Lithuania: No Bake Cookie/Cake -Tinginys

Edited and written by Catherine Cunningham. Published October 12th 2021

Original recipe Ethnic Spoon.

Tinginys got their names for being, well, lazy. Known to be a simple and basic treat they actually were quite easy to make. Starting from indigenous berries and nuts from all sorts of Lithuanian trees, Tinginys were more of a nutty snack than a cookie-like treat. Then it switched to the lovely treat it is today back in 1967! A chef wanted to make the classic dish, yet she added too much sugar, so she then added a few crushed biscuits to fix the texture, and little did she know, she would create the favorite quick dish of Lithuania. 

While McVities Digestives weren’t the intended biscuit of choice, it is the closest thing we have to the original biscuit! 

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

¼ cup of milk

¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

¼ teaspoon of Kosher salt

4 oz of unsalted butter 

Two cups of McVities tea cookies (chocolate digestives, they should be crumbled into medium size chunks) 

  1. Place the crumbled digestives in a bowl. 
  2. Wisk the cocoa powder in milk, and then whisk until there are no lumps remaining. Next, add in salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the sweetened condensed milk, and melt in the butter. Add in the cocoa powder mixture next.
  4. Stir often to combine, allowing it to cool, about 3-5mins until it begins to thicken.
  5. Now, pour the chocolate mixture over the cookies and stir to coat evenly. 
  6. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, and pour the mixture. Try to evenly distribute throughout. Try to form a cylinder in the pan. 
  7. Place in the refrigerator and cool overnight. 
  8. Slice and serve! 

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