Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

No flour but ALL the chocolate! These Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies are just the thing for a big chocolate craving!

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies piled on a white plate on a blue and white napkin

If you’re looking for some intensely chocolate cookies, then you’ve found them with these Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. They’re rich and fudgy and amazingly delicious. This is some serious chocolate!

These cookies are made with both cocoa powder and chocolate for a double dose of chocolate. As always, I recommend using good quality chocolate when baking something so focused on that flavor. Good quality doesn’t have to mean expensive. There are several brands (like Guittard and Ghirardelli) that give you good chocolate without breaking the bank.

several Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies scattered on a gray surface

This isn’t your traditional cookie dough. It’s thick and doesn’t really feel like a standard cookie dough when you’re mixing it. I mix these by hand, and I consider it “arm day” by the time I’m done. You may think that it’s not going to mix well, but it will mix into a thick dough. Just be patient.

The addition of egg whites to the dough gives the cookies a light, almost crispy outside that you often get from other egg-white cookies like meringues or macaroons. Past that outside layer, it’s all about rich and fudgy. They’ll be at their gooiest and fudgiest when they’re fresh from the oven, but they’ll also keep for a few days tightly covered.

overhead view of Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies on a white plate on a blue and white napkin

Hazelnuts are a tasty combination with chocolate, but feel free to substitute another kind of nut if you like. Pecans, almonds, or even a combination would be great substitutes. If you want to emphasize the flavor of the nuts, try toasting them first. About 10 minutes in a 350°F oven will usually do the trick.

These Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies are such rich, flavorful cookies that should certainly satisfy your biggest chocolate cravings. Try them the next time you’re in the mood for a whole lot of chocolate flavor!

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Yield: 24 cookies

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Two kinds of chocolate make these Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies a chocolate lover's dream!

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies piled on a white plate on a blue and white napkin

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (330g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup (56g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces (113g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (175g) chopped hazelnuts (optionally toasted)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Sift together the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until frothy. Stir the egg whites and vanilla into the sugar mixture. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Stir in the chopped chocolate and nuts.
  5. Drop the cookies by 2-tablespoon portions onto the prepared pans, leaving about 3 inches between cookies.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies are shiny and cracked. Don't overbake to keep them from being dry.
  7. Cool the cookies on the pans for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living.

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