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German Hazelnut Chocolate Christmas Cookies Nougat Balls

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


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


  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.