Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies

Last updated on September 1st, 2021

I’ve been converting some of my favorite old-fashioned recipes over to the air fryer and these peanut butter cookies are no exception. While many common peanut butter recipes call for three or less ingredients, I prefer using the baking soda, baking powder and flour that makes the cookies a little bit lighter and fluffier.

peanut butter cookie in hand

Tips & Tricks for making Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • peanut butter
  • butter
  • shortening
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar

One of the greatest things about cooking with an air fryer, is the ease and convenience. So pulling out the stand mixer and 11 ingredients for these cookies may seem a little ridiculous, but the effort is well worth it.

peanut butter cookie ingredients

Preheat air fryer to 375°F, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Line air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray with vegetable-based cooking spray. In a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, or a stand mixer, beat peanut butter, butter, and shortening together for 1 minute.

assembling peanut butter cookies

Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and baking powder and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl.

mix peanut butter cookies ingredients
close up peanut butter cookie mix

And then, add eggs and vanilla, beat until mixed.

add eggs and vanilla to cookie mix

Next, add flour and combine until just mixed.

add flour to cookie dough

Do not over mix. The texture of the dough will be somewhat crumbly like the dough in the image below.

cookie dough after flour

Shape dough into 2-inch balls.

peanut butter cookie dough balls

Roll in the ¼ cup sugar.

roll cookie dough balls into sugar

Flatten sugar-coated dough balls to one inch thickness and press with tines of fork in one direction.

Press cookie with fork

Then in the opposite direction down the center of the cookie to create a crosshatch pattern.

press fork for crosswise pattern

Place cookie dough in air fryer basket at least one inch apart.

cookies in air fryer basket

Cook in air fryer for 5 – 6 minutes or until light golden brown.

cooked peanut butter cookies

Remove from air fryer basket and cool on wire rack for ten minutes.

peanut butter cookies on cooling rack

Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

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Course: Recipes, DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

24

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

34

minutes

I’ve been converting some of my favorite old-fashioned recipes over to the air fryer and these peanut butter cookies are no exception. If you don’t have a big oven available or don’t want to heat your house, this recipe is for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 21/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 375°F, following manufacturer’s instructions to do so.
  • Line air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray with vegetable-based cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, or a stand mixer, beat peanut butter, butter, and shortening together for 1 minute.
  • Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and baking powder and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, beat until mixed.
  • Add flour and combine until just mixed. Do not overmix.
  • Shape dough into 2-inch balls and roll in the ¼ cup sugar.
  • Flatten sugar-coated dough balls to one inch thickness and press with tines of fork in one direction and then in the opposite direction down the center of the cookie to create a crosshatch pattern.
  • Place cookie dough in air fryer basket at least one inch apart.
  • Cook in air fryer for 5 – 6 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Remove from air fryer basket and cool on wire rack for ten minutes.

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