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Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse-Filled Cups

These irresistible chocolates are a wonderful treat to serve to guests.

  • Yield: Makes 64
Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse-Filled Cups

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009


  • 1 3/4 cups plus 4 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut praline paste
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 64 dark chocolate dessert cups
  • 64 blanched hazelnuts, toasted and halved, for garnish
  • Shaved dark chocolate, for garnish


  1. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Transfer to refrigerator; chill for 1 hour.

  2. In a clean mixing bowl, and with a clean whisk, beat yolks on high speed until pale and frothy. Meanwhile, bring sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil in a small, heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Continue boiling for about 1 minute. With mixer on medium-low speed, carefully pour hot syrup down side of bowl. Beat on medium-high speed until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Beat in hazelnut praline paste. Stir in chocolate, vanilla, and a pinch of salt with a flexible spatula.

  3. Add one-third of the chocolate mixture to whipped cream; whisk to combine. Add remaining chocolate mixture, fold to completely combined. Pass through a coarse sieve into a large bowl; discard any solids.

  4. Transfer mousse to a disposable pastry bag or large plastic bag. Using scissors, snip a small hole in bottom of the bag or from one of the corners of the plastic bag. Pipe mousse into chocolate cups to fill; serve garnished with hazelnuts and shaved chocolate.

Cook's Note

Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, or anyone whose health is compromised.

Reviews (8)

  • DoveChoc 12 Jun, 2010

    Thanks Martha, because of this segment I signed up to be a chocolatier and love my career. May I suggest Martha that you try the Dove Chocolate Discoveries Mousse and hazelnut cocoa butter -- much easier and it tastes great.

  • DecadentChocolate 21 Dec, 2009

    Martha, Thank you for showcasing DOVE Chocolate Discoveries! Being a DOVE Chocolatier, I appreciate your support. Also, I love the way you say Chocolatier!!!!

  • Mama2JTDCKF 21 Dec, 2009

    Thank you Martha for introducing Dove Chocolate Discoveries to the masses.
    If anyone would like to order the mousse mix, petite chocolate cups or any other DCD product, please visit and ask for a Chocolatier in your area.

  • SeenaChocolatier7900 18 Dec, 2009

    Beautifully done! Thank you Martha :)
    DCD Mousse Mix is so easy to make! You can find the recipe at:

  • LibbyHKH 18 Dec, 2009

    You can also make hazelnut mousse using the Dove Chocolate Discoveries mousse packets and flavoring discs- so easy

  • ChocolateDreamer 17 Dec, 2009

    Thanks for sharing the delicious goodies from Dove Chocolate Discoveries. Being a chocolatier really is a SWEET life and the dessert cups used in this recipe are great for all sorts of desserts and other goodies.

  • kkowalczyk 16 Dec, 2009

    I believe Martha said it was available at Whole Foods

  • airedalegal 16 Dec, 2009

    Where can I purchase hazelnut praline paste

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