These Air Fryer Cheesecake Egg Rolls are filled with sweetened cream cheese and can be endlessly varied with your choice of jam.
I was first introduced to air fryers in 2003 when I was filling out my wedding registry. Back then it seemed like the market was so inundated with single-purpose gadgets and appliances. (Countertop Chicken Rotisserie Oven, anyone?) I completely dismissed it as yet another space-consuming kitchen product.
Fifteen years later, I’m air frying everything I can get my hands on. I purchased an air fryer just before Christmas 2017 because I wanted to make a few of my favorite fried holiday treats more healthful. Air frying requires little or no oil and makes treats crisp, crunchy and golden brown. After my first batch of air-fried donuts, I was hooked!
Don’t deep fry – air fry!
There are many things you can make with an air fryer. But I especially love making sweet things that I’d usually pan-fry, such as fried pies and churros. These cheesecake egg rolls are a recent favorite that would otherwise be bubbled in a pot of oil, but they are just as delicious air-fried. They are so easy to make with ready-made egg roll wrappers, and – holy smokes – completely delicious!
The rolls are filled with sweetened cream cheese and can be endlessly varied with your choice of jam. I chose my favorite fig spread because ’tis the season for figgy things!
Use oil, but just a little bit.
Before you place the egg rolls in the air fryer basket, give them a light spray of olive oil on both sides. This will help the egg roll skins to blister and brown as they ‘fry’. You can find olive oil cooking spray in the baking aisle at the grocery store with the vegetable oils. Choose a spray with just one ingredient: olive oil. You can also find propellant-free olive oil sprays online (see here).
After the pastries cooled a little, I very lightly brushed the tops with butter and sprinkled on cinnamon-sugar. The end result is a crisp, slightly chewy exterior that holds a creamy fruit-and-cheese filling. If you don’t have an air fryer, then you’ll find instructions for pan frying in the recipe text. If you’d like to own an air fryer, then this is the model I have which appears to be out of stock now. However, this one is similar with positive reviews.
Here’s another of my favorite air fryer recipes, Air Fryer Baked Brie! Check out even more things I’ve been air-frying (like THE perfect grilled cheese sandwich) you can visit a recent gallery I made for HGTV.com: 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in an Air Fryer.
Air Fryer Cheesecake Egg Rolls
- Air fryer
- 16 oz. 2 packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup 100g granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8.5 oz. 1 jar fig jam
- 15 refrigerated ready-made egg roll wrappers
- Egg wash: 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, combine the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix well on medium speed for 2 minutes to combine. Remove cheesecake filling to a pastry bag or to a zip top bag with a corner snipped.
- Stir the jam well in its jar so that it loosens and can easily be scooped with a spoon.
- Lay an egg roll wrapper with a pointed end toward you; in the center, pipe on approximately 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture. Top with one tablespoon of jam. Use a pastry brush to coat the edges of the egg roll wrapper with egg wash. Fold bottom corner over filling, roll snugly half-way to cover filling. Fold in both sides snugly against the filling. Roll wrap up, making sure the top corner is well-sealed with the egg wash. Spray egg rolls with olive oil cooking spray on both sides.
- Preheat air fryer to 370°F for 10 minutes. Allow the egg rolls to stand at room temperature while the fryer heats.
- Place 4-5 egg rolls in the hot fryer basket. Fry for 5-7 minutes, or until the egg rolls are golden brown on top. Just like regular frying, you can count on at least one egg roll breaking and releasing filling during cooking. Clean up is easy using a paper towel to wipe out the basket (just be careful if it’s still hot!).
- Remove rolls from the basket and let cool. Repeat frying until all of the egg rolls are cooked. Lightly brush golden tops of egg rolls with melted butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over egg rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftover s in the refrigerator.