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Air Fryer Brownies with Caramel and Pecans

Air Fryer Brownies are perfect when you want to whip up a small batch of ooey, gooey, chocolatey brownies. These Air Fryer Caramel Swirl Brownies are fudgy and flavorful, with a swirl of caramel and studded with toasted pecans.

low angle shot of a stack of three fudgy brownies with pecans and caramel.

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Probably the only thing I love as much as chocolate is rich, buttery caramel. Put the two together and the combo is completely irresistible. Like this Air Fryer Turtle Brownie recipe. They are so delicious that they’re downright dangerous.

But the good news is that when you make brownies in an air fryer, you can make a small batch. This recipe makes just enough to satisfy my craving with a few left over to share with the family.

Overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make the brownies.

Ingredients you need to make this fudgy brownie recipe

I’ve seen lots of recipes for air fryer chocolate brownies using boxed brownie mix, but it’s so easy to make them from scratch. Most of the ingredients for these Air Fryer Turtle Brownies are pantry staples. Here’s what you need:

  • Spray oil: For preparing the pan. Don’t use aerosol spray oil if you are using a nonstick pan. You can also use a baking spray instead.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour.
  • Cocoa: Use unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Sugar: Regular granulated sugar.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter at room temperature (leave it on the counter for 30 minutes or so to bring it to room temperature from the refrigerator.)
  • Eggs: Use large eggs, also at room temperature.
  • Oil: Use any neutral-flavored cooking oil like safflower oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil.
  • Vanilla: Use pure vanilla extract or substitute vanilla bean paste.
  • Salt: Use a fine-grain salt without additives (sea, kosher, etc. Not table salt.)
  • Baking powder: For leavening.
  • Pecans: You can substitute any nut you like. Walnuts or hazelnuts are also great here.
  • Caramel sauce: For that ooey, gooey goodness!

Equipment you need to make these easy air fryer brownies

You only need a couple of things to make brownies in the air fryer. Here’s what you need for these easy air fryer brownies:

  • Electric mixer or stand mixer (optional!): You can make this brownie batter easily with just a wooden spoon, but it’s even quicker in a stand mixer or using a hand-held electric mixer.
  • Air fryer: This Cosori is my favorite basket-style air fryer, but you can use whichever one you have or prefer. I also love this Ninja Foodi oven-style air fryer.
  • Air fryer baking pan: This 7-inch air fryer baking pan is perfect!

How to make air fryer brownies

This recipe really is super easy. Mix up the batter in a single bowl and go! You don’t even need to preheat the air fryer. Here’s how to make these brownies:

  1. Prepare the pan by spraying with oil and dusting with flour.
  2. Mix all of the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, salt, and baking powder together until smooth and well combined.
  3. Stir in the pecans.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  5. Drizzle the caramel sauce and use a toothpick, a skewer, the tip of a knife, or another pointy thing to swirl the caramel around a bit.
  6. Put the pan into the air fryer basket and air fry until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
low angle shot of a stack of three air fryer brownies with pecans and caramel.

More Air Fryer Dessert Recipes You’ll Love

I get a kick out of using my air fryer to make desserts. Some of my favorites are Air Fryer Hot Cocoa Cookies, Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies, Air Fryer S’mores, Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas, and Air Fryer Fried Ice cream.

low angle shot of a stack of three fudgy brownies with pecans and caramel.

Air Fryer Brownies with Caramel Swirl and Pecans

Robin Donovan
When you want to whip up a small batch of brownies quickly, the air fryer is the perfect choice, and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. These Air Fryer Caramel Swirl Brownies are especially rich and flavorful because they’re enriched with a swirl of caramel and studded with toasted pecans. And the best part is that this recipe is quick and easy!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 187 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the pan by spraying with oil and dusting with flour.
  • Mix all of the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, salt, and baking powder together until smooth and mix well, until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in the pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • Drizzle the caramel sauce and use a toothpick, a skewer, the tip of a knife, or another pointy thing to swirl the caramel around a bit.
  • Put the pan into the air fryer basket and and bake in the air fryer at 330°F for about 25 minutes, until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the air fryer and let cool slightly before cutting into squares and serving.

Notes

Feel free to add 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips to the brownie batter.
You can line the pan with parchment paper for easier removal if you like.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 brownieCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 111mgPotassium: 96mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer brownies, brownies, caramel brownies, turtle brownies
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By on December 20th, 2022

ABOUT ROBIN DONOVAN

Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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