Allow me to introduce you to one of my all-time favorite cookies. These Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect balance of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are sweet, a little crunchy, and wildly delicious.
I am not going to lie. I dream about these cookies.
A couple of days after I first made them, I had been planning an afternoon cookie break and was heartbroken to find that they were all gone.
Since then, I’ve been storing them in strategic places - like under the kale, where no one will look when on the hunt for a snack.
They are that good. Best of all, making oatmeal cookies in the air fryer is super-easy. You can cook the whole recipe or make them in batches.
Either way, I think you will agree that these easy oatmeal cookies are a keeper.
Ingredients for Making Oatmeal Cookies in the Air Fryer
- Flour: You want all-purpose flour in this recipe. I believe gluten-free flour would work fine, but I have not tested this.
- Baking Powder: This helps the cookies to rise just a bit. Make sure your baking powder is fresh.
- Baking Soda: I like how it makes the cookies slightly crisp outside while still being soft in the middle.
- Salt: Just a little bit of salt helps to balance out the sweetness.
- Cinnamon: This is my favorite spice to add to oatmeal cookies. You could also try nutmeg or allspice.
- Butter: I use unsalted butter in this recipe. However, if you only have salted butter, that will work fine too. Just omit the additional salt from the recipe.
- Sour Cream: This helps to keep the cookies moist and adds a very subtle tang.
- Granulated Sugar: White sugar is the primary sweetener in the recipe.
- Brown Sugar: I like to use brown sugar because it gives the cookies some molasses flavor.
- Egg: Use a large egg to bind everything together.
- Vanilla Extract: Use good quality for the best flavor.
- Oats: You want to use old-fashioned oats in this recipe, not quick oats or steel-cut oats.
Tips & Tricks
- Do not overmix the batter. Once the wet ingredients are added to the dry, mix just until everything is combined.
- You can use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough or roll it into balls by hand. If you roll them by hand, make sure they are about 1 ½ inches in diameter.
- The cookies will spread a little, so give them room in your air fryer.
- Subsequent batches may need less time than the first batch, so keep an eye on things towards the end of cooking.
- Some air fryers have strong fans that can blow the cookies a bit before they set. They will still taste delicious, but getting a well-shaped cookie out of fryers like this can be challenging.
- Every air fryer is different, and cook times can vary accordingly. Oven-style fryers will generally require a longer cooking time than those with air fryer baskets.
Great Add-Ins for Oatmeal Cookies
- Raisins or dried cranberries
- Nuts: pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts are all great options
- Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use air fryer for cookies?
Yes, you can use air fryer for cookies. It is super easy and just as good as the oven. These air fryer cookies with oatmeal are the perfect example!
Which oats are best for cookies?
Old-fashioned oats are best for cookies, including these oat cookies in the air fryer. Quick oats or steel-cut oats will not work as well.
Can you bake these in the oven?
Yes, you can bake these in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Can you freeze the cookies to bake fresh later?
The cookies can be frozen raw or baked. If freezing the dough, make sure to thaw before baking.
Tools Needed to Make Air Fryer Oat Cookies
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- Air Fryer
- Cookie Scoop
- Mixing Bowls or Stand Mixer
- Air Fryer Liners
Air-fried oatmeal cookies will last for 2-3 days at room temperature. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
How to Make Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies
To make the cookies, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Cream the butter, sour cream, and sugars together in a separate bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until everything is just combined.
Stir in the oats and mix until just combined.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes. This step is optional, but it will help to minimize spread.
Roll the cookie into balls, and then press each ball down with your fingertips.
Preheat your air fryer to 300 degrees.
Line your air fryer basket with an air fryer liner and arrange the cookies in a single layer, being careful not to put them too close.
Air Fry for 7 to 9 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. (An oven-type air fryer will take slightly longer than the basket-type.)
Allow to cool in the air fryer for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
What is your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal cookies? Let me know in the comments below!
More Must-Try Cookie Recipes
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies
- Spritz Cookies with Jam
- Air Fryer Sugar Cookies
Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sour cream, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on medium for about 30 seconds.
- Reduce speed to medium-low, and add the flour mixture until just combined.
- Add the oats, and beat on low speed until they are incorporated into the cookie dough.
- Chill the dough for 30 minutes. (Optional, but recommended to minimize spread.)
- Using a cookie scoop to measure out the dough and roll it into balls. Press each ball down using your fingertips.
- Preheat your air fryer to 300 degrees.
- Line your air fryer with an air fryer liner and arrange the cookies in a single layer, being careful not to put them too close.
- Cook for 7 to 9 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
- Allow to cool in the air fryer for about 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
This is perfect for breakfast or snacks! Love this!
Huh. I never thought of making cookies in the air fryer but sure enough, these oatmeal cookies were delicious.
Really loved this! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make oatmeal cookies recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!