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4 Ingredients Air Fryer Cookies

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Check out these oh-so-delicious Air Fryer Cookies! They’re made with just 4 ingredients and packed with walnuts, making them a breeze to whip up. Plus, they’re ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes.

16 pieces of air fryer cookies

Please continue scrolling down to find the recipe card below, which contains the complete list of ingredients with measurements, detailed recipe instructions, additional notes, and nutritional information.

Baking cookies in the air fryer is perfect for those days when you’re craving a homemade treat but don’t want to heat up your kitchen.

Once you taste them, you’ll see why they’re so addictive – they have a rich, sweet, and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Making Cookies in Air Fryer

labelled picture of ingredients for air fryer walnut cookies
  • Walnuts: Just like Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls, walnuts boost both flavor and texture. If you prefer, you can switch them out for pecans, pistachios, or almonds. To intensify their flavor, try lightly toasting them before mixing them into the dough.
  • Plain white flour: Also known as all-purpose flour, this type of flour is perfect for baking cookies, cakes, pastries, and thickening sauces. Remember to sift it before adding it to your dough for the best results.
  • Butter: Make sure your unsalted butter is softened before starting. Leave it out at room temperature for a couple of hours until it’s nice and soft.
  • Icing sugar: Using icing sugar instead of brown sugar helps keep your cookies soft and tender. Its powdery texture, combined with a bit of cornstarch, adds to the cookie’s crumbly texture.

How to Make 4 Ingredients Cookies in the Air Fryer

Important Note

Before you start cooking, note that times may differ among air fryers. I develop my recipes using a Cosori 6.8 air fryer. If you’re using a different air fryer, view my recipes as a general guide and tweak the cooking time—add a bit more or cook slightly less as needed.

To make cookies in air fryer is extremely easy and straightforward. 

However, you need to follow a few simple steps to achieve the best results:

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour along with the softened butter, icing sugar, vanilla (optional), and crushed walnuts.

softened butter, icing sugar, flour, and walnuts are placed in a bowl

Use your fingertips to gently mix them until they come together to form a soft dough.

air fryer cookie mixture

Next, take a piece of cookie dough about the size of a walnut, roughly 20 grams, and roll it into a ball. Gently flatten the cookie ball and place it onto a baking sheet lined inside the air fryer basket (make sure to remove the grid).

Quick Tip!

I can fit around 14-16 cookies in my air fryer basket. Leave some space, but not too much since the cookies don’t spread much. If your air fryer basket is smaller, do it in batches to avoid overcrowding.

14 pieces of cookies are placed in an air fryer basket

Repeat this process until you’ve used up all the cookie dough. This recipe should give you around 14-16 cookies.

If your air fryer has a bake mode, set it to 330°F (165°C). Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, or until they turn slightly golden brown on the edges.

cookies baked in air fryer for 11 minutes

While the cookies are still warm, mix a tablespoon of icing sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Dust this mixture over the cookies for an extra touch of sweetness and flavor.

Expert Tips From the Chef

  • For the best flavor, use high-quality, fresh walnuts. Lightly toasting them before adding to the dough can boost their nutty taste.
  • Make sure to remove the grid and line the air fryer basket with parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking.
  • If you need to quickly soften butter and forgot to leave it out, try this trick: Fill a large glass jar with boiling water to heat it up. Once warm, pour out the water and cover the butter with the jar for a few minutes. This will soften the butter efficiently.
  • Cookie recipes often require precision, and using a kitchen scale to measure ingredients by weight is the most reliable method to avoid disappointments.
  • Mix the dough only until the ingredients are combined to avoid making tough cookies.
  • If you have time, chill the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes before baking to help the cookies keep their shape and enhance the flavors.
  • Make sure to leave some space between each cookie on the baking sheet as they will spread a bit while baking.
  • Watch the cookies closely as they bake – they should be golden around the edges. Over baking can make them too hard.

How to Store the Leftovers?

You can store these 4 ingredients air fryer walnut cookies in a cookie jar or a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to a week in a sealed container.

Another option is to freeze the leftover baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Recipe FAQs

How long to bake cookies in air fryer

The baking time for cookies in an air fryer can vary depending on the recipe and the size of the cookies. Generally, cookies are baked in the air fryer at a temperature of around 325-350°F (160-180°C) for about 8-12 minutes.
However, it’s essential to keep an eye on them towards the end of the baking time to prevent overcooking or burning. Adjust the baking time as needed based on the specific recipe and your air fryer’s performance.

What if my air fryer doesn’t have a bake mode?

If your air fryer doesn’t have a specific bake mode, you can still bake cookies in air fryer by selecting the appropriate temperature and time settings manually. Consult your air fryer’s user manual for guidance on adjusting the settings for baking.

Do I need to flip the cookies halfway through baking in the air fryer?

In most cases, you don’t need to flip the cookies when baking in the air fryer. The hot air circulation inside the air fryer ensures even cooking on all sides of the cookies.

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I hope you enjoy the process of preparing this 4 ingredients Air Fryer Cookies recipe just as much as you enjoy eating them! 🙂 

Bon appétit! 

4 Ingredients Air Fryer Cookies

Ayla Clulee
Check out these Air Fryer Cookies! They're made with just 4 ingredients and packed with walnuts, making them a breeze to whip up. Plus, they're ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 125 g butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 175 g plain white flour / all-purpose flour
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 50 g crushed walnuts
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • ground cinnamon+icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour along with the softened butter, icing sugar, vanilla (optional), and crushed walnuts. Use your fingertips to gently mix them until they come together to form a soft dough.
  • Next, take a piece of cookie dough about the size of a walnut, roughly 20 grams, and roll it into a ball. Gently flatten the cookie ball and place it onto a baking sheet lined inside the air fryer basket (make sure to remove the grid). Repeat this process until you've used up all the cookie dough. This should give you around 14-16 cookies.
  • If your air fryer has a bake mode, set it to 330°F (165°C). Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, or until they turn slightly golden brown on the edges.
  • While the cookies are still warm, mix a tablespoon of icing sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Dust this mixture over the cookies for an extra touch of sweetness and flavor.

Notes

  • For the best flavor, use high-quality, fresh walnuts. Lightly toasting them before adding to the dough can boost their nutty taste.
  • Make sure to remove the grid and line the air fryer basket with parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking.
  • If you need to quickly soften butter and forgot to leave it out, try this trick: Fill a large glass jar with boiling water to heat it up. Once warm, pour out the water and cover the butter with the jar for a few minutes. This will soften the butter efficiently.
  • Cookie recipes often require precision, and using a kitchen scale to measure ingredients by weight is the most reliable method to avoid disappointments.
  • Mix the dough only until the ingredients are combined to avoid making tough cookies.
  • If you have time, chill the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes before baking to help the cookies keep their shape and enhance the flavors.
  • Make sure to leave some space between each cookie on the baking sheet as they will spread a bit while baking.
  • Watch the cookies closely as they bake – they should be golden around the edges. Over baking can make them too hard.
Keyword air fryer, cookies, snack

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