Yummy Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

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You Can’t Have Just One of These Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls!

I’ve been making these cute chocolate chip cookie balls since I got my air fryer and it is one of my go-to cookie recipes because it’s so tasty and super easy to make.

I always make extra so I can store the raw cookie balls in my freezer. That way, if the mood hits me I can just pull them out and pop them into my air fryer! Warm, crunchy cookies within 10 minutes! I rarely wait for my cookies to cool down all the way… I just can’t help it!

What’s in these Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls?

Well, you’ve got your flour, salt, baking soda, butter, sugars, vanilla, egg yolk, 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 cookie balls a little extra texture and flavor.

Ingredients in bowls: flour, sugars, egg yolk, butter, spices, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts

How to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls in the Air Fryer

To make your chocolate chip cookie balls you’ll need 2 bowls, a mixing bowl and a regular soup bowl. You’ll also want to line your air fryer with some parchment paper and there’s no need to spray it.

Mix the dry ingredients like flour, salt, and baking soda in your mixing bowl, then set it aside.

flour, salt, and baking soda in a glass mixing bowl

In your other bowl melt your butter. Your butter should be soft but not too warm… you don’t want to cook your egg yolks which will be added to it.

melted butter in a bowl with a spoon

Combine your sugars and vanilla into your butter.

sugar and vanilla mixed into butter in a bowl

Then add your egg yolks and mix it all up until it’s consistent in color. I like to beat my egg yolks before adding it because it seems to mix into the sugar and butter blend much nicer, so beating it first isn’t necessary, but I recommend it.

egg yolk being mixed into a bowl of butter and sugar
bowl with a well mixed combination of egg yolk, butter, vanilla, and sugar

Next, take that wet mix and add it to your flour mix and combine everything. Your mix will be a bit chunky so don’t worry, it’s supposed to be like that.

wet mix and flour mix being combined with a spatula

Once all the flour has been incorporated into your wet mix add in your chocolate chips. If you want to add chopped walnuts add that now as well.

chopped walnuts and chocolate chips added to raw cookie dough in a bowl

Fold your chocolate chips and walnuts into your dough until it’s nicely mixed in. It will look crumbly like this:

mixture of cookie dough, walnuts, and chocolate chips

It’s time to turn those crumbles into actual chocolate chip cookie balls! Try to make your balls about the same size each, approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Cup some of your mix into your hands and gently squeeze them into shape.

a bunch of chocolate chip cookie balls

Line up your balls on your tray or basket lined with parchment paper. Leave some space between each cookie.

The really nice thing about these chocolate chip cookie balls is that they aren’t going to spread out and get flat but the extra room is still a good practice and will let them ‘fry’ up nicely.

chocolate chip cookie balls lined up on parchment paper

Place your cookies into your air fryer at 320° for approximately 8 minutes and let the magic begin! Depending on the size of your cookie balls you may need to give it an extra minute or two. Once they’re done in the air fryer, take them out and let them rest for 3 -4 minutes.

baked chocolate chip cookie balls lined up on parchment paper

Then eat up!

chocolate chip cookie balls on a blue plate

Can I Make These Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls 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 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!

You can find apple butter online or at your local grocery store but you can also use my recipe to make your own.

apples and apple butter with a flower background

So here are the changes to make to reduce your butter intake while still keeping it tasty!

Replace HALF of the butter with 6 tablespoons of apple butter and because apple butter already contains sugar reduce white sugar by half and the brown sugar by over 1 tablespoon.

These are the only changes you’ll need to make… and the result?

Chocolate chip cookie balls with a healthier bite and the perfect amount of sweetness, light crunch, and softer center thanks to the apple butter! If you want it to be a bit crunchier just air fry it for an extra minute or so.

Freezing Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

You can absolutely make extra chocolate chip cookie ball dough to freeze 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 them for about 15 minutes, then pop them into your air fryer for a quick and delicious treat!

You’ll be happy that you froze them! 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’ll last up to 3 months in the freezer… that is, if you don’t eat them all first! Enjoy!

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