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    15 mins
  • Cook Time
    25 mins
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Qaghaq Tal-Gunglien (Sesame Rings) or Ottijiet (Figures of 8) are Maltese Cookies, simple but yet so delicious and perfect for dunking in your tea or coffee, just like we used to eat them when we were kids.  This is a Gluten Free Version of these cookies.



    * you can substitute both amounts with butter

    Step 1

    Place the gluten free flour and the mais flour, baking powder, Xanthan Gum (if using) and sugar in a large bowl. Add the fats and rub it into the flour mix until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the zest and juice, followed by the beaten egg and vanilla, a pinch of ground cloves and the aniseeds. Work into a dough. If it still feels wet, add a little more flour and if it feels dry add a bit more orange juice. Dough should feel easy to work with. You can also make the dough in a food processor. Put the dough in a freezer bag and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

    Step 2

    Before you start making the qaghaq, preheat the oven to 180 C.

    Step 3

    Place dough on floured surface and knead lightly. Divide it into small balls so they will be identical in size. Roll each ball into a short rope and join the ends together to form a ring. If you want to make Ottijiet, then make the balls slightly larger. Again roll into a rope and twist it to form the shape of an 8.

    Step 4

    Put some milk in one saucer and some sesame seeds in another. One by one, take the cookies and dip gently in the milk and then in the sesame seeds to coat the top evenly with the seeds. Place on a lined baking sheet.

    Step 5

    Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.


    Hi, I'm Jacqui, creator of The Blender and Senza G. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2012 and since then, gluten free cooking has become a passion of mine. I just love food, experimenting and creating new gluten free recipes or re-inventing old favorite ones so I can still enjoy what I used to love before. Being Celiac makes cooking more challenging but with loads of patience, intensive research and a burning desire to learn more and more, living the Gluten Free lifestyle has become much much easier. My mission has been that gluten free food should taste good. Gluten Free does not mean taste free and I will keep on working to discover new ways of making it even better! ❤️

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