Monday, April 26, 2010

ANZAC Biscuits

Yesterday we spent an enjoyable, albeit showery and chilly, afternoon at a friend's place connecting with other Australian and New Zealand expats for our annual ANZAC day celebration.  ANZAC day is a very special day for us antipodean folk.  ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and the 25th April marks the date that the troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 for what became an extended, and ultimately, failed attempt to capture Constantinople (Istanbul).   That is a reader's digest version obviously and, if you are interested in such things, a more thorough explanation can be found here.

Anyway, one part of the celebration is the appearance of the iconic ANZAC biscuit (we call a cookie a biscuit in Australia).  These were said to be baked by family at home and sent to the troops as they travel well.  These are simple, easy and delicious.  I am not sure if you can buy golden syrup in the US though so I will have to look into what you might be able to replace it with in the recipe.

ANZAC biscuits

125g (4oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb soda)
1 tablespoon boiling water
1 cup rolled oats (not quick cook variety)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour (all purpose)

Mix oats, sugar, coconut and flour in a bowl.  Heat butter and golden syrup in a small pan until butter is melted.  Add baking soda to hot water and then add that mix to the butter and golden syrup.  Add this mixture to the dry stuff and mix well.  Scoop teaspoons of mixture onto baking tray and bake in a slow oven (150C, 300F) until golden (about 15 - 20 mins). Leave to cool on tray (or leave to cool a little on tray - until they are hard enough to move - then put them on a cooling rack until totally cool).  Fend off hands from every direction trying to scoff them all at once.


  1. these cookies look wonderful!!!
    can wait to try the recipe.
    BTW... you mentioned coconut in your recipe but it is not listed in the ingredients and also do you think golden syrup could be replace with maple syrup?
    Thank you.

  2. They sound scrummy!

    And a very happy (???) ANZAC day to you. (Not entirely sure what the proper greeting is for this.)

  3. @ KBriggs. They are truly delicious - the kids will gobble them up. Thanks for telling me about the coconut - all fixed now! As for replacing the golden syrup with maple syrup, I think that would change the flavour but it would be worth a try. Golden syrup has quite a distinct flavour. I did read somewhere that Wholefoods carries it. Otherwise, I might try using a mix of light corn syrup and molasses maybe. If you google 'golden syrup substitutes' it brings up a list of possible mixes.
    Let me know how you go!
    @ Lolo - I am not sure what the proper greeting is either - I don't think we say anything really!

  4. In the US there is a product called Lyle's Golden Syrup and in Canada there is a product called Roger's Golden Syrup. Both very good and exactly what this recipe calls for!



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