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April 25, 2012

ANZAC Biscuits: A Taste of Kiwi

New Zealanders and Australians celebrated ANZAC day today – the day where we remember our fallen soldiers, and in particular, the soldiers who lost their lives at Gallipoli during World War One.

At this time of the year I like to bake a batch of ANZAC biscuits. It’s said that mothers and wives baked these biscuits and sent them overseas to soldiers during the war.

ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC Biscuits

1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup coconut

1/4 1b /4 oz/1 stick butter

1 tablespoon golden syrup

2 tablespoons hot water

1 teaspoon baking soda

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the dry ingredients. Melt the butter and golden syrup together and add to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well. Roll into small balls, flatten with hand and place on a tray. Bake until golden in a medium oven. About 10 – 15 minutes at 180C / 350 F

Shelley’s Notes:

1. I added a new dried cranberries and some sunflower seeds to my biscuits for a modern twist.

2. The biscuits will be quite soft when they come out of the oven. Let them cool a little on the tray before removing them.


  1. Nas

    Hi Shelley,

    What a wonderful recipe for the ANZAC cookies. I remember liking them so much while in NZ and students would bring them over. I’ll try this recipe for sure now!

    And I liked the story why mothers and wives bake dthis biscuit.

    Thank you.

    • Shelley

      They’re quick and easy to make. I whipped up a batch before dinner. I remember making them at home economics at school and have liked them ever since. :)

  2. Brinda

    Those look delicious. I love the combination of oats and coconut. Yum.

  3. Maria Zannini

    I am so grateful for the internet. Because I follow so many Australian and New Zealander blogs, I learned about ANZAC.

  4. Savannah Chase

    Oh they do sound yummy. I’m always up for trying something new. I’m a huge fan of coconut.

  5. Lydia K

    The biscuits look delicious and I love that there is history behind them. :)

  6. Mary Kirkland

    What a lovely story behind the biscuits. I love baking so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out.

  7. Liv Rancourt

    My nephew grew up in Australia but lives in LA now, and today his Facebook update mentioned watching live ANZAC footie. (“Go Bombers” was his exact quote.) Now I know what he was talking about. I mean, in addition to the football.

  8. Ciara Knight

    What a great way to remember your fallen soldiers. They look delicious.