Ferrero Rocher Cookies, perfectly crunchy, chewy and full of sweet chocolate chips and roasted hazelnuts. It’s our favourite homemade cookie recipe to bake when a craving for chocolate and nuts hits!
These yummy Christmas cookies are made with a decadent dough featuring chopped hazelnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Each cookie dough ball is filled with a Ferrero Rocher truffle before baking in the oven until lightly browned. Once cooled, they’re eye-catching and drool-worthy.
Our easy homemade Ferrero Cookies recipe is the perfect dessert idea for chocolate and nut lovers at a holiday potluck or Christmas party!
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What Are Ferrero Rocher Cookies?
Ferrero Rocher Cookies are a decadent dessert featuring Italy’s favourite chocolate hazelnut truffles.
Ferrero Rocher is a chocolate and hazelnut confectionery, introduced in 1979 and produced by the Italian company Ferrero. Michele Ferrero is credited as the product’s creator, who named it after a grotto in the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes, Rocher de Massabielle. Rocher comes from French and means rock or boulder.
Each Ferrero Rocher truffle is covered in golden foil and placed into a paper liner. It is sold worldwide, particularly at duty free shops in airports, and holds a strong cultural presence, in part because of its association with Christmas. Roughly 3.6 billion Ferrero Rochers are sold each year in over 42 countries, 60% of which are sold the last 3 months of the year.
The popular chocolate confection consists of a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a thin wafer shell filled with hazelnut chocolate and covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.
Our Ferrero Rocher Cookies recipe is inspired by the popular Italian treat. The decadent dough features chopped roasted hazelnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips. A Ferrero Rocher is placed in the centre of each cookie dough ball before baking, giving the cookies an eye-catching appeal when served on a Christmas dessert table.
Travel to Italy by Baking Ferrero Rocher Cookies at Home
I love traveling to Europe!
During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, France, Malta and Italy.
What I love most about traveling to Italy is the opportunity to sample unique dishes in each region and city. The dishes in Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Saturnia, Pitigliano, Sorano, Montalcino, Siena) are unique from what you’d find in Venice, Modena, Milan, Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
Our Ferrero Rocher Cookie recipe is the perfect homage to northern Italy, where hazelnuts are used in abundance by local chocolatiers and pastry chefs.
Once back home from an Italian holiday you’ll have a newfound appreciation for Italian sweets and can impress friends and family by baking these decadent Ferrero Rocher Cookies!
My Family Loves Ferrero Rocher Cookies
My family loves Ferrero Rocher truffles!
My dad is a doctor and every holiday season he’d receive heaps of chocolates, bonbons and candies from his patients as a thank you. My sister and I would eagerly wait for him to get home each day leading up to the Christmas break, excited to see if a festive box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates was waiting to be unwrapped.
Since I knew my family loved Ferrero Rocher I was excited to recipe test a truly decadent cookie featuring roasted hazelnuts and chocolate. I used the popular dough from my Lindt Lindor Cookies and then added chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts.
The quick and easy cookie dough can be made in under 30 minutes, perfect for a last minute holiday dessert or edible Christmas gift.
Many of my family and friends rank this recipe as the best cookie they’ve ever tasted. They bake into a perfectly crunchy and chewy texture and are packed with the mouth-watering flavour of Ferrero Rocher.
We suggest doubling the recipe and storing a dozen cookie dough balls in a Ziplock bag in your freezer to enjoy later. Find yourself hosting a last minute dinner, invited to an impromptu holiday party or simply have a craving for chocolate and hazelnuts? Place the frozen cookie dough balls on a baking sheet and they’ll be ready in under 20 minutes!
Tips For Baking Cookies
This recipe for Ferrero Rocher Cookies is so quick and easy, even a novice baker should have no problems perfecting them at home.
Baking is a science so be sure to measure all of your ingredients accurately and sift the dry ingredients so you don’t find yourself munching on any balls of bitter baking soda. We also suggest keeping an eye on the oven, there’s nothing more sad than being forced to eat a batch of burnt chocolate cookies!
If chocolate chips aren’t your thing, feel free to substitute with a chopped dark chocolate bar or chocolate chunks.
Some Ferrero Rocher Cookie recipes suggest chopping up the Italian truffles and mixing them into the dough but we do not recommend this method. They look like a hot mess!
Instead, place a Ferrero Rocher in the centre of each cookie dough ball and watch them flatten in the oven while they bake. Once cooled the Ferrero Rocher hardens into the cookie base. This lets your guests know what the flavour of the cookie is and produces a really attractive dessert!
Once you’ve baked this recipe to perfection feel free to get creative by adding rolled oats, Skor toffee bits or a drizzle of chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella.
What To Serve With Ferrero Cookies
There’s no better time to serve Ferrero Cookies then during the holiday baking season. While these yummy chocolate hazelnut cookies can be enjoyed year round, we think they are a great way to use up Ferrero Rocher boxes gifted at Christmas. We often bake them for New Years Eve parties for that very reason!
Stack the cookies on a plate or spread them across a tray as an easy dessert that requires no utensils and minimal cleanup. If you’re keen to gift homemade Christmas cookies at a holiday party pack them in a festive tin with a thank you card to your host.
We most often like to serve the cookies on their own, or with a hot pot of tea or coffee.
You can also serve a decadent ice cream sundae by placing one of the cookies in a bowl and serving with a scoop of homemade Gianduja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream, chopped hazelnuts and drizzle of warm Nutella. Since kids love ice cream sandwiches, you can simply smush two Ferrero Rocher Cookies between a scoop of ice cream and serve.
While Ferrero Rocher Cookies can be enjoyed year round, we especially like to serve them at holiday cookie swaps and at New Years Parties.
Before baking Ferrero Rocher Cookies you’ll need to ensure you have the correct equipment in your kitchen. We’ve linked the ingredients and supplies below on Amazon to make your online shopping experience easy.
- Ferrero Rocher
- Chocolate Chips
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Baking sheets
- Silpat Baking Mat
- Stand Mixer
- French knife
- Cooling Rack
If you have leftovers cookies, slip them into Tupperware containers or zip lock bags and store in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze leftover cookies for up to 3 months.
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Ferrero Rocher Cookies Video
How To Make Homemade Ferrero Rocher Cookies
Ferrero Rocher Cookies
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Spatula or Wooden Spoon
- Stand Mixer
- baking sheet
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
- 0.5 lb Unsalted Butter
- 1.5 cups White Sugar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Roasted Hazelnuts chopped
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- 12 Ferrero Rocher
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil, parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium until creamy. Add the sugars and beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and 2 tablespoons water, and mix on low to combine. Add the flour mixture, and mix on low until combined. Add the chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips and mix on low into the batter.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 1/3 cup balls. Place 4 balls an equal distance apart on a prepared pan. Press a Ferrero Rocher into the centre of each cookie dough ball.
- Transfer cookies to the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. After you put the first baking sheet in the oven, put the second one in the freezer.
- Place the chilled baking sheet in the oven and bake 15-18 minutes.
- Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack; let cool before removing the cookies from the pan.
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