My Favorite Hazelnut Cookies Shaped Like Squirrels

Haselnussplätzchen als süße Eichhörnchen

Today I am going to introduce you to a delicious hazelnut cookie in the shape of a squirrel. You need to know that I have tried several hazelnut cookies. I wanted to get a nice cut-out cookie, in my opinion the squirrles should have some nutty flavor, don’t you think? I have been trying since the time I got this adorable squirrel cookie cutter! So far no success, but finally, when I made this recipe, I was so happy with the result and alas, today you get this recipe as well.

Haselnussplätzchen als süße Eichhörnchen

Trying yet again another hazelnut cookie recipe had to do with the fact that Ellen Martens made these super cute mugs. Check them out in her online shop. She is such a talented illustrator! Since one of the mugs has a little squirrel on the front, I wanted to make some matching cookies. Yes, I had tried before and failed, but this time I thought, why not? One more shot wouldn’t hurt, would it? And when it finally worked out, I was so, so happy!  Finally, yay!

Haselnussplätzchen als süße Eichhörnchen

Credit: Zimt, Zucker & Liebe (in German)

My Favorite Hazelnut Cookies

Prep Time: 45min Cooking Time: 10min Total Time: 1hr

This are my favorite hazelnut cookies as they are easy to roll out and keep their shape


  • 150 grams of butter at room temperature
  • 50 grams of icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 175 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams of ground hazelnuts plus additional for decoration
  • 100 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of neutral oil



First beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy for a few minutes. Then beat in the egg. At the end add flour and hazelnuts until you have a heavy dough. Wrap and chill for at least half an hour or overnight.


Roll out on a floured surface (don't roll out too thin) and cut out cookies as desired. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While the oven is heating up, pop the cookies back to the fridge. Bake for 8-10min, depending on size of the cookie cutter. Let cool.


Melt the chocolate with the oil on low heat and either cut off the corner of a small plastic bag or using a piping bag to draw lines, flood some areas of your cookie. Sprinkle with additional ground hazelnuts.

Haselnussplätzchen als süße Eichhörnchen

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  • Reply
    Sunday December 12th, 2021 at 03:06 PM

    Liebe Jenny,
    in Runde 9 der Koch mein Rezept Blogparade habe ich mich für dieses Rezept entschieden – der Artikel ging gerade online. Die Plätzchen sind super süß und lecker!

    • Reply
      Sunday December 12th, 2021 at 05:19 PM

      Ich bin gleich zu dir auf den Blog gehüpft, ich freue mich, dass du dieses Rezept gleich ausprobiert hast!

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