I’ve been making these cute air fryer chocolate chip cookies since I got my air fryer and it’s one of my go-to cookie recipes. They have a light crunchy shell with a delicious gooey center and they are super easy to make.
Being bite-size, I like to tell myself that I can eat just one, but seriously, it hasn’t been possible to resist biting down on more. They’re a little dangerous, but you’re going to love them and you’ll be glad you gave them a try.
Of course, if you’re a ‘go big or go home’ kind of person then try my oven baked chocolate chip cookies which are just, “Mmm mmm mmm”!!!
It’s true, cookies like this aren’t really for the health conscious, but I live by the 80/20 rule, and that extends to my diet. So while I mostly eat lean meats and plant based dishes I allow myself to enjoy sweets from time to time. It keeps me happy, and I know it’ll put a smile on your face!
Now, if you want to make these air fryer chocolate chip cookies a little healthier I’ll explain how to swap out a few things to do that. Granted, this will change the texture and flavor a bit but it’ll still be delicious!
I always store extra in my freezer so when the mood hits me I can just pull out a couple and pop them into my air fryer! Warm, crunchy chocolate chip cookie balls in just 7 -9 minutes! I rarely wait for them to cool down all the way before I start munching on them… I just can’t help it!
What’s in these Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Well, you’ve got your flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, butter, sugars, vanilla, egg, and chocolate chips. If you’re feeling a little nutty then add some chopped walnuts like I do (it’s how I roll 😉) which will give your chocolate chip cookies a little extra texture and flavor.
How to Make Mini Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
To make air fryer chocolate chip cookies you’ll need 2 bowls. You’ll also want to line your air fryer with some parchment paper and there’s no need to spray it.
Without parchment paper your cookies might expand into the tray and get stuck in the holes. Trim the parchment paper so you don’t have extra sticking off to the side. Otherwise, they sort of flap around the cookies along the edges which can affect how they ‘fry’ up.
- In your mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda then set it aside.
- In your other bowl add room temperature butter, egg, and combine your sugars and vanilla into it. Give it a good mix. It should have some grit to it since the sugars will still be granular.
- Next, take that wet mix and add it to your flour mix and combine everything.
- If you’re mixing by hand instead of with a mixer the cookie dough will get a little difficult to mix. Sometimes, I’ll throw on a nitrile glove and use my hand which makes it so much easier!
Then, fold your chocolate chips and walnuts into the dough until it’s nicely mixed in.
It’s time to form your cookies! Use a spoon to scoop out some dough and roll it into a ball approximately 1.5 inches in diameter. You should end up with approximately 24 balls.
- Space out your chocolate chip cookies on the air fryer tray or basket lined with parchment paper.
- This next step is optional but if your cookie dough has been at room temperature for awhile you may want to place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before air frying. This ensures they retain beautiful volume.
- Air fry at 320°F for approximately 7 – 9 minutes and let the magic begin! Depending on the size of your cookie balls and air fryer, you may need to adjust your cooking time.
- Remove from the air fryer and rest them for a few minutes to cool.
- You can now eat your cute mini air fryer chocolate chip cookies!
Can I Make Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies with Less Butter?
If you’re looking for a way to make things a little bit healthier then you’ll be happy to know that you can replace the butter with apple butter! While apple sauce is the more common alternative for oils and butter, I’ve only tried it with apple butter which I’ve made lots of this fall.
Apple butter is a bit thicker than apple sauce and since I want these cookies to hold their shape I think apple butter will be the better choice. But let me know if you have success with apple sauce! I’d love to know!
How To Reduce Butter with Apple Butter
- Replace HALF of the butter with 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon of apple butter.
- Because apple butter already contains sugar reduce white sugar to 2 tablespoons and
- Reduce brown sugar to 1/4 cup.
- The other half of your butter can remain or you can replace it with coconut oil.
- Add an extra tablespoon of white sugar if you want sweeter cookies.
I haven’t tried this with a complete replacement of butter with apple butter, and I’m sure it’s possible but I think it will be a soft cookie as a result. Let me know if you try it without butter and how it turns out!
These cookies will definitely be delicious and moist but keep in mind that when you remove any oils or butter it won’t have the same crunch factor as you would with the original recipe due to the added moisture.
If you have leftovers and get a hankering for one later, pop some back in the air fryer at 350°F for a minute or two.
Freezing Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can absolutely store cookie dough in the freezer and I highly recommend it because even if you love baking and cooking like I do you’re going to have days where you want a little break.
If you plan ahead and keep these babies in the freezer then when the craving hits you can just pull them out, thaw for about 15 minutes, then pop them into your air fryer for a quick and delicious treat!
Just put 1 layer of cookie balls into a freezer bag, label, and date. They may stick to each other a bit but they’re really easy to break apart so don’t worry about it.
They can also be frozen after you’ve fried them up in the air fryer. In this case, just thaw and eat right away, or thaw and warm them up for 1 – 2 minutes in the air fry for 1 – 2 minutes.
They’ll last up to 3 months in the freezer… that is, if you don’t eat them all first!
Cute Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
These mini air fryer chocolate chip cookies are the perfect size for when you just want a tasty little bite to satisfy your sweet tooth, but be warned... you'll want more than one!
Preheat air fryer at 320°F.
Combine flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and set it aside.
In another bowl, add room temperature butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Combine well.
Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Line your air fryer tray or basket with parchment paper. This will keep dough from expanding into the holes and getting stuck.
Form 1 1/2 inch balls and line them up on parchment paper with space between each.
Air fry at 320°F for 7-9 minutes or until lightly brown.
Rest for 3-4 minutes, then enjoy!
Serving Size 1 cookie
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 87.4
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 3.61g6%
- Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
- Cholesterol 18mg6%
- Sodium 76.45mg4%
- Total Carbohydrate 11.29g4%
- Dietary Fiber 0.4g2%
- Protein 0.87g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Nutrition information is an estimate. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- Depending on the size of your cookie balls & your air fryer you may need to adjust cooking time.
- Optional: place cookie balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before air frying so cookies retain a nice volume. This is usually only necessary if the butter in the dough gets too warm as it won't hold the dough's shape as well.
To Use Less Butter
- Replace 1/4 cup of butter with 1/4 cup of apple butter
- Reduce white sugar to 2 tbsp. Add an extra tablespoon if you want sweeter cookies.
- Reduce brown sugar to 1/4 cup
- You may need to air fry for an additional minute or two due to the extra moisture that's been added.
- Cookie flavor and texture will be different from the original recipe, but still delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just place them in a freezer bag and store for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw for 5 minutes so you don't hurt your teeth on frozen chocolate chips. You can air fry them for several minutes but they're pretty tasty with a little chill.
Yes. The best way to do this is to form the balls then add to a freezer bag. They'll stick to each other as they freeze but it's really easy to knock them loose. Just air fry per instructions once they reach room temperature.
The flavor won't be as buttery but more of an apple and it will have a bit more moisture. There will be minimal crunch to the shell but it doesn't stay that way so any leftover cookies may need a couple of minutes in the air fryer to get some of that crunch back.
This recipe replaces half of the butter so there will still be a light crunch.