Cool Air Fryer Recipes to Impress Your Family

Recipes for doughnuts, cheesecake, grilled cheese and more!

That air fryer sitting on your shelf comes with some fun to its function. Not just for warming up French fries and chicken sticks, we found kid-approved recipes to make the most out of your air fryer and impress your kids.


Get around the unhealthiness of deep frying doughnuts with this easy recipe from The Kitchn that uses Pillsbury Grands for your base. (You can also cook the holes to make equally amazing doughnut holes!)

Get the recipe at The Kitchn.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you can bake it, chances are, you can air fry it, too! From the time you start dreaming of chocolate, it only takes 30 minutes to whip up this recipe and have a warm, gooey muffin in your hand. For the easiest baking and clean up, use a mini muffin pan that fits inside your air fryer.

Get the recipe at Fork to Spoon

Mac & Cheese Balls

You don’t need to deep fry these perfect appetizers to get them crispy, the air fryer is the perfect trick. This recipe from The Spruce Eats calls for paprika and garlic powder to add a great savory taste.

Get the recipe at The Spruce Eats.

Tortilla Pizza 

Who has time to make homemade pizza dough? Heck, who has time to wait for their oven to preheat to over 400 degrees before they can throw in a frozen pizza?

Make pizza night quick and easy with these air fryer pizzas that use tortillas as the thin and crispy “crust.” Plus, each pizza is totally customizable, making it easy to accommodate every family member’s tastes and allergies.

Get the recipe at My Fussy Eater

Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese sammy seems easy on the stovetop, right? But there’s always that race against time to not burn the first side. Set your timer in your air fryer for simple 8-minute grilled cheese that’ll be perfect each time! Find more grilled cheese recipes here

Get the recipe at Recipe Diaries.


It turns out that your springform pan is perfectly compatible in an air fryer. So cheesecake is a definite “yes”! Especially if you like a crispier top crust on your cheesecake, this recipe includes variations that will wow your guests.

Get the recipe at Recipe This.

Fried Ice Cream

It only takes two minutes in the machine to crisp up the outside of this ice cream to make it a little more tasty. Little Cooks Reading Books uses corn flakes for the crust, and Life and Cinnamon Toast Crunch also make for a tasty outer layer.

Get the recipe at Little Cooks Reading Books.

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