April 2020

Prepare your own Maltese cookies while staying at home

Prepare your own Maltese cookies while staying at home

(Dubai, 19 April 2020):  People who long for the taste of Malta now have the chance to indulge in exotic Maltese desserts prepared by none other than themselves. Due to the surplus of free time during quarantine, many people have turned their focus on hobbies they could practice while at home, and it seems the popular home activity right now is cooking.

Malta Tourism Authority shares a traditional kwarezimal recipe for home cooks to prepare. Families staying at home will enjoy the taste of Malta while cooped up with their loved ones.

Kwarezimal is made in every household in Malta during Easter, and its name literally means ‘forty days of Lent’. These delicious cookies are easy to bake yet will surely please everyone with a sweet tooth.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 250g almonds
  • 250g sugar
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1 egg white
  • Honey
  • Orange rind
  • Cloves (ground)
  • Orange juice


First, preheat the oven to 190 °C.

Lightly roast the almonds, let cool completely and then grind them into large pieces. Take a little and keep apart from the rest, as you will use these to garnish the finished cookies at the end.

Kwarezimal – Maltese lenten cookies sprinkled with chopped nuts

Sift the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the almonds, sugar, ground cloves, grated orange rind, orange water or juice and the egg whites. Knead lightly until all the ingredients are mixed well. If you feel that the mixture is too stiff, add some water, but very little at a time. You don’t want the mixture to become too soft!

Take a portion of the mixture from the bowl. Shape into rectangles about 15cm long, 2cm thick and about 5 cm wide. Lightly grease a baking tray or use baking paper. Place the pieces on the tray and make crisscross patterns on the cookies with a knife. Bake for about 20 – 25 Minutes.

The Kwarezimal should still be soft when you remove them from the oven. They harden as they cool down. So do not make the mistake of leaving them in the oven longer if you see them soft! While they are still warm on the cooling trays, wipe them with Honey and put the left-over chopped almonds on the top of them. Now, sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy your homemade Maltese cookies.

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About Malta Tourism Authority:

The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) was formally set up by the Malta Travel and Tourism Service Act (1999).  This clearly defines its role – extending it beyond that of international marketing to include a domestic, motivating, directional, co-ordinating and regulatory role. The Act strengthens the public and private partnership in tourism through greater and more direct participation by the private sector in national planning and development of the industry.

The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has a diverse role, but one which in essence is all about creating and fostering relationships. The MTA is the tourism industry’s regulator and motivator, its business partner, the country’s brand promoter, and is here to form, maintain and manage meaningful partnerships with all tourism stakeholders. Primarily, this means attracting visitors to the Islands, but also working closely alongside the private sector partners. Importantly, the MTA is also here to help strengthen the industry’s human resources, ensure the highest standards and quality of the Islands’ tourism product, and foster relations with local and international media.

To find out more about Malta Tourism Authority: https://www.mta.com.mt/en/home

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