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Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: Pan Cookies

Whip up warm, delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Air Fryer in just 10 minutes! Elevate this quick dessert by topping it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, also known as a pizookie or pan cookie, is the ultimate air fryer treat. Enjoy a perfect, easy-to-make dessert tonight!

Are you tired of wasting your day in the kitchen when you want to bake cookies?

Do you crave that perfect combination of crispy edges and a soft, gooey center?

The magic of the air fryer delivers delicious cookies in a fraction of the usual cooking time.

Say hello to the delicious world of air fryer pan cookies!

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Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie
Mr. Cookie Face

🔑 Key to Success #1 – Soften the Butter

One crucial element in achieving the perfect chocolate chip air fryer cookies is ensuring that your butter is softened to the right consistency. 

Softened butter is easier to cream with both the white sugar and light brown sugar, allowing the simple ingredients to blend together smoothly and evenly in a mixing bowl. 

To soften your butter, simply let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or until it becomes soft and pliable to the touch.

Using melted butter is often a go-to shortcut, but it can yield a flatter and greasier cookie.

Softened butter, on the other hand, creates a more tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture that will have everyone begging for seconds. 

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

🔑 Key to Success #2 – Use the Properly Sized Pan

Using a properly sized pan ensures that the pan cookies are the perfect thickness and have enough space to expand while baking. 

If the pan is too small, the dough may be overcrowded, resulting in cookies that are too thick and doughy. 

On the other hand, if the pan is too large, the dough may spread too thin and result in cookies that are thin and crispy.

For air fryer chocolate chip cookies, a pan with a diameter of 6 to 7 inches is generally recommended. 

This size allows for optimal airflow around each pan cookie, promoting even baking and preventing any unwanted hotspots.

But be sure to make sure that your pan will fit in the basket of the air fryer if you have a basket-style air fryer. 

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pizookies in the Air Fryer

An easy way to make cookies in the Air Fryer is to make them in a shallow baking pan. 

That makes this a Pizookie – a Pizza Cookie. A Cookie in a Pizza Pan. 

The pan is probably about 6 inches in diameter and 1 inch deep. 

It worked perfectly for this Air Fryer Cookie Recipe.

I have also used an 8-inch cake pan and it works great as well.

The 8-inch cake pan fits perfectly in my air fryer too, but check your air fryer to see if it will work for you.

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

🔑 Key to Success #3 – Watch the Baking Time

When it comes to baking perfect cookies in an air fryer, timing is everything. 

Unlike a traditional oven, air fryers tend to cook food faster due to the rapid circulation of hot air. 

Therefore, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your cookies to avoid overbaking or underbaking them.

The recommended baking time for air fryer chocolate chip cookies is around 10 to 12 minutes. 

However, every air fryer is different, so it’s important to understand your specific model’s nuances. 

Experimenting with a few test batches can help you determine the optimal baking time for your air fryer and desired pan cookie texture.

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie

To begin, start by setting the timer for the lower end of the suggested baking time range, around 10 minutes. 

Monitor the cookies closely as they bake. 

Look for visual cues such as the edges turning golden brown and the center rising slightly. 

If you prefer a chewier cookie, you may want to remove them from the air fryer closer to the 8-minute mark.

On the other hand, if you enjoy a crisper, more golden cookie, you can leave them in the air fryer for the full 12 minutes. 

Keep in mind that the cookies will continue to firm up slightly as they cool, so it’s better to slightly underbake them if you prefer a softer texture.

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
Look at all my chocolate. YUM.

I used my favorite Cookie Cake recipe for the basis for this Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. 

The best cookies are made with room-temperature butter, not melted butter. 

I’m just saying. 

Then I took this wonderful cookie recipe and added chocolate chunks. 

I had chocolate chips, but who doesn’t love the big chunks. 

You can use chocolate chips, add nuts, substitute peanut butter chips or even white chocolate chips. 

Go ahead and make these cookies your favorite. 

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie

💡 Tips and Tricks for Perfectly Golden Cookies

These additional insights will help you take your air fryer cookie game to the next level, ensuring each batch comes out with a golden, crispy exterior and a soft, melt-in-your-mouth center.

  1. Use the right temperature: Each air fryer has its own temperature settings, so it’s crucial to preheat the air fryer to the recommended temperature for baking cookies. This will ensure even cooking and prevent any unnecessary under or over-baking.
  2. Line the cookie pan with parchment: Using a small piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan will help prevent the cookies from sticking and make removal much easier. This step is not necessary if you are planning to serve the cookie in the pan like a pizookie. 
  3. Rotate the tray or basket: Air fryers can have hot spots, so to ensure all your cookies get that golden touch, rotate the tray or basket during baking. This will help distribute the heat evenly and produce more consistent results.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll have a better chance of creating perfectly golden air fryer chocolate chip cookies that taste as heavenly as they look. 

Experiment, adjust, and don’t be afraid to personalize your baking process. 

I’d suggest checking your pan cookie after 10 minutes and then adding 2-3 minutes if needed because an underbaked chocolate chip cookie is the last thing you’d want.

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie

❓ Can you use Refrigerated Cookie Dough in this recipe?

When it comes to using refrigerated cookie dough in this easy air fryer cookies recipe, it is possible to do so, with a few adjustments. 

Firstly, it is essential to preheat the air fryer before placing the cookie dough into the air fryer basket for this small batch recipe. 

Preheating helps to ensure that the cookies cook evenly and that the dough does not stick to the pan. 

Additionally, flatten the cookie dough in the pan before placing it in the air fryer for best results, as this helps the cookies bake consistently. 

Finally, the cooking time may need to be adjusted depending on the air fryer’s wattage and the thickness of the cookie dough. 

I’ve found success with the Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookies in place of the homemade cookie dough in this recipe, but you’d have to experiment with other cookie dough brands.

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Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookies are a perfect dessert to make in the Air Fryer. It only takes 10 minutes to bake up piping hot Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings (2 large pan cookies)
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Jennifer



  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 350 degrees F. Grease two glass or metal pans that will fit in your Air Fryer basket.
  • In a small bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar using an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Mix in baking soda, salt, and flour until just combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. If desired, press a few extra chocolate chips into the top of the cookies for a pretty finished look.
  • Divide the chocolate chip cookie dough in half and press one half of the dough into the bottom of the greased pan. One at a time, bake the pan cookies for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the air fryer and place on a wire rack to cool. 


If only baking one half of the dough, wrap the remaining dough in plastic wrap or a piece of foil and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake. 


Serving: 1grams | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 7th of February 2023

It was an easy recipe to follow and make. The timing for assembly and baking were mostly correct. Had to adjust timing based upon my air fryer. I had a quick and small portioned dessert in a fraction of the time.


Saturday 7th of January 2023

Hello can you substitute the butter with olive oil?


Sunday 8th of January 2023

I wouldn't recommend substituting butter with olive oil. The butter and sugar need to be creamed together well to get some air into your cookie. I think you would not get the same result with olive oil. Sorry.

Taaliah Borrelli

Sunday 17th of April 2022

put in fridge to save and baked a while later and it was amazing


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Love this idea, but is it really 1,100 calories per serving?! That can't be right???


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

The 1,100 calories is for a whole pan cookie! You can split each pan cookie into 4 servings or even 6 servings if you have decent self control! ?

Maria S

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Great recipe! The only thing is that it was super brown on the outside and raw on the inside. I don’t know if I should lower the temperature and cook longer... (we still ate it all gooey.)


Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

I think this sometimes happens when the pan is too small. There is too much batter and it doesn’t have time to fully cook through. I would try lowering the temp and cooking a bit longer. Or cook the dough in batches.