Maltese Kwareżimal (Maltese Lent Biscuits)

These are biscuits which are traditionally made and eaten in Malta during the lent period. I can assure they are very addictive. They are also quite light and healthy compared to other kind of biscuits.

You should definitely try them out 🙂

For the gluten-free version: replace the 200g flour with 100g (brown) rice flour and 100g cornstarch.

  • DifficultyEasy
  • CostCheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Cooking time20 Minutes
  • Servingmakes around 12 biscuits
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineItalian
  • SeasonalityEaster


200 g ground almonds
200 g white flour (type 0)
100 g dark muscovado sugar
100 ml fresh orange juice
1 spoon sunflower oil (cold pressed)
1 spoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 orange zest
1 lemon zest
1 pinch table salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
q.s. multi-flora honey (for the coating)
q.s. chopped almonds (for the topping)
q.s. chopped pistachios (for the topping)



– sift the flour onto a big bowl;

– add the ground almonds, the citrus zests, the cocoa powder, the ground spices and mix well;

– add the baking soda and mix well;

– add the sugar and mix well;

– add the juice of the orange and knead well;

– add the pinch of salt and the oil and knead well till you get a smooth dough;

– wrap the obtained dough in some cling film and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour;

– roll out the pastry into a disc with 2 centimeter thickness;

– cut the biscuits in the shape of  rectangles of about 10 centimeter length;

– bake them at 180 degrees for about 15/20 minutes;

– melt some honey and spread it on the biscuits;

– top with the chopped nuts;


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2 Replies to “Maltese Kwareżimal (Maltese Lent Biscuits)”

  1. Hi I’ve just made the kwalezimal using your recipe. They are so delicious. I will not look at another recipe.

    5 star from me

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