Friday, September 10, 2021

Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies

These air fryer oatmeal cookies are bursting with bits of apple and warm spices. Top them with a simple glaze to create an extra sweet treat!

Enjoy the comforting scents of fresh apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg as they fill every corner of your kitchen.

Not only are these air fryer cookies melt-in-your-mouth delicious, but they go from prep to plate in under 20 minutes!

While the flavors are perfect for fall afternoons and winter holidays, you can easily whip up a batch throughout the year. All you need is a single apple and an armful of pantry staples.

If you enjoy these easy oatmeal cookies, you’ll love my apple cookie recipe! It includes a crispy streusel topping for an irresistible texture. Or, try this version with applesauce, raisins, and chopped pecans.

air fryer oatmeal cookies in a pile

How To Make Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies

First, peel and chop the apple and measure out all of your ingredients.

Mix together the dough, then scoop rounds onto parchment and place in the basket to cook. Work in batches until all of the dough is gone.

Once the air fryer cookies are cooled, drizzle them with a simple glaze made from heavy cream and powdered sugar.

They are also delicious plain, or you can replace the glaze with caramel sauce for something different!

easy oatmeal cookies ingredients

  • Chill dough between batches. This prevents extra spreading and guarantees crispy edges with a soft, chewy center.
  • Time-saving tip: Scoop out all of the dough at once onto a parchment-lined plate. It will take up less space in the refrigerator than a mixing bowl, and you can transfer a new batch of rounds to the basket in seconds!
  • Glaze too thick? Whisk in a little extra cream until it reaches the right consistency. If it’s too thin, simply add more powdered sugar.
  • Mess-free drizzling. Pour the glaze into a piping bag or create your own by snipping off the bottom corner of a small ziploc bag.
air fryer cookies batter

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Cookie Scoops - Also great for meatballs, cookies, ice cream, and portioning out leftovers.
  • Parchment Paper - Prevents your treats from sticking to the basket and makes clean up a breeze!
air fryer cookies batter with apples

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

While apples are best in these easy oatmeal cookies?

Choose a variety that is extra sweet and won’t turn to mush when baked. Honeycrisp, Gala, and Fuji are popular choices, and Jonagold and Braeburn are lovely if you can find them locally.

If you prefer something a little more tart, Granny Smith is the way to go.

easy oatmeal cookies in air fryer

Can I bake these in the oven instead?

You sure can! Increase the temperature to 350°F and see how they look after 8 or 9 minutes.

Do air fryer oatmeal cookies need to be refrigerated?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days or chilled for up to 1 week, whichever you prefer. Or, freeze them for up to 1 month and thaw on the counter until soft.

air fryer oatmeal cookies on rack


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air fryer oatmeal cookies on a plate

Yield: 20 Cookies
Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies

Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies

These air fryer oatmeal cookies are bursting with bits of apple and warm spices. Top them with a simple glaze to create an extra sweet treat!
Prep time: 8 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 16 Min


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup powdered confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  1. Melt the butter in a medium bowl and set it aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk it together and set aside.
  3. Next, take the butter bowl and add the apple pie spice, vanilla extract, and brown sugar to it. Mix it well. Add in the applesauce and the egg.
  4. Finally combine the two bowls. Add the apple mixture to the dry ingredient bowl, mix everything thoroughly.
  5. Fold in the chopped apple pieces.
  6. Preheat air fryer to 315 degrees.
  7. Line air fryer basket with parchment paper.
  8. Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop the cookies out one by one making each cookie ball about two inches wide.
  9. Place each ball of cookie dough on to the parchment paper, leaving about an inch and a half of space between them. It’s important to leave that space because they do spread out.
  10. You will probably have to do multiple batches. I was able to fit in six cookies at a time.
  11. In between batches place the bowl of uncooked cookie dough in the fridge so that it stays chilled.
  12. Air Fry cookies for about 6-8 minutes, adjust as necessary for your air fryer.
  13. Repeat until all cookies are made.
  14. Remove cookies from basket and place on cookie rack to cool.
  15. Drizzle glaze over cookies. 
To make glaze
  1. Combine confectioners sugar and heavy whipping cream in a bowl, mix well. If you’d like it thinner add more heavy whipping cream, if you’d like it thicker add more sugar. Once cookies are completely cool, drizzle glaze over top of them.

Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies closeup

Originally published September 2021

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