In this paper a micromachining method for batch fabrication of in-plane atomic force microscope (AFM) probes that consist of a sharp silicon nitride tip on a monocrystalline silicon cantilever is presented. The tips are realized by conformal deposition of silicon nitride inside an anisotropically etched cavity inside a silicon wafer. The best measured radius of the sharp tips was 8 nm. Our fabrication method is fully compatible with silicon-on-insulator (SOI) micromachining, allowing a straightforward monolithic integration of the AFM probes with high-aspect-ratio monocrystalline silicon MEMS. The fabrication method allows for lateral cantilevers, which oscillate in the plane of the fabrication wafer. This allows for simple integration of micromechanical transducers, opening the way towards dedicated probes for high speed AFMs. To demonstrate the innovation potential of this method, three different probe designs were fabricated: a plane passive AFM probe, a probe with integrated electrostatic actuator, and a probe which allows scanning on vertical sidewalls. The passive probes were successfully tested in a commercial AFM set-up. Correct operation of the probes with integrated actuator was demonstrated by actuation under a laser vibrometer.