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Easy 3-Ingredient Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy peanut butter cookie recipe, these Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies are the best! A classic peanut butter cookie, but easier!

Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, these delicious peanut butter cookies are rich, decadent, and oh-so-sweet.

air fryer peanut butter cookie recipe

And these 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies only take four minutes to bake!

They are about 20% faster than baking in a conventional oven and come out perfect every time – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle! 

The best part? They taste just like traditional peanut butter cookies with just three simple ingredients!

And unlike classic peanut butter cookies, these easy cookies don’t call for flour which makes them Gluten-free!

Why Bake Cookies in an air fryer?

You may wonder if baking cookies in the air fryer is a good idea.

Here are some compelling reasons why using an air fryer for baking cookies makes perfect sense:

  • It’s fast! The air fryer is the ultimate kitchen appliance with extraordinary speed and efficiency.

    Thanks to rapid air circulation in an enclosed space, you can prepare your favorite meals more quickly than ever before – faster even than a conventional oven!
  • It keeps the house cool! With warmer temperatures, who wants to heat the kitchen with an oven when there’s a better alternative: an air fryer?

    This nifty appliance is perfect for those living in hot climates year-round or during the summer months.
  • Small batches of cookies have never been easier to make!

    With the invention of air fryers, there is no need to heat the oven for just a few treats. Air frying allows enjoying freshly baked cookies without using the oven.
  • Air fryers are perfect for small spaces and RV Travelers.

    Many air fryers are compact and portable, making them ideal for small kitchens and kitchenettes that don’t have ovens and for those who like to travel RV style.
  • Cookies baked in an air fryer turn out amazing!
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Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe:

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Chill Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 4 Minutes Rest Time: 4 Minutes

Yields: approximately 18 Cookies (give or take)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (I use natural peanut butter)
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg

Items Needed:

  1. Air Fryer (These are the top rated Air Fryers on Amazon)
  2. Airfryer Parchment Paper!
  3. Fork
  4. Cooling rack

Preparation tip:

If you don’t have air fryer parchment paper to fit your air fryer, cut parchment paper to fit your air fryer tray or basket.

It’s important to ensure the parchment paper fits perfectly so it doesn’t get caught in the air fryer or fold on top of the cookies.

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How to Make Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies:

Who knew you could make cookies in an air fryer?!

Making peanut butter cookies in an air fryer is so easy you may never use your oven to make small batches of cookies again!

1. Combine all three ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix by hand until fully combined. (no electric mixer needed)

2. Pro Tip: Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. (very important!)

3. After the cookie dough is thoroughly chilled: Use a 1 ½-inch cookie scoop, or heaping tablespoon, to scoop cookie dough and then roll it into cookie dough balls.

*The dough is very sticky, so you can use a small amount of all-purpose flour (or almond flour to keep it gluten-free) to keep each little ball of dough from sticking to your hands.

4. Place cookie dough balls on the prepared piece of parchment paper in a single layer.

Using a fork, press the cookie flat, first in one direction, then again in the opposite direction, to make a crisscross pattern on the top of the cookies.

5. Baking directions: Set your air fryer at 370 degrees and cook them for 4 minutes. I like to keep a close eye on the first batch to ensure they don’t overbake. Adjust time as needed.

6. Rest time: Once cookies are light brown, let them rest in the air fryer for 4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack

7. Store cooled cookies in a sealed container.

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Tips and Tricks for Perfect Cookies:

Do not skip the chilling step. The cookies will overspread and become crumbly if the dough is not thoroughly chilled before baking.

-It’s also very important not to touch the cookies until they’ve been set for a minimum of 4 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. This allows them to set up and not fall apart when removed from the air fryer.

-For best results, scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment paper on the air fryer tray so the cookies do not have to be transferred.

-Each air fryer is different. be sure to give enough space between the cookies to spread, and you’ll be good to go. 

-This cookie dough is very sticky, so it’s best not to get your hands involved in the scooping process and stick to a scoop or spoon.

-Since Each air fryer has various cooking settings, you may have to adjust temperature and time. Start low (350 degrees) and adjust if needed.

-Store your leftover cookies at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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Substitutions: Peanut Butter Air Fryer Cookies

-Try Chunky Peanut butter or Almond Butter
-Substitute sugar with brown if your wish.
-Add chocolate chips! Yummy!
-Try adding Oatmeal to make peanut butter-oatmeal cookies

Printable Recipe Card: Air Fryer Peanut butter Cookie Recipe

easy peanut butter air fryer cookie recipe

Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (I use natural peanut butter)
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg

Instructions

    1. Combine all three ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix by hand until fully combined. (no electric mixer needed)

      *Pro Tip: Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. (very important!)

    2. After the cookie dough is thoroughly chilled: Use a 1 ½-inch cookie scoop, or heaping tablespoon, to scoop it and then roll it into cookie dough balls.

      *The dough is very sticky, so you can use a small amount of all-purpose flour (or almond flour to keep it gluten-free) to keep each little ball of dough from sticking to your hands.

    3. Place cookie dough balls on the prepared piece of parchment paper in a single layer.

      Using a fork, press the cookie flat, first in one direction, then again in the opposite direction, to make a crisscross pattern on the top of the cookies.

    4. Baking directions: Set your air fryer at 370 degrees and cook them for 4 minutes. I like to keep a close eye on the first batch to ensure they don’t overbake.

      Adjust time as needed.

    5. Rest time: Once cookies are light brown, let them rest in the air fryer for 4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

    6. Store cooled cookies in a sealed container.

Notes

If you don't have air fryer parchment paper to fit your air fryer, cut parchment paper to fit your air fryer tray or basket. It's important to ensure the parchment paper fits perfectly so it doesn't get caught in the air fryer or fold on top of the cookies.

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Delicious Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies: FAQ

Should peanut butter cookie dough be refrigerated before air frying?

Yes, peanut butter cookie dough should be refrigerated before baking. You’ll want to ensure the dough is firm enough not to expand too much when baking with an air fryer. 

Place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before placing it on top of parchment paper and into your air fryer. 

How long will peanut butter cookies in the air fryer last? 

Peanut butter cookies in the air fryer will stay fresh for up to a week when stored in an airtight container.

You can also freeze leftovers and enjoy them throughout the month.

However, just as with most desserts, PB cookies are the best straight out of the oven. 

Why use parchment paper for this air fryer peanut butter cookie recipe?

Yes. Due to the breathing holes in the bottom of your air fryer, the cookies could seep through as the cooking process starts.

No one wants to clean up that mess! I don’t suggest tin foil as it will cause them to cook too quickly and unevenly. Parchment paper is the best and only choice. 

Can you freeze air fryer peanut butter cookies?

Yes! Peanut butter cookie dough can be frozen for up to a month. 

Simply place individual cookies on a baking sheet and freeze them for 30 minutes before transferring them to a freezer bag. 

You can also freeze leftover air fryer peanut butter cookies to enjoy later. To defrost, allow the cookies to thaw overnight in your refrigerator before enjoying them.

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Final Thoughts: Easy Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

If you’re looking for a healthier and faster way to make peanut butter cookies, an air fryer is a way to go!

These easy air fryer cookies come out perfect every time – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Plus, they are about 20% faster than baking.

So if you’re looking for a delicious and easy cookie recipe, give this sweet treat a try!

Have you ever made cookies in an air fryer? Do tell me in the comments below!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again soon!

XO, Christine

PS. If you don’t have an air fryer yet, this is a great article that will help you decide!

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