February 09, 2011

Recipe - Choc Hazelnut Macaroons

Hi all, last week I decided to make some choc - hazelnut macaroons. Of all the different types of macaroons I make I would have to say this is the easiest one... mainly because I take some shortcuts (ok ok I cheat) when it comes to making a filling for it.

So here's the recipe and instructions for it.

Ingredients for macaroon shells

  • 4 eggwhites aged overnight - if you don't have time to age them overnight, you can also put in microwave for 10 seconds.
  • 2 x coffee mugs of icing sugar - I don't have kitchen scales, so I just use a standard coffee mug to measure
  • 1 x coffee mug of almond meal
  • 4.5 tbs of caster sugar
  • 4 tbs of cocoa powder

To make macaroon shells

  • Sift the icing sugar and almond meal together to get rid of any lumps
  • Beat the egg whites and caster sugar together until stiff peaks form 
  • Fold the icing sugar/almond meal into the egg whites until just combined

  • Add the cocoa powder to the mixture
  • Pipe the mixture in 2cm circles onto a baking tray lined with baking powder

  • Leave the piped macaroons in the tray for 15 - 30mins to harden a bit
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160C deg for 15 minutes
  • Take out of oven, leave to cool then remove from tray

Now to the cheating part... you can either make a ganache like I did in my previous other recipes (Rosewater & Choc Mint) or you can use... Nutella! This is basically a chocolately hazelnut spread which is perfect to use as a macaroon filling. Just refrigerate it for an hour before using it to sandwich 2 macaroon shells together. Easy!

Macaroons ready to be assembled

The finished product!

The above recipe makes about 35 macaroons.


  1. Those look so good, could really fancy one of those with a cuppa right now. I have never made them before but might try it, thanks for the recipe and guide. x

  2. They sound amazing, I love nutella! xx

  3. Wow! I want to try these! =O Might attempt them this weekend!

  4. Omg I need to eat these now!! They look yumm and sound like they taste much better with nutella, than Ladure macaroons(Waste of £11!)

  5. @Nicole - they were delicious, all gone now. If you give it a try make sure you let me know how they go.

    @Facefixers - thanks darl, I love nutella too.

    @Sinead - have fun making them, and letme know if you do!

    @Shameera - thanks hun, although I must say Laduree macaroons are THE BEST although thay are a bit of a rip off!

  6. You make macaroons?? genius! these look yum! x

  7. Hi Lilit,

    yummy! Delicious looking little sweets. I need one. NOW!!!!


  8. these look delicious!! Ive never tried a macaroon :( i may have to make these hehe! x

  9. Hmmm looks yummy! I don't think I have ver eaten macaron in all my life LOL!

  10. I envy you. :)
    Those macaroons look perfect.

  11. @Imo - thank you! Yes I make them, I'm a bit obsessed with them actually, lol

    @Sandra - if these things travelled the distance I'd send you some right now!

    @Gaby - you should definitely try some, they're delish!

    @Shoe devotee - thank you! they're not as hard to make as everyone makes them out to be.


  12. Im totally trying out your recipe this weekend. Not sure if mine will turn out as nice as yours though haha

    I wish they had better inexpensive brushes here in Aussie. Like Sigma, Coastal Scents, E.L.F etc..
    I guess I could go online but sometimes shipping takes ages...

  13. Thanks for the website hun! xo

  14. I totally love macaroons <3, now in my city (Milan) it's arrive Laudree.
    My favourite is petal rose.
    Very beautiful blog, if u want visit mine http://www.mademoisellecc.blogspot.com/

  15. Thanks for sharing Lilit! These look so Yummy :)

  16. I'm drooling now!! They look delicious :)

  17. Just looking at the picture is making me hungry :(
    I just checked my kitchen to see if I had the ingredients to make this but I'm out of almond meal! :( BOOOO! xx

  18. I just made these!

    They are amazing! Though I made them a little bit too big so they lost their shape a bit...

    Expect a blog post in the morning when I sober up =D

  19. that's great sinead! Looking fwd to ur blog post on it. Xx

  20. My attempt: http://irishwishesarespecial.blogspot.com/2011/02/delicious-though-disastrous.html

    They aren't as cute as yours... But they are yummy!

    I will be trying them again.

  21. hi sinead, i think u did make them a little too big but they still look yummy! Try again next time. Ps tried to comment on ur blog post but it didn't allow me.

  22. Thanks strange, how did you try post?

    I asked on twitter if people were able to comment and it looks like it's working.

    Confused why it won't let you lol



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