Ready to bake the best hazelnut desserts of your life? I’ve got the list to beat. Well beyond Nutella, there’s much more to hazelnuts than we think. The sweet, earthy nut lends itself well to chocolate, coffee, and fruit flavors in your favorite dessert creations.
Whether you're looking for the best hazelnut dessert to serve at a bake-off or just want to create something memorable for your friends and family, these are the most luscious and delectable hazelnut desserts around.
Dreamy Hazelnut Cakes, Pies, and Tarts
Hazelnut Fig Galette
Hazelnuts pair beautifully with fruits of all kinds, and this hazelnut fig galette captures the essence of hazelnuts perfectly. The combination of sweet pastry crust filled with homemade hazelnut paste, with a fig dessert topping, drizzled with honey and vanilla bean paste is beyond excellent!
This hazelnut fig galette recipe is delicious served warm or at room temperature and topped with either creme fraiche, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Gluten-Free Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Fuel your coffee and hazelnut dreams with this gluten-free espresso chocolate hazelnut tart recipe. This yummy tart boasts of an indulgent, luxuriously silky chocolate ganache laced with coffee filling. Plus the no-bake hazelnut tart crust is so simple to make, yet super tasty.
So when you’re craving a rich and decadent chocolate hazelnut dessert, consider making this decadent tart.
Easiest No-Bake Nutella Pie
Consider whipping up this no-bake nutella pie recipe, that promises a light, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate hazelnut cream cheese mousse in a buttery pie crust.
Aside from a two-ingredient pie crust, this luscious dessert comes together in one bowl and you won't even need to turn the oven on to make it. The final piece is a fancy-looking dessert with a generous dollop of whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Double the fun with this chocolate hazelnut tart! Layered with a buttery hazelnut base, silky chocolate nutella mousse then drizzled with ganache, this is one of the dreamiest chocolate hazelnut desserts you’ll ever make.
Pour the ganache on top while it’s still warm for a wonderful contrast of the cold mousse and warm chocolatey goodness. This tart recipe is as beautiful as it is delicious, and that ganache is absolute perfection.
Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Pie
Yes, it’s another hazelnut pie recipe, but this rich, fudgy pie is a must-have in your dessert arsenal. It’s basically a hazelnut chocolate chunk cookie in an out-of-this world buttery pie crust.
If that doesn't sound convincing enough, take a bite and you’ll be hooked. This chocolate hazelnut pie is the perfect show stopping pie to bring to the community pie auction.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes
If you’re a true chocolate and hazelnut dessert fan, you’re going to love this recipe! These chocolate hazelnut cupcakes are filled with a ready-made milk chocolate hazelnut filling, topped with chocolate hazelnut frosting then beautifully garnished with fresh berries. This is a decadent dessert fit for a special occasion.
This is seriously the best hazelnut praline cake to top all the hazelnut desserts on this list. It’s an aesthetically beautiful, naturally festive cake that consists of melt-in-your-mouth buttery hazelnut sponge cake, and a silky hazelnut mousseline cream enriched with deep nutty hazelnut flavor from the hazelnut praline paste.
Hazelnuts just shine through in the recipe. As if that’s not enough to sell this recipe to you, the hazelnut layered cake recipe is easy to follow. The result is simply a delicious, moist cake that will tantalize your taste buds.
Chocolate Hazelnut-Filled Cupcakes
A heavenly chocolate hazelnut filled cupcake for the win. With a moist chocolate cake and an unexpected surprise filling - whole hazelnuts - that’s so simple to make, this recipe is pure perfection.
Crunchy hazelnut praline encased by soft caramel centers topped with a generous fudgy chocolate icing make this cupcake recipe will surely wow a crowd.
Torta Gianduia (Flourless Chocolate Torte)
This torta gianduia - also spelled 'gianduja' - or Italian chocolate hazelnut cake is rich, dark, and tasty. The flourless chocolate hazelnut cake pairs rich dark chocolate and the nuttiness of hazelnuts (both from the spread and hazelnut meal) exceedingly well.
Naturally gluten-free, with no swaps needed, the ground hazelnuts in the cake batter contribute to the rich and fudgy texture. Best served with an espresso or cognac.
Skillet Nutella Banana Bread
This is not your ordinary banana quickbread; it’s your new chocolate hazelnut banana obsession. Nutella banana bread has all the sweetness of traditional banana bread with a decadent swirl of nutella. B
est of all, it comes together and cooks faster in a cast iron skillet. This is one of those simple dishes that will make any chocolate or nutella lover's day!
Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (Torta di nocciole)
Torta di nocciole is a popular Italian hazelnut cake from Piedmont, Italy (the land of the best hazelnuts). The key ingredient is finely chopped hazelnuts pounded into flour and blended with eggs and sugar to create a soft and delightful dessert rich in flavor and fragrant aroma.
It's a simple and quick dessert that only requires three ingredients. If you’re a fan of cakes that are slightly more dense and crumbly, this recipe is for you.
Nutella Cheesecake with Hazelnut Chocolates
Nutella cheesecake with Ferrero Rocher chocolates? Yes please. This wonderfully silky, nutty chocolatey cheesecake is so easy to make with just a few basic ingredients.
The cheesecake filling is layered on a graham cracker crust then topped with ganache, more nutella for decoration and decadence, and finally, the iconic bonbons. Whip out this show-stopping nutella cheesecake topped with whatever chocolate hazelnut bonbons you prefer at your next soiree.
No-Bake Vegan Nutella Cake
This is another easy, no-bake vegan dessert to add to your arsenal. With its rich and delicious chocolate hazelnut flavor and an amazing beyond words fudgy texture, you'd want to keep making this no-bake vegan nutella cake.
Best of all it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, oil-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free! You don’t need to be a baking whiz to make this delightful hazelnut dessert recipe.
Hazelnut Sheet Cake
If you’re up for a challenge in the kitchen, this hazelnut dessert recipe is for you. Hazelnut cake or gateau russe in French is a delicate sheet cake filled with praline buttercream.
The sheet cake has a rich, nutty creamy flavor that’s complemented by an incredibly light and fluffy texture. This classic French pastry is perfect for any occasion, especially with a larger gathering. Simply cut the sheet cake into petite squares.
Hazelnut Meringue Cake
This hazelnut meringue cake features four layers of nutty meringue, decadent chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and a generous amount of fresh berries! It’s the perfect showcase fancy dessert.
Go nuts with the crunchy hazelnut-studded meringue that is soft on the inside and studded with luscious berries, creamy whipped cream, and amazing ganache.
Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake
While this is the second hazelnut cheesecake in the list, it deserves a spot. Unique for emulating the Ferrero Rocher eating experience, one bite and you’ll be making this Ferrero Rocher cheesecake again and again.
With its top layer of wafers, Ferrero bonbon and crushed hazelnuts, then the luscious and creamy Nutella cheesecake filling, and finally the chocolate hazelnut base. Everything about this dessert screams crave-worthy.
Superb Hazelnut Snacks
Chocolate Hazelnut Balls
I just love a no-bake hazelnut dessert recipe, especially one you can take on-the-go. With the ease and simplicity of this chocolate hazelnut balls recipe, you will too.
These are also lovingly called chocolate hazelnut bliss balls because they’re sweet, nutritious and a blissful delight to eat. Made in the food processor, these bliss balls are the perfect sweet treat for a chocolate snack!
Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Bars
Praline-filled chocolates are one of life’s truest indulgences. This luxurious chocolate hazelnut praline bar promises three layers of pleasurable delight from an oat chocolate base, that delicious caramel-like hazelnut praline filling, and finally melted chocolate with a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts.
The creaminess of the nut filling and the firm chocolate are a match made in heaven. Looking to make a very special hazelnut dessert? This vegan, and gluten-free praline chocolate bar is it.
Nutella Puppy Chow
This nutella puppy chow recipe might just be your new fave hazelnut dessert or snack. The classic school snack or afternoon delight gets a hazelnut twist by substituting delectable nutella for traditional peanut butter! This variation has a subtle hazelnut flavor that sets it apart from the usual.
Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Balls
These chocolate hazelnut almond pulp energy balls are the perfect segue into fall. They’re brownie-like snack balls that are filled with so much goodness and naturally sweetened.
It's like eating a dense, rich brownie, only the ingredients are all healthy and nutritious. Yes, it's a healthier, dairy-free and gluten-free hazelnut dessert.
Hazelnut Baked Treats
Chocolate Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls
From the nutella brioche dough to the chocolate hazelnut filling, every layer of this chocolate hazelnut cinnamon roll recipe is chock-full of chocolatey nutty buttery goodness. There’s a pillowy chocolate hazelnut dough and delightful nutella, cinnamon, and chocolate chip hazelnut filling.
Fresh out of the oven, these chocolate hazelnut baked treats are simply irresistible. But of course you should, because we’re still gonna finish it off with a rich lather of Nutella frosting on top.
Hazelnut Financiers With Dark Chocolate Ganache
If you haven’t tried baking financiers yet, don't be put off by its fancy name. These hazelnut financiers with dark chocolate ganache are as simple as baking mini-muffins but with filling.
Mildly sweet and nutty, these naturally gluten-free hazelnut desserts are amazing especially with the dollop of creamy dark chocolate ganache inside. Indulge your chocolate hazelnut dreams with this recipe.
Pear and Hazelnut Brownies
These chocolate pear and hazelnut brownies will be your next favorite chocolate hazelnut dessert. They have all the tasty goodness of regular brownies, plus roasted hazelnuts and soft pears baked in.
Hot out of the oven, these soft cakey brownies will be devoured quickly. No stragglers will be left behind from a freshly baked batch, trust me. This chocolate hazelnut pear brownie is surely going to make your hazelnut dessert rotation.
Chocolate Sourdough Biscotti with Hazelnuts
Don’t know how to use up your sourdough discard? Chocolate sourdough biscotti with hazelnuts to the rescue. This twice-baked cookie’s got it all - crunch with a hint of chocolatey bitterness from the cocoa powder, bright citrus from the orange zest, and lots of hazelnuts.
They’re the perfect hostess gifts or an easy make-ahead treat that you can store for weeks. Try this recipe and you’ll know it’s for keeps.
These nutella knots are so simple to make especially with nutella or any other chocolate hazelnut spread you enjoy. You only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of time to make these golden brown, hazelnut-flecked breakfast treats at home.
Puff pastry smeared with oh-so-lovable nutella with added chopped hazelnuts for that extra crunch are fashioned into beautiful knots then baked til golden brown. Nutella knots are a delicious way to start the day.
Hazelnut Cookie Recipes
Hazelnut Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
Hazelnut shortbread sandwich cookies, also known as Linzer cookies are such a versatile dessert. And with a bit of planning and prep, it’s a breeze to make. Hazelnuts are the star of these cookies that have a nutty, buttery cookie crust with an extra crisp texture.
Not too sweet but a dollop of jam makes for a stellar nibble with or without a pot of tea. These hazelnut shortbread sandwich cookies make excellent hostess gifts.
Ferrero Rocher Cookies (Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies)
These are the most divine hazelnut chocolate cookies ever. Made with a chewy chocolate chip cookie dough base and filled with chopped roasted hazelnuts. The generous nutella drops in the end cinches the deal.
This is one of the easiest hazelnut dessert recipes on the list. One bite of these Ferrero Rocher cookies will take you to chocolate hazelnut cookie heaven.
Chocolate Hazelnut Fudgy Bon Bon Cookies
Are these fudge, truffles or cookies? The curious case of these chocolate hazelnut fudgy bonbons are best left a mystery. Seriously though, these bonbons are actually cookies that have a fudgy exterior.
Much like truffles, each one is filled with a Hershey's Hug (or kisses). And the cookie dough is unbelievably delicious! These chocolate hazelnut fudgy bonbons will kick start any party.
Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies
Hazelnuts and dark chocolate are always a good idea, especially in this chocolate hazelnut shortbread cookie recipe. It features a buttery and nutty flavor from the hazelnut meal, which complements the intensity of dark chocolate nicely.
With a great texture that melts in your mouth like a classic shortbread cookie, an excellent crunch, deeply nutty flavor added by the hazelnut and the indulgent double chocolate, these cookies are the bomb. Additionally, it’s a fantastic make-ahead recipe that’s super quick to prepare.
Nutella Cookies with Creamy Centers
Nutella cookies with creamy centers will brighten up the darkest of days. These supremely chewy, gluten-free nutella filled cookies are made with oat flour.
With a stable dough that doesn’t need to be chilled (unless it’s too hot out), and freezing ahead the nutella filling it’s a simple recipe to follow. Say goodbye to bad days with the creamy dreamy nutella center that dances in your mouth, perfect for a holiday treat.
Hazelnut crescents are a popular Christmas treat, especially in German households and especially during the holidays. These hazelnut crescents have a buttery and hazelnut flavor that melts in your mouth.
It's a simple shortbread cookie batter with hazelnut flour added, then dusted with powdered sugar and vanilla sugar. These are delectable and mouth watering cookies you will surely be making a double or triple batch of.
Juniper Berry Spiced Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
This juniper berry spiced chocolate hazelnut cookie recipe is not only beautiful but they’re deliciously soft, fudgy, and with a crisp exterior at the same time.
This wholesome treat is incredibly simple to make boasting of a unique bittersweet, chocolatey, nutty, floral flavor profile. If you appreciate the chocolate, hazelnut and fruit pairings, you'll love these cookies.
Unique Hazelnut Desserts
Hazelnut Nougat Ice Cream (No Churn)
This hazelnut nougat ice cream is the perfect no-churn summer treat. This recipe is simply delicious and will surely impress your guests. Made with only seven ingredients and 20 minutes of preparation, there’s no need to temper eggs nor use an ice cream machine here.
Enjoy the creamy scoopable texture of this cold confection that tastes like honey nougat and is chock full of toasted hazelnuts.
It’s about time we’ve put a spin on the classic tiramisu. Using none other than hazelnuts, add a layer of candied hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico) to the familiar creamy smooth Italian espresso sponge dessert.
You’ll get the familiar delicate flavor of layers of mascarpone and Italian custard contrasted with the robust espresso, sharp cocoa and the earthy nuttyness of hazelnuts. You won’t want to skip making this dreamy chocolate hazelnut dessert.
Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta
Chocolate hazelnut panna cotta is a dreamy dessert you’ll crave non-stop. The dense and pudding-like traditional Italian dessert gets a flavor lift from chocolate and hazelnuts.
It’s incredibly simple to make and creates a wonderful, elegant dessert to add a touch of luxury to your weeknight dinners. Velvety, wonderfully chocolatey, with a sweet surprise hidden inside.
Easy Blackberry Crisps (with Hazelnut Meal)
An elegant and easy blackberry crisp recipe that’s made in minutes. With a warm and gooey crunchy oat topping enhanced by hazelnut meal covering a lip-smacking blackberry mixture, this hazelnut and fruit dessert is a delectable treat that you will make year-round.
The decadent hazelnut meal and crunchy oat topping delightfully thickens up that delicious blackberry mix. Top this dessert with vanilla ice cream.
Kinder Bueno Cream Spread (White Chocolate and Hazelnut)
This is the most delectable Kinder Bueno-esque spread you never knew you needed. It tastes just like the real creamy hazelnut filling found in Kinder Bueno chocolate bars.
Made with vanilla pastry cream, hazelnuts, and white chocolate, this Kinder Bueno cream is creamy and silky. If you’ve ever made nut butter then you know how simple it is to make.
This delicious spread is so handy to keep around you can spread it on toast, drizzle on top of overnight oats, sandwiched in between dark chocolate cookies (like a home-made hazelnut oreo), or the ideal filling for cakes, cupcakes, cream puffs, and other desserts!
Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
These healthy chocolate hazelnut truffles are even more delicious than they look. With a luscious, creamy chocolate hazelnut filling and a delightful dark chocolate coating, they’re simply out-of-this-world. Additionally, these handcrafted truffles are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened.
Caramelized Hazelnut Crunch Clusters
These vegan hazelnut crunch clusters are a simple hazelnut dessert or snack you can prepare in just one bowl with just 5 ingredients. They're sweet, salty, crunchy, and satisfying. I've been munching on them in the evening for awhile now, so I make them pretty regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hazelnuts can be used in a variety of culinary applications, from baking to cooking, though they are most often ground into a paste for use in confections like praline, chopped and sprinkled over salads and desserts for added crunch, or used whole in roasted form as a snack.
Hazelnut pairs well with flavors such as chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and fruits like apple and pear. It also complements savory ingredients like cheese and herbs, making it a versatile nut for both sweet and savory dishes.
Yes, you can eat raw hazelnuts. They are completely safe to consume without cooking, and offer a slightly different taste and texture compared to roasted hazelnuts.
While raw hazelnuts are edible, roasting them is often recommended to enhance their flavor and aroma. Roasting hazelnuts can also make them easier to digest and improve their texture, making them more enjoyable to eat.
Chocolate with hazelnut is commonly referred to as gianduja. This smooth and creamy mixture, originating from Italy, combines chocolate and finely ground hazelnuts for a rich and distinctive flavor.
39+ BEST Hazelnut Desserts You Can Make at Home