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29 Air-Fryer Recipes for Christmas

Put your air fryer to good use this holiday season with our recipes for appetizers, mains, sides and desserts.

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Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava CakesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava Cakes

It never ceases to amaze to see warm chocolate pudding ooze out of the center of this tender chocolate cake. These cakes are a showstopper on a plate! Serve lava cakes with whipped cream or ice cream. —Carolyn Crotser, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Air-Fryer Spiced Steaks with Cherry SauceTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Spiced Steaks with Cherry Sauce

Who needs to grill? These impressive steaks, topped with a rich cherry sauce, will delight your guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Turkey CroquettesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Turkey Croquettes

I grew up with family members who looked forward to leftovers, especially the day after Thanksgiving. But we didn't just reheat turkey and spuds in the microwave—we took our culinary creativity to a new level with recipes likes this. —Meredith Coe, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Air-Fryer Ground Beef WellingtonTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Ground Beef Wellington

Trying new recipes—like this air-fryer Wellington—is one of my favorite hobbies. I replaced the filet mignon with ground beef, while still keeping the beefy goodness. —Julie Frankamp, Nicollet, Minnesota

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Air-Fryer Scottish Shortbread

Give air-fryer baking a try with this easy cookie recipe. It was my mother's recipe, and she passed it on to me. I make a triple batch of it each year at Christmas, to enjoy and to give as gifts. —Rose Mabee, Selkirk, Manitoba

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Air-Fryer Roasted Green BeansTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Roasted Green Beans

Our family loves roasted green beans, but they can take a long time in the oven. I tried these air-fryer green beans and we loved them! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Sweet and Spicy Air-Fryer MeatballsTaste of Home

Sweet and Spicy Air-Fryer Meatballs

I am always on a quest for meatballs that pack a sweet and savory punch. These are a snap to pull together and can be served over rice or buttered noodles.—Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

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Air-Fryer Honey Cinnamon Roll-ups

This cinnamon treat reminds me of baklava; but with only a few easy ingredients, it's a fraction of the work. My Aunt Adele shared the recipe with me, and I think of her whenever I make it. It's one of my favorite air-fryer snacks! —Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan

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Air-Fryer ScallopsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Scallops

I never liked seafood until my husband urged me to try scallops, and now I love them. With the crunchy breading, my air-fryer scallops are the best you'll ever have. —Martina Preston, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

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Air-Fryer Greek BreadsticksTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Greek Breadsticks

Get ready for rave reviews. These crisp breadsticks are twisted with Greek-inspired goodness and are best served fresh from the oven. —Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida

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Air-Fryer Pork Schnitzel

Air-Fryer Pork Schnitzel

This recipe is one of my husband’s favorites because it reminds him of his German roots. Cooking pork schnitzel in an air fryer is genius because we can eat in a jiffy. —Joyce Folker, Paraowan, Utah

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Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with OlivesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with Olives

This quick and flavorful salad recipe always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. It's a timesaver during the holidays, as it can be made ahead. —Angela Spengler, Niceville, FL

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Air-Fryer Mini Nutella Doughnut HolesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Mini Nutella Doughnut Holes

You can make these air-fryer doughnuts in advance and refrigerate them before frying. Just be sure to bring the dough to room temperature before frying. —Renee Greene, Smithtown, New York

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Air-Fryer Crispy Sriracha Spring RollsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Crispy Sriracha Spring Rolls

These air-fryer spring rolls are a great appetizer to have waiting in the freezer! While in the Bahamas, friends suggested a restaurant that serves amazing chicken spring rolls. When I got home, I created my own version. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Air-Fryer Honeyed Pears in Puff PastryTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

A honey of a salute to late-summer pear season, this cozy dessert looks both elegant and decadent. Wrapped in puff pastry, the pears resemble little beehives. —Heather Baird, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Air-Fryer Mushroom Roll-Ups

Air-Fryer Mushroom Roll-Ups

This party appetizer was inspired by a dish I saw on an episode of Top Chef. I simplified it a little and tweaked the flavors a bit. These mushroom roll-ups can be made ahead and reheated in a 250° oven for 10 minutes. —Lillian Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Air-Fryer Lemon Chicken ThighsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Lemon Chicken Thighs

These air-fryer lemon chicken thighs remind me of Sunday dinner. The lemon and herb butter really makes the chicken flavorful and juicy! If you don’t have an air fryer, the chicken can be baked in the oven at 400° for about 45 minutes. —Alyssa Lang, North Scituate, Rhode Island

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Air-Fryer Bacon Crescent RollsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Bacon Crescent Rolls

The mouthwatering aroma of warm bacon from these three-ingredient rolls will draw folks to the table once you throw the crescent rolls in. Air-fryer recipes, like this one, are fun for children to prepare and such a cinch to assemble with pre-cooked bacon. —Jane Nearing, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Air-Fryer Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Bread Pudding

This air-fryer bread pudding is a fun dish because the chocolate makes it different from traditional recipes. It's a rich, comforting dessert. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Air-Fryer Mini Chimichangas

My family raves about these air-fryer chimichangas. Infused with green chiles, the beefy snacks are guaranteed to liven up the party! —Kathy Rogers, Hudson, Ohio

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Air-Fryer Salmon with Maple-Dijon GlazeTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Salmon with Maple-Dijon Glaze

Being landlocked in the Midwest, my kids always thought they disliked fish. This air-fryer salmon dish definitely changed their minds! I cook it on the grill a lot in the summer months, but found that it is just as tasty and more convenient in the air fryer, especially on those busy days! —Jill Fisher, Portland, Indiana

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Air-Fryer Red Potatoes

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare veggies. Some fragrant rosemary, fresh or dried, gives these air-fryer red potatoes a distinctive but subtle taste. The dish is simple to prepare, yet elegant in color and flavor. It's a wonderful addition to any menu. —Margie Wampler, Butler, Pennsylvania

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Air Fryer Tortellini with Prosciutto

This is my take on fried tortellini. Air-fryer Italian street food recipes, like this one, are crunchy, gooey good. For the sauce, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

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Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with RaspberriesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with Raspberries

These air-fryer French toast cups make any morning special. I made this recipe for my mom over the holidays, and we both enjoyed it. —Sandi Tuttle, Hayward, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Beef Wellington WontonsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Beef Wellington Wontons

These tasty appetizers scale down classic beef Wellington to an ideal party size. They feel fancy and fun! —Dianne Phillips, Tallapoosa, Georgia

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Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Chickpeas are a common ingredient in many dishes in Pakistan where I grew up. I incorporate the tastes of my home country when cooking for my American-born daughters. I have combined the light spice of Pakistani foods with the love of deep-fried finger foods that many Americans, including my daughters, enjoy. To eat, dip the warm, air-fryer fritters in the chilled yogurt. Enjoy as a snack, appetizer or as part of a meal. —Shahrin Hasan, York, Pennsylvania

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Air-Fryer Puff Pastry Danishes

These simple jam-filled pastries are perfect for a holiday brunch spread. They were my dad's favorite, so the recipe will always be close to my heart. —Chellie Helmke, Jackson Center, Ohio

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Air-Fryer EmpanadasTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Empanadas

I entertain a lot, so I appreciate make-ahead recipes. These air-fryer empanadas are easy and delicious. I recommend making a few extra batches—they go fast! —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California

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Air-Fryer Apple FrittersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Apple Fritters

An air fryer makes these easy apple fritters healthier than old-fashioned fritters, yet they are still just as delicious. They're a quick and easy dessert that includes a scrumptious brown butter glaze! —Alyssa Castriotta, North Scituate, Rhode Island

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.

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