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Ottijiet - Maltese Biscuits

Ottijiet are an 8 shaped biscuit infused with citrus and spices. Traditionally topped with sesame seeds, these biscuits are the ideal dunk biscuits!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: European, Maltese
Keyword: Biscuits, Ottijiet, Traditional
Servings: 20 biscuits


  • 350 g plain flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 100 g butter cold cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground aniseed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of an orange
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • sesame seeds for decoration


  • In a large bowl, combine together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, aniseed, cloves and orange zest.
  • Add the butter to the dry mixture and combine everything with your hands.
  • In another bowl mix together the egg, juices and water.
  • Knead everything together until a dough is formed. Do not worry if the dough gets too crumbly, this is what we want.
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and place it in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Pre-heat oven to 200°C/390°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Prepare the sesame seeds in a plate. Set aside.
  • After taking out the dough, divide into 20 equal pieces. Roll them between your hands until you get rolls of about 20 cm long.
  • Close the ends together so that it forms a ring, and then twist the ring to get the 8 shape.
  • Dip the dough into the sesame seeds and then place it on the baking tray.
  • Leave some space between each biscuit and do not overcrowd the tray as these biscuits tend to rise while baking.
  • Bake the biscuits for about 10/15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Let them cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!


Store these biscuits in airtight containers or a good cookie jar and these biscuits can last up to six days; if you can resist.