These easy one bowl Air Fryer Brownies are the perfect way to quickly satisfy your chocolate cravings. With 3 kinds of chocolate, these brownies are ultra decadent, mixed together in 1 bowl to wash, and air fried in less than 20 minutes! You will fall in love with these fudgy and gooey brownies.
Want brownies fast? These air fryer brownies come together as quickly as you can mix them! Anyone else with an oven stuffed with sheet pans that need to be moved every time you need the oven? These brownies are perfect for when you're craving a small batch of brownies and don't feel like turning on the oven.
Why You'll Love This Air Fryer Recipe
- These fudgy and gooey brownies are so irresistible! They always hit the spot.
- You really can't beat making brownies air frying in less than 20 minutes! It's so quick and easy.
- Honestly, what can't an air fryer do? These small-batch brownies are so delightful, and I love how I don't need to use the oven as it heats up the kitchen.
Ingredients You'll Need
- semi-sweet chocolate bar — I used Ghirardelli. I recommend using a bar as they melt better than chocolate chips.
- salted butter — I'm cheating with some salted butter but you can also use unsalted butter with an extra pinch of salt.
- sugar — all you need is plain white sugar.
- eggs — use one egg for fudgy brownies and two eggs for cakey brownies.
- vanilla extract — I prefer using real vanilla extract instead of artificial extract.
- flour — all you need is all-purpose flour. Nothing fancy!
- cocoa powder — I use Dutch-process cocoa powder, but you can use natural cocoa powder too, but the brownies will be a bit cakier.
- baking powder — baking powder will help the brownies rise.
- salt — just a pinch.
- milk chocolate chips — I suggest using good quality chocolate chips. I also make sure to have a little extra chips for sprinkling on top of the brownie batter before baking.
How To Make This Air Fryer Brownie Recipe
- Line the bottom and two sides of a baking dish with parchment, and spritz with non-stick spray.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and chopped chocolate until the butter melts and the chocolate becomes soft, about 30 seconds.
- Whisk until the butter and chocolate mixture is smooth.
- Add sugar and egg, and vanilla.
- Whisk to combine.
- Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Lightly mix with a spatula or large fork.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and place the batter in the prepared pan. Smooth over the top with a spatula. The batter will be thick. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake in the air fryer for 12-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Begin checking at 12 minutes, as each air fryer cooks differently, and different pan sizes will affect cooking times. Let brownies cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting them.
- You can also bake these in individual ramekins or muffin cups if that’s all you have on hand. Just keep a close eye on them, the smaller size vessel will decrease the cooking time.
- Change the chocolate chips to your favourite types of chips. White chocolate chips, caramel chips, mint chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, etc.
Tips and Notes
- Use whatever pan you can find that fits your air fryer basket. 5”x7” or a 6” round pan are good sizes. Anything that’s oven safe will be safe for the air fryer as well, silicone included.
- When measuring flour, do not scoop directly from the flour bag. Fluff the flour with a fork or spoon and spoon the flour into the measuring cup. This will prevent you from overpacking the flour. Too much flour will lead to a dense brownie.
- Each air fryer and pan size will cook differently. The larger your pan, the thinner your brownies will be, which will make them cook faster. Make sure to keep an eye on your brownies starting at about 12 minutes.
- Basket-style air fryers will generally cook faster and brown food more quickly than countertop oven-style air fryers. This recipe was tested in both basket-style and countertop-style air fryers, and it will work in both. The brownies may brown more quickly in the basket-style air fryer due to how powerful they are.
- Make sure the bowl you microwave the chocolate and butter in is completely dry. Water in your chocolate mixture can make it seize up and turn grainy instead of smooth.
- The better the chocolate, the better the brownies. Dark chocolate will give you a more rich brownie, while milk chocolate will make it sweeter. Ghirardelli is a great premium brand that can be found in many supermarkets.
- Making this batter with 1 egg will give you more of a fudgy texture, while adding in 2 eggs will give you a more cake-like texture.
- Make sure you are using a chocolate bar to chop and melt with the butter. Chocolate chips contain stabilizers that can make them melt unevenly and have a chalky or clumpy texture.
- If your air fryer does not have a temperature setting of 325℉, go up to the next lowest setting (330℉ 340℉ or 350℉), and watch your brownies carefully. The higher temperature will decrease the cooking time.
- Avoid overmixing the batter, as it'll make the brownies dense. Bring the eggs to room temperature to help them mix easier into the batter. You can place the eggs in a bowl of warm water if you forgot to take them out.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe was tested in both basket-style and countertop-style air fryers. The countertop air fryer used was Calphalon, and the basket air fryer used was Emeril Lagasse.
Store these brownies tightly wrapped at room temperature for up to 5 days. Freezing these brownies may change the texture and make them soggy, so it is not recommended.
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped (I used Ghirardelli)
- ¼ cup salted butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg for fudgey, 2 eggs for cakey brownies
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch salt
- 3 heaping tbsp milk chocolate chips
- more chips for sprinkling, if desired
- Preheat the air fryer to 325℉ while you prepare the batter, about 5 minutes. Line the bottom and two sides of the baking dish with parchment, and spritz with non-stick spray. Use whatever pan you can find that fits your air fryer basket. 5”x7” or a 6” round pan are good sizes.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and chopped chocolate until the butter melts and the chocolate becomes soft, about 30 seconds. Whisk until the butter and chocolate are smooth. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and lightly mix with a spatula or large fork. Fold in the chocolate chips and place batter in the prepared pan. Smooth over the top with a spatula. The batter will be thick. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake in the air fryer for 12-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Begin checking at 12 minutes, each air fryer cooks differently, and different pan sizes will affect cooking times. Let brownies cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting them.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 391Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 7g
All nutritional data is an estimate.
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