Cocoa-Hazelnut Macarons


Instead of almond flour, this simple macaron recipe starts with ground hazelnuts to fit the chocolate-hazelnut dessert theme. This chocolate dessert will earn rave reviews at your next party or bake sale!

Cocoa-Hazelnut Macaroons
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 14 mins
20 to 24 sandwich cookies


  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup finely ground hazelnuts (filberts)

  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 egg whites

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • Dash salt

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread


  1. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together powdered sugar, hazelnuts, and cocoa powder; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed just until soft peaks form (tips curl). Stir in nut mixture.

  3. Spoon mixture into a large decorating bag fitted with a large (about 1/2-inch) round tip.* Pipe 1-1/2-inch circles 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Let stand for 30 minutes before baking.

  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets on wire racks. Carefully peel cookies off parchment paper.

  5. Spread chocolate-hazelnut spread onto bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.


If you don't own a decorating bag, spoon mixture into a large resealable plastic bag and snip a 1/2-inch hole in one corner of the bag.

To Store:

Layer unfilled cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies if frozen. Fill as directed in Step 5.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

133 Calories
7g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 133
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 62mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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