Air fryer peanut butter cookies

If you’re looking for an easy air fryer recipe, these Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies are the best. These are classic peanut butter cookies, but easier.

They are rich, decadent and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

air fryer peanut butter cookies

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It’s not hard to make air fryer peanut butter cookies, but if you want them to come out crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, it takes a little more finagling.

These easy air fryer cookies are healthier than deep frying because less oil is needed. Plus, they are about 20% faster than baking.

The best part? They taste just like traditional peanut butter cookies without all of the added ingredients.

Air fryer peanut butter cookie recipe

You don’t have to wait for special occasions to “bake.” This three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe where your cookies will come out perfect every time – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle.

Items Needed:

What ingredients do you need?

air fryer peanut butter cookies ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg

How to make the peanut butter cookies

air fryer peanut butter cookies ingredients in bowl

Combine all three ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix until fully combined.

Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

air fryer peanut butter cookie dough balls

Using a 1 ½-inch cookie scoop, or heaping tablespoon, scoop the dough onto parchment paper.

Using a fork, press the cookie flat, first one direction, then again from the opposite direction to make a crisscross pattern on top.

Line the bottom of your air fryer basket or tray with parchment paper. Be sure to not have extra parchment paper running up the side of the air fryer or it will get caught by the air and fold over the cookies.

peanut butter cookies in basket

Place as many cookies in your air fryer that will fit, while giving each cookie a half inch space.

Set your air fryer at 370 degrees and cook them for 4 minutes. Then let them rest in the air fryer for 4 minutes.

Place them on a cooling rack.

peanut butter cookies on plate

Repeat making the remaining small batches until you’ve used up your batter.

Tips:

  •  It’s important that you do not skip the chilling step. The chilling step keeps them from spreading too much and keeps them from being a crumbly mess when leaving the air fryer.
  • It’s also very important to not touch the cookies until they’ve set for a minimum of 4 minutes. This allows them to set up and not fall apart when removed from the air fryer.
  • Putting more or less cookies doesn’t require you to adjust the cook time or rest time.
  • This cookie dough is very sticky, so it’s best to not get your hands involved in the scooping process and stick to a scoop or spoon.
  • Each air fryer has various cooking settings. If your air fryer doesn’t have a 370-degree setting, choose the closest step under it as opposed to over it.
peanut butter cookies square

Air fryer peanut butter cookie recipe

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Skip the oven and make homemade peanut butter cookies in 8 minutes. Lightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. A sweet and decadently rich peanut butter treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Combine all three ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix until fully combined.
  2. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Using a 1 ½-inch cookie scoop, or heaping tablespoon, scoop the dough onto parchment paper.
  4. Using a fork, press the cookie flat, first in one direction, then again from the opposite direction to make a crisscross pattern on top.
  5. Line the bottom of your air fryer with parchment paper. Be sure to not have extra parchment paper running up the side of the air fryer or it will get caught by the air and fold over the cookies.
  6. Place as many cookies in your air fryer that will fit, while giving each cookie a half-inch space. I was able to do about 4-6 at a time. 
  7. Set your air fryer to 370 degrees and cook them for 4 minutes.
  8. Let them rest in the air fryer for 4 minutes and remove from air fryer.
  9. Repeat until you’ve used up your batter. Enjoy!

Notes

  • It’s important that you do not skip the chilling step. The chilling step keeps them from spreading too much and keeps them from being a crumbly mess when leaving the air fryer. 
  • It’s also very important to not touch the cookies until they’ve set for a minimum of 4 minutes. This allows them to set up and not fall apart when removed from the air fryer.
  • Putting more or less cookies doesn’t require you to adjust the cook time or rest time. 
  • This cookie dough is very sticky, so it’s best to not get your hands involved in the scooping process and stick to a scoop or spoon.
  • Each air fryer has various cooking settings. If your air fryer doesn’t have a 370 degree setting, choose the closest step under it as opposed to over it. 

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Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 121Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 10mgSodium 72mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 3g

What happens if you put a cookie in an air fryer?

You’ll notice that the outside of these air fryer peanut butter cookies will become slightly crispy while leaving the inside chewier than a traditional oven-baked peanut butter cookie recipe. In general, this is what happens to most cookie recipes made in the air fryer.

You might not be able to cook them in bigger batches like the oven, but you save so much cooking time, oven heating time, etc. that it’s still quicker. 

Should peanut butter cookie dough be refrigerated before air frying?

Yes, peanut butter cookie dough should be refrigerated before baking. You’ll want to make sure the dough is firm enough to not expand too much when baking with an air fryer.

Place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before placing it on top of parchment paper and into your air fryer.

How long will peanut butter cookies in the air fryer last?

Peanut butter cookies in the air fryer will stay fresh for up to a week when stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze leftovers and enjoy them throughout the month. However, just as with most desserts, PB cookies are the best straight out of the oven.

Do I have to use parchment paper for these easy air fryer cookies?

Yes. Due to the breathing holes in the bottom of your air fryer, the cookies could seep through as the cooking process starts. I don’t suggest aluminum foil as it will cause them to cook too quickly and unevenly. Parchment paper is the best choice. 

Can you freeze peanut butter cookies in an air fryer?

Yes! Peanut butter cookie dough can be frozen for up to a month. Simply place individual cookies on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes before transferring to a freezer bag. 

You can also freeze leftover air fryer peanut butter cookies to enjoy later. To defrost, simply allow the cookies to thaw overnight in your refrigerator before enjoying them.

If you’re looking for a healthier and faster way to make peanut butter cookies, an air fryer is the way to go! These easy air fryer cookies come out perfect every time – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Plus, they are about 20% faster than baking or microwaving. So if you’re looking for a delicious and easy cookie recipe, give this one a try!

Wrap up:

Do you need a sweet treat? These homemade peanut butter cookies are quick and easy cookies to make. They are tasty too.

I can’t wait to experiment with some other easy cookie recipes in the air fryer. You can bake a variety of items in the air fryer.

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