{Recipe} Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Why, hello! If you’re here for some Christmas Cookies, you’re in luck! At the bottom of this post you’ll find a Christmas Cookie Party link up of other scrumptious looking cookies from some amazing bloggers. They’re all perfect for Christmas giving, leaving out for Santa, or indulging in all by yourself. 

A lot of the recipes I post on here are gluten free. It’s funny because no one in my household has a diagnosed gluten intolerance or allergy (I say “diagnosed” because I have my suspicions about my husband, but that’s a whole other story). I kind of fell into cooking this way because I gravitate towards whatever cooking options give me the most nutrients per bite. Cupcakes made with beans instead of flour? Sure! Biscuits made with almonds instead of wheat? Okay! Having two little skinny minis will do that to you, I guess.


But anyway, these chocolate hazelnut cookies, or Nutella cookies if you prefer, are gluten free…again. They kind of came together as an accident. I was playing around with almond butter cookies, and when I found a winner I thought – This would be awesome with Nutella. And they are awesome. They’re the kind of cookies that are soft and fudgy (fudgey? how do you spell fudge-y?) in the middle and crisp on the outside.


Also, they’re EASY. Three ingredients. THREE ingredients! Chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella), almond flour, egg. That’s all. In my last batch I threw in some sea salt, and let me tell you, I loved it with the salt. I know not everyone is a fan of salt and chocolate, so I left that as optional. They’re still good without it.


But onto more urgent matters. Christmas is coming. I hear people love to give cookies as gifts for Christmas. I’m giving you a super easy cookie recipe that makes cookies people will think you slaved over.

Merry Christmas from me to you. 🙂

Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: about one dozen cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies


  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until just combined.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place evenly spaced on parchment, foil or baking mat lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes.

Do you give and receive cookies for Christmas? What are your favorite cookies to make and get?

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  1. Yum! My sis-in-law was recently diagnosed with celiac disease so she’s been trying hard to eat anything gluten-free. It’s tough because she’s a sweet tooth, but this is perfect for her.

    • Celiac is no joke. Your sis-in-law will love these! So sweet of you to think about her, especially since everyone is giving and receiving cookies this time of year!

  2. Ate these cookies this weekend. Warning: They are INSANELY good.

  3. These delicious choc hazelnut cookies are definitely getting made for a pre-Christmas party I am throwing next week- as I have too many gluten free guests to cater for and no idea what baked good to make for them!

    • These are a hit with GF and non-GF eaters alike, and so simple! I brought 5 dozen to a party full of non-GF eaters and come home with nothing. 🙂

  4. Wow, these look amazing! I need to start doing some holiday baking! I just pinned these, and yummed them and I’m stumbling them next! Spreading some foodie love for you! Thanks for linking them up with us at Foodie Fridays…hope to see you at the party again tonight!

    • Thanks so much for all the shares! 🙂 Now that I’ve been turned on to this holiday cookie tradition, the oven has been going pretty much non-stop here!

  5. Do I have to use almond flour or can I use rice flour?

    • I haven’t tried it with brown rice flour myself. I would assume that it would work in some capacity, but the texture may be different.

  6. vegetarianmamma (Cindy)

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  7. These were very good, although I think adding some sugar would be good – I didn’t find them that sweet.

    • I guess I prefer my desserts on the less-sweet side. 😉 Definitely switch things up to fit your preferences. That’s the fun of cooking, no?

  8. Alma G.

    I’m out of almond flour. Can I use amaranth or regular flour instead?

    • I haven’t tried it with amaranth personally, but the properties if those flours are different enough that you may need to change the volumes a bit. With regular flour you would want to add less flour or you’ll end up with a drier cookie.

  9. I made this recipe, its so easy and sooo good, I love these little cookies!The only thing I changed was I added 1/2 cup of finely chopped raw Hazelnuts. It made about 16 cookies, Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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