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Air Fryer Butter Cookies

Air fryer butter cookies – possibly the easiest baked cookie recipe in existence. 4-ingredients, no need to turn your oven on, quick bake, ready in no time.

Air fryer butter cookies on a black plate
Air fryer butter cookies

How to Bake Butter Cookies in an Air Fryer

Butter cookies are easy to bake, and make a great treat. They have a delicate buttery flavor and texture. Also called shortbread, or Scottish cookies, this is a traditional cookie recipe using basic ingredients.

The traditional recipe for butter cookies only has 3 ingredients:

  • Sugar (1 part) – white sugar or soft brown are best
  • butter (2 parts) – be sure to use good quality unsalted butter. This is where the cookies get their flavor from, so don’t skimp on this ingredient (and definitely don’t use a vegetable oil spread)
  • all-purpose flour (3 parts) – I like to switch out 1 part of the flour and substitute corn-flour instead, as this gives a much lighter softer texture.

I really love the simplicity of plain butter cookies, but you can also add in other ingredients if you like, try adding half a cup of:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Ground almonds
  • Chopped candied ginger
  • Chopped dried cranberries and white chocolate chips

Air Fryer Butter Cookies Recipe

Air fryer butter cookies on a black plate
Yield: 14 (2 BATCHES)

Air Fryer Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

How to bake butter cookies in an air fryer.


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Prepare a baking sheet or pan by greasing or lining with baking paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift cornflour and all-purpose flour into the creamed mixture.
  4. Knead until well combined.
  5. Set air fryer to pre-heat to 300°F (150°C).
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Shape into a circle or cut into pieces (see note below).
  8. Place onto prepared baking sheet or pan.
  9. Carefully place baking pan into air fryer basket.
  10. Air fry the butter cookies for approximately 20 minutes until pale golden.
  11. Cook any remaining dough in batches, or freeze for later use.


  • If you don't have a rolling pin handy, butter cookie dough can also be rolled into a long cylinder shape (~2inch diameter) and cut into individual cookies using a sharp knife.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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