The care packaged I received from Mum and Dad last week also included some Golden Syrup. The only reason they sent this is because J. loves a biscuit (cookie) I make that this is one of the key ingredients for. So over the long weekend I decided I would make a double batch of Anzac Biscuits for him to take into his office.

Anzac Biscuits have been a favourite in Australia and NZ since World War 1 when wives of soldiers are said to have sent these biscuits to their husbands because the ingredients keep well. That’s just a brief history but you can read more here. This is the recipe for just a single batch that makes about 24 large cookies.

In a large bowl sift 1 cup of flour and 2/3 cup of sugar. Mix in 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of desiccated coconut (I leave this out since J. doesn’t like coconut). When combined make a well in the centre of the mixture. In a small saucepan combine 125g unsalted butter and 1/4 cup of golden syrup, stir over low heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. In a cup dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda in a tablespoon of boiling water and add immediately to butter and syrup mixture.

This is my favourite part! The butter mixture foams up quickly and is then added into the well of dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir until well combined.

Line a biscuit tray (cookie sheet) with baking paper. Drop one level tablespoon of mixture at a time onto try. Make sure you allow room for them to spread. Place in a preheated 180°C oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just browned. The longer you bake them the crispier they get. Transfer from oven to wire rack to cool. Eat with a tall glass of milk.

This is an easy recipe and it makes a lot of biscuits. I have used Maple Syrup as a substitute for Golden Syrup when I can’t get it and it works just as well, just offers a slightly different taste. J’s colleagues loved these and they apparently disappeared in record time. I am already getting requests for more but since I have a limited supply of Golden Syrup they will just have to wait.

  1. nijah06 says:

    I have some friends that are from Australia and they make these all of time and these cookies are delicious.. One of the days I will tackle making these cookies.Yours look good.

  2. Tammy says:

    I have never heard of these! Thanks for sharing.

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