These paleo hazelnut cookies are soft, chewy and full of hazelnut flavor! They’re also vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.
I’m super excited to be working with Bob’s Red Mill today to bring you these delightful little paleo hazelnut cookies. They recently sent me a big box of flour and as soon as I got it, I ripped into the hazelnut flour and went to work on these cookies. I’ve tried making hazelnut flour in my food processor but it goes from being too coarse to immediately releasing its oils and heading the way of nut butter. I can never get it fine enough! So I was beyond thrilled to get my hands on something that’s more finely ground than what I could make.
Wondering what else you can make with hazelnut flour other than these cookies? These hazelnut muffins are a must-make! They’re almost like angel food-like in texture and so, so good!
These chocolate hazelnut cupcakes are also amazing with hazelnut flour. Actually, anything I’ve tried with hazelnut flour has been awesome. It’s great stuff!
The first few times I made these paleo hazelnut flour cookies, I didn’t use any nut butter and while delicious, they were kind of hard to handle. As soon as you picked them up and bit into them, they started falling apart. I wanted to keep these vegan so instead of adding an egg, I added 1/4 cup hazelnut butter to the dough. Now they’re sturdy enough to be stacked, which is really helpful if you want to give these out during the holidays, which is what I’ve been doing. I don’t have any friends who follow any special diets and they’ve all been very pleased with these nutty and chocolaty paleo cookies!
Hazelnut butter is expensive so I recommend making your own by using this chocolate hazelnut butter recipe. Just do steps 1-3 and don’t add any of the ingredients listed after hazelnuts.
And if you make your own hazelnut butter, then you can make my chocolate hazelnut fudge. It has the texture of traditional fudge and unlike so many other paleo fudges, doesn’t melt at room temperature!
If you don’t have hazelnut butter or hazelnuts on hand, try my perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies for some paleo cookies that taste just like regular gluten-containing cookies!
I haven’t tried subbing almond butter in these cookies but I’m assuming it’d overpower the hazelnut taste in the hazelnut flour. Then you might as well use almond flour instead of hazelnut flour and turn them into chocolate almond cookies. If you do use freshly made nut butter, which is usually much runnier than refrigerated nut butter, you’ll probably have to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes before rolling.
Something else that helped keep the cookies together was rolling them in sugar. I used granulated sugar but raw sugar works well, too, and so does coconut sugar if you don’t mind its darker taste. Make sure to use one of the latter two if you want to make these paleo. Or you can skip the sugar rolling step all together but then they’ll be a little more delicate.
Have you ever baked with hazelnut flour before? After making these chocolate hazelnut cookies, I can’t wait to try some more recipes with it! This stuff is SO good. Links are welcome in the comments!
Be sure to check out Bob’s Red Mill’s homepage for a $1 coupon and their monthly specials! For my whole grain baking friends out there: their amazing whole wheat pastry flour is 25% off :)
For another great Christmas cookie, try these gluten-free shortbread cookies!
Paleo Hazelnut Cookies (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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- Yield: 18 cookies
- 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil, melted1
- 1/3 cup (79 milliliters) maple syrup
- 1/4 cup (64 grams) hazelnut butter2
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 3 tablespoons (133 grams) Bob's Red Mill hazelnut flour / meal
- 2 tablespoons (14 grams) coconut flour, sifted if lumpy
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup (85 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (make sure to use vegan / paleo / dairy-free chocolate chips, if necessary)
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts3
- 3 tablespoons sugar for rolling4
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, hazelnut butter and vanilla. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the hazelnut flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts.
- Place the sugar in a small bowl.
- Roll the dough into 1" balls and roll in the sugar.
- Place on the prepared cookie sheet about 2" apart. There's no need to flatten the dough balls.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until firm on the top. They may crackle a little and will be very delicate but firm up as they cool.
- Cool completely on the baking sheet and then place in an airtight container.
- Store for up to 4 days at room temperature.
- I used refined coconut oil, which has no coconut taste or smell. If you use unrefined coconut oil, these will likely have some coconut flavor to them.
- If you use freshly made nut butter, you'll likely have to refrigerate the dough first.
- To roast hazelnuts, place them on a rimmed tray and bake for 4-8 minutes at 350 °F (180 °C) or until they smell toasty. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn quickly. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before chopping.
- I used raw sugar but coconut sugar works if you don't mind the darker taste. Use coconut sugar for the paleo version.
I was compensated by Bob’s Red Mill for this post but, as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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These are amazing! The only thing I did differently was substitute the 2T coconut flour for 3T oat flour as I’m allergic to coconut. (Interestingly, enough, I can have coconut oil because the oil in coconuts doesn’t cause the same food sensitivity for me as other coconut edibles do! I find my food allergies a bit strange actually! LOL)
I’ve made a few of your recipes now, and they are always delicious and turn out perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing with us out here in blog land! ::)
Ooh, that’s interesting about coconut flour vs. oil! I can have yogurt, cheese, sour cream, etc. – but not plain milk. That’s fun to explain, in German (because I live in Germany) at the ice cream shop, when I ask if the yogurt “ice cream” has milk in it, but not the milk in the yogurt – just plain milk. 😂 Only one person has understood what I wanted to ask. I’m so glad that your sub worked! That’s interesting because I always tell people no to using coconut flour subs. I actually want to try this out in my coconut flour brownies and see if it works! Thanks a ton for your feedback and kind words. I’m really happy you like the recipes! Happy New Year and sorry for my slow reply.
I made these last night and they were delish! I love the flavor of hazelnuts. Great recipe. Thank you!
You’re welcome! I’m glad that you enjoyed them. :) Thanks for your feedback!
I made it for company for the first time and it was a huge success. Only 3 pieces were left! Easy to make and has a subtle flavor.
I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for your feedback (and sorry for my slow reply!).
Can I use vegan butter instead of hazelnut butter? Can’t wait to make them.
The two aren’t really interchangeable so I can’t really recommend it. :( Sorry about that!
Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?
I’m so sorry for just now seeing your comment! Yes, that would probably work but keep a close eye on them. Honey browns things quicker than maple syrup.
I LOVE the Texanerin baker!! I have tried (with excellent success)making several of your recipes, and make your GF brownies quite often and my non GF friends/family have dubbed me the brownie queen; I cannot wait to try this recipe for Christmas! Thank you for all your hard work coming up with these recipes, GF is hard enough and your recipes truly are comfort foods for me :) God Bless you!
Yay! So happy you like the brownies and have been called the brownie queen. :D I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes, too! I’d love to hear how they come out. Thanks for your nice comment. :)
These are amazing! I’ve made them twice and we cannot get enough of them! I did not roll them in sugar and they held up just fine both times. I also found that the dough can be stretched further with some extra hazelnut flour and a table spoon or so hazelnut butter. Thank you for the great recipe!
You’re welcome for the recipe! I’m very happy that you enjoyed them. :) Thanks for the tip on stretching the dough further! And good to know that they did well without the sugar coating. Thanks a bunch for your comment!
Just made these and they came out amazing! Had to substitute a few things because I was out (honey for maple, almond butter for hazelnut butter) but it still came out perfect :-)
I’m so happy that they still came out well! That’s awesome. :) Thanks so much for your feedback!
So pretty and healthy, Erin! I love baking with nut flours (paleo, vegan, egg-free) and I like that you added hazelnut butter to keep this shortbread cookie together as well as using pure maple syrup to sweeten. Very paleo-friendly and chocolate and hazelnut is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations! Thank you for sharing, my friend!
Thanks, Stacy! I love nut flours, too. :)
Erin, I love these — thank you! I can’t have eggs at the moment and these were fantastic.
That’s great – I’m so happy that you liked them! They’re great little egg-free cookies, aren’t they? :) Thanks so much for the feedback!
Hi Erin…are you aware of a good substitute for the coconut flour and coconut oil? Coconut flavor doesn’t go well in this house…was hoping that maybe quinoa flour could work…but not sure if the consistency is too different. Thought I would ask in the event you know. Happy holidays.
Hi, Jackie! There’s unfortunately not a good sub for coconut flour. It absorbs way more liquid than other flours. But you honestly can’t taste it at all in these cookies! All you taste is hazelnut. For the coconut oil, you can use refined coconut oil, which has absolutely no coconut taste or smell. That’s what I used. :) I’m pretty sure normal butter would work but I haven’t tried it. Happy holidays! :)
I love Bob’s red mill flours! I need to try these new ones! And these cookies look amazing! I think they would taste good with almond butter too!
I hope you get a chance to try their hazelnut flour! It’s really pretty awesome. :D
I have Bob’s Red Mill’s hazelnut flour in my pantry right now. I was going to bake some bread with it, but I may need to start with these cookies first ;) Intrigued by the hazelnut butter. I mean, of course I love Nutella but never had plain hazelnut butter before. Guess I better get baking!
Bread?! Nooo! You should totally do cookies with it. :) I really hope you’ll give them a try!
Haselnut flour makes wonderful bread! The GF recipe I used never baked the inside of the loaf, but if I sliced the bread and toasted the slices in the oven, I could enjoy the entire loaf. It was definitely worth the extra effort. I am looking forward to trying these cookies, too.
Hazelnut bread sounds delicious. And these will definitely bake up nicely! I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)
Wow, I am determined that I will make these cookies and I will also refer to your Hazelnut Butter recipe for this as I don’t want to spend money buying one for myself. How gorgeous these cookies look!
I am new to your blog and loving my stay here. Merry Christmas to you! Stay in touch!!
Welcome to the blog! :) I’m so happy you found it. I hope that you’ll enjoy the cookies and the hazelnut butter! Homemade hazelnut butter is definitely a huge money saver. :) Thanks so much for your kind comment and happy holidays!
You can never go wrong with the classic combination of chocolate and hazelnut. These little cookies look so delicious and I can imagine they tasted even better!
Agreed! Chocolate and hazelnut is just heavenly. :)
I love Bob’s hazelnut flour! I made cookies with it earlier this fall and they were so perfect.
Ooh! Going to go check out your blog to see if I can find them. :)
Oh, boy, do these look irresistible! Baking with hazelnut flour is new to me, but I’d be willing to start!
Yay! That’s the spirit. :)
Not only have I never baked with hazelnut flour, I didn’t even know it was a thing! I should have assumed though that some brilliant minds would have come up with it. I adore hazelnuts so I’ll bet I’d love these.
Oooh, you need to get some! It’s SO good. :)
Just made these! Instead of hazelnut butter I used homemade chocolate hazelnut spread instead & left out the chocolate chips. SO scrumptious & chewy! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes
I’m so happy that you liked them! Homemade chocolate hazelnut spread sounds even better than plain hazelnut butter. I’ll have to give that a try in these cookies! Thanks so much for the feedback and I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes just as much. :)
I’ve never used hazelnut flour before. But from the looks of these cookies, I’d say I need to get on that. They look amazing!
Thanks so much, Kim! And I agree. Get on that! ;)
I love round cookies! Good to hear about the hazelnut meal as I have some leftover from making hazelnut milk. Looks like another winner. ; p
Haha. I like their plumpness, too. :) I hope you’ll like them if you try them!
I don’t have any allergies, but I’d still make this in a heartbeat. It looks so good!
Thanks, Melanie! :)
Over the top fantastic recipe! I am so making these cookies and am looking forward to using Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour/meal.
Woohoo! I’m happy to hear that. Hope you’ll like them. :)
Oh my how delicious – I think we will visit and help you eat those beauties. Yummy!!!
Hehe. Come on over! But make it snappy because I don’t have that many left. ;)
Yay for grain-free cookies – hazelnut meal makes such yummy baked goods! I love that this recipe includes chocolate and hazelnuts, what a delicious combo!
Thanks so much, Faith! And I’m with you. Hazelnut + chocolate all the way. :)
These cookies are little nuggets of happiness. Love the chocolate hazelnut flavor and love the use of hazelnut flour…yum!
Haha. I wanted to call them nuggets of something in the post but couldn’t find the right word to end that thought. Happiness would be it! ;)
Hazelnut butter sounds amazing…as do these cookies. What I wouldn’t do for a batch of these right now!
Thanks! I hope you try both one day. :)
When I first saw these I was really excited thinking they were wheat or spelt. Then I saw it was hazelnut. They good delicious. Just not sure I will spring for that more expensive more since I have almond flour.
Almond flour would work just fine! I hope you’ll like them if you try them. :)
I’m not that fond of hazelnuts but they look super yummy. How do you think these would work with almond flour and almond butter?
Check out the paragraph after the second picture. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them!
Bob’s Hazelnut flour is my favourite! Your cookies look divine!
Thanks, Carolyn! Mine, too. :)
I am obsessed with Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour . . and the almond flour too. . love love love these chocolate hazelnut cookies . . I could eat like 10 of these!!
Ooh! Do you have any hazelnut flour recipes? I’d love to try them!
I just want to reach out and grab one…or 4! These look amazing, Erin!
Thanks so much, Stephanie!
The cookies look amazing! If only my kiddies didn’t have tree nut allergies I would be all over that hazelnut flour!
Aww. What a pity! I don’t think these would come out well with sunflower seed flour, either. Sorry. :(
They look delicious!!!! Unfortunately I can’t find hazelnut flour!! Any sub or can I use hazelnut meal?
You can use hazelnut meal or any other nut flour / meal. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Do you think oat flour can be used??? I have that on hand.
Unfortunately not. :( Nut flours are really only interchangeable with other nut flours. I’m pretty sure oat flour wouldn’t work here. Sorry about that!
Thank you for the answer!!! :D
No problem! :)
I think I need to get my cookie roll on! Gorgeous.
Those look seriously yummy! Can’t wait to try that hazelnut flour!
I hope you do try it! It’s really good stuff. :)
These sound amazing
I need to get my hands on some of this hazelnut flour! Love these cookies, like I REALLY REALLY love them!
Thanks! I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies if you try them. :)
I love hazelnut butter… is it cool that I just spoon it straight into my mouth? Also? That dust of sugar just took these cookies WAY over the top!! SO GORGEOUS!
Thanks, Kate! I’m happy you think the sugar coating looks good. :) I thought it might’ve been too much!
These cookies look perfect and they’re calling my name :) Great idea to roll them in sugar, it makes them look extra enticing. Bob’s Redmill has the best stuff, for sure!!
Thanks, Rose! And I agree. Love BRM! :)
These little bites of goodness look very addictive! Checking out the hazelnut flour on my next trip the store!
I hope you can find it! If not, you should definitely order some online. :) It’s worth it!
I’ve been meaning to pick up the hazelnut flour for a few weeks — can’t wait to make these!
I hope the cookies gave you the push to do so! ;)
Is it wrong that I want a dozen just for me…right now with my coffee?? :) Love these, Erin!
Pssh. These are the perfect coffee cookie. ;)
I have never tried their hazelnut flour, but considering that hazelnuts are my favorite nut, I need to be changing that. And these cookies look absolutely addictive!
What?! Why not? You need to get on that. ;) You can use it in anything you’d use almond flour / meal in!
What a great cookie to make for friends with wheat allergies!
Right?! That’s how I feel about nut flours. No need to buy 4 different unusual GF flours for one recipe when you have nut flours! :)
Love BRM products…and love how you used their hazelnut flour – I’ll take 10 of these gems!
Hey, BRM buddy! Come to Germany and I’ll make you an entire batch of these. ;)