Air Fryer Gingerbread Bites are fluffy crescent rolls filled with gooey cream cheese and covered in holiday seasonings. Perfect for a Christmas dessert or a quick vegetarian snack — even a breakfast treat!

Gingerbread bites on a round white plate next to an air fryer basket

recipe overview

I don’t eat a lot of sweets throughout the year, but I love all things sugar from October through New Year’s Day. These Air Fryer Gingerbread Bites are like holiday monkey bread stuffed with sweet cream cheese for one great bite.

The secret to this gingerbread flavor is in the spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves. A little bit of each of these seasonings goes a long way, but this combination is perfect.

If you love crescent rolls, you’ll love these Air Fried Oreos! They have fewer calories than the traditional version and are naturally vegan, too.

What you’ll need

Eight fluffy gingerbread bites on parchment paper in an air fryer basket
  • Crescent rolls: This easy pastry-in-a-can is so versatile and usually vegan! I use these in so many recipes.
  • Sugar: The sugar gives this a little extra sweetness. You can skip the extra tablespoon in the filling if you want it a little more savory.
  • Cream cheese: This soft cheese is such a great surprise filling.
  • Ginger: This is the key to your gingerbread seasoning! It’s sweet, peppery, and a little floral with just a touch of citrus.
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon brings its sweet, woody flavor and helps mellow the other seasonings a bit.
  • Allspice: This seasoning is actually from a berry and is the perfect complement to cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a pinch, you can skip this seasoning, but it’s worth the addition!
  • Nutmeg: This is a spice I’ve learned to appreciate over time. I like to buy whole nutmeg and grate it fresh with a micro planer.
  • Cardamom: Cardamom has a lemony and light taste but brings out the sweet and savory in the Gingerbread Bites.
  • Cloves: A little goes a long way with cloves! That pungent warm spice has an intense flavor, aroma, and even a little heat.

how to make them

Collage of steps to make air fryer gingerbread bites
  1. Mix all your spices and most of the sugar in a medium bowl. We’ll come back to this.
  2. Mix your cream cheese with a little sugar.
  3. Unroll your crescent dough and separate the triangles. Put a dab of cream cheese on the wide side of the dough.
  4. Gently fold your crescent rolls around the cream cheese completely and pat them into discs. Dip your bites into the seasonings bowl, gently pressing each side into the mix.
  5. Once coated, place bites into air fryer basket for 8 to 9 minutes at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  6. Once the bites are golden brown, remove and serve!
Three gingerbread bites on a round white plate next to 5 bites in an air fryer basket

serving ideas

I love the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through Hannukah and Christmas and all the way to New Year’s Day. This year, things will look different for all of us, and planning for a small Christmas dinner is easier said than done.

Skip the whole bird this year and make a simple Air Fryer Turkey Breast. You’ll still satisfy the turkey craving without all the fuss for just a few people!

Want a different take on the traditional stuffing? Try this Gluten Free Mushroom Stuffing packed with veggies.

Combine two side dishes into one with these Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts, all cooked on one baking sheet!

Additional seasoning ideas

I love this dish year-round and don’t always make it with gingerbread seasoning!

This Air Fryer Gingerbread Bites recipe is also good with a little cinnamon sugar or pumpkin pie spice. Whatever seasonings you add, I recommend mixing in a little sugar to balance and bring the extra sweetness.

do I have to use cream cheese?

You can definitely make this recipe with just crescent rolls and seasoning, but I love the extra creaminess inside.

If you don’t want to use cream cheese, try ricotta or mascarpone cheese! You could also use whipped cream, but it could evaporate more inside than a soft cheese.

Gingerbread bites on a white plate and in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Gingerbread Bites

These crescent rolls are stuffed with gooey cream cheese and seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves for the perfect holiday appetizer or dessert.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Servings: 8 bites
Calories: 107kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon + ½ cup sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  • Mix together all spices plus ½ cup sugar in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Put the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and softened cream cheese in small bowl. Use a fork to mash cream cheese to combine.
  • Unroll crescent dough. Put about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture on large end of crescent triangles.
  • Gently fold crescent dough to cover cream cheese. Gently press round disc shape between your hands. Dip bites into spice mixture and press on both sides.
  • Place bites into air fryer basket for 8 to 9 minutes at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Remove and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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Notes

Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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7 Comments

    1. Oh no, looks like it got lost in the shuffle! It’s back on the page (near the bottom) now. Thanks for letting us know, Rita!

    1. Hi Pat! 8 oz for cream cheese and also wanted to answer your email question here too,so we can help others, who are wondering 🙂 They do heat up. I was actually very surprised that they kept well in the fridge and even tasted pretty good cold! But you can also pop them back into the air fryer to heat up or in the microwave :). So glad you are enjoying them! :)Cindy

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