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
  • CuisineItalian


  • 200 gground almonds
  • 200 gwhite flour (type 0)
  • 100 gdark muscovado sugar
  • 100 mlfresh orange juice
  • 1 spoonsunflower oil (cold pressed)
  • 1 spoonunsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1 teaspoonground cinnamon
  • 1orange zest
  • 1lemon zest
  • 1 pinchtable salt
  • 1 teaspoonground cloves
  • 1 teaspoonground nutmeg
  • q.s.multi-flora honey (for the coating)
  • q.s.chopped almonds (for the topping)
  • q.s.chopped pistachios (for the topping)


  1. – 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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