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Roasted Hazelnut Brownies for a Coffee Pop-In

Hazelnut Brownies

A rich and decadent brownie with a deep hazelnut flavour. When it comes to brownies, these roasted hazelnut brownies aren’t the simplest to make, but they are so very worth it. They’re probably more suited to adults than children but they make an ideal pairing with coffee for visitors or a festive gathering.

Everyone is so busy dashing about at this time of year that it can be hard to organise a festive gathering of friends. When I was recently sent a rather snazzy coffee machine to put through its paces, my thoughts immediately turned to hosting a coffee morning. Afternoon tea is more my style and as my blog bears witness, I have often thrown an impromptu tea party. But a coffee morning when friends could drop by on their way into or out of town and grab a drink and piece of cake along with a quick chat seemed more appropriate this time. Pop-ups are all the rage, but I thought I’d stage my own pop-in.

Coffee Pop-In

I’ve never had a coffee machine before, so I was rather intrigued to find out what this Bosch Tassimo Vivy T12 was going to be like. Bosch is a brand I respect and I’d heard a lot about Tassimo, so I was expecting something good. What first impressed me was how neat it was. I have a small kitchen and was worried about it taking up too much space, but I needn’t have done. It not only looked sleek and smart, but it was quite compact too.

The instructions came in pictorial form, so it was easy to put together and prepare for first use. I did a trial run to be sure I knew what I was doing before my friends started to pop-in and I was quite impressed. As it turned out, my friends were too. Never had I served them with such artistic coffee – rustic is more my style.

Tassimo Coffee

The Tassimo capsules made for quick and easy preparation. I served Costa cappuccinos and Twinings Après-Midi d’Orient for the non coffee drinkers. The tea was black, scented with strawberries and contained rose petals. It was light and fruity with a hint of rose, which I really liked. It may have been better served for afternoon tea, but it was enjoyed nonetheless. The tea capsules came in a pack of sixteen and the cappuccino in a pack of eight espresso coffee capsules with corresponding milk capsules.

Roasted Hazelnut Brownies

Obviously I wasn’t going to serve only coffee and tea. I was taking part in Tassimo’s campaign to be the perfect host, after all. No, I made some hazelnut brownies adapted from John Torrode’s recipe for chocolate brownie cake with white chocolate chips. Who doesn’t enjoy tucking into a brownie? To find top tips on how to be the perfect host this party season from Millie Mackintosh and some more gorgious recipes from John Torrode, do visit Tassimo’s website.

Roasted Hazelnut Brownies

As it was a festive occasion, I decorated the serving table appropriately. Amazingly I had one last rose just coming out in my garden. This had to make an appearance. My top tip is for a scattering of chocolate coins over the Christmas table. It’s easy to do and doesn’t cost a fortune either. As well as looking festive and attractive, it has the added bonus of providing additional treats to tuck into.

Hazelnut Brownie

The brownies were sumptuous and like a famous brand of chocolate, there was a hazelnut in every bite. The roughly ground hazelnuts gave a lovely nutty crunchy texture which married well with their fudgy disposition and the white chocolate pieces and hint of whisky were an added surprise. In fact, I reckon these are up with the best brownies I’ve ever made. And I made them with a hundred percent wholemeal spelt flour.

A good time was had by all and inspired by this success, I may do another pop-in dreckly, as we say down here in Cornwall.

These roasted hazelnut brownies would also make a very special dessert. Just serve them warm with ice-cream. Coffee ice-cream would be especially good.

Other Hazelnut Recipes You Might Like

If you’re after more brownie ideas, I have rather a lot of recipes in my Brownies and Blondies category.

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Plate of roasted hazelnut brownies with a cup of coffee, a rose and Christmas decorations.

Roasted Hazelnut Brownies – The Recipe

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Roasted Hazelnut Brownies

A rich and decadent brownie with a deep hazelnut flavour which is probably more suited to adults than children. When it comes to brownies, these aren't the simplest to make, but they are so very worth it.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, cocoa, hazelnuts, whisky, white chocolate
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 95 g cocoa powder
  • 120 g hazelnuts
  • 3 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 375 g golden caster sugar ( I used cardamom sugar)
  • 185 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 2 tsp whisky
  • 50 g white chocolate chips
  • icing sugar to dust
  • gold glitter to dust


  • Melt the butter in a pan over gentle heat, then stir in cocoa powder and leave to cool a little.
  • Roast hazelnuts in the oven at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for about ten minutes. Rub the skins off with a clean tea towel then blitz the nuts briefly in a coffee grinder or mini food processor so that some are finely ground and some are still in large chunks.
  • Beat eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale and thick.
  • Fold the butter mixture in as gently as possible.
  • Sift in flour then fold into batter along with the hazelnuts.
  • Finally, stir in whisky and white chocolate chips, again keeping things as gentle as possible.
  • Turn into a 9" square silicone mould and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 mins, when the top should be firm to the touch, but with a slight wobble to the mixture.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. Turn out of the mould and cut into sixteen squares.
  • Dust half of the squares with icing sugar and the other half with a little gold glitter and arrange in a checkerboard pattern onto a suitable plate - I used a bamboo platter.


Adapted from a recipe by John Torrode.
Serve with ice-cream for a special dessert. Coffee ice-cream would be especially good.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg


Karen has chosen glitter, sprinkles, candles and shiny stuff for this month’s Tea Time Treats over at Lavender and Lovage. With the gold glitter on these brownies and the generally festive table, I’ve decided to take part.

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  1. Beautykinguk

    7th December 2014 at 9:22 am

    We have a Tassimo machine, though we need the right cups for it, something we haven’t yet grasped and those brownies look amazing!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Ah yes cups – though I didn’t find it a problem finding ones that fit.

  2. Jen Robertson-Peverley

    7th December 2014 at 9:25 am

    We have a Tassimo, and I love coffee. But that tea sounds divine. I think I’m going to have to get some. Your brownies look perfect. I’m not a chocolate lover by any means, but have a weak spot for brownies. Got me thinking brownies now. Mmmmm

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Good to hear you have one too Jen. The tea was really nice and the brownies over the top gorgeous.

  3. Stephanie Merry

    7th December 2014 at 9:55 am

    I’m not a huge lover of coffee, but those brownies look delicious x

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Well luckily, I had tea on offer for the non coffee drinkers and everyone loved the brownies.

  4. Janice Pattie

    7th December 2014 at 6:24 pm

    What a nice idea. Wish I could have dropped in on you for a coffee. I am also having serious plate envy for those deco plates, oh and the brownies look fab!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Ah, thanks Janice. The sad thing is, I can’t remember where those plates came from now.

  5. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    7th December 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hazelnuts, chocolate and coffee are such a wonderful combination…. A tea-party of perfection! It is so busy right now, I am struggling to make ends meet! I could just do with an opportunity to sit down with a slice of this brownie and a cup of coffee!!!!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Wish you’d been around to drop in for a quick breather Kate. It’s crazy busy now. To be honest I’ve hardly given Christmas a thought. Not even made a start on the cards yet – eek!

  6. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    7th December 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I’m a big brownie fan. I think I might just try coffee chocolate brownies, they sound rather good!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Coffee chocolate brownies are really good Fiona, but these hazelnut ones trump them – I think!!!

  7. Katie

    8th December 2014 at 6:34 am

    What a nice idea. Love the snowflakes dusted on top of the coffee. The brownies sound delicious with the hazelnuts, 95g cocoa is a lot though!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Katie. There was a lot of cocoa. There is no mistaking the chocolateness of these brownies.

  8. belleau kitchen

    8th December 2014 at 8:58 am

    oh man!…roasted hazelnut brownies… simply heavenly… I adore the look of these and will add them to my must bake christmas list!… your photo’s are looking SO beautiful too with all the Christmas bits and bobs dotted around… such a pretty scene!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:56 pm

      The rate you are going Dom, I can’t imagine you’ll have room for brownies. They are particularly good ones though. Glad you like my photos 🙂

  9. Bintu Hardy

    8th December 2014 at 10:56 am

    Roasted hazelnut brownies and a cuppa sounds soooo good. I am currently enjoying my Tassimo too.

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Bintu. Looking forward to seeing how you’ve used yours.

  10. GG

    8th December 2014 at 12:08 pm

    your brownies sound delicious, how fab to have a new machine and an excuse for a lovely coffee morning with friends. The tea sounds lovely too. GG

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks GG. It is good to have an excuse, don’t think I’d ever stop otherwise 😉

  11. Susan Lindquist

    8th December 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE these brownies. ‘Saved’ recipe! Yum! Merry Christmas !!!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Susan. Would love you to have been here to try one. A very Merry Christmas to you too.

  12. Angie Schneider

    8th December 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I am not a coffee drinker, but love to use it in the baking. These brownies sound very tasty!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th December 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Haha, truth be told, I’m not much of a coffee drinker either Angie, but I’m with you on the baking.


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