Make cookie dough


1. Add all dry ingredients (except one pinch salt) into a small bowl and whisk together to combine, set aside.


2. Melt butter (in the microwave or stovetop), just until ALMOST melted (remove before it melts fully, you just want most of it melted). If it melts fully and gets warm/hot, then let cool for a few minutes before proceeding).

3. Add melted butter, brown sugar and sugar into a medium bowl. Using an electric beater, beat on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until creamy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla, until smooth and creamy (just 30 seconds).

4. Add the whisked dry ingredients and beat on low speed, until it looks crumbly.

5. Add chocolate chips and walnuts and beat on medium speed for few seconds to combine (the beater might begin to struggle, that is a good indication to stop mixing).

Shape cookie dough:

1. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside of your air fryer basket (or use store bought air fryer parchment paper).

2. Divide cookie dough into 6 equal portions, gently roll each into a ball (the dough will not stick, if rolled gently) and place on the prepared parchment paper, spacing evenly.

3. Using the back of a measuring cup or your hand, flatten each ball into a flat disc (about 2 1/2 inches diameter). Adjust the edges to make a neater looking circle (this step is optional). Make sure that there is at least 1/2-inch gap in between cookies.

4. Sprinkle remaining pinch of salt, evenly on the cookies.

Bake cookies

1. Bake cookies at 350°F for 6 to 8 minutes (the time will depend on the type of air fryer used. I used Instant Pot vortex 6 quart air fryer, and it took 8 minutes).

The cookies will be very soft when hot but will crisp and firm up as it cools (we love them when they are still warm with gooey bits of chocolate and cookie is crisp and soft at the same time).

Notes

Don’t use hot butter. If the butter gets warm/hot, then let cool for a few minutes before using. Hot butter does not help in creaming.

Flatten the cookie dough. The air fryer does not work like oven in spreading the cookie dough when baking,

You can either use regular parchment paper or the ones with holes.

This recipe was tested in Instant Pot 6qt Vortex Air Fryer, cooking time may vary for other brands.

If using a smaller air fryer, bake cookies in two batches.

Parchment paper in air fryer - Generally, it is recommended to use a parchment paper with holes in it for better air circulation. You can cut parchment paper to size and make a some holes using a hole punch (more holes better the air circulation during cooking) or buy online. We used regular parchment (without any holes) for this recipe and we loved the crisp edges with soft inside.

Toasted pecans is a great substitute for walnuts.

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