Hazelnut Star cookies: A Heavenly Cookie Delight

Hazelnut Star cookies are the only cookies I have been baking during the Holidays. Why? Because they are so easy to make and everybody love them! And they look so festive don’t you think?

To make these hazelnut cookie stars, I used my Nutella linzer cookie recipe but I added Dutch-processed cacao powder to the dough and I replaced the Nutella with Hazelnut cream.

Of course, I used a large and small star-shaped cookie cutters to get them shaped like this!

Introduction about Hazelnut Star cookies

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I also used the cookie stars to make a New Year’s snack board! I love that they gave such a festive look to the board!Check the photos!

As you can see, I also made a round version of them, so feel free to use any shape you like!

This recipe works well with vegan butter too. I prefer using plant butter sticks instead of regular margarine that comes in a box because it solidifies better and keeps the shape of the cookies better.

For best results, I highly recommend taking your butter out of the fridge at least a couple hours before making the cookies, to make sure it is slightly softened and at room temperature. Please don’t microwave it! Melted butter doesn’t work for this recipe!

Another very important step is to cream the butter with the sugar until veeeery pale in color, almost white! Don’t skip this step. It takes about 5-7 minutes with a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.

If you want to replace eggs in this recipe, use 1 flax egg =1 tbsp freshly ground flax seed+3 tbsp water OR reduce flour to 150g and add 1tbsp plant milk. The final result may be a little bit different.

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For the filling I used store-bought hazelnut cream, because I didn’t have enough hazelnuts to make my homemade cream. If you’re making homemade hazelnut cream, feel free to mix different nuts, like Macadamia or cashew + Hazelnut for a milder taste and don’t forget to toast them in the oven for 5 minutes to peel them easily and to get plenty of flavor!

Hazelnut cookie stars

A Heavenly Cookie Delight
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 24 sandwich cookies
Calories 325 kcal


  • 110  g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter/ plant butter, softened at room temp
  • 60  g (1/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • 50  g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 egg or flax egg see blogpost for replacement
  • tsp  vanilla bean paste
  • 1/8 tsp  fine salt
  • 70  g (1/2) cup hazelnut flour
  • 190 g (1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp  cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp  baking powder
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup  hazelnut spread


To make the cookie dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth (1 min).Add sugars and beat until fluffy and light in color (5 min).
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
  • Mix in the hazelnut meal just until combined.In another bowl whisk together flour with cacao, baking powder and salt.Slowly mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
  • Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap, and shape into a disk.Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 180C degrees.Roll out dough into 4mm height on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut out an even number of cookies with a cookie cutter.
  • Use a smaller, decorative cutter to cut a shape out of the center of half of the cookies.
  • For perfect cookies, I suggest refrigerating the cut out cookies for 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, until they are lightly browned on the bottom.
  • Let cool down a few minutes on baking tray then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


  • Spread 1 tsp of hazelnut spread onto the bottom cookies and sandwich the cut-out cookie on top. Then, dust with powdered sugar.


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Nutritional ingredients

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Here is the approximate nutritional information for one serving of Hazelnut Star cookies (assuming the recipe makes 24 cookies):

Calories: 120
Total Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 50mg
Total Carbohydrates: 11g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 2g

Note: This is an estimate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and serving size used.

FAQs of Hazelnut Star cookies

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Here are some frequently asked questions aboutHazelnut Star cookies

Q: Can I use a different type of nut instead of hazelnuts?
A: Yes, you can use a different type of nut, such as almonds or pecans, instead of hazelnuts. This may affect the flavor and texture of the cookies.

Q: Can I use a different type of flour?
A: Yes, you can use a different type of flour, such as all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, instead of almond flour. However, this may affect the texture of the cookies.

Q: Can I make the dough ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 1 month. When ready to bake, let it come to room temperature and continue with the recipe.

Q: Can I freeze the cookies?
A: Yes, you can freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months. Let them cool completely, then place them in a resealable plastic bag or container and freeze. Thaw them at room tem

perature before serving.

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Q: Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
A: Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Be sure to use a blend that is suitable for baking and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for substitution ratios.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegan?
A: Yes, you can make this recipe vegan by using a vegan butter substitute instead of butter. Use a vegan egg substitute, such as flax eggs, instead of regular eggs. Use plant-based milk and check the ingredients of the chocolate for any animal products.

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