Fudgy and Perfect Air Fryer Brownies Recipe

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Can you air fry brownies?

The short answer- yes! And here is why air fryer brownies are simply amazing:

One of the number one things people love about cooking with their air fryer is that it doesn’t heat up the house. Have you ever wanted a small batch of brownies (maybe late at night), and didn’t want to heat up the house for such little batch of brownies? That is why air fryer brownies are amazing!

This homemade brownies recipe is the air fryer is perfect if you are looking for a simple and easy treat in 10 minutes.

Keep reading to learn how to make homemade brownies in the air fryer. I’ll also share a few tips along the way if you have a boxed brownie mix that you want to make in the air fryer. 

Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies Recipe

air fryer ingredients

I love this homemade brownie recipe for fudgy brownies. You only need a handful of pantry staples to make this quick treat in your air fryer.

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup salted butter (if using unsalted butter, add about a pinch or two of salt)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

If you have a box of brownie mix, you can still make brownies in the air fryer!

Add in ingredient ideas

Stir in some chocolate chips – dark chocolate, semi-sweet, milk, or white chocolate chips for extra tastiness and chocolate! You may also enjoy almond, walnuts, coconuts, or other tree nuts.

You could also chop up your favorite candy bar or chocolate bar into bit size chunks and stir it into the mixture. Additionally, try different flavored chips such as caramel or peanut butter for extra tastiness!

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What pan do I use to make brownies in the air fryer?

I used a 6 inch round cake pan or cake barrel for these brownies. They were about ½-¾ inch thick brownies. I think this is an ideal size. You can use any oven safe dish to cook the brownies, it just may affect the cooking time, so adjust as needed if using a different pan.

How to make Air Fryer Brownies?

Brownies are so easy to make in the air fryer. Here are a few things you need to know!

How to make homemade brownies for air fryer

Step 1. Make the brownie batter

This homemade brownie batter is divine. Be sure to follow these step when making this recipe!

Mix together the dry ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and the baking powder. Keep whisking until all the flour and cocoa clumps are gone.

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Mix together the wet ingredients

In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave and let it cool slightly. Then in a different small bowl, combine the melted butter with the egg and vanilla.

Don’t mix in the vegetable oil. We are saving this for later.

homemade brownie batter

Combine

Then, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk until everything is evenly combined.

Add up to and stir in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, or until the brownie mix is to your desired thickness. I ended up using a tablespoon of vegetable oil. If the brownie mix is still too thick for you, you can add additional vegetable oil to thin it out.

Step 2. Air Fry

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Spray your 6-inch cake barrel pan with a little cooking spray. Add the brownie mixture.

Place the pan in a preheated air fryer. Cook for 15 minutes at 330 degrees F or 165 degrees C. Brownies should come out slightly fudgy with a toothpick inserted.

Step 3. Let the brownies rest

Let brownies sit in the warm air fryer for 10 minutes to finish cooking. Important Note: Air fryer is not on, just warm from cooking.

Remove from the air fryer basket and let cool slightly, until the pan is warm enough to handle.

How to serve this recipe

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Because this a small batch of brownies you can enjoy these brownies however you’d like! Eat from the dish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Or cut the perimeter of the brownie dish with a knife. Then, take a plate that is the size of the dish or bigger and cover the top. Next, flip the dish and tap on the bottom to remove the brownies.

Remove the dish and the brownies should be on the plate. You can leave the brownies like this or take a different plate to flip the brownies back over, it just depends on how you like to present your brownies! Enjoy!

Anyway that you serve these brownies they will still taste amazing!

Air Fryer Boxed Brownies Mix Notes

boxed brownie mix in the air fryer

You can whip up your favorite box of brownies and bake them in the air fryer. You can use a dish like the 6 inch cake barrel that I used for the homemade brownies (you will likely need to cook in batches) or you can make brownie bites at the same time and temp as previous written (15 minutes at 330°F/165°C).

Brownie Box Bites in the Air Fryer

Make the brownie box according to the package directions (I like to substitute the oil with applesauce, 1 to 1 ratio). Then, fill silicone muffin liners with the batter and cook for 12-15 minutes at 320°F/160°C.

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Baking in the Air Fryer

Any time you bake in the air fryer, be sure to cook at a low temperature, usually either 320F/160C or 330F/165C is the ideal baking time for treats. Of course, if the recipe you are following says something different, be sure to follow that recipe.

If you are worried about the tops of the treat you are baking might burn, then cover it with foil and continue cooking. If you want to make sure it gets a little crispy on the outside, be sure to remove the foil during the minute or two of cooking.

Do you have any questions about baking in the air fryer? Be sure to leave them in the comment section!

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Final Thoughts

Air fryer brownies are amazing to say the least. They are the perfect dessert if you are wanting a small batch of fudgy and delicious brownies for two or three without heating up the house. These brownies taste divine with ice cream.

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Air Fryer Fudgy Homemade Brownies (Easy Small Batch Brownies Recipe)

This homemade air fryer brownies recipe is the perfect dessert when you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • ¼ cup salted butter if using unsalted butter, add about a pinch or two of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or more/less, depending on how fudgy and thick you want your brownies

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 330°F/165°C.
  • Melt the butter and let it cool slightly.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Use a whisk to combine and get rid of all flour and cocoa chunks.
  • Combine wet ingredients in a separate small bowl, except vegetable oil.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk to combine. Add up to a tablespoon of vegetable oil, or until the brownie mix is to your desired thickness. I ended up using a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  • Spray your pan with a little cooking spray. Add the brownie mixture.
  • Place in the preheated air fryer. Cook for 15 minutes at 330°F/165°C. Brownies should come out slightly fudgy with a toothpick inserted.
  • Let brownies sit in the warm air fryer for 10 minutes to finish cooking. (Air fryer is not on, just warm from cooking).
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and let cool slightly, until the pan is warm enough to handle.
  • You can eat from the dish, or cut the perimeter of the brownie dish with a knife. Take a plate that is the size of the dish or bigger and cover the top. Flip the dish. Tap on the bottom to remove the brownies. Remove the dish and the bottom of the brownies should be on the plate. You can leave the brownies like this or take a different plate to flip the brownies back over, it just depends on how you like to present your brownies! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I used a 6 inch cake barrel for these brownies. They were about ½-¾ inch thick brownies. I think this is an ideal size. You can use any oven safe dish to cook the brownies, it just may affect the cooking time, so adjust as needed if using a different pan.
You can follow the same cooking time/temp for boxed brownie mixture. 

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 137mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g

Recipe Adapted From: Delish

Ingredients: All-purpose flour, Baking Powder, Butter, Cocoa Powder, Egg, Flour, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Vegetable Oil
Meal Type: Desserts, Christmas, Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, New Year's Eve, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Winter
Categories: Brownies and Bars, Air Fryer

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