German Hazelnut Chocolate Christmas Cookies (Nougat Balls)


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These melt-in-your-mouth Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies with a soft, molten hazelnut centre are one of my favourite German Christmas Cookies. The secret ingredient is nougat, an easy-to-make hazelnut-chocolate-paste. 

German Hazelnut Chocolate Christmas Cookies | Nougat Balls

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The recipe for these little Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies aka. Nougat Balls is one of my most cherished German Christmas Cookies recipes. The secret ingredient to these melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut cookies is a heavenly, creamy Hazelnut-Chocolate-Concoction called nougat! If you’ve ever been to a German or Austrian grocery store, you might have seen it in the baking aisle! I buy the stuff in bulk every time I go see my parents in Germany, and I recommend you to do the same, should your travels ever take you to that area. Imagine Nutella, but just 10 times better – bursting with hazelnut flavour. It’s addictive stuff.

The bad news: nougat is really hard to get on this side of the ocean! But don’t worry – we’ll get this sorted! For the most authentic option, you can use this recipe to make nougat at home. It is really fun to make and all you need is a good food processor, hazelnuts, powdered sugar, and chocolate. I recommend milk chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate for a softer nougat.

The quick ticket to authentic nougat flavour would be this nougat chocolate. Another option would be a high-quality Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. I want to stress the importance of high quality here. You want hazelnuts to be one of the first ingredients listed.

German Hazelnut Chocolate Christmas Cookies Nougat Balls

Whether you are going for the real thing, the chocolate or the hazelnut spread – you’ll need about 400 g of nougat or nougat-substitute, as we need it for the Hazelnut Chocolate Cookie Dough AND the yummy soft filling! You can also mix and match and use melted Nougat Chocolate for the cookie dough and hazelnut spread for the filling!

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The best thing about these German Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies is the molten centre. This is how the chocolate centre looks in cookies that have come to room temperature, so you don’t need to eat them warm in order to have a soft filling. You could, of course – I am sure they would be delicious. For storage, I recommend metal tins or plastic containers with a tight-fitting lid. That way, they keep for up to 3 weeks.

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German Hazelnut Chocolate Christmas Cookies Nougat Balls
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German Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies (Nougat Balls)

These melt-in-your-mouth Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies with a creamy hazelnut centre are one of my favourite German Christmas Cookies. The secret ingredient is nougat, an easy-to-make hazelnut-chocolate-paste. 

Course cookie, Snack
Cuisine German
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 59 minutes
Servings 50 cookies
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

For the cookie dough

  • 200 g Nougat , nougat chocolate or chocolate hazelnut spread see text for recipe link or substitution suggestions
  • 100 g soft butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 250 g flour
  • 50 g cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder optional

for the filling

  • 200 g nougat or high-quality chocolate hazelnut spread

for decoration

  • 50 g dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Heat 200 g nougat or nougat chocolate in the microwave just until it can be stirred to a smooth paste. It should not be hot, so let it cool down if needed. 

  2. Beat the butter for about 2 minutes, then slowly add the nougat to the butter while continuing to whisk. Add the egg and stir until combined. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and combine everything into a smooth dough. Dump the dough onto a large piece of clingfilm and shape into a 40 cm roll. Wrap tightly in clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Cut the nougat or nougat chocolate into 50 little pieces and refrigerate.


  4. Preheat the oven to 180 and prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

  5. Cut the cookie dough roll into 50 slices. Place a piece of nougat in the middle and shape the dough into a smooth ball, rolling it between your palm. Place on the cookie sheets and freeze for about 7 minutes. Then, bake for 14 minutes and let cool completely. 

  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and spoon it into a freezer bag or a piping bag. Cut a tiny hole into the tip of the piping bag and decorate the cookies with chocolate. 

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3 Comments

  1. SPANNEND mit CHILLI,,,,
    schoooo gedruckt,,,,freu,,freu

    wünsch da no ah feine WEIHNACHTSZEIT
    bis bald de BIRGIT

  2. Hi, just wondering if it is correct that there is no extra sugar added to the dough? Thanks!

    • Hi Annick! Indeed! The sweetness comes from the nougat or Nutella, whichever you decide to use! The cookies will not be overly sweet so that the sweetness of the centre stands out! Happy baking! Cheers, Kiki

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