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Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies

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Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Cooking Temperature320 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

Craving a little sweetness in your life but don’t want to turn on the oven? Air fryer oatmeal cookies can be your next treat!

Made with just a few ingredients, these flourless oatmeal cookies are really easy to whip up and air fry.

Golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside, you’ll have delicious cookies to snack on in no time at all!

crispy oatmeal cookies in a stack on parchment paper.
Air fryer oatmeal cookies – soft, chewy, and delicious!

Ingredients

ingredients to make air fryer oatmeal cookies on counter in bowls with labels.
The ingredients for this oatmeal cookie recipe.

Here are the few ingredients that you will need to make these oatmeal cookies in the air fryer:

  • Oats – We use quick oats.
  • Ground cinnamon – For extra flavor; adjust to taste.
  • Chocolate chips – Use chocolate chips of your choice; dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate chips will all work.
  • Golden sugar – Alternatively, use regular white granulated sugar.
  • Baking powder – Helps the cookies rise; make sure the baking powder hasn’t expired.
  • Butter – Unsalted butter; adds richness and moisture to the cookies.
  • Vanilla extract – For extra flavor; use good quality vanilla extract for the best taste.
  • Egg – One egg to bind the ingredients.
  • Salt – To enhance the overall flavor.

Recipe Tips

  • Flatten the cookies before air frying since they won’t flatten much during cooking. 
  • Place the cookies in the air fryer in a single layer; don’t overlap them or they may not cook evenly.
  • You’ll likely need to air fry the cookies in two batches.
  • Keep a close eye on the cookies to avoid overbaking. The exact cooking time can vary.
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Step by Step Instructions

If you’d like to see the visuals for how to make air fryer oatmeal cookies, have a look at this section. We’ve included process photos here for you to refer to.

Alternatively, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post if you’re feeling confident and want to get air frying.

butter blended in clear mixing bowl sitting on counter.
Beat butter and sugar together.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer mixer until creamy.

raw egg and whipped butter in clear mixing bowl on counter.
Add the egg and vanilla extract.

Next, add the vanilla extract and egg, and beat for another minute.

large glass mixing bowl filled with raw oats sitting on counter top.
Grind the oats lightly.

Pulse the oatmeal in a blender or a food processor for just a few seconds, until slightly ground. Don’t overprocess!

raw oatmeal cookie batter in clear mixing bowl on counter.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the oats, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Then add them to the butter and egg mixture, and stir well.

raw oatmeal cookie batter with chocolate chips in clear mixing bowl.
Add the chocolate chips.

Now fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 320 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.

raw oatmeal cookies in air fryer basket lined with parchment paper.
Place the raw cookies in the air fryer.

Meanwhile, using a cookie scoop or your slightly damp hands, shape the dough into evenly sized dough balls. Flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand.

Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper and place the cookies in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.

crispy oatmeal cookies on parchment paper in round black air fryer basket.
The cookies should be golden brown on top.

Air fry at 320 degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on top and firm around the edges.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the cookies and your air fryer.

baked oatmeal cookies on tray lined with parchment paper.
Enjoy these easy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Once the cookies are done, gently transfer them to a wire rack to cool. They will firm up as they cool. Then enjoy!

Storage Tips

These chocolate chip oatmeal cookies should be stored in a cookie tin or sealed container. You can keep them at room temperature on the counter for up to 3-4 days.

For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

FAQ

Is the air fryer good for baking cookies?

Yes, the air fryer is good for baking cookies – especially small batches. You may have to adjust the cooking time and temperature (compared to the oven) to avoid burning or undercooking the cookies. You should also use parchment paper in the air fryer to prevent the cookies from sticking to the basket.

Can you use parchment paper in the air fryer for cookies?

Yes, using parchment paper in the air fryer (especially for cookies) is a great idea to ensure a flat, evenly-cooked cookie bottom and a clean air fryer at the end. Make sure to add the parchment paper when the air fryer is hot and you’re adding the cookie dough to prevent it from flying around in the air fryer basket and touching the heating element.

Why are my homemade oatmeal cookies dry?

Dry oatmeal cookies are typically a result of cooking too long, too hot, or not enough moisture in the ingredients.

Related Recipes

If you liked this recipe for oatmeal cookies, here are some other air fried desserts that you can try out next:

oatmeal chocolate cookies on white parchment paper tray seen from above.

Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies

These Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies are easy to make and perfect for satisfying those sweet cravings. Made with just a few common ingredients, these cookies include chocolate chips for a little extra goodness!
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons golden sugar, or granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the vanilla extract and egg, and beat for another minute.
    4 tablespoons golden sugar, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 egg
  • Pulse the oatmeal in a blender or a food processor for just a few seconds, until slightly ground. Don't overprocess.
    2 cups quick oats
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the oats, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Then add them to the butter and egg mixture, and stir well.
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt
  • Fold in chocolate chips with a spatula.
    1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Preheat the air fryer to 320 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.
  • Meanwhile, using a cookie scoop or your slightly damp hands, shape the dough into evenly sized dough balls. Flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand.
  • Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper and place the cookies in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.
  • Air fry at 320 degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on top and firm around the edges. The exact cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the cookies and your air fryer.
  • Once the cookies are done, gently transfer them to a wire rack to cool. They will become firmer as they cool.

Notes

  • Flatten the cookies before air frying as they won’t flatten much during cooking. 
  • Place the cookies in the air fryer in a single layer; don’t overlap them or they may not cook evenly.
  • You’ll likely need to air fry the cookies in two batches.
  • Keep a close eye on the cookies to avoid overbaking. The exact cooking time can vary. 

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 0.004mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Yuliia is a photographer based in the UK. Having a large family, she was excited to discover the air fryer two years ago. It has been her indispensable assistant ever since! She loves experimenting with air fryer recipes and cooking something new for her family.

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