Air Fryer Sugar Cookie Whoopie Pies

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Air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pies combine perfectly cooked, air-fried sugar cookies with a rich cream filling and finishes it all off with sprinkles! They’re as fun as they are delicious.

Air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pies stacked atop one another

Could there be anything better than sugar cookies? Actually yes. These whoopie pies! You can’t get more sweet and rich than buttercream frosting sandwiched between two perfectly cooked sugar cookies.

Air Fryer Sugar Cookie Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are just about the best dessert ever invented if you ask me. Two cookies with frosting in between them? I can’t think of anything better. These cookies are the perfect example of that.

Two air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pies stacked atop one another

Ingredients

It only takes a few basic kitchen staples to make both the cookies and the frosting filling.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • sugar
  • butter
  • egg yolks
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • cream of tartar

Frosting Ingredients:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla
  • milk
Overhead shot of individual whoopie pie ingredients in bowls on table

Instructions

A few basic steps are all it takes to make these deliciously simple cookies.

Cookie Directions

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter together.

Step 2: Add egg yolks and vanilla. Beat again.

Overhead shot of sugar cookie ingredients in mixing bowl

Step 3: Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat again.

Step 4: Form dough into tablespoon-size balls and flatten them gently.

Step 5: Place them in an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper 2 inches apart. You will have to bake these in batches.

Overhead shot of raw sugar cookies in air fryer

Step 6: Air fry at 350ºF for 7 minutes or until golden brown and slightly cracked on top. 

Overhead shot of cooked sugar cookies in air fryer

Frosting Directions:

Step 1: In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar together.

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla. Beat well. (If it is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar. )

Milk being poured into powdered sugar in mixing bowl

Assembly Directions:

Step 1: Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl.

Step 2: Make whoopie pies by filling two cookies with frosting.

Sugar cookie topped with frosting

Step 3: Roll each whoopie pie in sprinkles to coat the edges.

Closeup shot of hand holding air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pie

Equipment

You’ll only need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Parchment paper

Substitutions

Shortening: You can use shortening in place of butter in equal amounts for the cookies.

Sugar Substitute: You can use a stevia sugar substitute in this recipe in equal amounts.

Three air fryer sugar cooke whoopie pies stacked atop one another

Options

Looking for ways to change up these air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pies? Here are some suggestions.

Pre-Packaged Frosting: You can use different flavors of pre-packed frosting if you want to change things up.

Cinnamon: Add a pinch of cinnamon to the sugar cookie dough for a tasty twist.

Tips:

  • Be sure to flatten the dough balls a bit. This dough doesn’t spread much at all.
  • Sift your powdered sugar before making your frosting to prevent graininess.
  • If your frosting is too thick, add a bit more milk. If it’s too thin add a bit more powdered sugar.
Closeup shot of air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pie

More Sugar Cookie Recipes

FAQ

Are sugar cookies hard or soft?

The best sugar cookies are soft and tender. That’s what you’ll get with these.

Why is my buttercream grainy?

If you use unsifted powdered sugar, you could get grainy frosting. Powdered sugar contains cornstarch and if the larger portions aren’t sifted out, they absorb the moisture of the frosting and make it grainy.

Why does an air fryer make good cookies?

The concentrated heat circulating quickly around the cookies makes the outside crispy while keeping the inside soft and chewy.

Closeup shot of air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pie

Air Fryer Sugar Cookie Whoopie Pies

Ready to cook these air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pies? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 16 whoopie pies

Air Fryer Sugar Cookie Whoopie Pies

Air Fryer Sugar Cookie Whoopie Pies

Air fryer sugar cookie whoopie pies combine perfectly cooked sugar cookies with rich, creamy buttercream frosting. They're so good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • Sprinkles of your choice

Instructions

  1. To prepare cookies, in a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter together.
  2. Add egg yolks and vanilla. Beat again.

  3. Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat again.

  4. Form dough into tablespoon size balls and flatten them gently.
  5. Place them in an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper 2 inches apart. You will have to bake these in batches.
  6. Air fry at 350ºF for 7 minutes or until golden brown and slightly cracked on top. Allow to cool before assembling whoopie pies.
  7. To prepare frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar together. 
  8. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla. Beat well.  If it is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  9. Now it's time to assemble your whoopie pies. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl.
  10. Make whoopie pies by filling two cookies with frosting.
  11. Roll each whoopie pie in sprinkles to coat the edges.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 348Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 73mgSodium 208mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 1gSugar 32gProtein 3g

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