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Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies(?)

Okay - so we got an air fryer. I really thought I could get away from it… after all, we did make it through the InstantPot craze without giving in. But I kept seeing people make tonnes of meals and snacks in them, and decided I needed one ASAP.

I’ve already made lots of meals in mine, but it felt like time to switch it up. Why not try a dessert? I was inspired to make cookies by my partner who said “people with cookie jars normally have cookies” as he stared longingly at the empty jar that has been decorating our island for weeks.

So, come along and join me in my attempt to make air-fried chocolate chip cookies!


Here’s what you’ll need
  1. 1 mixing bowl (I got mine here: https://amzn.to/3fUlQ5q)

  2. 1 microwave-safe bowl (I personally like ramekins like these: https://amzn.to/3fUlQ5q)

  3. parchment paper (Use these pre-cut sheets - the holes let air circulate! https://amzn.to/3nUlP5S)

  4. 1/2 cup of margarine (melted)

  5. 1/2 cup of brown sugar (I like dark brown, but any type works)

  6. 1 large egg

  7. 1 1/2 cups of flour

  8. 1 tsp of baking soda

  9. 1/4 tsp of salt

  10. vanilla (measure it with your heart)

  11. chocolate chips (again, measured with the heart)


Like any good recipe, this one starts with creaming the melted margarine together with the sugars, and mixing it until it’s all combined.

I used a whisk, and stirred until it had a nice texture that was easy to stir, and settled back into place quickly when it was disturbed. Like this:


Once it looks (and feels) like it’s combined, add the egg and vanilla in. I’m very generous with my vanilla, but if you’re new to baking, try starting with just a splash! If you’re using the artificial extract, it’s harder to “overdo“ it.

Next, add your dry ingredients! Some might sift these all together to ensure even distribution. I, as a mediocre baker (at best) definitely do not do this. I simply throw everything in the bowl at once and hope for the best!


Once your wet and dry ingredients have mingled, your dough should feel like a dough! It should not be so tough that it crumbles (if it is - add a little extra butter or a few teaspoons of milk!) but it should be sticky enough that it cleans the bowl when you stir it.

So now - for the moment of truth. Can I bake these in an air fryer?!

I like to give my cookies lots of room to spread on the first batch (just in case) so I put 5 small balls on each tray of my 10 qt air fryer.


Then, I tossed them into the appliance to cook for about 5 minutes at 320 degrees. I checked on them about halfway through and they didn’t appear to spread at all, so I smushed them down a bit - hoping it would help.

Alas, it did not.

The parchment paper on my trays did not allow the air to properly circulate, which led to only the tops getting cooked. What I did get, was a very neat idea for a new desert shell!


I did snack on some of the cooked shells while I was brainstorming solutions to my problem, and discovered these are easily some of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made - so I couldn’t let the dough go to waste!


I salvaged what was left by tossing the remaining cookie dough on a baking sheet and putting them in the oven at 320 for about 10 minutes. Surprising, they turned out perfect!



 

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