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 when 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.
Try this simple cookie recipe today, even if it’s not Lent. We won’t tell … promise! ;)
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.
We hope you enjoy making these delicious and easy cookies from the tiny island of Malta!