Start the month of June by going nuts … with hazelnuts, that is. June 1st is National Hazelnut Cake Day and an opportunity to celebrate one of our favorite nuts. Hazelnuts, also called filberts, grow on the hazel tree and they are perfect for both sweet and savory recipes.

Besides being delicious with their slightly sweet flavor, hazelnuts are really healthy. They are rich in folate, fiber, manganese, copper, and antioxidants. When used in savory dishes, hazelnuts bring a bit of nutty sweetness. Try this Hazelnut Pesto Smothered Cauliflower Steak and this dish of Warm Lentils with Beets and Hazelnuts. Today, however, is a day to celebrate hazelnuts in cakes and all other desserts. Enjoy these 15 spectacular desserts that are all made better with hazelnuts.

1. Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

This Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake is the stuff that dreams are made of. It starts with a chocolatey hazelnut base that’s covered in a rich, creamy vanilla-hazelnut cashew cheesecake filling. The cake is then coated with a layer of thick dark chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate bliss balls. A sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts adds a finishing touch to this beautiful and decadent cake.

2. Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

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These tiny treats have a creamy hazelnut and chocolate spread sandwiched in between two soft, vanilla cookies. The macaron-esque shape makes these an adorable dessert to have at any gathering. In Italy, these are referred to as “Ladies’ Kisses.”

3. Maple Cardamom Vanilla Hazelnut Macaroons

Macaroons

These Maple Cardamom Vanilla Hazelnut Macaroons are the perfect simple treat to have with your afternoon tea or coffee. They’re not insanely sweet, which is a nice change from the usual macaroon flavor profile. Vanilla extract, hazelnut, and maple syrup give these treats a subtle sweetness while chia seeds hold them together. Cardamom adds a nice warm spicy flavor.

4. Chocolate Teff Cake With Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting

Chocolate Teff Cake With Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting

This Chocolate Teff Cake With Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting has a secret ingredient: bananas! The bananas make the cake moister and act as a binder. This indulgent dessert is great on its own, but the chocolate hazelnut frosting and roasted hazelnuts on top make it that much more special. This is perfect when you want a decadent dessert.

5. Almond Hazelnut Bars

Almond Hazelnut Bars [Vegan]

The recipe for these Almond Hazelnut Bars is half-baked … literally. After being par-baked, the bars are finished in a dehydrator. These treats turn out fluffy and delicious. These bars are fab on their own, but they are even better paired with a nice cup of coffee or tea.

6. Chocolate Hazelnut Olive Oil Buns

Chocolate Hazelnut Buns

Chocolate Hazelnut Olive Oil Buns … the name alone is enough to sell anybody on this recipe. These dessert buns are warm, chocolatey, and sweet. They’re perfect when paired with a glass of nice, cold hazelnut milk. Just knead, bake, and enjoy.

7. Hazelnut Coconut Cupcakes With Rich Coffee Frosting

Hazelnut Coconut Cupcakes With Rich Coffee Frosting

These Hazelnut Coconut Cupcakes With Rich Coffee Frosting are rich and delicious. These treats are moist and chocolatey with flaky bits of coconut and a touch of hazelnut. The fluffy buttercream frosting has a deep coffee flavor that’s enhanced by the taste of hazelnut. These babies taste like all your favorite coffee flavors wrapped up in cupcake goodness.

8. Hazelnut Carob Bark

Carob Hazelnut Bark

If you’re looking for a healthier chocolate treat, then this Hazelnut Carob Bark is for you! This chocolatey-tasting treat just melts in your mouth. The toasted hazelnut pieces sprinkled throughout the bark bring a satisfying crunch. With only four ingredients, you can make and enjoy this in no time.

9. Persimmon Parfait With Hazelnut Crunch

Persimmon Parfait With Hazelnut Crunch [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Colorful and delicious, this Persimmon Parfait With Hazelnut Crunch adds a beautiful accent to your table. Bright orange persimmons come together with the crunchy hazelnuts and a luscious vanilla cream to make the most amazing taste experience. Use oranges if you can’t find persimmons.

10. Decadent Hazelnut Maple Apple Tart

Decadent Hazelnut Maple Apple Tart [Vegan]

This Decadent Hazelnut Maple Apple Tart is truly decadent and special. It has a nutty whole-wheat crust which is filling and satisfying, a rich and creamy almond yogurt and homemade hazelnut butter filling, and maple infused apples seasoned with nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon on top. This hazelnut maple apple tart lets you enjoy the flavors of autumn all year long!

11. Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

You can have coffee with your fudge or you can have it in your fudge with this Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. Coffee, chocolate, and hazelnuts all come together in one delicious, gooey bite with just a bit of crunch. Yes, please! And it couldn’t be easier to make.

12. Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

This Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake will have you moaning and groaning with delight. Vegan and raw, this cheesecake combines hazelnuts and chocolate — a flavor pairing made in heaven. You can make your own hazelnut butter too. If you roast them first, they will taste extra-good but then your cheesecake won’t be totally raw, but it’ll be close.

13. Hazelnut Mousse With Warm Raspberries

Hazelnut Mousse With Warm Raspberries

This Hazelnut Mousse With Warm Raspberries is a decadent and dreamy dessert. Silken tofu is the perfect base for the best chocolate mousse you’ll ever taste. It’s dense, yet fluffy, and absolutely decadent. This would be amazing with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream, too!

14. Hazelnut and Chocolate Chunk Spelt Cookies

Hazelnut and Chocolate Chunk Spelt Cookies [Vegan]

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love these Hazelnut and Chocolate Chunk Spelt Cookies, especially because there is no added sugar. One teaspoon of maple syrup is all that gets added to these healthy yet decadent cookies you can feel good about eating.

15. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread -- Tastes Just Like Nutella! [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Hooray for chocolate hazelnut spread — but don’t buy it when you can make this Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. This homemade version of the silky, chocolatey delight is free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugars — what could be better? It tastes great on just about anything, but the best way to eat it is straight out of the jar!

Hazelnuts are a delicious snack but they turn any recipe into something extra special. Try these amazing desserts and you’ll be putting hazelnuts into all your recipes from then on.

Lead image source: Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake