Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

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Air fryer sugar cookies are perfectly golden on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and oh, so delicious. Using the air fryer, you get perfect results every time!

I’m a big fan of cookies. I love to make them for afternoon snacks, desserts, and just to have on hand. One of my favorite ways to make them, especially this recipe, is in the air fryer. I’ve never made more perfect cookies.

Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

I made these a few years ago for the first time when I got my air fryer. I had never made air fryer cookies before, so I wanted to give it a shot with a simple recipe. I’m so glad I did! This has become one of my favorite cookie recipes to make.

Close up shot of stack of air fryer sugar cookies

Ingredients

It only takes a few basic ingredients to make these delicious cookies.

  • sugar
  • butter
  • egg yolks
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • cream of tartar 
Overhead shot of eggs and wet and dry cookie ingredients in individual bowls

Instructions

Just like any other sugar cookie recipe, this one only takes a few simple steps to make.

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

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

Closeup overhead shot of creamed butter and sugar with eggs and vanilla

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

Closeup overhead shot of sugar cookie dough in bowl

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 sugar cookies in air fryer basket

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 basket

Equipment

It only takes a few basic kitchen implements to make this easy recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Air fryer

Substitutions

Self-Rising Flour: If you don’t have crema of tartar or baking soda on hand, omit the baking soda and cream of tartar and use self-rising flour, instead.

Closeup shot of hand holding air fryer sugar cookie

Options

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

Cinnamon: Cinnamon tastes wonderful in these cookies.

Sanding Sugar: Sprinkle sanding sugar on top of the cookies before air frying for a colorful effect.

Tips:

  • Always preheat your air fryer for even cooking.
  • Don’t make your cookies too big before air frying them.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. The air needs to be able flow all around the cookies.
Closeup shot of stack of air fryer sugar cookies

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FAQ

How long will these cookies last?

They’ll keep for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.

Why are my sugar cookies crumbly?

The dough was too dry. This is usually the result of too much flour.

Why are air fryer cookies so good?

The hot air flowing around the cookies cooks them incredibly evenly. It also takes less time to bake them in the air fryer, which means you’re less likely to walk away, forget about them, and burn them.

Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

Ready to cook these air fryer sugar cookies? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 32 cookies

Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

Air Fryer Sugar Cookies

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

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

Instructions

  1. 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. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

32

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 33mgSodium 86mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 1g

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