Why You Should Make Cookies In Your Air Fryer

Who doesn't love devouring different types of cookies — or should we say little cakes? Yep, you read that right. Did you know that the word cookie is derived from the Dutch word "koekje," which means "small or little cake" (via Online Etymology Dictionary)? While countries around the world have different names for the word "cookie," we know the heavenly smell of freshly baked cookies is enough to evoke the Cookie Monster inside anyone — no matter how old they are. 

The origin of the first cookies dates back to the 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran), where small amounts of cake batter were baked to test the oven temperature, thus laying the foundation for baked sweet treats (via What's Cooking America). It's fascinating how cookies have evolved from a baking byproduct into a multi-billion dollar industry. Since the inception of cookies, countless styles and flavors have been introduced to satisfy our taste buds (yeah, we know you're thinking about chocolate chip cookies). Although the science behind making this confection hasn't changed much, new methods and techniques have made it easier to make cookies that can conjure up feelings of pure internal bliss in any cookie connoisseur out there. 

While you might feel that oven-baked cookies are the best, there are other ways to bake cookies in half the time. And the best part is that your taste buds won't know the difference. For instance, using an air fryer is one of the most criminally underrated ways to make cookies. 

Your air fryer can speed up the cookie-making process

If you're craving gooey and hot cookies to munch on and don't want to go through all the hassle only to make a small batch of these go-to sweet treats, it's time to embrace the idea of using an air fryer. It might seem unconventional, but it works like a charm. Okay, hear us out. Your air fryer uses super-fast air and heat circulation in a small space to bake cookies quicker than a conventional oven. Insider reported that an air fryer could help you have "fresh, homemade cookies in 10 minutes flat" since there is no need to preheat the system (excluding the time to defrost the dough). And we haven't gotten to the best part yet. If the dough is already at room temperature, it will take around five minutes, per The Kitchn

You can make a small batch of cookies that are "crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside" without turning on the oven (not worth the trouble). Here's how you do it. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F and place cookie dough balls onto a foil-lined basket. Ensure the dough balls are two inches apart. Cook for about five to six minutes for crispy cookies, according to Mealthy. 

You can use an air fryer to make some of the best cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. And if you're in the mood for something cheesy, you can use an air fryer to cook frozen pizza