I’ve never had a skillet cookie as good as this air fryer pizookie. It’s absolutely delicious and so easy and convenient to make! After having a pizookie like this, I doubt I’ll ever bake them in an oven again!
I’m absolutely obsessed with cookies in all shapes and forms. My bridal shower was actually cookie monster themed, so when I’m telling you this is an incredible recipe, you can trust me on that!
Why should I make a pizookie in an air fryer?
It’s a game-changer! First of all, it bakes up in minutes, and the base of the air fryer is the perfect size for a nice family size pizookie for 4-6 people.
The way an air fryer cooks items gives the perfect texture for a skillet cookie. Golden brown and crisp on the edges, giving way to a really gooey interior, for that perfect soft pizookie center. You always want your pizookie a tiny bit under baked in the center. Yum!
It tastes better than oven baked pizookies, because of the texture you get in an air fryer. I’ll never go back!
It’s really nice not to have to preheat your oven for 20 minutes to bake a skillet cookie for 15-18 minutes. Just preheat your air fryer with the twist of a dial and you’re ready to go!
Unlike with individual cookies, the dough doesn’t need to be chilled, since it’s being baked in a contained pan so we don’t need to worry about spreading.
Tools you need for an air fryer pizookie:
You need an air fryer obviously! I have the standard sized.
You need aluminum foil if you’re making a foil parcel to use as a pan. Alternately, you can definitely go with mini skillets or ramekins to bake these with, I’ve tried both ways!
Cooking spray to lightly grease the foil to prevent the cookie from sticking to the bottom of the foil.
Ingredients you need for the pizookie:
The same ingredients you’d need to make my favorite cookies, these no fuss chocolate chip cookies.
Room temperature butter, brown sugar (light brown or dark brown or a mix is fine) and white sugar, an egg, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips or chunks.
You can be really creative with the mix ins for this. Here’s some options:
White chocolate chips and pecans or macadamia nuts
Peanut butter chips and m&ms
Crushed oreos and white chocolate chips
Try adding extra nuts, a mix of chocolate chips, chopped up baking chocolate or candy bars, etc.
How to make a pizookie in an air fryer:
Check the video in the recipe card to see the steps in action!
- Make your cookie dough. Beat together the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy, a good 5 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Separately, mix together flour, baking soda and salt, then add these dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and mix on low until just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir again until just mixed.
- Using the base of the air fryer as a mold, place two sheets of aluminum foil on the bottom and 2-3 inches up the sides. This is your pan! Remove from air fryer, and preheat air fryer to 350 F for 8-10 minutes.
- Lightly grease the bottom of the aluminum foil pan with spray, then press cookie dough in. TIP: I usually add about an inch of dough to the pan, and leave a little cookie dough leftover for future cookie. You can add all the dough, or less, depending on how thick you like your skillet cookies.
- Place the cookie dough in the pan inside the air fryer insert, carefully since it’ll be hot, and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown but still soft in the center (test with a spoon to make sure center isn’t completely raw).
- Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream or ice cream of choice.
How do you know when the pizookie is cooked through?
I find in the air fryer, the pizookie turns a deep golden brown rather quickly, but this can be deceptive because the inside could still be undercooked. Once at least 7 minutes have passed, take a little spoon and just take a small scoop out the center of the pizookie. If the dough is soft but cooked, it’s ready. If it’s totally raw, then leave it in for a little longer, checking every minute until it’s ready.
FAQs and tips and tricks for success:
Can I use oven safe ramekins or pans instead of the foil insert?
Yes! Anything that can be safely used in an air fryer can be filled with the cookie dough. To make individual pizookies, ramekins work very nicely.
What other types of cookies can I make in an air fryer?
A lot of different types of cookies work, check the Ingredients section above for some proposed mix-ins.
-Make sure the butter you are using is softened at room temperature so it combines well with the sugar to give the cookies the chewy texture we are looking for
-Preheat the air fryer before placing the dough in so that the bottom of the pizookie cooks through properly, otherwise you run the risk of the top turning a dark golden brown and the bottom being doughy
-Keep checking the air fryer, even before 8 minutes. Depending on the amount of dough and the container you use to air fry the dough in, they could finish faster. You want to make sure you still have a nice soft center.
What to top a pizookie with?
You got to have ice cream! Flavor of your choice, but I usually prefer a vanilla based flavor.
You can also add chocolate syrup, or salted caramel for an extra wow factor.
Sprinkles, toasted pecan nuts, crushed oreo cookies are always fun too!
Although this is best enjoyed fresh, I’ve successfully stored leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days, and reheated them in an air fryer for a couple minutes until warmed through. Still so good!
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Air Fryer Pizookie
- 1 stick butter, softened 113g
- 3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar 150g
- 1/4 cup white sugar 50g
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour 220 g
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a handheld mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar for 5 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Once five minutes is over, add in egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until combined. Add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture on low speed, and mix until just combined.
- Add chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
- Model an aluminum foil insert around the base of the air fryer, using two sheets of aluminum foil. Remove foil from the air fryer, then preheat the air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 350F (180C).
- Spray the base of your makeshift foil pan with a little non-stick spray, and press the cookie dough into an even layer into the foil until an inch thick. Depending on how thick you like your pizookie, you may have some dough leftover, perfect for baking extra cookies with !
- Once air fryer has heated, place cookie dough pan into the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes. Start checking at 6 minutes, then check every minute after. The top will be golden brown, and the center still gooey but not completely raw (I recommend taking a little spoonful out the center to make sure it's cooked enough before removing it). Mine was done at 8 minutes.
- Let pizookie rest for 1 minute to firm up a little, then top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy. Absolutely delicious!