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Deliciously easy air fryer cookies with a super easy to make vanilla cookie dough with chocolate chips baked in an air fryer! 

So as it’s the new year, and I have been blogging for 8+ years now, I thought it was time to jazz things up slightly and try some new things on my blog! The way to start? One of the most requested ‘bakes’ ever… air fryer cookies!

These are super easy to make, super easy to bake, and they are DELICIOUS! 

The cookie dough

So this cookie dough is the same base cookie dough as my New York City cookies, and a lot of my cookie bars, because it really is just that good of a cookie dough. 

  • Butter – So to reduce the cost of the bake, you can use a baking spread or a margarine for these cookies – but if you prefer, you can still use unsalted butter. 
  • Sugar – As always, I like to use a mix of light brown soft sugar and white granulated sugar for my basic cookie dough. You can use all of one or the other though, you just want the same total weight. 
  • Egg – Easy standard egg – I tend to use medium eggs in my bakes, but you can use one large egg instead of. 
  • Vanilla – Optional, but adds a delicious flavour. 
  • Flour – Always use plain flour in your cookies!! You don’t want self raising flour as it will create a cake like cookie. I do also use cornflour as it adds a nice texture, but you can remove it and add 25g more flour. 
  • Raising agents – For these, I use bicarbonate of soda. Bicarb is a classic addition as the raising agent for cookies!
  • Chocolate – All the chocolate chips… I usually recommend 100-300g worth of chocolate chips, and you can use any flavour! 

I often make my cookie doughs in my stand mixer, but when I made this I used an electric hand mixer. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have an electric mixer, you can just use a bowl and spoon; just make sure to add flour slowly and beat like crazy so it mixes okay. 

Making in advance

So as these cookies are being baked into an air fryer, the prep is slightly different. The cookies don’t necessarily need chilling before baking, but it can help keep them in a better shape. 

With the air fryer I have, you can only fit 3 in the basket at once, and as the cookie dough makes about 15 cookies, you can make a choice. Bake in batches, or bake as many as you want to eat fresh, and refrigerate there rest of the cookie dough for up to 48 hours.

You can also freeze the rest of the cookie dough. The cookie dough freezes perfectly once scooped into the portions. I use a 5cm cookie scoop for my cookies, and they weigh about 50-60g each. 

The air fryer 

So I have a Ninja Air Fryer, but they all do the same sort of thing. This recipe has been tested in a few different air fryers, but just keep an eye as you go obviously! 

Many of the air fryers out there have different functions, but I purposely just used the basic air fryer setting for the cookies so that they were proper air fryer cookies! 

The testing process resulted in eating far too many cookies, if there is such a thing, but it was worth it. Lower temps for longer, high temps for shorter, air frying from frozen and so on!! It was a tasty experiment. 

How to bake in an air fryer 

To bake these air fryer cookies in your air fryer, you have to make sure your air fryer basket is set up correctly, and place a circle of parchment paper on the base. There are arguments about whether you need to pierce holes it the paper, but I did. 

It’s super important to line the basket of your air fryer as the cookie dough will get stuck and sink into the base otherwise, which you definitely do not want to happen! No cookies shall be wasted here. 

Because of the size of my air fryer, I place three cookies in the air fryer basket at once, and then bake at 160ºc for 10 minutes. Once baked, you do have to leave them in there for a couple of minutes before removing. It’s best to remove them on the piece of paper still as the cookies will still be very gooey and soft and hard to remove. 

Tips & Tricks 

If you are baking from frozen, you will bake them for one minute longer – 160ºc for 11 minutes. 

If you want to bake NYC size air fryer cookies, that weigh about 120g each, you will need to bake them in the air fryer for 13-14 minutes. They will go quite golden, but you can lower the temp of your air fryer to 150ºc if you find they heat too much and bake for 15 minutes.

Air Fryer Cookies!

Deliciously easy air fryer cookies with a super easy to make vanilla cookie dough with chocolate chips baked in an air fryer! 
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Category: Air fryer
Type: Cookies
Keyword: chocolate chip
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 Cookies
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 75 g white granulated sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional!)
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 300 g chocolate chips (150g dark, 150g milk)


  • Add the butter and sugars to a bowl and beat until creamy
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and beat again
  • Add the plain flour, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt and beat until a cookie dough is formed!
  • Add the chocolate chips and beat until they're distributed well!
  • Portion your cookie dough onto a tray - I use a 5cm scoop and they weight about 50-60g.
  • Line your air fryer with a piece of parchment paper (I put holes in mine) and add as many cookies will fit. I did three at a time.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 160ºc
  • Once baked, let the cookies cool for a few minutes before removing the parchment paper with the cookies on as the cookies will still be very soft. Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes before enjoying.
  • Repeat as many times as you want for as many cookies as you need. See the blog post about storing leftover cookie dough. ENJOY!



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  1. Lindsey on May 15, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Can I use Yorkie chocolate bars?

  2. Georgina on April 10, 2024 at 8:37 pm

    5 stars
    These are incredible! I LOVE them! If only you could eat these for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – because I would.

  3. Alim on March 4, 2024 at 10:18 pm

    5 stars
    This is just great, you can’t even mess it up even if you try. Believe me, because I tried…

    I was out of some ingredients and felt too lazy to go to the store. So I made no egg, single cookie version of this. Still turned out great.

    Anyway, here it goes:

    1 teaspoon of butter (scraped from the final remnants left in the tub, how long since you’ve had this butter anyway?)
    4 teaspoons of sugar (I don’t have any brown sugar)
    1/2-ish teaspoons of honey (it just makes sense, honey is brownish and sugary)
    1/2 teaspoons of ground flax seed (this is supposed to replace the egg)
    2 teaspoons of water
    4 teaspoons of flour
    1/4-ish teaspoons of baking soda
    Few shakes of salt
    1 teaspoon of nutella

    Mix butter, sugar and honey together. Then, add flax seeds and water. Mix again real good. Add flour and baking soda, mix once more. You have forgotten to add salt. Add salt. Finally, put the nutella to the middle of the mixture, but don’t try to mix much this time. Just fold the sides on top of chocolate and transfer to piece of baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes. Eat!

    Now, realize that you totally forgot about corn flour. Try to imagine how this could get any better. Maybe you could use less sugar next time?

  4. Alice on February 28, 2024 at 7:58 am

    Hi Jane, would this recipe be suitable for putting a cream egg in the middle? If so would the cooking time be any different? Thanks Alice

  5. Violet on February 9, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely scrumptious. The kids enjoyed making it and devoured it lol
    Thank you so much Jane .

  6. K Far on November 17, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    5 stars
    Another amazing recipe loved by my family I topped with ice cream, cream and chocolate sauce. Thank you Jane I love your recipes.

  7. Caroline Bennett on November 16, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    5 stars
    So easy to make! Thank you once again Jane for a super easy recipe. These were a huge hit in our house and I’m now making different combinations ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  8. Nessrine on November 15, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    Best cookies recipe THANK YOU
    How to make it chocolate cookies please?

    • Kirsty on February 8, 2024 at 4:02 pm

      This is probably too late but if you replace 30g of the flour with cocoa powder, you’ll get a double chocolate cookie 🙂

  9. Leena on May 8, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Delicious! Made them 3 times already! Despite following all instructions the first time the cookies did not cook through properly, on second attempt I found that depending on your air fryer (the one I used was the Sur la Table dual air fryer) you might need to flip the cookies half way through for them to cook through. They might seem undercooked at this point but trust the process, flip them, put them in for the remaining 5 1/2 minutes. When you take them out after the 10/11 minutes at 160C they may seem too soft but will cool to a perfect texture 🙂

  10. Preeti on April 25, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely recipe – I personally found 300g to be a bit too much so I opted for around 280 and they were perfect for me!

  11. alison on April 13, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    I made 16 of these and my kids devoured them, I got 1 lol, they were scrumptious, can I do some with no chocolate chips as my youngest prefers plain.

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 17, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      Hiya! Absolutely you can, enjoy! x

  12. Adrian on February 27, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane just made these in a Ninja AF400 in bake mode. I put 3 in each draw & they have come out great!!

  13. Fiona on February 25, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    Just made these and they’re delicious! Thankyou for an air fryer recipe and please give us more!!💖

  14. Liz on January 24, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    5 stars
    Can you cook these from frozen? If so how long would you recommend cooking for?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 30, 2023 at 11:54 am

      Hiya! Absolutely, just add on 1-2 mins! Enjoy! x

  15. Zoe on January 23, 2023 at 10:04 am

    If using gluten free flour, would there be any other changes to the recipe? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 30, 2023 at 11:33 am

      Hiya! No, should be fine! Hope this helps! x

  16. Grace on January 13, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing Jane!! Delicious and one of the kids helped make them which was great. Love your cook books and the blog. Any further airfry recipes are greatly appreciated 💕

  17. Nisha on January 12, 2023 at 11:37 am

    5 stars
    Can you air fryer the gluten free cookie recipe too?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 16, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Yes absolutely! Enjoy! x

  18. Sarah on January 10, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Can you use vegan butter?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 11, 2023 at 9:32 am

      Yes this should be fine! Hope this helps! x

  19. Emma on January 9, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    I made them in my 9 in 1 Ninja. I wasn’t sure whether to use ‘bake/roast’ or ‘air crisp’. I tried both, with much the same result. I did them at 50g each & they needed 12-13 mins to cook. I also had to squash them down a bit or they stayed in a ball shape. My 8yo thinks they’re delicious 👍

  20. Dee Saker on January 9, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Hi! Do these require chilling before air frying, like your NYC ones? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      Hiya! No they do not. Hope this helps! x

  21. Jessica on January 9, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Jane…I could kiss you! Air fryer cookies?! Get in! Can’t wait to give this a go! Would you recommend putting them in the fridge beforehand like with your NYC cookies? Or just put them straight in? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      Hiya! No they don’t, I put them straight in! Enjoy! x

    • Catherine Cattani on February 18, 2023 at 2:21 pm

      Hello, when you out the cookie dough in the air fryer is this in a ball or flat?

      I have a ninja 7 in 1. How do stop the parchment paper from lifting up while in the air fryer?

  22. Janis on January 9, 2023 at 11:39 am

    5 stars
    Just tried making these. OMG!! They are so moreish!!

    • Ruth G on January 14, 2024 at 4:23 pm

      Can I leave the cornflour out? I don’t have any but really want to make these today!

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