5 Ingredient Greek Cookies (old fashioned)

Delicious, old-fashioned Greek cookies, prepared with pork lard. Easy and scrumptious, these cookies have been prepared for generations in Greek homes ( and neighboring countries).

Today’s recipe stands very close to my heart. My mom and my grandma used to prepare these cookies during Christmas time almost every year when I was little. I remember, I tried recreating them one time after school on my own. My 1st attempt wasn’t the greatest (just like my 1st try making these exceptional Ground Walnut Cookies Recipe at grandma’s), however that didn’t stop my desire to learn to cook from an early age.

So, years passed by and now I’m making these from scratch with ease – join me and I’ll show you how. They never disappoint. If you have extra lard on hand definitely try my recipe for Old-Fashioned Croissants with lard. They are soft and flaky.

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Pork lard – clean, organic pork lard is best. Should be room temperature, not melted.
  • Flour – all purpose unbleached white flour.
  • Powdered white sugar – is best for cookie texture.
  • Egg – binds everything together.
  • Walnuts chopped walnuts are an optional ingredient, that however is very tasty.
  • Vanilla dropsoptional for better taste.

How to make 5 Ingredient Greek Cookies with lard

What is Pork Lard

Pork lard is a type of animal fat, derived from rendering pigs fatty tissues. There are different methods for rendering pork lard – such as dry heating, boiling or steaming. My grandparents used boiling and steaming.

5 Ingredient Greek Cookies - with pork lard

Is Pork Lard healthy?

There are concerns around pork lard and it’s health benefits. Depending on one’s personal health and food preferences, pork lard is described as both healthy and un-healthy. The thing is, pork lard has been used (and still is) for generations throughout Europe. It’s widely sold in supermarkets in Italy, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria – just to name a few. People to this day use lard for cooking and baking with great success.

My personal opinion is that if lard isn’t highly processed and from organic source, then it’s on my healthy fats list.

Pork Lard Uses

As a type of fat, pork lard is used for both cooking and baking (even deep-frying). It has an approximate smoke point of 190C/370F thus making it suitable for all kinds of culinary endeavors. Many old-fashioned recipes use lard instead of butter. When I was little butter was difficult to come by or very expensive, so people used lard instead.

In fact, many restaurants (especially in Italy & Greece) and food manufacturers in Europe, still use lard as an ingredient (despite criticism by some).


5 Ingredient Greek Cookies - with pork lard

5 Ingredient Greek Cookies (old-fashioned)

The European Dish
Easy, 5 ingredient Greek Cookies – made the old-fashioned way with pork lard. Crunchy, delicious and super easy to make for any holiday occasion.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine European, Greek



  • 1 egg medium sized
  • 100 g powdered sugar
  • 200 g pork lard, soft room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (100 g) walnuts, chopped optional
  • 400 g flour all purpose
  • 1-2 drop(s) vanilla extract optional


  • In a large mixing bowl, add soft (room temperature, not melted) pork lard, egg and powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Add flour, chopped walnuts and vanilla and with hands (kitchen robot) knead a dough – do not let sit in warm environment for too long as pork lard will start to melt further.
  • Roll out (approx. 5 mm) dough and cut out desired shapes.
  • Bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) onto parchment paper for about 10 minutes – until cookies start to brow. Be careful as they burn out pretty quickly.
  • Let cool completely and preserve in air-tight container for up to 72 hours in a cool place.


  • Always use room temperature pork lard (that is soft, but not melted). 
  • Do not leave dough for too long in hot environment, otherwise pork lard starts melting. 
  • Check cookies frequently during baking as they brown quickly.
Keyword Cookies, pork lard
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