Easy Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies (Air Fryer or Oven)

If you want to take what’s one of the most popular cookies and put a little fall twist on it, then you need these easy cinnamon chocolate chip cookies. Warm cinnamon and dark brown sugar give these cookies a little kiss of fall flavor. They cook up perfectly in your oven or air fryer!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Add a little fall flair to your standard recipe with these easy cinnamon chocolate chip cookies. Just a bit of cinnamon and the depth of dark brown sugar take this basic cookie to the next level!

You can bake them in the oven by the dozen, or do a small batch of around 6 cookies in your air fryer (depending on the size of your specific appliance of course)!

The oven is perfect for making them en masse, but I love the air fryer option since it heats up faster and doesn’t heat up the whole house. Yep, that means chocolate chip cookies all summer, too!

holding up a gooey cinnamon chocolate chip cookie split in half

You can even make the dough ahead of time and freeze it, grabbing a handful and baking them any time you’re craving a sweet treat.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make cinnamon chocolate chip cookies in the air fryer or oven
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more, but it should make around 15 cookies (3” diameter) as written
  • Feel free to add more cinnamon if you want a stronger flavor, or use half cinnamon chips in addition to the chocolate
  • You can also add a ½ tsp of other fall spices, such as nutmeg or allspice to the mix
  • Dark brown sugar can be substituted for light brown or granulated if needed
  • If you want a more chocolatey cookie, you can add up to double the amount of chocolate chips
  • Nut Variation: if you want, feel free to add ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the mix

How to Make Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. In a large mixing bowl or mixer, cream together the butter and sugar
cream together butter and sugar
  1. Add the egg and vanilla, then stir to thoroughly combine
add egg and vanilla then stir to combine
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, and them add them to the wet and stir until well mixed
mix in the dry ingredients
  1. Fold in the chocolate chips
fold in the chocolate chips
  1. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or the freezer for 15 minutes

Instructions For Baking in the Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F
  2. Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets about 2” apart
dollop cookie batter on parchment paper
  1. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until brown around the edges
remove cookies from oven
  1. Cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
let oven cooked cinnamon chocolate chip cookies cool on wire rack

Instructions For Baking in the Air Fryer

  1. Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper
place parchment paper in air fryer basket
  1. Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the parchment in the basket about 2” apart (I can fit 3 at a time in each basket of my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, for 6 total)
dollop cookie dough in air fryer basket
  1. Air fry at 325°F for 7 minutes
remove cookies from air fryer basket
  1. Cool for 3 minutes in the air fryer before removing cookies to a wire rack to cool completely
let air fryer cinnamon chocolate chip cookies cool on wire rack
overhead view of cinnamon chocolate chip cookies on a plate

What Goes With Cookies Besides Milk?

  • Hot chocolate
  • Spiced tea
  • Mulled cider
  • Apple cider
  • Mulled wine 
  • Chai tea
  • Lattes
  • Cappuccino
  • Lemonade
  • Iced tea
  • Milkshakes
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate Martini
  • Hot Toddy

There are lots of great options that go with cookies besides milk (but that’s still a classic)!

I do love these cinnamon chocolate chip cookies with a hot apple cider in the fall. However, they’re equally great with my easy Microwave Mulled Wine or a Hot Chocolate Martini.

Recipe FAQs

Does Cinnamon Taste Good in Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Yes, cinnamon tastes good in chocolate chip cookies. It offers a warm spice note to the dough, without overpowering the rest of the flavors.

Chocolate and cinnamon is a common combination, with cinnamon hot chocolate being another very common occurrence of the pairing.

How Much Cinnamon to Add to Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Typically, you add between ½ tsp and 1 tsp cinnamon to chocolate chip cookies, depending how strong you want the flavor to be.

However, you can add a little over that if you want extremely strong cinnamon flavor, or add cinnamon bits or chips into the batter as well.

Can I Use Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer For Cookies?

Yes, you can use parchment paper in the air fryer for cookies. Use a pre-cut sheet for your specific air fryer, or cut regular parchment paper to fit. Perforated is actually preferable for air flow, but regular works as well.

The other option is a silicone baking mat that fits in your basket. Either way, something is needed to keep the cookie batter from falling through the grates of your air fryer.

Do I Need to Spray Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer?

No, you do not need to spray parchment paper for use in the air fryer. It will not stick to your basket, and the food will not stick to it either.

You do, however, need to weigh down the parchment paper with the food. Never run parchment paper alone in the air fryer, as it will float up into the heating element and catch fire.

Are Air Fryer Cookies Better?

Air fryer cookies are better in that they take less time for both preheating and baking. The cookies come out tasting equal to the oven preparation. So, they are better from a speed and convenience factor.

However, the oven has a larger capacity. When baking large batches of dozens of cookies, then the oven is the better choice.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Very powerful air fryers like my Ninja Dual Zone tend to lift the parchment up during cooking (even with the weight of the dough on it), which causes the cookies to slide together. You can cut the parchment a little large and tuck the edges under the rack to wedge it down, or just be prepared to try and re-shape your cookies as best you can while they’re still warm. They may not be as pretty, but they’re still delicious!
  • If you don’t preheat your air fryer, add 1 extra minute to the first batch to account for getting it up to temperature. I do find it easier to navigate the parchment and dough while the air fryer is cold
easy cinnamon chocolate chip cookies on a plate made in the air fryer and oven

Storage and Heating

  • Store fully cooled cinnamon chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 4 days. Place in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • If you would like a warm cookie, place it on a paper towel or plate and microwave for 30 seconds
  • You may also form the unbaked dough into balls and freeze the cookie dough balls. Remove how many you want, and cook directly from frozen (add 1-2 minutes to cooking time to account for the frozen state)

More Delicious Cookie Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

These cinnamon chocolate chip cookies add the perfect kiss of fall to your staple cookie. They’re soft, gooey, loaded with chocolate, and perfect with a glass of milk or your favorite cocktail.

If I’m feeding a crowd, I make my cookies in the oven for convenience. When I want a small batch, though, I just pop them in my air fryer. Since it preheats and cooks more quickly, I find it much more convenient on a small scale.

No matter which way your cookie crumbles, they’re going to be delicious!

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies (Air Fryer or Oven)

These cinnamon chocolate chip cookies are soft, gooey, and delicious! With a kiss of cinnamon and dark brown sugar, they’re perfect any time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 349 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • ½ Tsp baking soda
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ Cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ Cup butter (softened)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl or mixer, cream together the butter and sugar
    ½ Cup butter, ½ Cup dark brown sugar
  • Add the egg and vanilla and stir to thoroughly combine
    1 Large egg, 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • Mix the dry ingredients together, and them add them to the wet and stir until well mixed
    1 Cup all purpose flour, ½ Tsp baking soda, ½ Tsp salt, 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • Fold in the chocolate chips
    ½ Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or the freezer for 15 minutes

To Bake in the Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F
  • Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets about 2” apart
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until brown around the edges (pictured after 10 minutes in my oven)
  • Cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

To Bake in the Air Fryer

  • Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper
  • Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the parchment in the basket about 2” apart (I can fit 3 at a time in each basket of my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, for 6 total)
  • Air fry at 325°F for 7 minutes
  • Cool for 3 minutes in the air fryer before removing cookies to a wire rack to cool completely

Notes

  • This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more, but it should make around 15 cookies (3” diameter) as written
  • Feel free to add more cinnamon if you want a stronger flavor, or use half cinnamon chips in addition to the chocolate
  • You can also add a ½ tsp of other fall spices, such as nutmeg or allspice to the mix
  • Dark brown sugar can be substituted for light brown or granulated if needed
  • If you want a more chocolatey cookie, you can add up to double the amount of chocolate chips
  • Nut Variation: if you want, feel free to add ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the mix
  • Very powerful air fryers like my Ninja Dual Zone tend to lift the parchment up during cooking (even with the weight of the dough on it), which causes the cookies to slide together. You can cut the parchment a little large and tuck the edges under the rack to wedge it down, or just be prepared to try and re-shape your cookies as best you can while they’re still warm. They may not be as pretty, but they’re still delicious!
  • If you don’t preheat your air fryer, add 1 extra minute to the first batch to account for getting it up to temperature. I do find it easier to navigate the parchment and dough while the air fryer is cold
  • Store fully cooled cinnamon chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 4 days. Place in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • If you would like a warm cookie, place it on a paper towel or plate and microwave for 20-30 seconds
  • You may also form the unbaked dough into balls and freeze the cookie dough balls. Remove how many you want, and cook directly from frozen (add 1-2 minutes to cooking time to account for the frozen state)
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any swaps or additions, size of cookies, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 79gCalories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3.8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 423mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 429IUCalcium: 38mgIron: 1.4mg
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