I’m not sure if you all know this but I teach a few classes at a local kitchen (Different Drummer’s Kitchen) and have started teaching an Air Frying class. I thought of the idea because I realized Air Fryers were becoming big (I have one myself) and people kept asking if it was worth it. The best way to see if it’s worth it? Try it before you buy it.
Because of this class, I’ve had to get creative with my air fryer so that I can show a variety of dishes for people to make in the air fryer. One of my favorites happens to be these cookies. Ever since I posted about these cookies on my Instagram, people have been asking me for the recipe. I’ve been a bit backlogged because of a big project I’ve been working on (more on that later). But I figured if people really wanted cookies, then they deserved cookies.
All About the Air Fryer
Air frying is the newest way to cook your food. There are two kinds of air fryers, those that have a basket and those that look more like an oven and have shelves. I, personally, have the basket variety as it’s cheaper and fits in my very tiny kitchen. However, I know people who have the oven variety that say it is well worth the extra cost.
Air frying produces a very crispy almost fried product without the need for excess oil, breading or okay, calories. I personally care mostly that the air fryer is QUICK, easy to use, and it doesn’t take forever to heat up. The other really nice perk this time of year is that it doesn’t heat up your whole kitchen/house. So while turning on the oven would quite literally melt your face off, the air fryer saves you from the extra heat… I can’t save you from the outside temps though, sorry.
The last thing I’ll mention about air fryers is that they are incredibly easy to use. I was teaching a class last night and we had 4 different brands of air fryers running at once and once you learn their quirks they are super easy to use, clean, and cook with. Most recipes take under 15 minutes to make and the clean up is easy.
Air Fryer Brands
I’ve tried a bunch of air fryers, so I figured I’d let you know my favorites so far. I have not tried the oven ones yet, so TBD on that. Here are my two favorite conventional air fryers:
There are so many out there, that I would recommend picking one that’s within your budget and that will fit into your kitchen. I keep mine on my counter top so it’s easy to access and therefor easy to cook with when I’m in a pinch for time.
I got this question last night and figured I’d address it here. Is cooking spray bad for you? Well, I hate to make things so black or white as poison is really in the dose. Sure, if you are spraying cooking spray on EVERYTHING or EVERYONE (once had a swim team member spray me with Pam, weird story, don’t ask haha) then, yes you maybe should consider ways to reduce it. However, if you use it once in a blue moon and have a relatively healthy diet & lifestyle you should be okay.
That being said, I’m all for finding and investing in quality products whenever possible. With cooking spray there are so many options now. Here are my favorites:
You can certainly use oil or butter to coat the basket of your air fryer, just know it will be messier, which if you’re like me and don’t mind a mess, you’re good to go.
Air Fryer Cookies
Okay, now for what you’re really here for, the cookies. Sure, you can make cookies in your oven, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to heat your oven up on a hot summer day, yet still get cookies?! These normally take anywhere from 2-3 batches, so plan for about 24 minutes of cook time. However you could make the dough ahead of time and just air fry the amount of cookies you want at one time. If you have a bigger air fryer, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of batches which will help reduce overall time.
Why air fryer cookies?! Because i love a good oatmeal cookie and wanted to see what the air fryer was capable of. If you don’t have an air fryer these also work in the oven at 350°F for about 12 minutes or so, so you can go that route as well, but be prepared to sweat your mustaches off in this summer heat wave .
I love these cookies and they are good any time of day for a pick me up. Feel free to share them with your crew or hide them behind the veggies so you have them all to yourself because after all you’ve worked hard for these easy to make, easy to prep air fryer cookies.
Pro Tip: If you want to use less cooking spray in your life, use parchment paper shaped to the bottom of the air fryer basket and then place your cookies on top of the parchment paper!
Air Fryer Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
- air fryer
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup oat flour (ground oats)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup mixins dried cranberries, nuts/seeds, chocolate chips
- In a large bowl mix oats, oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, peanut butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture.
- Fold in your mixins & refrigerate for 5 minutes or up to an hour.
- Coat the bottom of an air fryer with cooking spray.
- Form oat mixture into cookies (~10-12) and place in air fryer in batches (~4-6 per batch) and fry for 8 minutes. Remove from air fryer and allow basket to cool 1-2 minutes before removing cookies and placing on a cooling rack. Continue until all dough has been used.
Ready for Air Fryer Cookies?
If you try this recipe, tag me on social media and let me know what you think!
What other air fryer recipes do you want to see?
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