ANZAC Biscuits

On ANZAC day, we remember and commemorate all men and women who served as part of our defence force, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation's freedom and safety. The 25th of April marks the day Australian and New Zealand troops landed in Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915 as part of the Allied efforts to take down Germany's ally Turkey.

These cookies were named after the soldiers and are enjoyed throughout the year, but especially around this time. During WWII, communities would rally around the war efforts by preparing batches of biscuits to send to soldiers on the front lines. ANZAC biscuits were less perishable and were able to make the long journey from home to the front lines without losing their nutritional value. 

This is the best recipe that I have tried and tested and makes 24 cookies. 

  1. Heat oven to 160C
  2. Line 2 large trays with baking paper.
  3. In a small saucepan heat 120g butter, 2 tsps water and 2 tbsps Golden syrup over low heat till the butter is melted then set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine:
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pour in warm melted butter mixture.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Divide mixture into 24 balls.
  • Place on baking tray about 2cm apart.
  • Flatten lightly with a fork.
  • Decorate with almonds - not a traditional thing so you can skip this step.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.