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Air Fryer Sugar Cookies (from Scratch Recipe)

Summer Yule
Can you air fry sugar cookies? You bet! These air fryer sugar cookies from scratch are quick and easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 152 kcal


  • 90 grams white flour (¾ cup)
  • 60 grams whole wheat or spelt flour (½ cup, can also use more white flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 72 grams Swerve, granular (6 tablespoons)
  • 1 large egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  • Weigh the dry ingredients using a food scale. Mix together the flours and baking powder in a medium-size bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sweetener with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. It will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the egg white and vanilla to the butter mixture in the bowl. Mix until combined. 
  • Next, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Use the electric mixer to mix everything together into a cohesive dough. This will take a few more minutes. 
  • To shape the cookies, either roll the dough into a log and cut it into circles or use cookie cutters.
  • To use cookie cutters, roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper. The dough should be ½-inch thick (1.27 cm). Remove the top parchment sheet and cut them into cookies. I cut hearts that are about 2 inches in diameter (5 cm). If you cut shapes with very thin sections (like stars), there’s a higher risk the cookies won’t brown evenly.
  • Put 4-5 cookies on your air fryer tray. Air fry for 5-6 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.
  • This recipe makes about 9 cookies, so I had to air fry them in two batches. Since the air fryer is essentially preheated after cooking the first batch, you may want to take the second batch out 1 minute early. 
  • Let the cookies cool a few minutes before carefully lifting them from the air fryer tray. The cookies will continue to firm up as they cool. If the cookies are sticking a bit, use a spatula to help release them.


This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). I’m still waiting for someone to invent cookies that are easy to stop eating after one cookie. (And no, I’m not talking about healthy “cookies” that are not truly cookies.)
These air fryer sugar cookies do have a few things going for them nutritionally. However, they’re still loaded with high calorie flour and butter. (Though whole grain flour contains more fiber than white flour, unfortunately it contains about the same amount of calories.)
The one thing these cookies don’t have (depending on how you make them) is sugar. Using Swerve knocks 270 calories off of the recipe, as well as 72 grams of net carbs. If you make 9 cookies, you’re saving 30 calories and 8 grams of net carbs per cookie.
It may seem like a small difference, but remember many of us eat more than one cookie. If you’re on a carb-restricted diet for diabetes, choosing sugar free cookies may make it easier to stay on track.
That said, for many Americans, cutting back on sugar cookies (even sugar free, low carb, or low-fat cookies) may be a good move. The average American diet is packed with refined flour, added oils, and sugar. The foods containing these ingredients are crowding out more nutritious options (e.g., fruits, veg, seafood, etc.)
I like this small batch sugar cookie recipe because it helps satisfy a craving without having dozens of leftover cookies around. I can have a cookie (or two), pop what’s left in the freezer, and go back to my regular healthy eating plan. There’s no need for me to give up the occasional cookie if I want one. :)
Nutrition information is for one cookie.


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 12.6gProtein: 2.3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6.2gFiber: 0.7gVitamin A: 7.1% DVIron: 1.3% DV
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