Air Fryer Brownies


With the help of an air fryer, these gooey, fudgy brownies—baked in ramekins and reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake—are less than an hour away. Adding espresso powder to the batter helps bring out the chocolate flavor, as does the crunchy sea salt garnish at the end. Serve them on their own, or with your favorite ice cream. Better yet, top them with berries, whipped cream, chopped nuts or caramel sauce to make a brownie sundae.

Air Fryer Brownies with ice cream
Photo: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • Baking spray with flour

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 (4-ounce) bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped (about 2/3 cup), divided

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso granules

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cup (about 1 1/2 ounce) all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon kosher salt

  • Flaky sea salt

  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  1. Coat 2 (8- to 10-ounce) ramekins with baking spray with flour. Fill a medium pot with water to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a simmer over low. Set a medium-size heatproof glass or metal bowl over pot. Add butter and 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) of the chocolate to bowl. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk egg, granulated sugar, brown sugar, espresso granules, and vanilla into cooled butter-chocolate mixture until well combined, thick, and glossy. Add flour and kosher salt; stir until combined. Pour batter evenly into prepared ramekins (about 1/2 cup batter each).

  3. Place ramekins in basket of an air fryer. Bake at 300°F (do not preheat air fryer) until brownie tops and sides are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with some moist clumps attached, 16 to 19 minutes. Remove brownies from air fryer. Sprinkle evenly with remaining chocolate and garnish with flaky sea salt. Let cool 15 minutes for gooier brownies, or 30 minutes for firmer brownies. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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