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How to make Kwarezimal. A Traditional Maltese Lenten Biscuit Recipe.

Updated on April 27, 2013
Cooked Kwarezimal
Cooked Kwarezimal
Another batch of Kwarezimal
Another batch of Kwarezimal

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8 portions

Kwarezimal is a Maltese Lenten biscuit cookie. This Kwarezimal recipe originated a long time ago when strict fasting was more common. Since this recipe contains no eggs or fat it was permitted during Lent. Kwarezimal is still very popular in Malta and during Lent it will be available in most bakeries, shops and street vendors.

Making Kwarezimal is very easy and doesn't take up much time. So if you fancy a fat free chewy treat you really should check out this Kwarezimal recipe.


  • 100 grams Almonds, Blanched
  • 100 grams Flour, Plain
  • 125 grams Caster Sugar
  • 10 ml Brandy
  • Grated rind Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Grate the rind of 1 orange, 1 tangerine and 1 lemon.
  • 10 grams Cocoa Powder
  • 2.5 grams Cinnamon
  • Maltese Honey, has a unique flavour due to the predominance of Thyme, Clover and Carob on the island.
  • 30 grams chopped almonds

These ingredients are enough for around 8 large portions of Kwarezimal so you may need to double up on the ingedients.


  1. Roast the almonds and grind into small pieces.
  2. Sieve the flour and place stir in bowl with all other ingredients.
  3. Add a little bit of water to turn the mixture into a stiff dough.
  4. Kneed the dough and cut it into strips around half an each thick.
  5. Place the strips on well greased baking sheets. You may also opt to put some rice paper at the bottom of the kwarezimal so it doesn't stick to the dish.
  6. Bake on gas mark 5 for around 20 minutes. Do not overcook because these cookies harden more when they cool.
  7. As they are cooling, cover with honey and scatter some almonds on top.
  8. Serve when cool.

If you are interested in Maltese recipes you may want to take a look at this savory broad bean dip recipe also known as Bigilla Recipe

5 stars from 3 ratings of Kwarezimal

An alternate Kwarezimal Recipe


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    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks, they really are super delicious.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      These sound delicious! I've never heard of them before, but I'm always up for trying new desserts!! Voted up and pinned

    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Gas Mk 5 = 190°C or 375°F

      Thanks for your visit.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I've never heard of this Lenten treat before. It sounds good and would like to introduce my family to it. Do you know what "Gas mark 5" equals in temperature?

      Voted up and thank you for SHARING.