Pretzel & Chocolate Chunk Air Fryer Cookies

This air fryer pretzel and chocolate chunk cookies recipe is the perfect cookie to enjoy with a glass of milk! Easy and quick to prepare, you'll fall in love with the crispiness of the outside and gooey inside.

I keep a bag of these frozen cookie dough balls in the freezer (no need to bring them to room temperature first!) to pull out and pop into the air fryer whenever someone wants a sweet treat. My husband appreciates being able to make these up quickly!

Chocolate and pretzel air fryer cookies

Even better is that you won't have to turn on your oven to bake up a small batch of these perfectly ooey and chewy cookies! Perfect for when you are hankering for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and don't want to turn on the oven.

Other Air-Fryer recipes to try:

A pan full of cookie balls ready to go into the air fryer to bake.

Key Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Chunks. Chocolate chips or white chocolate chips work great, too!
  • Pretzels.
  • Butter, Sugar, Flour --> usual cookie baking ingredients.

Optional: Pecans, walnuts, oats (try mixing in about ½ cup), and even raisins.

Instructions for air fryer cookies:

  1. Beat the sugars, butter and extract together.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, and large eggs.
  3. Stir the chocolate and pretzels in. 
  4. Air Fry in the air fryer basket lined with parchment paper until they are golden brown.
  5. Let sit for several minutes before moving from the pan.  ❗️IMPORTANT❗️

Note: cook times will vary slightly depending on your air fryer.

The college kid comes home from school without warning, walks into the house, plops on the island, and asks if I have anything "good to eat". 

I hear my grandma's voice saying "everything that comes out of my kitchen is good to eat". But I know what he is asking...do I have any warm, sweet cookies?

air fryer cookie on parchment paper studded with chocolate chunks

I keep a bag of cookie dough balls in the freezer for exactly this reason. By the time he is done telling me about his day and remembers he wanted a treat...those cookies have been baked up in the air fryer and are ready. 

Honestly, these little balls of dough are truly a lifesaver. Great for sweet treat cravings, college kid visits, and when there are only 2 of you at home to consume the treats.

Perfectly browned chocolate chunk cookie that was baked up in the air fryer.

Pretzel & Chocolate Chunk Air Fryer Cookies

| 36 cookies
Prep Time | 30 mins
Cook Time | 8 mins
Resting Time | 3 mins
Total Time | 41 mins
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This air fryer pretzel and chocolate chunk cookies recipe is the perfect cookie to enjoy with a glass of milk! Easy and quick to prepare, you'll fall in love with the crispiness of the outside and gooey inside.

Equipment

We use a simple but fantastic little air fryer. Love this one!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter room temp
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tsp Sea Salt divided
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 6 ounces chocolate chunks ½ a 12oz bag
  • ½ cup chopped Pretzels
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add Butter, Granulated Sugar, Brown Sugar, 1 Tsp of Sea Salt, and Vanilla Extract.
  • Using a hand mixer beat together for a few minutes.
  • Add Flour, Baking Soda, and Egg.
  • Mix until everything is completely blended and there are no lumps.
  • Next, use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chunks and Pretzels.
  • Use a cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons each) to form balls about 1.5 inch in diameter. Set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes and then store in an air-tight freezer bag in the freezer until ready to bake.
  • If baking immediately…
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 350 degrees
  • When preheated, add a piece of parchment paper to the Air Fryer rack that is small enough to let air come in around all the sides. Add the cookie balls on top. (It seems that some Air Fryers move the cookie balls around a bit and cause them to get a bit mangled. To help stop this, try pressing your cookies a bit flat on the bottom of your cookie ball to stop them from rolling around. )
  • Depending on the size of your Air Fryer you can probably get between 5-9 cookies, at a time.
  • Place in air-fryer and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Let sit in the air-fryer for 3 minutes
  • Allow to cool on rack.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt and enjoy!

Notes

NOTE: It seems that some Air Fryers move the cookie balls around a bit and cause them to get a bit mangled. To help stop this, try pressing your cookies a bit flat on the bottom of your cookie ball to stop them from rolling around. 

Recipe Tester Miranda advises:

Don’t preheat your air fryer with the parchment in it- it burnt holes in the parchment 😂 lesson learned.

I did get just over 3 dozen. Now we have a stockpile of dough balls in the freezer!

I think the air circulating in my air fryer moved the cookies around- it was fine with me since it would be a convenient treat- I didn’t mind the misshapen cookies lol. Nice for a quick treat without having to heat the oven. 

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1 thought on “Pretzel & Chocolate Chunk Air Fryer Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    Love this for my air fryer, but I wonder if they would work in the oven too. My church packages meals for families who are struggling, everything is frozen and delivered for the family to bake/heat. This would be a great dessert. Any idea on time and temperature?

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