Chewy Oatmeal Cookies (ANZAC Biscuits)

April 07, 2022
This oatmeal cookies recipe is soft, chewy and so easy to make!
 oatmeal cookies


Oatmeal cookies or Anzac Biscuits?

This delicious buttery oatmeal cookies is known as ANZAC biscuits in Australia.
Both refers to the same cookies-biscuits that made of oatmeal.

ANZAC is an acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp.
ANZAC Day is Australia’s most important national occasion each year, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces on 25th April 1915, in which, 
we suffered heavy casualties.

Scroll down pass the recipe card, there is a little background read to this Anzac biscuits.

How to make Oatmeal Cookies (Anzac biscuits)?

The list of ingredients to make this chewy oatmeal cookies, can be found towards the end of the post.

 ingredients for oatmeal cookies

1. Ingredients to bake oatmeal cookies.
You will need oats, plain flour, raw sugar, butter, soda bicarbonate, corn syrup and salt (optional).
Note: honey or golden syrup can be used instead of corn syrup.

 To bake oatmeal cookies - pan roast desiccated coconut
2. Pan roast desiccated coconut till aromatic and golden in colour
Set aside to cool.

 To bake oatmeal cookies - melt butter and corn syrup
3. Using double boil method or Bain-Marie method, melt butter with corn syrup.

 To bake oatmeal cookies - Baking soda into melted butter
4. Remove from heat and add soda bicarbonate

 To bake oatmeal cookies - add hot water
5. Add hot water
 To bake oatmeal cookies - mix all dry ingredients
6. Mix all the dry ingredients including salt in a mixing bowl.

 To bake oatmeal cookies - salt added (optional)
7. Mix well

 To bake oatmeal cookies - mix melted butter to dry ingredients
8. Add melted butter

 To bake oatmeal cookies - oatmeal dough
9. Oatmeal dough

 To bake oatmeal cookies - roll and flatten oatmeal dough
10. Roll and flatten.
Ready to be baked!

 baked oatmeal cookies
11. Chewy golden oatmeal cookies or Anzac biscuits.

 Recipe for ANZAC biscuits

How to store oatmeal cookies?

Keep these golden chewy oatmeal cookies in an air tight container.

These oatmeal cookies are best eaten within 2 weeks.

 anzac biscuits

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 Oatmeal cookies are also known as Anzac biscuits in Australia. This oatmeal cookies recipe is soft, chewy and so easy to make!

Posted on 24th April 2014

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

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 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


  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

  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... :)