Easy Cookie Recipe from the Maltese Islands

Kwarezimal: A simple cookie recipe for Lent!

This traditional easy cookie recipe from Malta is made during Lent.

Kwarezimal or Lenten Cookies in English, are non fat cookies that were traditionally prepared by Maltese people to eat when they were fasting during Lent.

Surprisingly they could indeed eat these delicious cookies :) … even if they were fasting!

Still popular to this day as a dessert or tea time snack, this Kwarezimal recipe is perhaps one of the “healthiest” recipes for cookies you’ll find.

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Try this simple cookie recipe today, even if it’s not Lent. We won’t tell … promise! ;)

Lenten Cookies (Kwarezimal)


400 grms (or 14.10 oz) almonds ground

300 grms (or 10.58 oz) self raising flour

100 grms (or 3.52 oz) wholemeal flour

250 grms (or 8.81 oz) sugar

150 grms (or 5.29 oz) candied peel

50 grms (or 1.76 oz) margarine

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon mixed spices

1 lemon rind, grated

1 orange rind, grated

2 tablespoons orange-flower water

Some water (to make dough)

1 teaspoon honey (for decorating)

30 grms (or 1.05 oz) roasted nuts, chopped (for decorating)


Heat and melt the margarine in a saucepan. Sift the self raising flour and the wholemeal flour in a bowl. Add the bran from the wholemeal flour back to the flours’ mixture. Mix the self raising flour together with the wholemeal flour. Add the margarine and orange-flower water to the mixture and stir well.

Next, add all the remaining ingredients to the flour mixture. Add some water to knead into a stiff dough. Now form the dough into shapes (approximately 14 cms long, 7 cms wide and 2 cms thick).

Bake in a moderate oven for some 20 minutes (when ready, the kwarezimal should be slightly golden brown.) Brush some honey on the top of each cookie while still hot and sprinkle with nuts. Serve cold.

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If you liked this easy cookie recipe, you may also be interested in trying this Easy Almond Cookies Recipe that is usually made during the month of November.

We hope you enjoy making these delicious and easy cookie recipes from the tiny island of Malta!

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