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Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

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When you begin your holiday baking this year, don’t discount the handy dandy air fryer that stands proudly on your counter. In our house, we bake for all occasions, and Halloween is no exception. So really, my holiday baking begins at the end of September with cookies and quick breads perfect for fall. So when the itch to bake cookies hits you, give yourself some extra room by utilizing your air fryer.  While you’ll have to reduce your cooking time slightly, baking these air fryer cookies can save time and space.

Why Make Air Fryer Cookies?

While it isn’t ideal to use your air fryer for the sole purpose of baking cookies, I find that it is helpful when used alongside your oven. If you’re a busy mom who finds herself tasked with baking for the family and for school events, then your air fryer will make quick work of baking a large number of cookies.

In short, if you are tasked with baking three or four dozen cookies, bake three dozen in the oven, and use your air fryer for the dozen that remain. You will save at least 15 minutes of baking time if you bake and air fry the cookies at the same time. With that said, you will have to adjust the time setting and temperature setting on your air fryer to achieve the same type of bake your oven provides. For example, if the baking instructions say to cook at 350 for 10-12 minutes, then cut the temperature and time down on the air fryer.


Decorate for an even fancier sugar cookie.

Ice with orange icing to make a pumpkin, or even with green trees for Christmas, or a candle for birthday.  Decorate your cookies as you see fit.  Whether it be colored sprinkles or food coloring, you can make the simple sugar cookie into a holiday cookie.

Try one of these other air fryer desserts:

Awesome Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Air Fryer Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
Keyword: Air Fried Sugar Cookies, Air Fryer Sugar Cookies, Sugar Cookies in Air Fryer
Servings: 12
Calories: 160 kcal
Premade Sugar Cookies
  • 1 package pre-cut sugar cookies We used Pillsbury
Sugar Cookies from Scratch
  • 2.5 cups (591 grams) all-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (224 grams) salted butter (room temp) or Margarine
  • 1 1/4 cup (295 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks (or the equivalent of aquafaba or egg substitute, making your cookies vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Additional sugar for rolling cookies, unmeasured.
Premade Directions
  1. Pre-heat air fryer to 350° F | 176° C

  2. Place cookies directly in the air frying basket or on parchment paper. Air fry for 7-9 minutes. Remove before the cookies turn a golden color.

  3. Allow for sugar cookies to cool.

  4. Plate and enjoy!

Homemade Directions
  1. Pre-heat air fryer to 350° F | 176° C

  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside

  3. In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar. Mix until the texture changes to smooth and creamy.

  4. Add in egg yolks and vanilla extract, avoid over mixing

  5. Create balls of dough using about 1-1.5 tablespoons of dough, and roll the balls in sugar.

  6. Place cookies directly in the air frying basket or on parchment paper and air-fry for 7-9 minutes at 350° F | 176° C. Remove the cookies the second the edges start turning a golden color.

  7. Allow for sugar cookies to cool.

  8. Plate and enjoy!

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    I can’t thank you enough for this!! My oven is not working at the moment and I bought these exact cookies from Pillsbury !! Thank you again for the recipe definitely referring back here for all my air fryer recipes!

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