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Flourless Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Sea Salt {grain free, gluten free, paleo}

These have NO flour or butter! Double chocolate hazelnut cookies packed with chunks of dark chocolate and rich hazelnut flavor. They’re easy, healthy, and taste like nutella.

Course Cookies, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Keyword hazelnut cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 155 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts (or about 1 cup hazelnut butter or almond butter if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 oz your favorite dark chocolate bar, chopped (at least 72%, with no soy)
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Evenly spread hazelnuts onto a large baking sheet. Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Keep heat in the oven.
  3. Transfer hazelnuts to the bowl of a food processor and process for 10-15 minutes or until it turns into a hazelnut butter; you'll probably have to scrape down the sides frequently. We want this to be very creamy so make sure to get it that way. Once it starts to get creamy, add in a teaspoon of coconut oil and the salt and process again for another minute or two. 

  4. Let the nut butter sit for 5-10 minutes until it cools down a bit. This is important so don't forget to do it! Otherwise you'll end up with a cooked egg.

  5. Add in the coconut sugar, vanilla, egg, and an extra egg yolk. Process again until well combined and a dough begins to form. Next add in cocoa powder and process again. The dough may become a large ball, so if that happens just transfer the dough to a medium bowl and use a wooden spoon to stir it all together until well combined. Next stir in chopped chocolate. 

  6. Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on cookie sheet and flatten the dough with the palm of your hand. I like to flatten mine pretty thin.

  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes then remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 18 cookies.

Recipe Notes

The dough will more than likely be a bit oily. Do not worry about this, it's supposed to be and the cookies will bake up magically. Just follow the directions and make sure you flatten your cookies BEFORE baking!

If you want to make this recipe dairy free, use a dairy free or vegan chocolate bar or chips.

If you want to make this recipe paleo, just be sure to use a paleo-friendly chocolate bar/chunks/chips. If you use chips/chunks, you'll end up using about 1/3-1/2 cup.

Nutrition Facts
Flourless Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Sea Salt {grain free, gluten free, paleo}
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 103
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.4g18%
Carbohydrates 11.5g4%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 8.8g10%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.