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Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

a stack of air fryer sugar cookies

Mastering Air Fryer Sugar Cookies: A Quick and Delicious Treat

Looking to whip up a batch of delicious sugar cookies in a flash? Look no further than your trusty air fryer! In this article, we'll guide you through the process of creating the perfect Air Fryer Sugar Cookies that are not only quick to make but will also vanish from the plate in no time. Whether it's the holiday season or any other time of the year, these cookies are sure to delight your taste buds.

Ingredients for Making Air Fry Sugar Cookies

  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 cups. It's recommended for the best results, but you can experiment with other types of flour if desired. Gluten-free flour hasn't been tested extensively.

  • Baking Powder: 1 teaspoon. This helps the cookies rise and become fluffy.

  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon. This enhances the flavor, but you can omit it if using salted butter.

  • Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick). If using salted butter, skip the additional salt.

  • Granulated Sugar: 3/4 cup. You can choose between white, brown, or raw sugar based on your preference.

  • Egg: 1 large. This acts as a binding agent and contributes to the texture.

  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon. This adds a delightful flavor to the cookies.

  • Optional Toppings: Sprinkles or colored sugars can be used for decoration, added to taste.

These measurements and ingredients will help you create delicious air fryer sugar cookies with a delightful texture and flavor.

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

Now that you've gathered your ingredients, let's explore some helpful tips and tricks to ensure your cookies turn out perfectly:

1. Preheat Your Air Fryer

Before you start baking, it's crucial to preheat your air fryer. This step ensures even cooking and prevents sticking to the basket.

2. Use a Cookie Scoop

For uniformly sized cookies, a cookie scoop is your best friend. If you don't have one, a spoon or your hands can do the job, but strive for consistency.

3. Flatten the Dough Balls

To avoid cookies puffing up too much in the air fryer, gently flatten the dough balls with the bottom of a glass before placing them in the basket.

4. Don't Overcrowd the Air Fryer

Give your cookies plenty of space in the air fryer basket to allow hot air to circulate evenly. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and sticking.

5. Allow Cooling Time

Once your cookies are done, let them cool on a wire rack before serving. This helps them firm up and become less delicate.

6. Know Your Air Fryer

While this recipe works well in most air fryers, some models may have fans that affect cooking. Preheating and avoiding overcrowding can help overcome this challenge.

7. Consider Using an Air Fryer Liner

For easy cleanup and to prevent sticking, consider lining the air fryer basket with an air fryer liner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make These Cookies Without an Air Fryer?

Absolutely! If you don't have an air fryer, you can bake these cookies in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-14 minutes or until they turn lightly golden brown.

Do I Need to Use an Air Fryer Liner?

While it's not mandatory, using an air fryer liner can be a convenient option. It prevents sticking and simplifies cleanup.

What Are Some Other Great Topping Ideas?

If you're feeling creative, experiment with other toppings like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried fruit for a unique twist.

Tools Needed to Make Sugar Cookies in the Air Fryer

To make your Air Fryer Sugar Cookies, you'll need the following tools:

  • An Air Fryer

  • Air Fryer Liners (optional for convenience)

  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

  • Spatula

  • Cookie Scoop

Storage Tips

Store any leftover cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for up to one week. Alternatively, place them on a plate and cover with plastic wrap or foil. You can also freeze the sugar cookie dough or the baked cookies for up to three months. Freeze them on a parchment-lined baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Thaw either in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

How to Make Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

Now that you have all the information you need, let's dive into the step-by-step process of making these delicious Air Fryer Sugar Cookies:

  1. Start by preheating your air fryer to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this mixture aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until it becomes creamy, which should take about 1 minute. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer and a large mixing bowl if you don't have a stand mixer.

  4. With the mixer on medium speed, add the sugar to the butter and continue beating for 3 minutes until the mixture turns light and fluffy.

  5. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat until well combined.

  6. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Avoid overmixing the dough.

  7. Use a cookie scoop (or your hands) to form the dough into balls. Then, flatten the dough balls slightly using a cup.

  8. Place the flattened dough balls in the air fryer basket, leaving sufficient space between them for proper air circulation. You may need to cook in small batches based on your air fryer's capacity.

  9. For easy cleanup and to prevent sticking, consider using an air fryer liner or parchment paper.

  10. Air fry the cookies at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 9-11 minutes, or until they achieve a light golden brown color. Please note that the total cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer model.

  11. Once the cookies are done cooking, carefully remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool on a wire rack.


There you have it – a comprehensive guide to mastering Air Fryer Sugar Cookies. With these easy-to-follow steps, you'll be able to whip up a batch of these delightful treats in no time. Whether you're a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, these cookies are sure to impress your friends and family. So go ahead and fire up that air fryer – your taste buds will thank you!

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