Easy Air Fryer Desserts

This collection of Air Fryer Dessert Recipes is what you’ve been waiting for! Cooking up healthier versions of your favorite sweet treats is quick and easy when you use the air fryer.

This round-up includes recipes suitable for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto, and Whole 30 diets. Weight Watchers points also included.


Think you can’t cook desserts in the air fryer? Well, think again! I have gathered up some of the best-tasting air fryer dessert recipes out there.

From decadent fried churros, classic chocolate chip cookies (yes, you can bake cookies in an air fryer!), gluten free cake, and crave-worthy Air Fryer Donuts to super healthy Air Fryer Apple Chips and scrumptious Air Fryer Oreos or family approved Air Fryer Hand Pies, each one of these air fryer desserts is super easy, and soooooo fun to make.

Thanks to the magic of the air fryer, you now have a faster and healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth that is easy, fun, and guilt-free.

Why Make Desserts In The Air Fryer?

Since the air fryer works by circulating hot air around all sides of your food, only a tiny bit of oil (as in, 2 tablespoons or less) is needed to get the outside nice and crispy. And since your food absorbs far less oil, it contains less fat and calories overall. This means we can cook up those delicious desserts we normally steer clear of because of the high-calorie content.

But folks, it gets even better. Some of these air fryer dessert recipes require absolutely no oil at all. Yeap, delicious recipes with no hot oil and no deep fry.

Another major perk is that air fryers cook food much quicker than baking in the oven or frying on the stovetop. So even when you’re short on time, you can cook up healthier versions of delectable treats in a fraction of the time traditional cooking methods require.

Less Oil, Less Calories, Less Time. And all the sweet treats. Talk about a winning formula!

Just add vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or rainbow sprinkles (or not).

Chef’s Tip: It’s important to note that air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model. I recommend starting with less cook time, checking your food for doneness, then adding more time as needed.

close up view of finished air fryer cookies served on a white plate

Tips For Making Easy Air Fryer Desserts

Follow these handy tips for making air fryer desserts turn out perfectly cooked and totally delicious every time!

Tip #1. Don’t Overcrowd the Air Fryer Basket.

This may be the biggest mistake people make when using the air fryer. While it’s tempting to try to cook all your food in a single batch, it’s critical that you allow space between each item. And always make sure your food is in a single later (no stacking!).

In order for your food to cook properly, the air fryer needs to circulate air around all sides of your food. Overcrowding will result in food not being cooked evenly or sufficiently.

Tip #2. Preheat Your Air Fryer Before Cooking.

While it’s important to follow the instructions in your dessert recipe, but it’s generally a good idea to preheat your air fryer to the needed cooking temperature.

Preheating before you start cooking helps to ensure your food will cook properly, and at the right rate. Check out this post to learn more about how to Preheat Your Air Fryer.

Tip #3. Use A Sling.

Make a sling from aluminum foil to use to remove items like cakes and pies that are cooked in a pan. Here’s how to do it:

  • Fold a piece of aluminum foil into a rectangle that is at least 2 inches wide and 18 inches long.
  • Set the pan containing your dessert in the center of the rectangle, and pick up each end of the sling to lift the pan up and place it into the air fryer basket.
  • Tuck the ends of the sling into the sides of the air fryer basket. When your dessert is done, untuck and hold each of ends to carefully lift the pan out (you may want to wear oven mitts).

So, are you ready to start whipping up delicious desserts in the air fryer? Whether you’re hankering for a classic indulgence, a seasonal treat or are seeking a healthy dessert option, there’s an amazing air fryer dessert recipe in this collection that you’re sure to love!

Air Fryer Dessert Recipes – The Classics

These tried and true decadent dessert recipes get an air fryer makeover! The air fryer makes it possible to easily bake chocolate chip cookies or a classic chocolate cake and creates delectable yet healthier versions of all your favorite fried food indulgences.

Simply click the link on each of the images below to get to the complete recipe.

Healthy Air Fryer Desserts

Healthy desserts can still be delicious, and the air fryer makes it so easy to quickly cook up good-for-you treats like apple chips, juicy grilled peaches, and a tantalizing twist on campfire banana boats. You will find some go-to recipes here.

Simply click the link on each of the images below to get to the complete recipe.

Air Fryer Desserts – Seaonal Specialties

‘Tis the season…to enjoy delicious desserts featuring all your favorite seasonal flavors. With your air fryer, you can bake up Pumpkin Spice Crullers, a Classic Sweet Potato Pie, delicious Caramel Apple Stuffed Donuts, and even create a batch of festive Gingerbread Man Cookies!

Simply click the link on each of the images below to get to the complete recipe.

Air Fryer Desserts That Double as Breakfast

Is it breakfast? Or is it a dessert? The answer is…both! Making crave-worthy donuts, banana bread, and apple fritters. Cooking up pull-apart monkey bread and heavenly bacon cinnamon rolls in the air fryer is so fast and easy that you can enjoy them morning or evening.

Simply click the link on each of the images below to get to the complete recipe.

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Happy desserts.

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  1. Wow, such an amazing collection. I didn’t know you can do so many desserts in the air fryer. I’m going to try some of the recies.

  2. I’ve never thought to make desserts in an air fryer before … this is brilliant! Thank you for so many great ideas!

  3. I JUST got my Air Fryer, so perfect timing. I’m going to start with the pumpkin crullers 🙂

  4. These dessert recipes have me ready to break out the air fryer and make them all! I forget how versatile it is – thanks!!

  5. I love my air fryer and have been using it nonstop since Christmas. I haven’t tackled any desserts yet so these delicious looking recipes of yours seem like the perfect place to start.And that chocolate cake has got to be on my table ASAP!

  6. Great round up Bintu, and love the look of those hand pies – they’d be perfect for picnics I bet!