6 colorful recipes for Christmas cookies with lentils that not only children will love

Lentils, colorful chocolate candies that were loved by our grandparents, parents, us and our children.

They are commonly used to decorate children’s desserts or semolina porridge.

Get inspired by our recipes for cookies with lentils!

There is nothing complicated about it, and you will see that even your children will join in its baking.

All you need is a little imagination!

Chocolate cookies with lentils

Chocolate sweets are very popular. Try it in combination with lentils!


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • 1 cup melted chocolate
  • lentils


  1. Line two trays with baking paper.
  2. Mix the butter and sugars in a food processor.
  3. Beat together on medium-high speed for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixer until just combined.
  7. Stir in the milk and melted chocolate.
  8. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  9. Form the dough into balls of any size and place them on the baking sheets.
  10. Decorate the balls with lentils and put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Bake the candy with lentils for approximately 10 minutes. If necessary, immediately sprinkle with additional lentils.
Chocolate Christmas cookies decorated with red and green lentils.
source: lovetobeinthekitchen.com

Would you like to decorate your cookies with chocolate coating ? There are many ways to prepare it!

Christmas gingerbread cookies decorated with lentils

Worried about decorating gingerbread? Simplify it with lentils!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 and 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

For decoration

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp of warm water
  • lentils


  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add honey and egg yolk.
  3. Beat again until creamy.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  5. Beat briefly until a dough begins to form.
  6. Then work the dough with your hands.
  7. Then wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line the trays with baking paper.
  9. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut out the gingerbread cookies using cutters.
  10. Then transfer the gingerbreads to the baking sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  11. Remove the candy from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  12. In the meantime, prepare the frosting.
  13. Place the icing sugar in a small bowl and add the water a spoonful at a time, mixing until smooth.
  14. Put the frosting in a decorating bag and decorate the gingerbread. At the end, add a few lentils.
Christmas gingerbread cookies decorated with lentils.
source: swwetestmenu.com

If you don’t want to decorate the gingerbread not only with lentils, but also with frosting, you can be inspired by various frostings for Christmas cookies!

Lentil Christmas trees

Lentils are the perfect way to lightly add balls to Christmas tree-shaped cookies.


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp gingerbread spice
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • lentils


  1. Beat butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add eggs and honey and beat again with a hand mixer.
  3. Add spices, salt and baking soda and mix again.
  4. Add the flour and mix slowly until a non-sticky dough forms.
  5. Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 160°C.
  7. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approximately half a centimeter and use a cookie cutter to cut trees or other shapes.
  8. Place the candy on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and then lightly press the lentils into it.
  9. Bake the candy with lentils for approximately 8-10 minutes.
Lentil Christmas trees.
source: eatthelove.com

Want to bake green Christmas trees? Get inspired by our matcha candy recipes!

Machine cookies with lentils

Simple, quick and tasty cookies that will give our Christmas table the atmosphere of a blooming meadow.


  • 2 and 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup of whipped cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon of almond extract
  • lentils


  1. Beat the butter and whipped cream until fluffy.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla and almond extract and beat the yolks again.
  3. Then gradually add sifted flour and knead until the dough is homogeneous and smooth.
  4. Use a candy machine to shape the flowers.
  5. Bake in an oven preheated to 160°C for approximately 8-10 minutes.
  6. After baking, press a lentil into the center of each flower.
Machine-made Christmas cookies in the shape of flowers with a lentil in the middle.
source: laptrinhx.com

Using the machine, you can conjure up a whole range of beautiful Christmas cookies. Get inspiration from our recipes for machine Christmas pastries .

Colorful Christmas lentil cookies

Candy that children always reach for first. The variety of its colors cannot be resisted.


  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups lentils + lentils for decoration


  1. Mix the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer.
  2. Beat for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add half of the dry mixture to the bowl with the butter and sugar and mix on low speed.
  6. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Sprinkle in two cups of lentils.
  8. Scoop two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball.
  9. Then place the balls approximately two centimeters apart on baking sheets lined with baking paper.
  10. Decorate the surface of the cookies with additional lentils.
  11. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  13. Bake the candy with lentils for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
Christmas cookies decorated with colorful lentils.
source: dinneratthezoo.com

Santa’s Lentil Reindeer

Many typical characters and animals also belong to Christmas. One of the most popular are Santa Claus’s reindeer. Make them with this lentil cookie recipe!


  • 1 and 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • lentils
  • pretzels


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Add the egg and mix.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Shape the dough into balls with a diameter of approximately three centimeters.
  7. Next, gently press the bottom of the ball to form a tip, then gently flatten it with your hand.
  8. Place the candy on a lined baking sheet and gently press each piece with pretzels like antlers.
  9. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until cookies begin to brown.
  10. Take it out of the oven and immediately gently press the lentils into them as eyes and nose.
Confectionery in the shape of Santa Claus' Christmas reindeer.
source: dammitjaneilovefood.com

A variety of Christmas pastries can be made from peanut butter. Get inspired by our peanut candy recipes.

Lentils and baking

Lentils, chocolate candies with a brightly colored sugar coating, which got their name from their shape, which resembles a lentil. They exist in the world in many different forms and under many different names. The history of Czech lentils began to be written during the times of Austria-Hungary in 1907.

In the kitchen, lentils are often used as a decoration for various baked and unbaked cakes, puddings and ice cream sundaes due to their colorful colors. You can also use them to decorate porridge, muffins, homemade cookies and, as you can see, there are many original recipes for cookies with lentils. Which variant do you like the most?

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