These air fryer monster cookies are packed with mix-ins, and so good! Try these air fryer chocolate chip cookies today and get ready to be wowed!
Air fryer monster cookies. The name says it all! These air fryer cookies are absolutely exploding with chocolate candies, and they are huge. They're crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and an absolute dream from the first bite to the last.
It seems like I'm always looking out for great cookie recipes. I mean, after all, who doesn't love cookies? I can't think of anyone. Can you? Yes, cookies are the great comfort food item, so you can never have too many recipes.
At least, that's what I think. So I'm always scouring the internet, talking with my fellow cooks, and poring over old cookbooks looking for all the cookie recipes I can find.
I love being able to make cookies and then test them out on all my friends and family—and to be honest, I don't think that they really mind so much at all! Honestly, I think if I gave up making cookies, I might break a few hearts.
Can You Make Cookies in an Air Fryer?
You bet you can and I've got a delicious air fryer monster cookies recipe today that is going to knock your socks off. What I love about this simple air fryer chocolate chip cookies recipe is that I get to use my air fryer to make them.
This means that I can easily cook them up fast and simple and know without a doubt that the middle of my cookies is going to be soft and delicious. Life is good when you have cookies, right?
I love to add a wide variety of ingredients to my cookies, as well, which is where the term "monster cookies" comes from. These cookies are indeed monstrous, and I mean that in the best way possible.
This is my favorite way to cook them up but it's also a simple recipe to alter and switch around as well.
So basically what we have is pretty much the ultimate air fryer chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's loaded with delicious candies, soft and chewy on the inside, and crispy on the outside. And on top of all of that, you can do almost anything with the recipe to change it up!
What are Monster Cookies?
Personally, I love the name but it does have some people scratching their heads. Monster cookies seem to be a cookie that not a lot of people are familiar with, but in my opinion, they should be!
The reason that they got the name "monster cookies" is because they're Frankenstein's monster in the world of cookies. These cookies contain a combination of a ton of different ingredients to create something amazing.
Sometimes, it's just a few different kinds of morsels. Sometimes, it's literally everything but the kitchen sink.
Whatever the case, the more you cram into them, the better they are, in my opinion. Fun, right?
Monster cookies are a particularly midwestern thing. I'm not sure exactly where in the midwest or when they were created, but I'm so glad they were. If you're not in the midwest, this might be why you've really never heard of a monster cookie.
They're quite famous there in that part of the world but they're making their rounds elsewhere now because they're so delicious and fun to make.
I could also say that it'd be a safe bet to call these air fryer chocolate chip cookies "Everything but the kitchen sink" cookies because it just might feel like you're adding on just about all the fun ingredients you have in the house!
Air Fryer Monster Cookies
So we know that monster cookies are delicious. We know where they came from. Now, it's time to talk about how we're going to get those delicious air fryer cookies into our bellies! These cookies are incredibly easy to make.
It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to create some of the best cookies you've ever had in your life. Ever.
You only need about a handful of ingredients to make these cookies. Even though they are absolutely overflowing with goodness, you won't be overwhelmed with a long list of ingredients. It's the perfect balance. Here's what you'll need.
- 4 tablespoon butter, softened to room temperature
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup mini M&Ms
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
See? Nothing to it. Really, it's all the ingredients you'd need for any other air fryer chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's the air fryer that makes these cookies stand out from the crowd.
Making Air Fryer Monster Cookies
The process to make these cookies is as simple and easy as the ingredient list. You'll just be mixing and baking in the air fryer. That's it. It's as easy as any other air fryer cookie recipe.
In fact, it's easier because the air fryer preheats faster, so you can get cooking sooner. The outline below will give you a general idea of how easy it is to make these cookies. You'll find the full recipe in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Beat butter and sugar until creamy in a good sized mixing bowl.
- Add egg and vanilla to butter and white sugar and beat.
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt to the egg and sugar mixture and mix until a dough is formed.
- Stir in mini chocolate chips and mini M&Ms.
- Form dough into balls.
- Cook in air fryer until golden in small batches.
- Place on wire racks to cool.
That's all there is to it! It's no more difficult than any other cookie recipe. Which means it's EASY!
Air Fryer Monster Cookies Tips
This is an incredibly simple air fryer chocolate chip cookie recipe, but to make sure you get the absolute best air fryer cookies possible, I've included the following tips to help you really master the recipe fast.
Don't Skip the Parchment Paper
So many recipes allow you to put your food directly onto the air fryer basket to cook, but you can't do that with these cookies. They're dough, and before they start to solidify, they'll get melty. If they aren't on a piece of parchment, you'll have a big mess on your hands.
Don't Make the Dough Balls Too Big
In the oven, you have more space, so you can be a bit looser with your dough balls, but in the air fryer, it's a different story. Don't make the dough balls for your air fryer cookies any larger than the recipe calls for.
Don't Overcook the Cookies
You want to take these air fryer monster cookies out of your air fryer as soon as they begin to become golden. Don't leave them in any longer than that or they'll be overdone. Don't worry. They won't be raw!
Don't Overload the Cookies
This is a problem for some people when they start branching out into new variations on this cookie. It's a ton of fun to add in all kinds of ingredients to these cookies, but remember, at the end of the day, these are, in fact, cookies.
If you overload them with too many ingredients or too much of any one ingredient, you'll have less of a cookie and more of a cookie dough-coated mass of mix-ins.
While that actually does sound kind of delicious, it's not exactly what you're looking for when you make these cookies. So have fun experimenting, but remember that cookie dough has to be the main component of any cookie.
If you look up the term monster cookies, you'll find a lot of different varieties to cook. There is an absolute ton of recipes for this kind of cookie out there. The good news is that this means that this cookie recipe is easy to adjust as well.
Monster cookies are one of the most versatile cookie recipes you'll ever find. Remember earlier when I said you could use everything but the kitchen sink? Well, that was no exaggeration.
Get creative with all kinds of different add-ins to your cookies. Everything works. Everything! The only problem you might have is trying to put TOO much into your cookie! But, hey, that's what multiple batches are for.
One other interesting twist for these cookies is that you can add a little bit of peanut butter to change up the flavor and taste, too. This makes for a new flavor that everyone is certain to love!
Other ingredients that you can add to your monster cookies are:
- Instant Oatmeal
- Nuts (all types and varieties)
- Different flavors of chocolate chips
- Raisins and other dried fruits
- Chopped candy bar pieces
- Pretzel pieces
And the list could go on and on. As long as you still have some dough to add ingredients, go for it and see what you can come up with!
Storing Air Fryer Monster Cookies
When it comes to storing leftover cookies, the main thing that you need to do is keep them stored in an airtight container. This is the best way to keep them soft and delicious.
Can you freeze cookies for later?
You bet! This is one of my biggest secrets that I love to do! Just simply put your cookies in a freezer-safe bag and add them to the freezer for later. This is an easy way to freeze your cookies so that you can enjoy them later down the road.
I like to freeze my cookies in sets of two or three cookies so that I don't have to unthaw them all when I just want one.
Why are My Air Fryer Monster Cookies Flat?
Okay, usually I have a little FAQ at the end of the post, but this recipe is so easy, there's really no need for one. In fact, there's only one question that might need to be answered with a cookie recipe like this. Why are they flat? I have the answer!
Some people will notice that their cookies are flat once they're cooked. This tends to happen more when you're actually baking them in an oven, but that's not to say that it won't happen in the air fryer, either.
If you notice that your cookies are flat, it might be that the butter is too soft when added to the recipe. The other reasoning is that there just might not have been enough flour added into the cookies to keep them in place.
Either option could be what's happening and is just something to pay attention to and be aware of.
Last, but not least, if you're cooking a batch of cookies and taking them off the air fryer basket and then immediately adding in a new batch of cookies to cook, there's a good chance that they might spread some and flatten out because of the heat from the basket.
Give These Air Fryer Monster Cookies a Try
These delicious air fryer cookies are so easy to make, and they're loaded with chocolate chips and M&Ms. And that's just this recipe.
With a recipe as versatile as these air fryer monster cookies, you'll find that you can get super creative with your ingredients to create a cookie that's truly one of a kind. Try any combination of ingredients you like, just try these cookies!
All you have to do is follow the directions below, and in no time at all, you'll have some of the most delicious cookies you've ever tasted in your life.
From there, you'll have fun making new batches with all new ingredients. You'll absolutely love them and so will your family. So give these a try. You'll be so glad you did.
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Air Fryer Monster Cookies Video
Air Fryer Monster Cookies
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- Line your air fryer basket with a piece of parchment paper that just covers the bottom.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars together until creamy.
- Next, beat in egg and vanilla.
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix again until uniform dough forms.
- Stir in mini chocolate chips and mini M&Ms.
- Using a 1-tablespoon scoop, form balls of dough.
- Place them in your air fryer basket at least 1 inch apart. You may have to bake in a few batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Bake at 330ºF for 7-8 minutes or until cookie begin to brown.
- Serve and enjoy ever bite.