Can You Use Your Air Fryer to Make Christmas Cookies? Yes--and Why You Should!
Your air fryer can turn out incredibly good Christmas cookies--of multiple varieties! Using the air fryer to make Christmas cookies is easy and has advantages over using the "regular" oven. In particular, you can make a small batch of Christmas cookies and stash the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator to bake later. You bake what you need, and the cookies don't get stale. Trust me, eating a three-week old Christmas cookie isn't all that appealing. Eating a warm, freshly baked cookie with melty chocolate inside and toasty nuts is wonderful. And that's what you can have by using your air fryer. Making only a small batch of cookies at a time also limits the temptation to eat too many cookies in one sitting. What if you want to share? You can make a plate of cookies to take to a friend or a neighbor within an hour and deliver fresh warm cookies to them. No, you can't make a huge batch of cookies at one time using your air fryer. With the pandemic heating up again (SIGH!), making a bushel of cookies for a party isn't going to happen here. So, the air fryer is the way to go for me. If you'd like to rev up your air fryer and get started on cookie making, I'll post some recipes in the coming days. Below is an easy recipe that's a favorite at my house. It's not, strictly speaking, a "Christmas cookie," but it's really good with a cup of apple cider, hot cocoa, holiday tea, or coffee. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies -- Makes about 12
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of caramel extract (optional)
1 tablespoon of melted butter
1 tablespoon of canola oil
1 tablespoon of milk
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups of oats (Old Fashioned)
2-3 tablespoons of golden raisins (optional)
In a bowl or 4-quart measure, mix the egg, sugars, vanilla, caramel extract, butter, oil, and milk. Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the oats and raisins and mix until everything is combined. If the mixture seems a little moist, let it sit for 30-60 minutes (the oats will absorb some of the moisture, making for better cookies). Cut 4-5-inch squares of parchment paper and drop 1 1/2-inch balls of dough on the squares--2-3 per square. Flatten the balls a little with a damp palm. The cookies should be about 3/4-inch thick. Bake the cookies in the air fryer at 320 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until well browned but still soft in the middles. The cookies will firm up a bit on standing. Bake all the cookies, or as many as you want, refrigerating any remaining dough to bake later in the week.