Stuffed German Chocolate Hazelnut Christmas Cookies


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. 

Stuffed German Chocolate Hazelnut Christmas Cookies filled with homemade nougat on a baking tray

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These German Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies are like Nutella-stuffed cookies – just better!

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. Nougat is addictive stuff.

What is German Nougat and where can I buy it?

German nougat, not to be confused with the white nougat available in North America, is a paste made from hazelnuts, sugar and chocolate. Smooth delicious and bursting with hazelnut flavour, this stuff just melts in your mouth.

The bad news: nougat is really hard to buy on this side of the ocean! But don’t worry – we’ll get this sorted!

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.

That said, if you really want to go all the way, you should make Nougat at home! It’s easy and soooo rewarding!

How to make German Nougat at home:

To make nougat at home, you need a good blender to get a nice and smooth hazelnut chocolate paste. There should be no pieces whatsoever in it, but really, with the right blender this should be no problem.

I recommend the use of milk chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate for a softer nougat, which we need for these Stuffed German Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies!

All you need for making the best Nougat at home is:

  1. To roast hazelnuts, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes. Check on them regularly as nuts can scorch quickly.
  2. To remove the skins, wrap warm hazelnuts in a dish towel and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rub vigorously in a towel.
  3. Put the hazelnuts in the blender and blend them for some seconds. Add powdered sugar and keep blending until smooth. The mixture should be quite warm now.
  4. Add the melted chocolate step by step and keep mixing.
  5. Take breaks! If the paste gets too hot, it will curdle.

 

Traditional German Chocolate Hazelnut Christmas Cookies filled with homemade nougat paste on a baking tray

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!

half a German Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie with molten hazelnut center oozing out of the middle

The best thing about these Stuffed German Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies is the molten hazelnut centre. In the picture, you see how the chocolate hazelnut centre looks in hazelnut 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.

How do I store these Stuffed German Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies?

For storing these German Christmas Cookies, 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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Stuffed German Chocolate Hazelnut 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
Keyword chocolate, Christmas, cookies, easy, festive, German, hazelnut, molten center, traditional
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 59 minutes
Servings 50 cookies
Calories 100 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

For the cookie dough

  • 200 g Nougat , nougat chocolate or chocolate hazelnut spread see text for recipe
  • 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. 

 

 


7 Comments

  1. EIN DEKOHERZAL IN DEN BERGEN

    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

  3. Ich bin ja nicht soooo die Naschkatze. Aber bei den Dingern kann ich mich nur schwer zurück halten….. Die sind wirklich krass ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Hallo, das liest sich ja superlecker und scheint relativ zügig machbar zu sein, will ich auf jeden Fall mal probieren! Allerdings habe ich ja ein paar Fragen:
    1. Kann ich anstelle Vanillezucker auch echte Bourbonvanillenmark mit Zucker mischen?
    2. Ich verstehe nicht, warum das erste Blech mit den ersten 25 Nougatkugeln für 5-8 Minuten ins Gefrierfach muss? Ich vermute mal, damit die nicht zerfliessen oder der Nougat etwas resistenter ist gegen die Backhitze danach? Ansonsten wüsste ich nicht, wieso das nicht gleich gebacken werden kann 🙂
    3. Dasselbe gilt dann auch für das zweite Blech, ja? Also ich muss das dann auch 5-8 Minuten ins Gefrierfach tun?

    Danke und schöne Grüße!

    • Hallo Magma!
      Super, dass dir das Rezpt gefällt.
      Zu deinen Fragen! Natürlich kannst du echte Vanille nehmen und dann einfach noch einen EL Zucker hinzufügen. Das wird dann sogar besonders lecker. Die Kugeln gebe ich vor dem Backen ins Gefrierfach, damit sie besser Form halten und damit das Nougat innen sich nicht sofort verflüssigt ( den Fehler machte ich bei meiner ersten Ladung und ich hatte ein paar ziemlich aktive Nougatvulkane im Ofen). Da lagst du also eh völlig richti. Genau, auch das zweite Blech kommt ins Gefierfach. Ich wünsche dir gutes Gelingen und eine erfolgreiche Woche! Vlg Kiki

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