These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Hazelnuts are perfect for parties, potlucks, Christmas Bake Sales, and cookie exchanges! The chocolate and hazelnut flavor combination can’t be beat! Grab the kids or grandkids, because they will LOVE mixing and rolling these Christmas cookies with you!

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I can’t believe that this is the first recipe on my blog that calls for Nutella! How have I not incorporated this luscious hazelnut spread before in my recipes?!? Regardless, you MUST make these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies this Christmas season! Not only are they delicious, but they are so fun to make! Grab the kids for this recipe because they will love helping you mix, stir, and roll these Christmas cookies.

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Cook’s Note – Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Hazelnuts

  • Cookies will keep, at room temperature in an air-tight container, for up to 3 days.

Cook’s Tools and Ingredients – Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Hazelnuts

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Hazelnuts
5 from 10 votes

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Hazelnuts

Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
40 -42 cookies


  • cup milk any kind except for skim
  • ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups Nutella or 1 13-ounce jar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups hazelnuts toasted and chopped fine
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar


  • In heat-proof measuring cup heat milk in microwave on medium power for 30 seconds, or until temperature reaches 90-100 degrees F. Stir in cocoa powder with fork, set aside until ready to use.
  • In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In bowl of stand mixer, beat together Nutella, butter, and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Turn mixer off and add flour mixture and cocoa powder mixture; pulse mixer on and off until almost combined. Increase speed to low and mix until fully combined, about 30 seconds. Fold in ½ cup hazelnuts, and chill until firm, about 60 minutes.
  • After cookie dough has chilled for 30 minutes, adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Once dough has chilled for 60 minutes, place remaining hazelnuts in a pie plate, and powdered sugar into another pie plate. Using 1 ½ tablespoon scoop, scoop dough one mound at a time. Roll dough into ball, and roll into hazelnuts (dough should be studded with hazelnuts, not covered). Roll dough balls lightly in your hands to compress hazelnuts into dough. Next, roll into powdered sugar and place balls on prepared cookie sheets, 2-inches apart. Bake until set, about 12-14 minutes, switching and rotating pans halfway through baking. Cool cookies on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then move to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

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  1. Colleen Hamann says:

    Hi Jillian, I would love to make the chocolate crinkle cookies with hazelnuts, however the recipe calls for milk to be heated, and the recipe does not tell you how much milk is needed. I appreciate your help with this! Also, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Merry Christmas and many Blessings throughput the New Year!

    1. Hi Colleen, SO sorry about that! I updated the recipe to show the milk amount. Happy baking! 🙂

  2. These delicious chocolate crinkle cookies will be a hit in my home. My kids love nutella, hazelnut and of course anything chocolate. Thank you for such a lovely recipe.

  3. I LOVE making these types of cookies for Christmas. Bookmarking this to make sometime soon, thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

  4. I’m definitely saving this recipe for Christmas. We all love crinkle cookies and your recipe sounds so delicious. And easy to make! Love added hazelnuts. It’s a must try!

  5. These look so yummy and delicious! I can’t wait to make these for the holiday! So excited!

  6. Toni Dash says:

    My kids couldn’t stop eating these!! They are so good!

  7. I didn’t have any hazelnut so I used macademia nuts and they turned out so good. The cookie is very moist and delicious.

    1. Laura, I am thrilled that you enjoyed this recipe, even with using macadamia nuts. I’m going to have to try that!

  8. Ahh these remind me of Christmas! I cannot believe it’s next month already! These crinkle cookies sound so good with the hazelnuts!

  9. Chenée Lewis says:

    I LOVE crinkle cookies! They just scream Christmas to me! And the hazelnuts in these sound like the perfect addition! Can’t wait to try.

  10. Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites says:

    Welp, you had both me and my kids at Nutella! I made a recipe like this one and they didn’t crinkle much – can’t wait to try this version, it sounds soooo good!

  11. Oooh, such a beautiful cookie! I love that color and the addition of the hazelnuts. So perfect for the upcoming holiday season.