Recipe: Traditional Lithuanian Tinginys

Another one of my favorite traditional Lithuanian desserts – Tinginys. In english it translates to ‘the lazy one’ due to the fact that it is extremely easy to make – especially for those who are the lazy ones 🙂 I love this delightful treat and always remember buying some during breaks at school. I’ve never tried to make it myself so this was actually my first attempt at it… I think it turned out quite well- everyone at work loved it as did I! 

When describing it I told everyone it’s a mixture between fudge and a rocky road. Very fudgy and decadent chocolate mass with pieces of biscuits. If you can get yours hand on the lithuanian biscuits ‘gaideliai’ use those, but if you can’t – I found that Rich Tea biscuits work just as well 🙂



1 can of sweetened condensed milk

6 tbsp cocoa powder

100 grams butter

1/2 pack (50g) of Rich Tea biscuits


1. crush up the biscuits into small pieces and place into a large mixing bowl.

2. on medium heat – melt the butter and add the condensed milk and cocoa powder. Mix everything thoroughly and let it simmer for 5 minutes making sure you stir well to avoid burning.

3. pour the chocolate, butter and condensed milk mixture onto the biscuit peaces and mix.

4. pour the mass onto a cling-film covered surface (I recommend doubling it up) and form into a sausage shape, making sure everything is pressed together well. Place in the refrigerator for at least several hours, but preferably overnight. (The sausage shape is the traditional way of setting it but you could also just line a baking tray with cling-film and use that to hold the shape)

5. Once it is solid and holds its shape – slice and enjoy!

Hope you try this recipe out!

If you’re searching for other Lithuanian recipes – check out my traditional apple pie recipe 🙂

until next time! 🙂

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, delicious!! I lived in Australia for a couple of years, where they had a treat like this called “hedgehog slice”. I never made it myself even though it is so simple.

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    1. Hope you try it out!:) thanks for reading!


  2. mwainste says:

    This looks SOOOO good!

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  3. Claire says:

    I tried this out! Mine isn’t quite so photogenic as yours though 🙂

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    1. Oh I’m happy you tried it out though! Hope you liked it!;)


  4. Carey K. says:

    My son is in the 5th grade and presenting himself as a Lithuanian immigrant based on our family history. He has to bring in a dish from Lithuania and we decided to make this. His class will love it. Thanks so much for posting! I will try the apple pie next time!

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    1. no worries! I’m happy this helps- let me know how it turns out! 🙂 Xx


  5. Pegi W says:

    Can this dessert be frozen and shipped easily?

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    1. I haven’t tried but I think it would be fine! 🙂


  6. Joanne lobozzo says:

    Hi .me and my son just made this .it was to runny to form any shape. Looked like it needed alot more biscuits. Is that what it’s ment to be like ? I’ve put it in freezer for a bit to try firm it abit then maybe roll it .done exactly what recipe says .

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    1. Oh I’m so sorry! No idea why that happened! 😦 It worked for me although it was quite runny! I will try and remake the recipe sometime soon and see if I can make it less runny and ensure it always works! So sorry again! 😦 ❤


  7. Vilma Kibirkstyte says:

    Labas Paula,
    Kaip tik norėjau pasigaminti Tinginį ir galvojau kaži ar “Rich Tea” sausainiukai suveiktų ir aptikau šį tavo receptą. Super dabar bandysiu 🙂

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