The best recipes for lard Christmas cookies 6 times different! Forget butter or game

Do you think lard is just right for frying steaks or spreading on bread?

You are wrong!

Discover recipes for tallow cookies with us!

Our great-grandmothers and grandmothers already baked it.

Give it a try and you’ll soon see it become a part of your Christmas celebrations! Which variant will become your favorite?

Tallow cookies with cocoa and vanilla

This Christmas pastry tastes great with tea, cocoa and coffee.


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons lard
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • vanilla


  1. Beat the eggs with the powdered sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add a little vanilla, melted lard, baking powder and lemon zest.
  3. Then gradually add flour and work into a smooth dough.
  4. Then divide this dough into two parts and add cocoa to one.
  5. Work the dough.
  6. Wrap both parts of the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut circles from light and dark dough and cut out stars in the middle of each of them.
  8. Swap the places of the stars, put the light stars in the dark circles and the dark stars in the light circles.
  9. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  10. Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for approximately 10 minutes.
Christmas two-color pastry with lard.

Lard cookies with nuts

Homemade vanilla sugar is just the icing on the cake of this great recipe.


  • 300 g lard
  • 250 g ground walnuts
  • 600 g plain flour
  • 200 g caster sugar for coating
  • 250 g of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla pod (for powdered sugar)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • marmalade for sticking of your choice


  1. A few days before baking the cookies, mix the powdered sugar with the vanilla bean and prepare the vanilla sugar in which you will finally cover the cookies.
  2. Next, beat the melted lard with powdered sugar in a mixer to a creamy consistency.
  3. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Add nuts and flour.
  5. Beat until a uniform dough is formed.
  6. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  8. Place the dough on a floured work surface and roll it out to a thickness of half a centimeter.
  9. Line your baking sheets with baking paper.
  10. Use cookie cutters to cut out the lard cookies and spread them on the prepared baking sheets.
  11. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  12. Then let the cookies cool.
  13. Finally, cover the cooled cookies with marmalade and roll in the prepared vanilla sugar.
Christmas cookies with lard and nuts.

Lemon peel or juice is added to many types of sweets. Try lemon Christmas cookies in many forms!

Christmas stars with cinnamon and lard

The smell and taste of cinnamon belong to Christmas. That is why this spice is one of the ingredients of this recipe!


  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup lard
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons of crushed anise seeds
  • peel from one orange
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

On the packaging

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in the crushed aniseed and orange peel.
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the sugar and melted lard.
  4. Then, using an electric mixer, beat the lard and sugar until fluffy.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again.
  6. Gradually beat in the flour mixture as well.
  7. Stop beating once the mixture comes together.
  8. The dough will be crumbly, work it into a ball with your hands and incorporate all the loose pieces into it.
  9. Then wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  10. Divide the cooled dough into three approximately equal parts.
  11. Work the dough once more with your hands and then roll it out with a rolling pin to a thickness of approximately half a centimeter.
  12. Cut out individual shapes with a cookie cutter.
  13. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and place the lard cookies on it.
  14. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  15. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes depending on the size of the cookies.
  16. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling.
  17. Allow the lard candy to cool slightly and then roll it in the prepared sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Lard stars with cinnamon.

Linnaeus sweets with lard

Do you like Linz? You will see that the variant with lard will not disappoint you!


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup lard
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • marmalade of your choice
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until foamy.
  2. Melt the lard in a pot on the stove and let cool slightly.
  3. After it has cooled to room temperature, slowly add it to the egg and sugar mixture, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder and slowly add them to the egg mixture.
  6. Mix and work into a dough.
  7. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approximately half a centimeter and use a cookie cutter to cut out the various shapes of Linnaeus cookies.
  8. Then place the candy on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  9. Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for approximately 8 minutes until golden.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  11. Then cover with marmalade and finally sprinkle with icing sugar.
Linnaeus Christmas pastries made from lard.

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Chocolate Christmas balls made of lard

The mixture of chocolate and coconut makes this pastry a treat you can’t resist.


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 100 g of high-quality chocolate
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the melted lard, vanilla essence and sugar.
  2. In another bowl, mix the sifted flour with baking soda and salt.
  3. Combine the two mixtures.
  4. Finally, mix in cocoa, coconut and chopped or chopped chocolate.
  5. Work into a dough.
  6. Form balls with moistened hands and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake for approximately 13 minutes in an oven preheated to 190°C.
Chocolate-lard balls.

Chocolate is added to many types of Christmas pastries. Get inspired by our chocolate cookie recipes.

Delicious lard Christmas pastries

This type of candy is very popular in Mexico. Try it yourself!


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups lard
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For wrapping:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Place the egg white in a small bowl and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the melted lard until creamy.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into another bowl.
  5. Gradually stir their mixture into the lard.
  6. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form.
  7. Gently beat the sugar and egg yolk into it.
  8. Gradually mix the mixture back into the lard mixture.
  9. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and work into a dough.
  10. Divide the dough into six parts.
  11. Roll each part into a rope shape and cut diagonally into pieces approximately one centimeter long.
  12. Place the lard cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  14. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  15. Roll the warm Christmas pastries in a mixture of cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.
Delicious lard Christmas pastries.

Why bake cookies from lard?

Most people mistakenly believe that lard is very harmful and therefore try to avoid its consumption as much as possible. The answer to whether or not this fat is harmful is not as simple and one-sided as most people think. For example, studies have shown that lard is superior to butter in many ways.

Due to the fact that lard does not burn, it is very suitable for frying, cooking and baking. Pork lard is most often used for baking. You don’t have to worry, you won’t recognize its taste in baked goods at all, on the contrary, the baked goods will seem more tender and tastier.

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