I love giving perfect homemade macarons as a gift, and these Nutella Macarons were an absolute hit at my friend’s recent baby shower. Nutella, classic French pastries, and a room with more than one pregnant woman? It was a no brainer.
Nutella Macaron Recipe
If you’ve never had a macaron before, they are essentially a meringue cookie sandwich with a filling holding the two baked meringues together. It’s a sweet, crunchy, light pastry with either a jam or frosting-like filling.
(And I just learned that apparently, there is some heated controversy surrounding whether a macaron is a cookie or a cake! For me, I think it’s clearly a cookie…)
I made these Nutella macarons in honor of our upcoming trip to Paris. Macarons are the quintessential Parisian treat and crêpes smeared with Nutella can be found on just about every street corner, so they seemed like the perfect combination!
Typically, macarons are made with ground almonds (almond flour) but I really wanted to bring that Nutella flavor into the meringues and not just have it in the filling, so I used a combination of ground hazelnuts (hazelnut flour) and unsweetened cocoa powder to replace the almond flour. It worked perfectly, but you need super smooth hazelnut flour – if your ground hazelnuts have some big pieces you may want to sift them to remove those larger pieces before making the cookies.
Can macarons be frozen? Yes! To freeze macarons, store them in an airtight container and use within a month. Before serving, bring the frozen macarons back to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes. (They can also “thaw” in the refrigerator.)
Nutella Macarons Ingredients
- 3 egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 2/3 cups powdered icing sugar
- 1 cup ground hazelnuts (or hazelnut flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
For the Nutella filling:
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1 cup powdered icing sugar, optional
Tip: if your ground hazelnuts have some big pieces you may want to sift them to remove those larger pieces before making the cookies.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Piping bag
- Sifter/fine mesh sieve
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment paper or silicone baking mats
- Offset spatula
How to Make Nutella Macarons
In a large bowl, separate your egg whites (reserve the yolks for bread pudding, if desired) and allow them to come to room temperature while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Into a small bowl, sift the hazelnut flour, icing sugar, espresso powder (if using), and salt. Mix thoroughly to combine, and then set aside.
Place the egg whites in a large bowl and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, then add in the sugar and continue beating for 4 minutes until glossy, stiff peaks form (as shown below). You should be able to pull your beater away and have some of the egg whites form a little “tuft” on the tip of the beater.
Preheat oven to 285F
Carefully but thoroughly fold in the dry ingredients – some people will say exactly 25 folds, some 30 – just make sure you don’t have dry patches and that everything is well incorporated.
Spoon the macaron batter into a piping bag and snip the tip off for about a half inch opening.
Pipe the batter into 3″ circles on a silicone mat or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bang the tray on a hard, level surface to remove any air bubbles, then wet your finger and smooth down any “peaks” on the macarons.
Bake for 10 minutes, until the glossy appearance has become matte, the macarons have “feet” (that little bubbling at the bottom) and the feet look cooked through. (If they look uncooked when you take them out, immediately return them to the oven.)
The macarons are done when they just begin to separate from the parchment. Cool completely on a wire rack.
You can use straight Nutella for the filling, or mix the Nutella with powdered sugar for a thicker paste.
Use an offset spatula or an icing bag to top one macaron, and then find a similarily sized macaron to complete the sandwich. Repeat with all meringues.
Grab your free printable for our super simple Nutella macaron recipe:
For the Nutella filling:
These Nutella macarons are such a fun take on the classic chocolate macaron, but obviously so much better because NUTELLA.