Tasked with bringing a plate of goodies to the office potluck or supplying your child’s classroom with treats for an autumn celebration? Have no fear this Halloween season—the air fryer is here and perhaps the best kitchen tool for the job. Whether you’re interested in decorating skeleton cookies with the kids or making mummy meatballs for the adults to enjoy, using an air fryer is the best way to wow your guests with delicious recipes, bake in large batches, and clean up with plenty of time to enjoy activities.
Themed Halloween Cookies
Embrace the Halloween holiday with fun cookie shapes inspired by this season’s scariest spirits. Whether you’re a fan of witches, goblins, or ghouls, this versatile sugar cookie recipe can be tweaked to your liking and topped with delicious decorations you love most.
-1 cup unsalted butter
-¾ cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 large eggs
-2 cups all purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 ½ cups of candy pieces or chocolate chips of your choice
- Cut a piece of parchment paper to the approximate size of the air fryer basket, poking holes in the sheet to allow for adequate air flow. Once prepped, set the basket aside until the dough is complete.
- In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Add in the flour and baking powder until a soft dough forms.
- Use an electric beater to combine the ingredients until fluffy.
- Add the vanilla and the eggs. Beat the mixture until thoroughly combined.
- Stir in the candy pieces, chocolate chips, or nuts of your choice.
- Once the dough is prepared, get creative! Using cookie cutters, your hands, or tools design different shapes. Think triangle witch hats, jack-o-lanterns with candy corn teeth, or frankenstein faces.
- Place your cookies ½ inch apart within the air fryer basket to ensure even baking.
- Preheat the oven to 370 degrees and bake for four to six minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
- Allow the cookies to cool before adding frosting and extra spooky accessories!
Savory Mummy Meatballs
Surprise party-goers with this festive appetizer—it’s easy to prepare, packed with flavor, and is guaranteed to fuel your kiddos for several rounds of trick-or-treating.
-20 frozen meatballs, thawed
-8-count package of crescent rolls
-1 can of sliced black olives
-Marinara or alfredo sauce for dipping
- Unroll the crescent roll dough, pinching the edge of each triangular section to create a solid seam. Cut the sheet into thin strips around ¼ inch wide.
- Delicately wraps the strings around the thawed meatballs. Use two or three strips of dough per meatball.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees, and evenly disperse the meatballs throughout the air fryer basket. Ensure the meatballs aren’t touching for thorough cooking, and separate the meatballs into batches if needed.
- Cook for five to seven minutes or until the crescent rolls become golden brown adn the meatballs crisp up.
- Complete the dish by placing two sliced olives on top of the meatballs—this will create the effect of the mummy’s eyes.
- Warm marinara or alfredo sauce in a small saucepan over low heat and serve with the meatballs for dipping.
Halloween Air Fryer Apple Snacks
If you’re looking to bring your kids down from their candy high without the dreaded crash, introduce natural sugars back into their diet with these crispy, crunchy, air fryer apple snacks. With just a few simple ingredients these tasty treats are easy to transport in lunch boxes, make great on-the-go snacks, and are a healthy alternative for adults to enjoy if they’re feeling tempted by sugary treats.
-One large apple
-Cinnamon or nutmeg
-Sweetener of your choice (sugar, honey, stevia)
- Place an apple upright on a sturdy cutting board. Slice small circles, beginning at the top of the apple and cutting in a downward motion toward the board. Set these aside and continue slicing about ¼ inch thick slices until complete. Use two to three apples to yield a larger batch.
- Using a toothpick, “carve” a face into each apple. We recommend using a gentle hand and a light touch for extra spooky details.
- Sprinkle the apple slices with cinnamon or any other spices of your choice. Coconut sugar and powdered peanut butter are recommended by air fryer experts.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees, and spray the basket with cooking oil. Arrange the carved apple slices in a single layer on the bottom of the basket.
- Cook for five to ten minutes, shaking the basket occasionally to ensure even cooking. Check periodically to ensure the apple slices aren’t burning, and remove them from the basket when the slices appear crisp.