RECIPE: ANZAC Biscuits

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Anzac Biscuits with Soldier Slouch Hat and Poppy on Dark Vintage Background

ANZAC biscuits are traditional cookies that are associated with ANZAC Day, observed in Australia and New Zealand every year on April 25th. Although first established to honour the fallen members of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), who fought in Gallipoli, Turkey against the Ottoman Empire during WWI, ANZAC Day has become an annual remembrance of all Australians and New Zealanders who had served for their country – whether in conflict or peace-keeping missions.

ANZAC biscuits were sent to soldiers as care packages by their mothers and wives. Given its long shelf life, the biscuit travelled well and far.

ANZAC Day in Perth, Australia
ANZAC Day in Perth, Australia

Today, these sweet treats are a perfect snack on the go. Take a break and enjoy them with a tall glass of milk or hot cup of tea or coffee.

Serving: 24 biscuits (approx.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup (or corn syrup)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Add the oats, flour, coconut, and sugar to a large bowl and mix together.
  2. In a small saucepan over a low to medium heat, whisk the butter, golden syrup, and water until the butter is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda.
  3. Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients, using a spatula to mix the ingredients together.
  4. Drop tablespoonfuls of the batter onto the greased cookie sheets, leaving room for them to spread out a bit.
  5. Bake for anywhere from 12 to 18 minutes, depending on desired texture. The shorter time will yield chewy biscuits, whereas with the longer time the biscuits become more crispy.