Haselnussmakronen (German Hazelnut Macaroons)

Light, airy, and wonderfully chewy, these German hazelnut macaroons use just base ingredients: nuts, eggs and sugar.  They’re naturally gluten free and are super easy to make.  A traditional Haselnussmakronen recipe for a beloved German Christmas cookie!

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What are Haselnussmakronen?

Haselnussmakronen are a popular and traditional German cookie that is enjoyed especially during the Christmas season.  These Hazelnut Macaroons have a fabulous texture with a very delicately crisp exterior and a delightfully chewy interior.  Using just three ingredients, they’re super easy and quick to make.  And they taste wonderful!

These cookies are similar to Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars), another really popular German Christmas cookie.  But while Zimtsterne are much denser in texture, Haselussmakronen are lighter and more airy – and much faster to make.

Often hazelnut macaroons are baked on top of Oblaten, very thin round wafers.  Oblaten are also what are used to make Lebkuchen.  They aren’t necessary to use for Haselnussmakronen, but they do make the nut macaroons look prettier and make them a little more substantial in texture with an extra bit of chewiness.  I baked them without the Oblaten this time so they’re more accessible to those of you who cannot find them or don’t have access to purchasing them online.  However, for those of you interested in purchasing them, here’s the best deal I’ve found online and they’ll last you for a while (note you can also order size 70mm for a larger cookie or Lebkuchen):  Back Oblaten

Nussmakronen are traditionally made with either hazelnuts or almonds, but hazelnuts are more popular for these cookies.  The flavor of hazelnuts is more pronounced than almonds and especially characteristic of German baked goods.  The flavor of hazelnuts is fantastic!  Haselnussmakronen have a delightful texture with a very delicate, crispy exterior and a chewy interior.  And they have just a hint of cinnamon.  Give them a try!

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Haselnussmakronen Recipe

Let’s get started!

Just three base ingredients are needed:  Egg whites, powdered sugar, and hazelnuts (ground and whole).

ingredients laid out

Separate the eggs and put the egg whites and salt in a mixing bowl.  Beat until stiff peaks form.

When you raise the beaters stiff peaks will form that remain standing.  Be very careful not to over-beat the whites.

beating the egg whites

Add the cinnamon and add the powdered sugar gradually while beating.

The end result will be a very smooth and glossy mixture.

adding cinnamon and sugar

Add the ground hazelnuts and gently fold them into the egg whites with a rubber spatula.

Be careful not to over-mix.

adding the ground nuts

If using the Back Oblaten, place them on the cookie sheet a little over an inch apart.  Use a small spoon to place about 2 teaspoons worth of the batter onto the oblaten (or directly onto the lined cookie sheet if not using oblaten).

Place a whole hazelnut in the center of each mound.

placing cookie batter on baking sheet with whole hazelnuts

In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes until just barely starting to turn light golden at the edges.  Let the cookies cool almost completely before transferring them to a wire rack or they’ll stick to the cookie sheet.  You may need to use a butter knife to assist you.  Store in an airtight container.

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Enjoy!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet December 20, 2014

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