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Soft Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

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Soft chocolate hazelnut cookies are so easy to make. They are rich in flavour thanks to the dark chocolate and toasted hazelnuts. Grated orange zest is added for refreshment.

We love cookies loaded with hazelnuts and these one are truly loaded. When we add also dark chocolate, they become heavenly cookies. Not to mention, that this recipe is simple and quick to make. Use quality ingredients for this recipe, as this will result in tasty chocolate cookies you will adore.

For those who adore chocolate hazelnut combination we have delicious cookie recipes in our collection: hazelnut cookies dipped in dark chocolate, chocolate biscotti with large pieces of hazelnuts or double chocolate cookies loaded with hazelnuts

why you'll love hazelnut flour

Hazelnut flour is one of the best gluten-free flours for baking and other desserts and cookies. This flour adds nuttiness to the cakes, cookies, muffins and brownies. It goes well in any recipe and especially in combination with any kind of chocolate - milk, white or dark one.

We love to make cookies with it, such as hazelnut amaretti cookies or combine with other flours in brownies.

how to make soft chocolate hazelnut cookies

Making these cookies is so easy and the dough is whipped up in only 5 minutes, once you have ready all your ingredients.

First toast hazelnuts in the oven and finely grind them. Broke chocolate into smaller pieces and together with demerara sugar, process in the food processor. If you don't have one, you can grate the chocolate on box grater and grind hazelnuts with nut grinder. Now, combine hazelnut flour with hazelnut/chocolate mixture. 

Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt in another bowl, add Amaretto and grated orange zest to flavour the cookies. Now slowly fold dry ingredients into egg whites using silicon spatula until everything incorporated and you get light and airy texture.

For shaping the cookies just scoop mixture with teaspoon and roll into balls. Arrange on baking tray and slightly flatten on the top. These cookies are baked for only 5 - 6 minutes. 

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how to store soft chocolate hazelnut cookies

Store these cookies at the room temperature for up to 7 days. You can also keep them in the fridge or freeze for up to 1 month.

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For more cookie inspiration, take a look at our collection of yummy cookie recipes. Also check out our selection of interesting gluten-free cookies, too.

Soft Chocolate Hazelnut cookies

MAKES: 16 small cookies
COOKS IN: 25 minutes


For the cookies

  • 40g whole hazelnuts
  • 40g hazelnut flour
  • 40g dark chocolate (50 - 60% cocoa)
  • 20g demerara or other brown sugar
  • 2 medium egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon of Amaretto liqueur

For the chocolate drizzle

  • 50g dark chocolate (50 - 60% cocoa)
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  1. FOR THE COOKIES, preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Spread hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast for about 8  - 10 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant and the the skins start to crack. Remove from the oven and place nuts in a clean tea towel and gently rub together until the most of the skin comes off. Cool and finely chop or grind in nut grinder.

  2. Adjust the oven temperature to 175°C (347°F). Line baking tray with baking paper.

  3. Break chocolate into smaller pieces and together with sugar process in food processor until fine. You can also do this in coffee grinder if you have one. As alternative grate the chocolate on box grater - smaller holes. 

  4. Combine together hazelnut flour, ground hazelnuts, chocolate sugar mixture and finely grated orange zest in one bowl.

  5. In a mixing bowl beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until they hold stiff peaks. Add Amaretto liqueur and stir with silicon spatula.

  6. Fold gradually dry ingredients into egg whites until the soft dough forms. 

  7. Using a teaspoon portion a dough of the size of small walnuts and roll into a ball. Arrange on baking tray and lightly press each ball using a teaspoon.

  8. Bake in oven for about 5 - 6 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and leave on the baking tray to cool. They will cool quickly as they are small and light.

  9. FOR THE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE, place broken chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add milk and stir until smooth and shiny. Let the melted chocolate cool for 1 minute, then pour it into a ziplock bag. Cutt off a bit of the corner of the bag, then drizzle over the cookies in zig-zag motion. Leave to settle then serve.

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