Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons #SundaySupper

Crispy, chewy and gluten-free – Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons are a delicious way to enjoy the taste of your favorite spread in a fancy cookie! 
 
Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
 
 

Happy Easter and Passover! If you know the #SundaySupper family then you know it’s difficult to let a holiday pass without us celebrating it!  

With the opportunity to create something for both holidays today, I decided to go back to my beloved macaron.  Now on Passover, we have a tendency to eat the version spelled with two “oo” and that contains coconut.  If you know me, then you know I don’t go for that. 

What I never understood was why don’t we eat the French version? Macarons are gluten-free being made with nut flours and as long as the confectioners sugar doesn’t contain corn starch you are good to go.  Plus, let’s be honest, this version is prettier and tastier.  

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

This version is slightly different than what you normally see from me.  Instead of almond meal as the cookie base, it’s made with hazelnut flour.  The cookies have a lovely speckled appearance from the hazelnut skins ground with the nuts and what goes better with hazelnut than chocolate? 

Since I changed out the flour in my macarons, I decided it was a good time to revisit my technique.  While my last few batches have tasted great getting there has been an untold challenge.  Something just wasn’t going right between the mixing of the batter and piping.  It was too loose, resulting in funky shaped shells. 

So I read and read and read. Seems like somewhere down the line I decided to revise things and put my egg whites into my dry ingredients instead of the other way around. Can we say whoops? A little switch and perfection! 

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Whether you make these for Passover, Easter or just to enjoy for yourself – if you are a chocolate and hazelnut lover these macarons are for you! The hazelnut flavor is prominent and I think it might be my new favorite way to make macarons!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons #SundaySupper
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
For the macaron shells
  • 100 grams egg whites, room temperature
  • 30 grams granulated white sugar
  • 200 grams confectioners sugar
  • 120 grams hazelnut flour/meal
For the filling:
  • 6 ounces bittersweet (6o% cacao) chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Line 3 cookies trays with parchment paper. Set aside
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and granulated sugar on medium low speed until foamy (about 1-2 minutes). Increase the speed to medium and whip for another 1-2 minutes. At this point the egg whites will appear white, foamy and more air will be incorporated into them.
  3. Increase the speed again to high and continue to whip until stiff, dry peaks are formed - about 5-7 minutes.
  4. In your food processor, pulse the confectioners sugar and hazelnut flour about 10 times.
  5. Transfer to a sifter and sift the dry ingredients over the egg whites.
  6. Using a silicone spatula, fold in the dry ingredients, deflating the egg whites and rotating the bowl. As you fold and rotate, take the spatula with the egg whites and beat it against the side of the bowl.
  7. You want to fold about 40 to 50 times or until the batter looks like the texture of lava.
  8. Transfer the batter to a pipping bag with a round tip.
  9. Pipe the macarons at a 45 degree angle on the prepared baking sheet at your desired size.
  10. Once you are finished pipping, bang the baking sheets agains your counter to remove any air bubbles. Set aside for at least 1 hour to rest. You want the shells to form a skin on top.
  11. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  12. Baking one tray at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through the baking time.
  13. While the macarons are resting make the filling: In a small saucepan over medium heat - heat the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer.
  14. Place the chocolate in a small bowl and pour the hot cream over it. Let sit for 30-45 seconds and then stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
  15. Let the ganache set up for at least an hour.
  16. Once the macarons are baked and cooled, flip half of them over and either spoon or pipe the chocolate ganache in the center of each macaron. Top and refrigerate for 24 hours to mature.
  17. Bring to room temperature before consuming.

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

 

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40 Comments

  1. I love macarons and chocolate… so this version would be perfect for me! ;-) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. So glad you posted this recipe today! I am going to try macarons today, found caster sugar yesterday! I am so excited! Your macarons look delish!

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  3. Perfect macarons, Susan! And I love your hazelnut version!!! Perfect for ALL holidays!!!!

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  4. I love their speckled outsides, Susan! And their dark chocolately gooey insides. Just divine!

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  5. I’m so afraid of making macarons, yours look so perfect! I love the hazelnut flour in them.

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  6. These are absolutely gorgeous. Plus the fact that there is hazelnut just makes me want to jump over the moon.

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  7. Ok now that I have hazelnut flour, I think I may actually tackle these! I love chocolate and hazelnut together.

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  8. I love the flavors of chocolate and hazelnut together. Although I do loooove Passover macarOONs, these sound delicious too!

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  9. One of the best combinations in existence!

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  10. Those are so gorgeous, something that I have been so afraid to make, but I will one day!!

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  11. Wow, those look good. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and hazelnut!

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  12. Grams? Really? Could you add the cups measurments for us gram-impaired bakers, please?

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    • I wish I could but unfortunately when it comes to macarons measuring needs to be exact and I only weigh on a scale when I make these. Measurements tend to differ slightly each time you use cups and when one thing is off your macaron will fail. What I can do is next time I make them (which will be soon), I can switch to ounces and provide that for you.

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      • Thanks – when I look at grams/ounces/cups on the internet the sites all give different answers. The schools didn’t teach metric when I was in school.

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        • They didn’t teach us metric either. I use a digital scale. It’s a great tool in the kitchen to have if you don’t already own one (I’m guessing not?).

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          • I have a scale but I’ve never used it. In fact I didn’t know it had grams on it! I’m going to try these macarons and use my scale! Thanks!

  13. That should say measurements!

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  14. Chocolate and Hazelnut are flavor made for each other. I’ve not seen them in macarons before. But, your looks awesome. Great photos too!

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  15. O those look gorgeous. And i love that you used hazelnut flour instead of almond flour. I don’t really make macarons very often and my technique is wonky to say the least.. I need more practice and these look perfect.

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  16. YUM! I LOVE macarons, and chocolate and hazelnut is such a glorious combo. Totally obsessed with these and that they are GF! p

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  17. Love how you used the hazelnut flour instead of almond! I bet they tasted so good!

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  18. These look amazing – I love chocolate + hazelnut together!

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  19. I wish a had one of these right now with my morning coffee. I’ve always been terrified to make macaroons at home but you’ve inspired me — seriously — these looks amazing!

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  20. I’m finishing up my comments today! These macarons are mouthwatering, and the photographs are just beautiful!

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  21. I’ve never even attempted macarons because they’ve always seemed so intimidating. We don’t have any bakeries that sell these anywhere close to my house so I will be forced to try these for myself. :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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  22. These macarons look beautiful!

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  23. Susan, these are perfection. Seriously, girl, you did a wicked good job crafting these lovelies. Your photos are stunning. Pinned.

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  24. I would NOT have guessed that mixing the dry into the wet instead of the wet into the dry would make such a difference! Huh. Learn something new every day.

    These look PERFECT. Thank you SO MUCH for donating them to my bake sale!!

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  25. Congrats on conquering macarons! It is so funny how one little twist can change the look. These chocolate hazelnut macarons look absolutely divine!

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  26. Great photos! And your macarons really do look perfect. I haven’t attempted to make them yet, but when I do I’ll definitely be using your technique!

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  27. Hazelnut really has to make this something special!

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