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Hazelnut financiers (also good with cashews)

Financiers (sometimes called friands) are a good way to use up egg whites, especially after a summer’s accumulation of making ice cream. Typically made with almond meal, I made these with a meal from roasted hazelnuts. Delicious. I also made another version with cashew meal, which were milder, but still tasty. In the future I might try this out with hazelnut meal that has been lightly roasted in a pan.

hazelnut financiers

Recipe adapted from recipes by Stephanie Alexander (The Cook’s Companion, 2004) and Chocolate and Zucchini.

I didn’t have a financier baking pan, so instead used a 24-cavity brownie bite silicone pan (baked in two batches), where each mold is about 20ml (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon). A mini muffin pan would also work, but you might need to adjust the baking time if the volume is larger (or smaller). This recipe made 48 financiers.


  • 225 grams (8 ounces) whole, blanched raw hazelnuts (alternatively cashew meal or other nut meal)
  • 240 grams (scant 8 1/2 ounces, or 2 sticks + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
  • 225 grams (8 ounces) sugar; 15g (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) of which is vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 105 grams (3 3/4 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 270 grams (9 1/2 ounces) egg whites (weight is similar to volume, conveniently!)
  • (optional) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate discs; they’re larger than regular chips, at least twice bigger, depending on the brand — I like Guittard.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
  2. Roast the hazelnuts in the 350ºF oven until aromatic and lightly browned — about 7 to 15 minutes, rotating once midway to evenly roast them. Wait until they’re cool enough to touch, then remove any remaining loose skin bits. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. In the meantime, brown the butter in a sauce pan until the solids are orange-red (like paprika). Set aside to cool.
  4. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts, sugar, and salt into a meal. The meal might clump a little bit, but doing multiple short pulse will help avoid making a paste.
  5. In a large jug or bowl, mix the nut meal + sugar with the flour. Stir in the browned butter, then gently whisk in the egg whites until smooth.
  6. At this point you could refrigerate the batter until ready to bake; I found it easier to scoop out slightly stiffer batter into the baking molds than pouring from the jug. (You could also use a pastry bag.)
  7. (optional) If you love chocolate with hazelnuts (me me me), pop one or two chocolate discs into each cookie.
  8. Bake for 17 to 24 minutes in oven preheated to 350ºF — give or take, depending on your oven and size of baking molds—rotating after around 12 to 13 minutes. They are done when the centers form a dome—it’s okay if the centers crack a bit!—and the tops become lightly golden brown.
  9. Cool for about 5 minutes; any longer in a silicone pan and the financiers are more difficult to remove as condensation forms on the cavity bottoms, making them more sticky. I usually turn the pan upside down over a rack and poke the molds’ bases to remove them.
  10. These cookies taste better and have a nicer, moist texture the day after baking them. 🙂

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