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Top 3 Lithuanian Cookies (+ Kūčiukai Recipe)

Following my selection of the best Lithuanian desserts, I thought I’d share the top 3 Lithuanian cookies that you should definitely try.

With a few simple ingredients, you can recreate these traditional treats in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Top Lithuanian Cookies featured image | Girl Meets Food

And don’t miss a simple Lithuanian cookie recipe at the end of this article. I’m sure you’ll love kūčiukai!

Top 3 Lithuanian Cookies

I hope you’re ready for some delicious Lithuanian cookies! Here are the top 3 favorites:

Sliced Tinginys (Lithuanian Lazy Cookies) on the cutting board | Girl Meets Food
Tinginys (Lithuanian Lazy Cookies)
Check out this recipe

The no-bake cookies known variously as “Tinginys“, “lazy cake” or “lazy cookies” combine chocolate and biscuits.

Crushed biscuits, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsalted butter, sweetened condensed milk, and, on occasion, nuts or dried fruit round out this simple snack recipe.

The last step is to put the mixture into a tin or roll it into a log and set it aside to cool.

Tinginys is a great choice for busy and lazy people in the kitchen who love chocolate salami.

Žagarėliai (Angel Wings)

A plate of Žagarėliai (Angel Wings) on a table | Girl Meets Food

Žagarėlis” means “twigs” or “sticks” in Lithuanian, and they are a popular pastry dough dessert.

These are made in the shape of angel wings, fried in oil or lard, and then coated with powdered sugar.

The ingredient list for the dough often includes all-purpose flour, egg yolks, butter, sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract.

One example of how popular this food is in many other nations is Polish faworki, which I mentioned in my blog post about Polish desserts.

Plus, there’s Ukrainian verhuny among the best cookies from Ukraine.


A bowl of Kūčiukai cookies on a festive table | Girl Meets Food

Christmas is the perfect time to try kūčiukai, small and crispy cookies. Poppy seeds, flour, and yeast are the main ingredients in the dough.

You can eat these sweet treats with milk or cranberry kissel. They also taste great when soaked in poppy seed milk, a traditional Lithuanian drink.

Check out this Lithuanian cookie recipe to make a batch of your own.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Dough rising 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • ½ cup warm milk (120ml)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240g)
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup poppy seeds (30g)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil


  • First, add yeast and sugar to warm milk and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes so that the yeast can activate.
    ½ cup warm milk, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • Next, sieve the flour into a big bowl and add salt and poppy seeds. Mix well.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, A pinch of salt, ¼ cup poppy seeds
  • Combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture and oil and knead for about 10 minutes. It should be smooth and elastic. Let the dough rise for at least an hour in a warm place.
    1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Pre-heat the oven to 375°F (190°C)
  • Divide the dough into four parts. Roll each piece into a long strand and cut it into small cubes.
  • Place your dough cubes onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Now you have perfectly crispy tea biscuits you can enjoy at Christmas or any time of the year.

Did you like these Lithuanian cookies? Share your favorite recipe in the comments!

Looking for more cool cookies and other sweets? Check out these delicious Czech pastries and the most popular Latvian cakes.

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