I found out about these authentic Lithuanian cookies from two Lithuanian girls, Gierdre and Gerda. They were working at the guest house I stayed in this summer. The two young women were part of an exchange program at Chautauqua Institution. I met up with them one evening when I ran down to the kitchen to get a hard cider.
As soon as I found out where they were from, I asked them for recipes from their country. They were very intrigued by the blog. I discovered the next day that one of them had already done a Facebook like on my page. How nice!
This recipe for authentic Lithuanian cookies is so easy.
When I asked them about an easy dessert recipe, they both laughed and said "Tinginys", almost in tandem. The name, they said, means lazy man, because the recipe is indeed extremely simple to make. They told me the recipe has been popular in Lithuania for many years.
To make these cookies you only need 8 ingredients. That's it! And, better yet they requires no baking. Now we are talking!
One word of warning though: If at all possible, use European butter. The reason for this? European butter has a higher fat content than American butter. This allows not only for more flavor, but for the mixture to solidify better.
I made the cookies a few weeks ago , and took some into my office on Monday. They were devoured. Of course, they are such an easy crowd to please, especially on a Monday.
Also, for the cookies.... buy McVities, or if you can find Gaidelis, even better.
Just a little historical note: McVities® were first developed by two Scottish doctors, supposedly to aid digestion. The original cookies (biscuits, if you are European) had sodium bicarbonate as an ingredient.
Make this easy dessert when you need to take something to a party and are pressed for time.
Here are the visual steps to make perfect tiginys
- Crumble the digestive cookies into chunks that are approximately ½ inch.
- Whisk together the milk and cocoa powder until it is smooth and no lumps remain.
- In a sauce pan heat the sweetened condensed milk and melt in the butter.
- Add the cocoa powder and milk mixture to the sauce pan after the butter has melted.
- Cook on medium-low stirring often. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until is begins to thicken.
- Place the digestive cookie chunks into a large bowl and pour over the sauce pan mixture.
- Combine thoroughly and mix in the dried chopped cherries.
- Line a 5"x9" loaf pan with plastic wrap and pour in the mixture.
- Thoroughly distribute the mixture in the pan.
- Pull the plastic wrap together to form a round loaf and chill for 3-4 hours. If the plastic wants to unwrap use some binder clips to hold in place. Slice, serve and enjoy! Keep refrigerated.
If you are interested in more traditional ethnic type desserts here are a couple more to check out below. You can bookmark them and try them later or pin them on Pinterest. Enjoy!
Polvorones de limón are a Spanish sweet shortbread cookie with a hint of lime and dusted with powdered sugar.
Pistachio rosewater cookies are a Middle Eastern style shortbread cookie with just a hint of rosewater.
Tusenbladstarta is a Swedish dessert that is like baking 6 big cookies and layering with custard cream.
Tarte Normande is a rustic apple tart with custard from the Normandy region of France.
Authentic Lithuanian Cookies
These easy to make no-bake authentic Lithuanian cookies are called Tinginys, which means lazy one. There are only 8 ingredients.
Crumble tea biscuits into medium size chunks, and place in a bowl.
Place cocoa powder in milk, and whisk until no lumps remain. Add in salt and cinnamon.
In a saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk, and melt in the butter. Add in the cocoa powder mixture.
Allow it to cook, stirring often to combine. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until it begins to thicken.
Pour chocolate mixture over the cookies and stir to coat evenly. Mix in the dried fruit.
Line a 5"x9" loaf plan with plastic wrap, and pour the mixture. Try to evenly distribute throughout.
Remove from loaf pan, and try to form a cylinder. Place in the refrigerator and cool for about 3-4 hours.
Slice thinly, and serve with fruit if desired.