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Air Fryer Gingerbread cookies

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Let’s try something NEW and different, let’s make cookies in the Air Fryer! These Air Fryer Gingerbread Cookies are just in time for the holidays and they are sheer perfection!

Flavorful and deliciously soft gingerbread cookies baked in the air fryer are rather simple cookies to make.

They taste amazing on their own without frosting BUT the beauty is in the decorations!

Can you Bake In the Air Fryer?

YES! You CAN bake in your air fryer. It’s like a mini oven, so why not? Well, it’s really more like a small convection oven right on the countertop. Convection ovens use the power of a fan moving the hot air around the interior to bake things. Generally, it cooks faster too.

Don’t worry, an air fryer will NOT fry your baked goods, it simply cooks them with the air blowing through the oven. Air fryers heat up quickly, don’t produce a lot of excess heat, and get food cooked quickly.

How to make Cookies in the Air Fryer

Generally making cookies in the air fryer is similar to making cookies in a regular oven. These air fryer gingerbread cookies are simply rolled gingerbread cookies so they don’t spread when baked. The dough is chilled, then rolled out, cut, and placed in the air fryer to bake.

Try these Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies if you want another air fryer cookie recipe!

If you’re using a cookie dough that spreads, set them further apart. You’ll want to make a few test cookies, if you’re making a recipe for the first time in your air fryer just see how they work out.

You should use parchment paper either cut or precut paper to bake the cookies on. You can ALSO grab these silicone baking mats for your air fryer. Parchment paper or silicone mats help keep the cookies from baking onto the baskets and sticking.


  • All-Purpose Flour
  • ground ginger
  • grouns cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • soda
  • brown sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • molasses
  • cookie frosting green for the tree
  • cookie icing(not the same as frosting, more like royal icing)get white and tint some of it light blue
  • piping bag for the icing you tint blue
  • sprinkles
  • gel colors
  • star sprinkles

Do I HAVE to use Pre-made frosting?

NO, you can absolutely make the frosting at home. You will need to make royal icing in white and blue. You can use the Royal Icing Recipe from my Pop-Tart Holiday House post, just make it as thick as you need it to be.

AND a buttercream in tree green. Use my Semi-Homemade Buttercream Recipe, it’s SO easy to make! You will also need piping bags and gel colors to tint the icing and frosting. Plus a star or flower tip to make the tree!

Can I bake these in my regular oven?!

Absolutely! You can bake these in your regular oven just increase the temperature to 350˚ and bake for 8-10 minutes! Or you can use ANY gingerbread recipe and just decorate them like these beautiful cookies.


And here’s a few more Gingerbread recipes to love too! Like this recipe for Real Gingerbread, like a gingerbread cake in a loaf pan. Or make these AMAZING Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls, your family will LOVE THEM! Ok here’s ONE more ginger-based recipe, these Spicy Gingersnaps are a HUGE hit for anyone who loves some heat.

Yield: 24 cookies

Gingerbread cookies in the Air Fryer

Gingerbread cookies in the Air Fryer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 28 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses



  1. whisk the first 6 ingredients together, set aside
  2. cream the butter and brown sugar together
  3. beat in the egg
  4. stir in the molasses
  5. gradually add the flour mixture until well combined
  6. gather the dough in a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap
  7. chill for a minimum of 2-4 hours
  8. to make: preheat the air fryer at 300˚ for five minutes
  9. roll out the cookie dough on a lightly floured surface
  10. cut out as desired, if making the design pictured cut out round cookies
  11. when the air fryer is preheated lay a piece of parchment paper in the basket
  12. lay as many cookies as will fit, roughly 1 inch apart
  13. bake on 300˚ for 5-8 minutes until baked through
  14. cool on baking rack
  15. repeat rolling and cutting with the remaining dough
  16. to decorate as shown: Start by making a large half circle on the cookie with your blue icing, fill it in. This will be the sky
  17. Then cover the rest of the cookie with the white icing by making a smaller half circle for the bottom, that meets the blue
  18. make  a few small white dots on your blue sky – to give the impression of the  snow falling
  19. you can also add some white sugar sprinkles on the bottom white for snow
  20. set aside to firm up
  21. Using your thick, green icing pipe out a small triangle on the snowy ground in the shape of a tree
  22. Carefully add a star sprinkle to the top and a few other sprinkles on the tree to give the illusion of ornaments
  23. frosting needs time to set up before storing or serving

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 232Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 38mgSodium 96mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 2g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Gingerbread cookies”

  1. This cookie looks so good and I love a soft cookie. I’m happy to find more ways to use my air fryer- thanks


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