These Ferrero Rocher cookies feature a flakey cream cheese-infused dough that’s stuffed with Ferrero Rocher candies. Simple & decadent!
It seems like every year my family dreams up a new way to use the amazing flavors of Ferrero Rocher chocolates around Christmas. For a while, we couldn’t stop making Ferrero Rocher cake. These days, we are obsessed with making these delicious Ferrero Rocher cookies. Not only do they look amazing on a Christmas cookie tray, but they also are crazy easy to put together. Get ready to fall hard for these cookies – they’re truly one of a kind!
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What are Ferrero Rocher Candies?
If you’ve never tried a Ferrero Rocher candy, you’re missing out. These chocolate hazelnut truffles feature a whole roasted hazelnut covered in a thin wafer shell that’s filled with hazelnut chocolate. Then, the entire truffle is covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. The result? A perfectly creamy and crunchy bite!
What is a Ferrero Rocher Cookie?
These Ferrero Rocher cookies feature a thinly rolled out piece of dough that’s stuffed with a half of a truffle, baked, and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar. Below, find an overview of the flavor, texture, and time it takes to whip up this recipe.
- Flavor: The flavor of these cookies is a delicate balance of buttery, cream cheese-infused dough and the beloved chocolate and hazelnut candies.
- Texture: The texture of the cookies features flakey dough that’s wrapped around a melted center of Ferrero Rocher candies.
- Time: From start to finish, this recipe takes just under 40 minutes to make.
How to Prepare Ferrero Rocher Cookies
The first step is to pull out the cream cheese and butter and allow it to soften at room temperature.
- Make the Dough: Once the cream cheese and butter are softened, whisk them together in a bowl until the mixture is fluffy. Next, gradually stir in the all-purpose flour to the wet ingredients, whisking until it’s well-combined.
- Refrigerate the Dough: Then, place the dough in plastic wrap and pop it in the refrigerator for about an hour.
- Roll the Dough Out: Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a long, thin layer. Then, cut the dough into 20 evenly-sized squares.
- Assemble the Cookies: Next, place a Ferrero Rocher candy half in the center of the dough and fold over two of the corners to secure the candy inside.
- Bake the Cookies: Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake them at 350°F in the oven for 15 minutes. Finally, allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack, dust them with powdered sugar, and enjoy!
Hot Tip: If you don’t have an electric mixer or simply don’t feel like pulling it out, you can use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to beat together the dough in a medium bowl. It will require a bit of aggressive mixing, but it works!
3 Tips for Amazing Ferrero Rocher Cookies
A couple of tips will go a long way in making sure you nail these essential holiday cookies…
- Roll the cookie dough out thin for the perfect bite. You’ll want to roll the dough out pretty thin to prevent the cookies from becoming too doughy and overpowering the amazing flavors of the Ferrero Rocher chocolates. About a 1/8-inch thick is golden.
- Seal the corners with egg wash if they won’t stick. If the dough edges don’t stick naturally, remove the egg yolk from a large egg, whisk it, and use the egg wash to seal the corners together.
- Use a sifter or fine mesh sieve to dust the cookies. Dry ingredients like powdered sugar are prone to getting lumpy. To get a perfect dusting and a bakery style treat, use a flour sifter or fine mesh sieve.
Cookie Cups Hack: Don’t feel like folding the cookies? Simply place the dough in a mini muffin tin greased with nonstick cooking spray. Top the dough with the candies and bake as directed!
Different Tweaks for Ferrero Rocher Cookies
The recipe is great as-is, but here are a couple of different tweaks to consider.
- Peanut Butter Twist: Add 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter to the dough for a nutty surprise.
- Chunky Dough: If you want to add a bit of texture to the dough, mix in some finely chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips.
- Finer Filling: If you don’t want to use entire halves of Ferrero Rocher, pulse or blend the candies in a food processor or blender until fine. Then, use a cookie scoop to fill the dough with the candy paste instead.
- Chocolate Drizzle: If you’re a chocolate addict, finish the cookies with a chocolate drizzle. Microwave a cup of dark chocolate chips and 1/4 cup heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, stirring between each round until smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the sauce over the cooled cookies.
Best Practices for Storing and Freezing
Whether you’re prepping ahead for the holidays or storing some after-Christmas leftovers, find all the best tips below.
- Room Temperature: To keep the cookies on hand for up to a week, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. This will keep them from drying out.
- Freezer (Dough): To keep the dough on hand for up to a month, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in a sealable plastic bag in the freezer. To thaw, let it sit in the fridge overnight and prepare the cookies as directed.
How big should you slice the dough for each cookie?
Slice the dough into roughly 2-inch squares. If you have excess dough leftover, simply roll it out and make a couple more cookies with it if possible.
Could you use store-bought puff pastry dough instead?
Yes, this recipe can be made with store-bought puff pastry. Since this dough is prone to rise, roll it out super thin for best results.
Is it better to freeze the cookies whole or to just freeze the dough itself?
It’s better to freeze the dough versus the baked cookies. Upon thawing, they tend to dry out a bit.
Can you use a different candy than Ferrero Rocher?
Yes, feel free to use any candy or truffle you like best. Ferrero Raffaello, Snickers, and Kit Kats will all work great. Just make sure not to overstuff the dough, or the candy will melt out and make a mess.
Other Christmas Cookies to Try
- Chocolate Mocha Cookies – Homemade chocolate cookies with a coffee twist
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Soft cookies with oats, brown sugar, and plump raisins
- Chocolate Macarons – French sandwich cookies with cocoa powder and melted chocolate
- Coconut Macaron Recipe (Gluten-Free) – Coconut cookies finished with a white chocolate drizzle
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
- 3 cups flour
- 10-12 Ferrero Rocher candies cut in half
- powdered sugar for dusting
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the butter and cream cheese together until fluffy.
- Add in the flour, whisking until it's combined. Place the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Roll out the rested dough into a long, thin layer. Cut it into 20 even squares. Place the Ferrero Rocher candy in the middle and fold over the sides, pinching the corners together to form an envelope shape. If the corners aren't sticking, use a bit of whisked egg to "glue" them together.
- Bake cookies at 350°F for 15 minutes. Once the cookies cool, dust finish them with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Putting the candy between two heart shaped dough is doable, but it didn't work for me. I had a bit of trouble with the dough. To begin with, I made the dough the night before, and it was very hard to work with. The dough took forever to soften up, and then it got too soft. My heart-shaped cookie cutter made the cookie too small, and it was very hard for the candy to fit in. However, it held its shape. I ended up making round balls and putting the candy in them. Since the few heart shaped cookies that I made kept their shape, I am sure they can turn into Valentine's cookies. With your expertise, I believe you can make it work. I think a little vanilla extract and some powdered sugar in the dough will be great too. When you make these Valentine's cookies, please put the recipe out for us.
Marie, thank you for sharing this. I think the tricky part would be shaping the cookies quick enough without having the dough get too soft. I will definitely try it in the future, love this idea. Thanks!
Can this be made as a Valentine's cookie? Can I use the same dough, cut out heart shapes and put the candy between two?
Hey Marie, YES! Thats literally the best idea ever. Please share your creation on IG with us. I want to see it. Thank you!
Hi. Can I let the dough rest overnight instead of an hour? I made the dough but it’s too late to bake and I want them fresh:)
Hi Olesya - Yes it's perfectly acceptable to pop the dough in the fridge overnight and make them next-day. You can even freeze it if you won't use it for awhile. Hope this helps!
Is there really no sugar in the dough? It seems like it should have sweetness to it??
Hi LoriAnn - That is correct! There is no sugar in the dough. The candy and powdered sugar dusting make it super sweet. That said, if you want them extra sweet, you could get away with adding 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sugar into the dough.
Can I use any other type of chocolate candy
Hey Stella, for sure. It will change up the flavor but it will still be amazing. Enjoy
Hey! Thank you for this recipe. Can't wait to try them!
Quick question. Are the cream cheese and butter at room temperature or cold?
Hey Kristy, they should be at room temperature. Thanks for clarifying.
How well do these freeze?
Hey Carrie, you can freeze the dough or premade cookies but they are best when baked fresh. You can freeze them but it will lose some crispiness of the cookie.
20 candies are mentioned in the recipe yielding 35 cookies. The directions say to cut them in pieces. Are the candies split in half making 1 cookie?
Some candies may break while you are catting them or your kids may sneak a few away. 🙂 But you need 35 halves.
How thin do you roll the dough. how many squares do you cut. your directions left me wondering
Agreed. Wish there was a photo of the cookie before it was cooked. Also it says cut the cookie into pieces and put it in the square. How big are these pieces? It says 35 cookies but 20 candies cut into pieces... math seems off, should I be snacking on the candies as I bake?
Yes Kristie, you discovered my secret, I snack on the candy. The squares have to be large enough to fit a candy in the center but really you can play around with the size of them. I cut mine about 2 inches in size.
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Can I use puff pastry dough?
I think it would work but roll out the dough a bit thinner.
It could just be me but the recipe preparation time seemed a little off. The folding alone took a half an hour. I found the dough needed to be rolled quite thin, otherwise the cookie is very dough heavy and takes away from the yummy filling!
Jessica, thank you for sharing, it can give feedback for others. This is the average time it takes me to make them. I hope you at least enjoyed the cookies.
Can you give approximate measurements for the squares? Don’t want the cookies to come out too large😊
Hey Rosie, I think about 2 inches but you can definitely adjust the size to your liking.
Making these for Thanksgiving! My husband's going to love them!!!!
Ashley, thank you for sharing. I am so glad your hubby loved them. We are obsessed with Ferrero chocolates during the Holidays. 🙂
Can these cookies be frozen
They can but texture will not be as flaky. Still good but will taste different.
Making this tomorrow! Can't wait!!
I hope you love them! 🙂
You have beaten egg in your photo but it’s not in the recipe. Do I brush inside before the candy or on top? Or both!
I used it to seal the edges but it didnt make much of a difference so I didnt mention it.