13 Air-Fryer Dessert Recipes to Lighten Up the End of Your Meal

Each of these delicious desserts is ready in a snap!

Chocolate Chip Air-Fryer Cookie Bites
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Using our air fryers for quick and healthy dinners or snacks is great, but desserts can also be made lighter by using heat instead of oil to create some seriously delicious treats. Get ready to curb your pie, donut, and even cookie cravings with fewer calories (and mess).

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Air-Fried Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce

Air-Fried Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce
Caitlin Bensel

Described by our Test Kitchen as fun, light, and fluffy, these air-fried fritters burst with apple-cinnamon flavor. Don't skip the sea salt. It ties the flavors together.

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Air-Fried Double Cherry Mini Eggrolls

Air-Fried Double Cherry Mini Eggrolls
Alison Miksch

Enjoy a sweet version of the classic Chinese takeout dish. One crunchy bite into an eggroll stuffed with tart cherries and cream cheese, and you'll be convinced to make them on repeat.

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Air-Fried Donut Sticks

Air-Fried Donut Sticks
Alison Miksch

All you need is a package of crescent dough and a couple pantry staples to get these dunkable sweets on the table. Once the French fry-shaped sticks are ready, set out some jam, melted chocolate, caramel, or frosting as dips.

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Air-Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Chocolate Chip Air-Fryer Cookie Bites
Caitlin Bensel

Get your milk ready. You'll love how an air-fryer turns out crunchy, chewy cookies. This delicious bite-sized treat recipe makes enough dough for 88 cookies. Or try freezing portioned dough on parchment paper so you can fry up a few in the air fryer when you need a cookie fix.

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Peach Air-Fryer Hand Pies

Peach Air-Fryer Hand Pies
Caitlin Bensel

Flaky on the outside and filled with juicy peaches on the inside, these portable fruit pies are perfect for toting to picnics. In only a few steps, you can have the air-fryer basket lined with mini pies. If fresh peaches aren't in season, sub thawed frozen peaches.

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Brown Sugar and Pecan Air-Fryer Apples

Brown Sugar and Pecan Air-Fryer Apples
Alison Miksch

Not much tops a slice of old-fashioned apple pie, but there isn't always time for homemade pie. Enter air-fried apples with brown sugar and pecans—done in 20 minutes. Apple pie spice means they taste just like pie; sugared pecans add a crunchy finish. A scoop of frozen yogurt or ice cream is highly recommended for a bit of indulgence.

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Chocolate Banana Air-Fryer Empanadas with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Chocolate Banana Air-Fryer Empanadas with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Alison Miksch

Bananas are one of our favorite fruits to pair with chocolate. The combination comes in a cute little package with these sweet empanadas. Top with homemade whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon for a restaurant-quality dessert.

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Air-Fryer Banana Bread

Air-Fryer Banana Bread
Caitlin Bensel

Put those ripe bananas to good use by making some air-fryer banana bread. Enjoy a slice with a shmear of your favorite nut or seed butter alongside a mug of morning coffee.

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Air-Fried Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Air-Fried Churros with Chocolate Sauce
Caitlin Bensel

Cinnamon-sugar-dusted churros in the air fryer taste just like what you'd find in your favorite Mexican bakery. Enjoy these lighter-than-air churros with the dark chocolate dipping sauce that has a hint of vanilla kefir for a tangy twist.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Air-Fryer Turnovers

Chocolate Hazelnut Air-Fryer Turnovers
Caitlin Bensel

One taste of these and you will realize that keeping frozen puff pastry on hand is going to be necessary. Five to 7 minutes in an air-fryer makes these turnovers beautifully golden and crispy. The chocolate hazelnut spread and chopped hazelnuts create the ultimate in sweet and crunchy bites.

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Air-Fryer Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodle cookies stacked on pink plate
Jason Donnelly

A roll in cinnamon sugar is the final step before air-frying these sweet treats to golden brown perfection. Slightly crisp and chewy, this air fryer cookie recipe makes 15 cookies in under 30 minutes. The dough recipe also great for making homemade cookie pizzas.

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Air Fryer Strawberry Pop Tarts

Air-Fryer Strawberry Pop Tarts
Caitlin Bensel

Part nostalgic breakfast, part delicious dessert, this air fryer recipe starts with a homemade strawberry filling. Sandwich it between flaky pastry and air-fry until golden. Top the tarts with a lemon glaze and colorful sprinkles.

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Cinnamon Air-Fried Donut Holes

Cinnamon-Cake Air Fired Donut Holes
Jennifer Causey

Whip up a batch of homemade donut holes in less time than it takes to pick up a dozen. Bring the breakfast dish into dessert territory by serving the donut holes with a bowl of homemade chocolate sauce for dunking.

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