Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

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With charming speckles of hazelnut flour, these chocolate hazelnut macarons are not only beautiful, but they’re also incredibly delicious!

And we’re taking a little shortcut with the filling, because one word – Nutella!

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Can I use different nut flour to make macarons?

Yes, we can totally make macarons with different nut flours besides almond flour! For example, I often use hazelnut flour, pistachio flour to make my macarons.

And today, I’m sharing my chocolate hazelnut macarons made with combination of hazelnut flour and almond flour.

The reason we’re not using all hazelnut flour is because of higher fat content of hazelnut flour! Excess fat doesn’t play in our favor when it comes to macarons.

fat content of nut flours

28g of almond flour has 14g of fat, while the same amount of hazelnut flour has 17g of fat. And that makes a difference!

How to make chocolate hazelnut macarons:

In my basic macaron recipe, I’ve shared detailed step-by-step instructions with in-depth explanation of the technique. So we’re not going too much into the technique here.

  1. Sift dry ingredients 3 times. Discard any large chunks of nut flour, but make sure it’s no more than 1 tablespoons. If you end up with more than 1 tablespoon of chunky mixture, add more hazelnut/almond flour to compensate. This typically doesn’t happen with finely ground nut flour, but I’m mentioning this just in case.
  2. Make French meringue by whipping egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl (glass or stainless steel bowls are the best!). Add cream of tartar and salt when egg whites are foamy. Then slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time, beating the mixture continuously on the same speed until it reaches stiff peaks. (Watch my Meringue 101 video for more tips on how to make the most stable meringue, which a foundation to perfect macarons!)
  3. Add dry ingredients into the meringue. And gently fold the mixture with a rubber spatula until dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Then continue to fold the batter until it flows slowly off the spatula into a ribbon and the edges melt back into the batter within 10 seconds. Be sure to check the consistency of the batter often to avoid over-mixing it.
  4. Transfer the batter into a piping bag, fitted with a round tip. I prefer 2A round piping tip. Pipe about 1.5-inch circles on 2 baking sheets, lined with parchment paper. (Download my FREE template here.) Now, let the macaron shells dry on the counter until skin forms on top. When lightly touched, it shouldn’t stick to your finger.
  5. Bake the shells in preheated 300°F oven for about 18 minutes, one tray at a time. Once cooked, cool the shells completely and then peel them off the parchment. Pair each macaron by the size and fill them with Nutella.
  6. Let the macarons mature for at least 8 hours, and preferably 24 hours before serving. This process is called “maturing”. It allows macaron shells to absorb moisture and flavor from the filling, soften and become one complete cookie.
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4.84 from 6 votes

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

With charming speckles of hazelnut flour, these chocolate hazelnut macarons are not only beautiful, but they're also incredibly delicious! And we're taking a little shortcut with the filling, because one word – Nutella!
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 20 filled macarons


For macaron shells:

For filling:

  • ½ -1 cup Nutella


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or teflon sheet, or silicone mat.
  • To prepare dry ingredients, sift together hazelnut flour, almond flour and powdered sugar twice. Note: If you have up to 2 tablespoons of chunky dry ingredients left in the sifter, you don't have to replace it. Simply discard those chunky bits.
  • To make meringue, in a clean mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, combine egg whites, granulated sugar, cream of tartar and salt and beat the mixture on medium speed until soft peaks form. (I set it to speed 4 on my KitchenAid stand mixer. It takes 30-40 minutes to whip the meringue, but it's well worth it for nice and full shells.)
  • Continue beating the egg whites on the same medium low speed until hard peaks form. Visual cues: Meringue should ball up inside the whisk, and when you lift the whisk, the meringue should hold a pointy end and have sharp ribs.
  • To make batter, sift dry ingredients into the meringue. Using a silicone spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the meringue until fully incorporated. Then continue to fold the batter until it’s runny enough to draw a figure eight. To test, take a small amount of batter and drop it into the bowl. If the small peaks dissolve into the batter on its own in about 10 seconds, the batter is ready. If not, fold couple more times and test again. Be careful not to over-fold the batter. (TIP: Making french macarons is all about the technique. This is one of the most crucial step. Let me try to describe the folding motion as best as I can: run the spatula clockwise from the bottom, up around the sides and cut the batter in half. If you’re beginner macaron-baker, I suggest to count every fold. It takes roughly about 50 folds to reach the proper consistency. After 50 folds, start testing the batter, and continue testing after every couple folds.)
  • To pipe macaron shells, transfer the batter into a pastry bag, fitted with a round tip. (I used this Wilton 2A tip.)
  • Hold the pastry bag at straight 90° angle and pipe about 1.5-inch rounds about an inch apart on prepared baking sheets. (TIP 2: I made a perfect macaron template for you. Simply pipe the batter to fill inner circle.)
  • Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter (or using your hand) a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. You can also use a toothpick to burst some large air bubbles. This step ensures smooth tops.
  • Let the macarons rest on the counter for 15 minutes before baking.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Note: I don't use convection settings. I set my oven to heat from top and bottom.
  • To bake, working one baking sheet at a time, place one tray with macarons on the middle rack. (TIP: To prevent browning, place an empty baking sheet on top rack to shield the heat.) Bake for about 15-18 minutes. It’ll take longer for larger macarons. To test for doneness, touch a macaron lightly and try to move it. If it slides and wobbles, bake a minute or so longer. The cooked macarons should be firm to touch and the base shouldn’t move. (TIP: It’s always better to slightly over-bake macarons than under-bake them!)
  • Cool the macarons on the sheet for 10-15 minutes, and then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To assemble macarons, pair the macaron shells by size and arrange them on a wire rack.  Line them up so that bottom shells are upside down.
  • Pipe a thick layer of Nutella on bottom shells. Place the top shell over the filling and press lightly so the filling spreads till the edges.
  • Store the filled macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 8 hours, or preferably 24 hours to mature, which allows the filling to soften and flavor the shells.
  • To serve, bring the macarons out about 30 minutes prior to serving.

Tips & Notes

Note 1: It’s best to use super fine hazelnut and almond flours to ensure smooth tops. Weigh the ingredients before sifting.
Note 2: I don’t recommend making your own powder sugar, because commercial powdered sugar has cornstarch in it. And it helps with texture of the cookies.
Note 3: Cream of tartar is optional and can be omitted. However, it helps to stabilize egg whites and create sturdier meringue. It’s just an extra insurance!
Note 4: It’s important to use fine granulated sugar for meringue, as it dissolves quicker. You can also use caster sugar, aka baker’s sugar.
Note 5: Read this post for must-have macaron tools.
Got macaron trouble? Check out my visual troubleshooting guide.


Servings: 1 macaron
Calories: 27kcal
Carbohydrates: 4g
Protein: 1g
Fat: 1g
Sugar: 4g
Sodium: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French

This recipe was originally published on July 23rd, 2015, and last updated on March 9th, 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    Sooo yummy! I blitzed my hazelnut meal in the food processor to make sure it was fine enough to go through the sieve and sifted all the dry ingredients 3 times, takes a bit longer but worth it 🙂 thanks for this recipe!

      1. It’s not!! That’s great! I was really confused because I want to try this one. I have someone who I think would love these. I usually make pistachio macarons for him because he loves them but he loves Nutella and I bet he’d like these!! Thanks for the recipe!! I look forward to trying it!

  2. 5 stars
    I too, also had issues with the batter not getting to the lava stage, but the hazelnut flour (Bob’s Red Mill) was definitely coarser than my regular almond flour. I toasted my flour before hand, and the batter smelled so AMAZING! Even though the dough got gummy, I still piped it and threw it in the oven to see what happened. While they didn’t get smooth, they still surprisenly puffed! Taste test proved they are now one of my favorites! The plan was to make these to give out on the holidays but I keep ‘testing’ them and will have to make a second batch

  3. 4 stars
    Hi Shnee, I made these macarons, along with most of your other macaron recipes 😉 but when I was doing the macaronage process I noticed the batter WOULD NOT get thinner, and even though I sifted my ingredients over and over the batter had tons of little bumps of flour sticking out of it. once I piped them out they still were very bumpy….they didn’t have a smooth top. could it have been that I had too many dry ingredients and too few wet ingredients?

    1. I know that the batter for this recipe isn’t going to be AS smooth as others, but it was really bumpy, defiantly more than yours.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for the detailed macaron instructions! Your recipe made for a successful first foray into macarons.

    Can the recipes be successfully doubled?

    1. Yay, congrats on your macaron success, Lisa!! Yes, I’ve doubled the recipe with a great success. Thank you for your feedback!