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Easy Air Fryer Rainbow Cookies Recipe

 If you’re looking for a quick, sweet snack, you’ve got to try this simple yet tasty air fryer cookies recipe that doesn’t take long to make.

Air Fryer Rainbow Cookies: Colorful, Crispy, and Oh-So-Yummy!

What’s up, cookie monsters? Are you tired of the same ol’ oven-baked cookies? Say hello to Air Fryer Rainbow Cookies! Made with a simple box of yellow cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil, these cookies are a cinch to make. Top them off with an explosion of sprinkles, and you’ve got a cookie that’s as fun to look at as it is to munch on!

Air fryer Rainbow Cookies FAQs

Do I have to use yellow cake mix?

Nope, feel free to use any cake mix flavor you like. Chocolate or funfetti could also be super fun!

Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil?

Absolutely. Just keep in mind that olive oil has a distinct flavor that’ll slightly alter the taste of your cookies.

Why air fryer and not oven?

The air fryer gives you cookies that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, plus it cooks ’em super fast!

Can You Make Cookies in the Air Fryer?

The air fryer is such a convenient kitchen appliance. If you don’t have one, it’s a good time to get one. Not only can you cook meats, fries, and other sides in your air fryer, but you can also use it to prepare these delicious Air Fryer Cookies.

When you’re in the mood for a sweet snack but you don’t feel like putting on the oven and waiting for it to heat up, you can use this recipe to your advantage.

You’ll line your air fryer with parchment paper and let the cookies cook for a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of eight minutes. It’s that simple!

Do I need to make cookie dough from scratch?

If you’re worried about making cookie dough from scratch, the good news is that you don’t have to do so. You’ll use a box of yellow cake mix to create these cookies.

Tips and Tricks

Preheat is Key: Always preheat your air fryer for about 5 minutes for the best results.

Spacing: Make sure you give your cookies room to spread. They’ll need their space to get all crispy and delicious.

Batch Cooking: If your air fryer is small, you might have to cook in batches. No biggie, though!


Add-ins Galore: How about some chocolate chips or dried fruit to jazz things up?

Color Blast: Use different colored sprinkles or even edible food coloring for a vibrant twist.

Go Nuts: Add a handful of crushed almonds or walnuts for a crunchy surprise.

It doesn’t matter which brand you choose, but Betty Crocker is always a great choice. Besides the cake mix, you’ll only need a handful of other ingredients, such as vegetable oil, sprinkles, and eggs.

With these ingredients, you’ll make a flavorful dough that will transform in the air fryer to slightly crispy, slightly fluffy cookies. The perfect combination!

Where to Serve

These cookies are party animals! Perfect for birthdays, weekend treats, or even as a fun after-school surprise for the kids.


Keep these beauties in an airtight container, and they’ll stay crispy and delicious for up to a week.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

Too Soft: If your cookies aren’t crisping up, you might have overcrowded the air fryer. Give ’em space!

Uneven Cooking: Make sure you place the cookies in a single layer for even cooking.

Burned Bits: Keep an eye on your cookies. Air fryers can cook really fast, and nobody wants a cookie with a suntan!

Can I use other cake mixes?

When you use the yellow boxed cake mix, you’re preparing vanilla cookies that taste great with sprinkles. However, you can use this simple recipe to prepare other types of cookies using assorted boxed cake mixes.

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

Sprinkle Fun: Let the kiddos go wild with the sprinkles! The more, the merrier!

Shape It Up: Kids can use cookie cutters to make these cookies into fun shapes.

Mix Masters: Let them mix the dough. It’s like Play-Doh, but yummier!

Topping Options

  • Drizzle some melted chocolate for a gourmet touch
  • A sprinkle of sea salt for a sweet and salty combo
  • A dusting of powdered sugar for a snow-like effect

Why This Recipe Works

What’s not to love? These Air Fryer Rainbow Cookies take a simple boxed cake mix to new heights. The quick cooking time in the air fryer ensures a cookie that’s crispy yet tender. And the sprinkles add not just color but also a crunchy texture that’ll have everyone reaching for more. Plus, it’s so easy that you can make it a fun family activity. Happy air frying, cookie lovers!

Chocolate, lemon, strawberry, and red velvet are just a few of the many flavors you’ll get to make!

What are some other fun air fryer recipes to try?

Easy Air Fryer Cookies
Yield: 10-20 cookies

Easy Air Fryer Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

 If you’re looking for a quick, sweet snack, you’ve got to try this simple yet tasty air fryer cookies recipe that doesn’t take long to make.


  • 15oz Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Sprinkles
  • Parchment paper


  1. Pre-heat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs & vegetable oil.
  3. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. 
  4. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls.
  5. Roll around in the sprinkles while slightly flattening the dough balls.
  6. Place on parchment paper lined baskets and air fry for 5-8 minutes or until completely cooked.
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Serve & enjoy. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 272Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 37mgSodium 324mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 3g

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