Air fryers are all the rage lately. These handy gadgets have become incredibly popular because of how quickly and conveniently they can cook up a wide range of dishes, from mains to sides to snacks.
They aren’t just good for frying either – as they use hot air to cook food, you can also use an air fryer for baking and roasting!
If you’re looking for something a bit more on the sweeter side, don’t worry! This list of delicious air fryer desserts has got you covered.
Here, we’ll take you through 28 delicious and easy dessert recipes that you can whip up in an air fryer in just a matter of minutes! So let’s get started, shall we?
28 Easy Air Fryer Dessert Recipes
We know what you’re thinking – “Cake? In an air fryer?”. But trust us, this simple Angel Food Cake recipe is fluffy, moist, and delicious.
While an air fryer might not be the usual way to bake a cake, they function in a similar way to a fan oven and make a perfect substitute in this quick and easy recipe.
Mix some simple ingredients into a batter and pour into a cake tin. Then just bake it until it’s a pale gold color and a toothpick comes out clean. In just 15 minutes, you’ll have a tasty cake ready to go; top with whipped cream and fresh berries, and enjoy!
There are few sweet treats as popular as brownies. With their soft and gooey inside dotted with melty chocolate chips, it’s not hard to see why! These simple air fryer brownies are incredibly easy to make, and air fry in less than 25 minutes.
If you want something with a bit more flavor and texture, then you can chop up some walnuts and add them to the batter. This gives the brownies a bit of crunch and a tasty nutty taste.
Dust with some powdered sugar for an added bit of sweetness.
This gooey chocolate chip cookie is big enough to share, but we wouldn’t blame you if you want it all to yourself! Its soft inside is crispy and golden on the outside, and it’s filled with melty chocolate chips for a rich and delicious dessert.
This recipe uses brown sugar to give the cookies a deeper, slightly burnt flavor. The massive cookie is big enough to fill an entire skillet, which is what the cookie is cooked and served in.
These fluffy and moist blueberry muffins are the perfect treat for dessert, or can be enjoyed as a breakfast or lunchtime snack. Quick and easy to make, you can whip these tasty muffins in less than half an hour!
The juicy blueberries add a vibrant burst of flavor to the lightly spiced cake, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla extract. Ideal with a cup of coffee, these delicious blueberry muffins are a perfect quick treat.
While churros are normally fried in oil, these tasty treats are just as light and crispy when made in an air fryer.
A popular Mexican dessert, churros are a type of fried dough coated with cinnamon and sugar, often served with melted chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping.
Cooked in 10 minutes, these golden brown churros are crispy and sweet, with a slightly spiced cinnamon sugar coating to add a burst of flavor and balance out the delicious dough.
Beignets are a type of French pastry known for their fluffy and light texture. This is similar to a donut’s texture, with the same sweet and buttery taste to back it up.
These tasty pastries are golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar for an additional hint of sweetness.
Made with just a handful of ingredients and taking just 15 minutes to cook in the air fryer, these delicious pastries are perfect for a light treat after dinner.
This classic soul food is given a modern twist with an air fryer in this incredibly simple recipe. The fluffy, buttery inside matches perfectly with the crunchy top layer.
Its light sweetness comes from homemade egg custard, and a sprinkling of golden raisins gives this recipe a delicious jammy hit.
Serve it while warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (not air fried).
The perfect campfire treat at home, this recipe turns delicious S’mores into bite-sized treats! Baking these S’mores pies in the air fryer melts the chocolate inside and adds a golden crisp to the gooey marshmallows on top.
You can find the graham cracker pie crusts ready-made in stores, but you can easily make your own by mixing crushed graham crackers with melted butter and molding it into a crust shape before sticking them in the air fryer for a few minutes.
There’s nothing quite like warm, homemade donuts. They’re light, fluffy, and have a fraction of the fat you’d find in normal donuts as they’re cooked in an air fryer.
Combine the ingredients to form a dough, shape it into rings or balls depending on your preference, and coat them in a simple glaze before frying them until golden. These sweet pastries are sure to be a favorite!
10. Apple Fritters
Tender apple meets warm cinnamon and buttery pastry in this tasty apple fritter recipe. They’re crisp and gooey at the same time, with a hint of Christmas spices for a perfect Winter treat.
Coat with a cinnamon-infused glaze for an extra sweet hit of flavor.
It’s easy to toast store-bought Pop Tarts in an air fryer, but you can make a healthier version yourself with a few simple ingredients that taste even better than the original!
Made with real strawberries, the sweet frosting has a zesty touch of lemon juice to balance out the strawberry and golden crust.
Add some rainbow sprinkles for the true Pop Tart experience!
Fans of a thicker cookie will love this oatmeal cookie recipe that takes just 7 minutes to bake in an air fryer.
A sprinkling of gooey chocolate chips helps to give these tasty cookies some sweetness and flavor, though you can also swap these out for raisins if you want a healthier option.
It might be hard to imagine cooking a cheesecake in an air fryer, but this recipe uses one to perfectly bake a cheesecake with a smooth, creamy inside and that delicious crust on the outside.
Rich and creamy, the drizzle of caramel and chocolate on top gives this decadent cheesecake that iconic Twix flavor. Chop up some Twix bars and add them on top before serving!
Rhubarb crumble is one of the best desserts out there, and it’s never been easier to make than this tasty recipe.
The tart and tender rhubarb goes perfectly with the buttery crumble, baked a lovely golden brown in an air fryer and sprinkled with brown sugar for a sweet and crunchy topping.
Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to round the whole thing together.
Craving some of Domino’s iconic cinnamon bread twists but can’t get them? This copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing, and is quick and easy to make with basic ingredients you probably have in your pantry!
Pair it with a sweet buttercream dipping sauce for an even more authentic experience.
This simple recipe is a great dessert or snack. Apple slices are coated in a graham cracker crumb and cooked in an air fryer until crispy and golden.
Simple and easy, serve these crispy yet juicy apple fries with some caramel sauce for a tasty sweet treat.
Pro tip: add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the batter for some delicious Christmas flavors!
We’ve already established that air fryers can be used to make incredible cakes with ease, and this red velvet cake recipe is no exception!
It’s moist, fluffy, and the perfect dessert to indulge in after dinner. Simply make the batter and let it bake in the air fryer. Coat it with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting and enjoy!
These peanut butter cookies are almost too easy to make, using just three ingredients. Despite that, though, they still taste absolutely incredible!
You can use either smooth or chunky peanut butter depending on your preference – we like chunky for the added texture and nutty taste.
Looking for a new way to enjoy a classic apple pie? Why not swap out the pastry crust and wrap the filling in an egg roll wrapper then fry until crispy?
This interesting take on the classic recipe leaves the apple filling gooey and tender, enclosed in a crispy casing. Dip them in caramel sauce for a great hand-held dessert.
Okay, so they aren’t being grilled in the traditional sense – that doesn’t stop these sweet and juicy grilled peaches from being absolutely irresistible!
This recipe adds to the sweet, jammy taste of the fruit with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You can also add some Christmas spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for some warming flavors that match the rest of the dessert perfectly.
This unusual recipe stuffs a rich and creamy cherry cheesecake filling inside a tortilla, before sticking it in the air fryer. The resulting chimichanga is crispy and golden on the outside but filled with creamy cheesecake on the inside.
Rolled in cinnamon sugar, this sweet dessert might seem strange at first but is well worth a try.
Scottish shortbread has a reputation for being a tricky dessert to make, but it couldn’t be easier with this simple air fryer recipe!
Using just three ingredients, these tasty shortbreads are buttery and crumbly, and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
Banana bread is an all-time favorite, and it’s also a great dessert to make in an air fryer. Easy to bake in just 30 minutes, this yummy banana bread has a tasty crust on the outside with that delicious gummy bread on the inside.
Throw in some chocolate chips for a sweeter loaf, or some chopped walnuts for a gentle nuttiness.
24. Apple Hand Pies
These miniature apple pies are designed to be held in one hand. With their tender apple filling and a sprinkling of coarse sugar on top for some added crunch, these sweet pies are delicious dipped in caramel sauce or simply eaten on their own.
Simple sugar cookies are given a zesty twist with lemon pudding mixed into the dough and a generous drizzle of lemon icing on top. Baked in less than 15 minutes, these cookies are light, sweet, and have a delicate lemony hit.
Another dessert inspired by Mexican cuisine, these empanadas are filled with the delicious flavors of chocolate and banana. Each empanada contains half a banana inside, along with melty chocolate chips.
Topped with vanilla and cinnamon whipped cream, these tasty dessert empanadas are sure to go down a treat!
Sometimes simple truly is best, and it’s hard to find a dessert as basic or as delicious as these tender baked apples.
You can simply enjoy the apples on their own, but this recipe fills them with a simple mix of butter, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a gentle flavor that works perfectly with the juicy apple.
28. Cherry Hand Pies
Similar to the apple hand pies, this sweet treat swaps out the apple filling for juicy cherries. Sweet and syrupy, with a slight hint of tartness from the cherry filling, these delicious hand pies are ready to go in less than 10 minutes.
A sprinkle of coarse sugar on top gives the pastry some crunch and a hit of sweetness to help balance out the bold and tart flavor of cherries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Any Of These Recipes Vegan?
If you’re looking for a vegan dessert option, you’re in luck! Several of these recipes are 100% vegan while still tasting incredible. In addition to our vegan banana bread recipe, you can also enjoy baked apples and grilled peaches.
Additionally, many of these recipes can be altered to be vegan by substituting the egg and dairy products with vegan alternatives!
Can You Bake In An Air Fryer?
Despite their name, air fryers don’t actually fry food in the conventional sense. Instead, they use hot air circulated throughout the fryer to cook their contents, similar to a fan oven.
As a result, air fryers are more than capable of baking or roasting recipes with ease.
While air-frying isn’t exactly the same as baking, the two share enough similarities that baking in an air fryer is as simple as pressing a button.
Some air fryers even come with specific baking and/or roasting settings to make it easier to judge cooking times!
Is It Healthier To Use An Air Fryer Or An Oven?
In terms of the healthiness of food cooked in them, there really isn’t much difference between an air fryer and an oven.
Both appliances use convection heat (where hot air circulates and rises) to cook their food, meaning that there’s no need for oil or fat like there is in regular frying.
However, many oven recipes involve adding oil or something similar to the outside of food to keep it crispy and speed up the cooking process; air-frying doesn’t need this, making it a healthier option in these cases.
We all want to treat ourselves to a sweet dessert from time to time, and with these simple air fryer dessert recipes, it’s easier than ever!
All 28 of these recipes are easy to make and take hardly any time to cook, making them a great choice for a sweet treat or making dessert in a hurry.
Now that you’ve seen some of the best air fryer dessert recipes out there, all you have to do now is give them a try for yourself!