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Easy Air Fryer M & M Cookies

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Air fryer M&M cookies are sure to be a family favorite! These cookies are crispy outside with a soft center and are just loaded with brightly colored M&Ms candy.

When you bake cookies in air fryer you can have delicious, warm, homemade cookies fast! This recipe makes a small batch of 16 air fryer cookies which is perfect for an easy dessert. These tasty cookies are hard to resist eating, especially when they are warm, fresh and full of melted chocolate candy.

stack of air fryer M&M cookies

Why You Will Love Air Fryer M&M Cookies

  • These cookies are simple to make.
  • There are no fancy or hard to find ingredients needed.
  • This is a small batch recipe, perfect for a family dessert.
  • Using the air fryer to bake cookies means you won’t heat up your kitchen.
  • They are delicious and very pretty too. 🙂

Looking for more dessert ideas using M&Ms candy? Check out my recipes for White Chocolate Popcorn with M&Ms or Gingerbread Cookie Bars!

Key Ingredients

ingredients for M&M cookies

This air fryer cookie recipe includes all the standard ingredients you’d expect to find in homemade cookies, plus M&Ms candy.

  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted butter works fine. The butter should be a little bit softened, so take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before starting..
  • Brown sugar – Using brown sugar only makes the cookies chewier.
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Flour – use white flour
  • Baking soda – This makes the cookies rise and gives them their texture.
  • Salt
  • M&M’s – I used mini M&Ms for these pictures, but I have also made the recipe with regular sized candy and the recipe works fine. I prefer to use the mini M&Ms because then there is candy in every bite and the air fryer M&M cookies are more colorful!
cookies baked in the air fryer

How to Bake Cookies in the Air Fryer

1. Make the Cookie Batter

Start by combining the butter and brown sugar together in a bowl. Beat them together with a mixer until they are combined, which will take a minute or two.

Then add the egg and vanilla and mix until everything is smooth and creamy.

butter, sugar, and eggs after mixing

In another bowl mix the flour with the baking soda and salt and add it to the mixer bowl. If you are using a hand mixer don’t add all of the flour mixture at once or it will end up making a mess.

mixing the flour into the cookie dough

Continue to add and mix the flour in until it is just combined. Don’t overmix or the dough will become too sticky.

adding the M&Ms

Then add the M&M’s to the batter and quickly mix then in, again being careful not to mix them too much.

2. Form the Cookies

Set the air fryer to preheat at 350 degrees F for about 3 minutes while you scoop out the batter. Use a cookie scoop or two spoons to make tablespoon sized cookie balls, which are about an 3/4 of an inch to an inch in diameter. Using a cookie scoop makes it simple to make uniformly sized cookie balls!

scooping the cookies

Tip: The dough will be a little sticky. You can refrigerate it for 30 minutes before making the cookie balls, which will make it easier to make them perfectly round. But I am impatient and not a perfectionist, so I never bother and my cookies are round enough.

3. Air Fry the Cookies

Once the air fryer is preheated take the basket out and put in a piece of parchment paper. You can buy parchment paper which is precut to fit your air fryer and has holes in it, which is very convenient.

The holes in the parchment paper let the air circulate easily. You can also just cut a pieces of parchment paper to fit your air fryer basket, but add a few holes if you are doing this.

Tip: Don’t put the parchment paper in the basket until after preheating or it will fly up and stick to the heating element and then you will have to clean your air fryer instead of baking cookies.

cookie dough balls in air fryer basket

Put the dough balls into the air fryer, spacing them apart on the parchment paper. Gently press down on each ball to flatten the cookies.

cookies after flattening

The cookie dough will not spread as much as it will in the oven, so you need to flatten the them slightly. I find 8 or 9 cookies fit well in my 5.8 quart Cosori air fryer.

Air fry the M&M cookies at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. At this point the tops will be starting to brown and they should be cooked through.

M&M cookies in air fryer basket

Keep the air fryer basket closed and let them stay inside for another 1-2 minutes. Then take them out and put them on a wire rack to cool.

In my air fryer this recipes makes 2 batches of cookies. If you have a smaller air fryer you might need to make more batches.

cookies cooling on a rack

How to Serve

These M&M cookies are excellent warm or cold and of course should be served with a big glass of milk!

How to Store

You can store leftover M&M cookie in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. At my house these are gone in 24 hours though!

You can also store the dough, uncooked in the refrigerator. It will keep fine in a bowl, which you can scoop out and cook as desired for about 5 days. Or you can roll it into balls and store the balls in the refrigerator, uncooked, for 5 days.

Variations and Tips

  • Other types of M&M’s will work with this recipe. The mini M&M’s are milk chocolate, but you could use dark chocolate or peppermint or candy corn M&M’s and make these for Christmas or Halloween. Peanut M&M’s are probably too big, but almost anything else should work.
  • These would also be excellent with half chocolate chips and half M&M’s for a more chocolate chip cookie flavor.
  • Don’t make the cookies too large or they won’t be cooked in the center. If you want giant sized M&M cookies you need a different recipe.
inside of an M&M cookies

FAQ

Why is my cookie dough so sticky?

If the dough is too sticky to make into balls it probably means the butter was too soft or the dough was overmixed. It is easy to fix this by refrigerating the dough for 30 minutes. Then bake it as directed.

Can I air fry frozen cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough in balls and cook them from frozen. Cook frozen dough at 350 degrees F for 7 minutes total.

Just make sure you flatten the dough balls and freeze them flat on tray overnight. Then put them in a freezer bag and baked them whenever you like.

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Yield: 16

Air Fryer M&M Cookies

cookies baked in the air fryer

These air fryer M&M cookies are crispy outside with a soft center and are just loaded with brightly colored M&Ms candy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Mini M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix until combined with a mixer.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir. Add to the batter and mix until just combined. If you are using a hand mixer don't add the flour all at once or it will make a mess. Add it in 2-3 additions.
  4. Fold in the mini M&Ms.
  5. Set the air fryer to preheat at 350 degrees F for 3 minutes.
  6. Form the dough into balls using a cookie scoop or two spoons.
  7. Once the air fryer is preheated put parchment paper in the basket. Then add the dough balls, keeping them spaced a bit apart.
  8. Press down lightly on the cookie dough balls to flatten them before air frying.
  9. Air fry at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Leave the air fryer closed for another 1-2 minutes, then remove the cookies and make another batch.

Notes

  • Air fryer cooking times vary, my cookies were made in a 5.8 quart Cosori air fryer. You might need to adjust the cooking time slightly for other air fryers.
  • Do not preheat the air fryer with parchment paper in it. The paper is too light and can fly around the basket.
  • Make sure you flatten the cookie balls since these won't spread as much in the air fryer as the oven.
  • If the dough is too sticky you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes before making the dough balls. This will let you roll the cookies so they are rounder.
  • Other types of M&M's will work with this recipe. Peanut M&M's are probably too big for the cookies, but almost anything else should work. Use red and green M&Ms for Christmas or candy corn M&Ms for Halloween.
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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    16

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

    Nutrition facts are estimates.

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    By on July 30th, 2021

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