Chewy ANZAC Biscuits

April 24, 2014

ANZAC Biscuits

Chewy ANZAC Biscuits

25th April is an ANZAC day
... a day to remember...

"Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand, a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same remembrance day, but making reference to both countries in its name"


and ANZAC biscuits were introduced during those difficult time.

According to Wikipedia..
"Anzac was first used in a recipe, published in an advertisement in the 7th edition of St Andrew's Cookery Book (Dunedin, 1915). It meant to be a cake, not a biscuit, and there were no mixing instructions. A recipe for "Anzac Biscuits" appeared in the War Chest Cookery Book (Sydney, 1917) known as Rolled Oats Biscuits. The combination of the name Anzac and the recipe now associated with it first appeared in the 9th edition of St Andrew's Cookery Book (Dunedin, 1921) under the name "Anzac Crispies". Subsequent editions renamed this - Anzac Biscuits"
ANZAC biscuits are eggless oatmeal cookies, again falling back on history, eggs were scarce due to farmers participated in the war.  Furthermore, making it eggless would have made ANZAC biscuits last longer when shipped long distance... I believe it took 3 months or more to travel from Australia to Europe on ship...

ANZAC Cookies

I once bought ANZAC biscuits from the supermarket, some 8 or 9 years ago. I was curious but never again I would put the store-bought ANZAC biscuits in my mouth again. I found it too overly sweet.

This year, I decided to bake my own. I made it with less sugar and I pan roasted desiccated coconut for that extra nutty flavour.
Will I be making them again next year?
Definitely .... 

Wishing everyone in Oz~ Have a relax wonderful long weekend

ANZAC Biscuits

Chewy ANZAC Biscuits

makes 28
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50g desiccated coconut 
90g rolled oats
150g plain flour
150g raw sugar
125g butter
2 tablespoon corn syrup
2 tablespoon boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  1. Pre heat oven to 160C. 
  2. Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  3. Pan roast desiccated coconut until golden in colour. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (except bicarbonate soda). 
  5. Use a medium size saucepan and melt butter with corn syrup. 
  6. Take off from heat and add bicarbonate soda (caution this will froth)
  7. Add 2 tablespoon boiling water. 
  8. Pour the butter mixture into the oat mixture. 
  9. Mix until well combined. 
  10. Roll into walnut size ball and flatten. 
  11. Place 5cm apart on the baking tray. 
  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes. 
  13. If baking 2 trays at a to rotate trays between shelves. 
  14. Bake until the cookies are golden brown. 
  15. Leave them to cool on the tray for few minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.


  1. Lovely cookies! They look very tempting.



  2. Love to get my hands on this one day. Love cookies with oats inside.

  3. These cookies look so good Lisa...cannot go wrong with coconut and oats...yum!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

  4. This is such a meaningful holiday for so many Australians. So nice to see the whole nation gather together on this day to pay their respects each year. Great recipe as always, Lisa =) #lestweforget

    1. Its a great day to remember #lestweforget

  5. I love oatmeal cookies! These look awesome, Lisa.

  6. I've never been that keen on store-bought Anzac biscuits either. I'll have to try your home-made recipe!

    1. :D... all gone before the weekend was over ;P

  7. I'm so glad you told the story of these cookies. Sometimes the story is half of what makes a food good.

  8. Thanks for that little bit of history lesson! I had not heard of these cookies before but your version at least looks pretty good to me,

  9. I really need to try these cookies one of these days. I've heard so much about them, but haven't tasted them yet. Your photos look amazing, Lisa. Make me want to grab and eat them... :)