Friday, April 25, 2014

ANZAC Biscuits

Today is ANZAC Day, a day when we in Australia remember and honour those who have fought in wars to keep our country safe and to uphold justice. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The 25th April is the date which marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War (Gallipoli in 1915). My great uncle Ernest was in that first landing. He died a week later, the day before his 25th birthday, after being wounded 28th April 1915 at Gallipoli. My father's eldest brother was named after him.

One ANZAC tradition which we enjoy is baking ANZAC Biscuits. ANZAC biscuits were originally baked by family at home and sent to loved ones stationed overseas. ANZAC biscuits were chosen as they are hardy and survived the long trip well and were still edible when they arrived. Miss O baked these ANZACS this afternoon, nice big ones which are disappearing quickly.

ANZAC Biscuits


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut 
125g/4oz butter
1 Tbsp golden syrup*
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbsp boiling water
    *If you have difficulty sourcing golden syrup you could use a little treacle or maple syrup mixed with honey.


  • Preheat oven to 160C/320F. Combine rolled oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. 
  • Melt butter and golden syrup over low heat. Add boiling water to soda, then add this mixture to the melted butter and syrup (it will bubble up a little). 
  • Pour into dry ingredients. Stir well. Roll into balls, place on greased or lined baking trays and flatten slightly (allow room for spreading). 
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until dark golden in colour. Remove from oven, stand for 2 minutes. Loosen biscuits and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 24 medium sized biscuits.


Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

happy ANZAC Day to you!

mmmmm, those sound delicious. look at those delicious ingredients. :-)

have not heard of ANZAC Day. have heard of gallipoli... probably first, from the mel gibson film of that name.


DeborahGun said...

Mmm - we enjoyed some today too - made for us by an American friend!!!

geanina said...

Thank you for sharing! Looks amazing!:)

flowersandhome said...

I knew about Anzac day of course but hadn't heard of these biscuits. I was just looking what I could bake over the weekend. Now I know it will be these cookies! Thanks for the recipe. They look delicious btw.

Joy said...

Great to know the story behind anzac cookies.

Lisa Gordon said...

Happy ANZAC Day!
This sounds like our Veteran's Day.

These cookies look and sound really yummy, Karen. Thank you for sharing the recipe here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Happy ANXAC day. So happy to learn something new. What a wonderful holiday tradition.These biscuits sound very good to me. And shouldn't last too long hete either!

Mary Huey said...

Thanks for sharing a down-under tradition, Karen. The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England have just planted a large field of poppies that will bloom in August to remember the beginning of WWII 100 years ago. Should be quite beautiful!!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

They will indeed be a picture Mary, perfectly timed to remember 100 years since the beginning of WWI. I presume they are red poppies.

Kirsten said...

We made some Anzac biscuits here too - hope you have had a nice weekend!

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