Nougatine Cones

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

These thin lacy wafers, rolled into tiny cones while hot from the oven, make perfect receptacles for chocolate ganache or coffee buttercream. When I want a simpler, less rich cookie, I dip just the edges of the cone’s wide end in melted chocolate.

NotesBaking Notes

Hazelnuts or almonds, blanched or unblanched, are fine for this cookie. If you prefer the flavor of toasted nuts, put them on a baking sheet in a 325-degree-F preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until pale gold.

Serving Note

For entertaining, I bake tiny 1-inch wafers without rolling them. Before serving, pipe a dramatic rosette of whipped cream in the center of each dessert plate; then, stick several wafers in the cream, rose petal-fashion.

Makes4 dozen 1½-inch-long cones

Cooking Methodbaking


Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Cocktail Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, low sodium, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, tea


Taste and Texturebuttery, crisp, crunchy, light, nutty, sweet

Type of Dishcookie


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces (¾ cup) hazelnuts, chopped medium fine to yield ¾ cup (see Notes)
  • ¼ cup (35 grams) unsifted all-purpose flour


  1. Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap an end of a chilled stick of unsalted butter and rub it over two large cool Teflon-coated baking sheets to apply a very thin film of fat.

  2. Put the butter, com syrup, and sugar in a 1-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir over low heat until the butter is melted. Remove from heat, and stir in the nuts and flour.

  3. Drop five or six ½ teaspoonsful of batter 1½ inches apart on each baking sheet. A quick and easy method is to pipe the soft dough from a 14-inch pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain decorating tip (such as Ateco #6). Bake, one sheet at a time, for 6 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown. While baking, the cookies bubble; a clue that they are finished baking is when the bubbling subsides.

  4. Place baking sheet on a wire rack to cool for just 15 seconds. With a metal spatula, lift one wafer at a time and roll it around a wooden cone to shape the cookie while it is still flexible. Remove cone from the form, and place it on a wire rack to cool; continue rolling the remaining cookies.

  5. Repeat the baking and shaping process with the remaining batter.

  6. When the cookies are cool and firm, stack them in an airtight metal container and store at room temperature up to 1 week.


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