Easy Air Fryer Caramel Cream Puffs

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Category: Air Fryer
Published Date: 09/14/2021
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If you love quick and easy desserts, make sure to print out the recipe for these air fryer caramel cream puffs. They are super delicious and you only need 4 ingredients!

I have to tell you a funny story about how this recipe came about. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I watched a movie with Sarah Michelle Gellar, called Simply Irresistible. Throughout the movie, she made these caramel pastries that made people float.

For the next few months, I had my husband going from bakery to bakery, trying to find some sort of caramel pastry. Surprisingly, they weren’t easy to find! 

Years later, although I’m still trying to find that perfect caramel pastry, I found an easy way to satisfy that craving with these air fryer caramel cream puffs! 

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Before I share our air fryer caramel cream puff recipe, let me share a few tips.

If you have one, I recommend using a silicone cutting board. The dough won’t stick to it and it’s easy to clean!

I always spray my air fryer with avocado oil. Even though my basket is non-stick, I find that if one of the air fryer caramel cream puffs explodes, it is much easier to clean the caramel off of the basket.

I use baking caramels for this recipe. They are individually wrapped, so you can just use the right amount and store the rest (if your kids don’t eat them all as mine do). 

It’s really important that when you are rolling your dough into a ball after you’ve placed the caramel in the center, that you close up any possible openings and make sure the side that once had the opening is always on top. Although most of the time, the air fryer caramel cream puffs will open at the top, if you seal them well enough, they will stay sealed. 

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What if I don’t have an Air Fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer yet, this is a great opportunity to get one. We have the Powerxl 5qt and we absolutely love it. 

What ingredients do I need?

All you need is refrigerated crescent dough, caramel, whipped cream, and powdered sugar!

Can I use refrigerated biscuit dough instead?

While I haven’t tried it with refrigerated biscuit dough yet, I would imagine that they would taste just as good! 

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I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you, to make it a bit easier to make these air fryer caramel cream puffs.

Step 1: Remove crescent dough from the container and lay it flat on a cutting board. 

Step 2: Cut dough into equal parts. You’ll wind up with 11 or 12 pieces (depending on how even you make them).

Step 3: Roll each piece of crescent dough into a ball.

Step 4: Flatten each ball of crescent dough on the cutting board.

Step 5: Place a piece of caramel in the center of the flattened dough.

Step 6: Bring the sides of the dough over the piece of caramel and make sure to close up all of the open spaces as best as you can with your fingers. It should now be back into the shape of a ball with what used to be the opening at the top.

Step 7: Repeat step 6 with all of the dough and caramel pieces.

Step 8: Depending on how large your air fryer is, place the balls of dough and caramel into your air fryer basket. Leave space around each one as they will expand just a bit. Make sure the part that was open is at the top, in case they open up.

Step 9: When you remove the air fryer caramel cream puffs from the air fryer, this is what they will look like. Allow them to sit for 5 minutes. 

Step 10: Add powdered sugar and a small amount of whipped cream in the center before serving.

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Easy Air Fryer Caramel Cream Puffs


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life

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These air fryer caramel cream puffs are made with just 4 ingredients and your air fryer in just 7 minutes! Such an easy and tasty dessert!


Ingredients

  • refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • caramel pieces
  • whipped cream
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Remove crescent dough from the container and lay it flat on a cutting board.
  • Cut dough into equal parts. You’ll wind up with 11 or 12 pieces (depending on how even you make them).
  • Roll each piece of crescent dough into a ball.
  • Flatten each ball of crescent dough on the cutting board.
  • Place a piece of caramel in the center of the flattened dough.
  • Bring the sides of the dough over the piece of caramel and make sure to close up all of the open spaces as best as you can with your fingers. It should now be back into the shape of a ball with what used to be the opening at the top. Repeat with all of the dough and caramel.
  • Depending on how large your air fryer is, place the balls of dough and caramel into your air fryer basket. Leave space around each one as they will expand just a bit. Make sure the part that was open is at the top, in case they open up.
  • Set the air fryer to 360º for 7 minutes.
  • When they are done, remove the caramel cream puffs and allow them to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add powdered sugar and a small amount of whipped cream in the center before serving.

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  1. So apparently, this is one of the reasons why I want to have an air fryer at home – the ability to bake/ cook foods at home and learn cooking new meals for the first time. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I need to try this soon!

  2. Yum to the yum! I just pinned this to make with my daughter. We love anything with caramel and these look delish!

  3. I always thought that making a cream puff is tricky, but it seems not based on your recipe. I think I know what will I prepare for our kids this week. This is a treat!

  4. WOW! These look so delicious. I have just had breakfast and I am already feeling hungry looking at these.

  5. Cream puffs in 10 steps! Yayyy! Can’t wait to try doing this. I love cream puff so much!

  6. Oh my goodness these look like they would be absolutely delicious- what a great dessert idea, I can imagine my other half would LOVE these as well.

  7. I always like to do quick recipes because most of the time, I will be busy with my work. This is amazing snack. Thank you for sharing!

  8. These look so good and so pretty as well. I can’t wait to give this a try in my air fryer as it does seem easy to make

  9. Looks like a delicious treat! And I love that you can make them in the air fryer 🙂

  10. The Air Fryer Caramel Puffs, look really yummy. Your story of the search for the perfect caramels made for fascinating reading too.

  11. Hihi….I thought I could side-step using the air-fryer but it looks impossible. Thanks Heather for sharing.

  12. Now that I’m armed with my Ninja Foodi DualZone air fryer, I can actually experiment with recipes like this. They would probably make for a good game day snack.

  13. Oh wow these looks so yummy! I had no idea you could make something like this in an air fryer….what a tasty and healthier alternative.

  14. Wow, so easy. I love cream puffs and would always get them when they are available in the nearby bakeshop.

  15. Such a delicious treat that is perfect for my whole family! It’s a must make recipe!

  16. I had wondered about making desserts in the air fry. I am not a big caramel fan but I believe I can do the same recipe with some dark chocolate or similar.

  17. I haven’t tried making desserts in my air fryer yet. I need to make these! Caramel is my favorite.

  18. OMG!!!! this looks amazing!!!!
    Can’t wait to make these puffs. Thank you for sharing I’ve been looking for more good air fryer recipes.

  19. I bought my air fryer on a whim a couple of years ago on Black Friday—I was looking forward to cheap prices on Instant Pots for Christmas gifts and saw an air fryer for half-price. I almost held off on buying one because I don’t like fried food. But I grabbed one and I haven’t looked back. I use it daily, and I’m always looking for fun recipes like this! I can’t wait to try these easy cream puffs!

  20. I have never made cream puffs, but we all enjoy them in our household. It would be neat to try out your recipe, and the caramel version sounds delicious.

  21. I’m a huge fan of caramel, I wish I had everything on hand to make this right now.

  22. So simple, but so amazing! I love using the air fryer for all types of things, and this was definitely a good one!

  23. Well, those look amazing! I love cream puffs, and I’ve never had them with caramel filling. I’ll have to try this.

  24. How yummy do these sound. I’d love to try them. I love that these sound so simple to make.

  25. That looks delicious! Love how you showed with photo’s how you make them. I saved your link in my baking folder!

  26. These are really cool and such a creative idea. I love cream puffs, can’t wait to give this version a try.

  27. These are amazing and love that you made them in the air fryer 😉 I am absolutely in love with the air fryer and I am pinning this recipe to make for my mom when she comes to visit.