I started working on these about a year ago but then they fell by the wayside because a) I got busy, b) I didn’t think they were perfect enough to be of any desire to anyone and c) I thought they were too simple and wanted complicate them to try make them perfect. (Why do we do this?) But then I realised that they tasted amazing and didn’t need to be exactly like Ferrero Rochers to be worthy. So here they are…



Makes 8

3/4 cup hazelnut meal

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Big pinch of salt


8 whole hazelnuts

1/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips - i use these. If you’re in Karratha you can purchase them from Barefoot Creations.

Edible gold leaf (optional) purchase here



Put the hazelnut meal, cacao, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in a bowl and mix until all combined.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave.

Roll the mixture into 8 balls stuffing a whole hazelnut in the centre of each. 

Roll the balls in the coarsely chopped hazelnuts pressing them in to help them stick.

Dip each ball in the melted chocolate a place on a tray lined with baking paper. Set in the fridge, or freezer if you can’t wait and really want to eat one.

Roll the balls in the gold leaf.

These make a great gift idea!


*Disclaimer: gold leaf can be a nightmare to work with. Your best bet is to watch some Youtube tutorials.



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