How to Make Hazelnut Extract

How to Make Hazelnut Extract

A Delicious and Versatile Ingredient for Your Kitchen

Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, are a delicious and nutritious ingredient that can be used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Hazelnut extract is an easy and convenient way to add the rich, nutty flavor of hazelnuts to your cooking and baking. Here's a simple recipe for making your own hazelnut extract at home.


  • 1 cup King Fresh Roasted Hazelnuts (Unsalted or Lightly Salted)
  • 1 cup high-proof alcohol (such as vodka)
  • 2 vanilla beans


  1. Place hazelnuts in a food processor and pulse until they are finely ground.
  2. Transfer the ground hazelnuts to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add the alcohol and give it a good shake.
  3. Let the mixture sit in a cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks, shaking it every few days to redistribute the hazelnuts.
  4. After 2-4 weeks, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the solids. Your homemade hazelnut extract is now ready to use!


  • You can also use a high-proof neutral spirit like Everclear instead of vodka
  • You can also make a small batch of the extract by using 1/4 cup of hazelnuts and 1/4 cup of alcohol.
  • You can also not use vanilla beans for a different flavor.
  • You can store your homemade hazelnut extract in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

Your homemade hazelnut extract can be used in a variety of ways. Use it to add a rich, nutty flavor to almost anything you bake or even to make a delicious hazelnut coffee creamer!


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  • The recipe doesn’t indicate what to do with the vanilla beans. Please update.

    Kathy, the recipe calls for pre-roasted nuts so you don’t have to do it yourself.

    • Debra
  • Do you have to roast the hazelnuts first, or straight out of the bag?? I’ve seen other recipes that state they need to be roasted first and the skins removed, but they also don’t say to grind them first. I love hazelnut creamer, so want to try making my own extracts and creamers this year.


    • Kathy