Are you thinking about making some air fryer shortbread?
It’s as easy to make as it is in the oven, with only three ingredients needed.
Read on to see how easy making shortbread in an air fryer is.
How To Make Air Fryer Shortbread
Just like my easy shortbread oven recipe, air fryer shortbread only needs a few ingredients: flour, butter, and sugar.
What You Need For Air Fryer Shortbread
To print out this recipe, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- 250g plain flour
- 150g butter (room temperature)
- 60g caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling
- 20cm x 20cm baking tin (see notes below)
- Air fryer (see notes below)
Baking Tins For Air Fryers
I often get asked what bakeware can be used in an air fryer. The answer is that any oven safe tin or dish will also be air fryer safe. The only limitation is fitting it into the size of your air fryer.
For this recipe, I used a Cosori Air Fryer (the Dual Blaze, which is 6.4 litres in size) to fit a 20cm x 20cm tin inside the basket.
As I have tested several different models of air fryers over the years, I have also cooked this shortbread recipe in other air fryers of different shapes and sizes; I just had to use different sized baking tins.
Just remember that you may need to adjust the cooking time if the shortbread is thicker or thinner. The shortbread was about 2cm thick for this recipe, so it took about 12 minutes to air fry.
- Capacity: 6.4 L
- No shaking or preheating required
- Ability to control via an app
- 12 Functions, including air fry, roast, bake, reheat
- Dishwasher safe
- Colour dark grey
- Weight: 6.3 Kilograms
- Power / Wattage 1600 watts
- Material Aluminium, Plastic
- Auto Shutoff
- Noise Level 65 dB
Making Air Fryer Shortbread
Grease a suitable baking tin or line it with parchment paper.
Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and cream them together with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
Sift the flour into the bowl and mix it all together.
Use your hands to combine the dough until a soft dough has formed.
Preheat the air fryer to 160°C and transfer the shortbread to the greased tin. Press the shortbread down with the back of a spoon so that the surface is level and flat.
Use a fork to make some holes across the surface of the shortbread; this will help the heat flow through the shortbread so that it can cook evenly.
Put the shortbread into the air fryer basket and air fry for 12 minutes. Check on it at 10 minutes to make sure it isn’t turning too brown; it is ready when it just starts to turn golden. The shortbread might feel slightly stodgy and uncooked to the touch, but it will harden up some more as it cools down.
Carefully remove the shortbread from the air fryer basket, leaving it in the tin to cool down.
You can gently score through the shortbread to slice it as it cools down. But don’t be tempted to take it out too soon, or the shortbread might crumble!
Optionally sprinkle with a little caster sugar before serving.
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