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Indulge in a taste of Australian and New Zealand tradition with our ANZAC biscuits recipe!
They are buttery, chewy, oatmeal coconut biscuits that have a rich history. A delicious treat still popular today!
Our recipe combines rolled oats, coconut, golden syrup, and other simple ingredients to create sweet, chewy biscuits with a hint of caramel flavor. Perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee, these biscuits are a classic treat that are sure to become a family favorite.
Step-by-step photos and instructions are below!
I’m going to share with you something super close to my heart. No, it’s not biscuits (known in the USA as cookies ). Well. OK, these ARE pretty close to my heart but that’s not what I mean today. April 25th is ANZAC Day.
As a New Zealander, being away from home is hard when the traditional things I would do at specific time of the year arrive. So, to help me feel like I’m home, I’m sharing this recipe with you!
So, why these biscuits then? The original reason for them is they are made of ingredients that will not spoil, and could withstand being mailed by loved ones in New Zealand (and Australia) to those serving overseas during the first world war. They were typically made by wives and mothers and sent to soldiers serving overseas as a homemade treat.
Anyone in the US know what ANZAC means? Look, I know you’re here for the recipe, but hear me out! I’ll be brief, ish. Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe if you want to skip this!
ANZAC Biscuits History:
ANZAC means “Australia New Zealand Army Corps”, and on April 25 every year, there is a memorial to honor commemorate all “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations”.
ANZAC biscuits are often enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee, and they are a beloved symbol of the ANZAC spirit, which celebrates the courage, mateship, and sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand armed forces.
Every April 25, I remember those who served and died. Lest we forget.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Taste and texture: ANZAC biscuits have a delicious flavor and texture that many people find irresistible. The combination of oats, coconut, and golden syrup creates a sweet, nutty taste that is both satisfying and comforting. The texture is also unique, with a crisp exterior and a slightly chewy, crumbly interior that provides a satisfying crunch.
- Easy to make: ANZAC biscuits are relatively simple to make, requiring only a few basic ingredients and minimal prep time. This makes them a convenient and accessible option for people who want to whip up a quick batch of homemade treats.
- Versatility: Although ANZAC biscuits are delicious on their own, they can also be used in a variety of ways. For example, they can be crumbled over ice cream or yogurt, used as a base for cheesecake or tart crusts, or even enjoyed as part of a savory cheese board. This versatility can make ANZAC biscuits appealing to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
ANZAC biscuits are a type of sweet cookie that originated in Australia and New Zealand during World War I. They were typically made by wives and mothers and sent to soldiers serving overseas as a homemade treat.
They have a crisp exterior and a chewy, slightly crumbly texture on the inside. The golden syrup gives them a distinctive caramel-like flavor, while the oats and coconut provide a slightly nutty taste and texture.
Golden syrup is a key ingredient in ANZAC biscuits and provides the biscuits with their distinct flavor and texture. However, if you can’t find golden syrup or prefer not to use it, you can substitute it with corn syrup, real maple syrup or honey, though this will alter the flavor slightly.
Yes, ANZAC biscuits can be frozen for up to three months. Once baked and cooled, store the biscuits in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze.
Yes, you can make ANZAC biscuits gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and flour. You can also use almond meal or another gluten-free flour as a substitute for the wheat flour.
Australian and New Zealand women used golden syrup to bind the biscuits in place of eggs, so that the biscuits could survive the 2-3 month trip to troops stationed overseas.
I have included step-by-step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
Recipe Ingredients and Possible Substitutes
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Rolled Oats. In this recipe I use the quick cooking kind. Typically, though, the old-fashioned kind are used.
- Coconut. Here in the US, I use sweetened flake coconut. You can sub unsweetened if you prefer a less sweet cookie. For the Kiwis and Aussies, I’m talking about desiccated coconut.
- Flour. Plain old all-purpose flour.
- Sugar. Regular white sugar. Nothing. fancy.
- Butter. I use salted butter, and I weigh it (because that’s what my old recipe says). It’s 1 stick plus 1 Tbs – my original recipe says 125g
- Golden syrup. Definitely seek this ingredient out, it’s worth it! You could use light treacle, maple syrup, corn syrup or honey if you had to. Brown sugar and honey mixed together also works in a pinch.
- Baking soda. Also known as bicarbonate of soda, this is the only leavener in the recipe, and reacts with the golden syrup to create a honeycomb kind of flavor.
- Mixing Bowl
- Wooden Spoon
- Small Cookie Scoop
- Baking trays
- Parchment Paper
How to make ANZAC Biscuits
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Preheat oven to 350°F, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Make the cookie dough
In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, flour, and sugar.
In a small saucepan, combine butter and golden syrup together over a medium low heat until the butter melts, mix well. When well blended, remove from heat.
Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water and add to the butter mixture.
Pour the wet ingredients (butter mixture) into the dry ingredients (flour and oat mixture) and combine.
Scoop onto prepared baking sheet
Use a small cookie scoop to portion out cookies, and roll mixture into balls, placing on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart (they do spread).
Flatten with the bottom of a glass (sprayed with baking spray to stop the cookies from sticking!). You can use a fork as well!
Bake for 12-15 minutes, cooking one sheet at a time.
Cookies are done when the cookies are golden brown with crispy edges.
Allow to cool on the baking sheet, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Devour.
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Authentic ANZAC Biscuits
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Make the cookie dough
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, flour, and sugar.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup together over a medium heat. When well blended, remove from heat.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water and add to the butter mixture.
- Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together.
Scoop onto prepared baking sheet
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion out cookies, and roll into balls, placing on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart (they do spread).
- Flatten with the bottom of a glass (sprayed with baking spray to stop the cookies from sticking!). You can use a fork as well!
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, cooking one sheet at a time.
- Cookies are done when the edges are brown.
- Allow to cool on the baking sheet, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Kylee’s Notes for Authentic ANZAC Biscuits:
- These biscuits do not contain eggs on purpose. During the war – eggs were scarce, and it would have made them less stable when being sent overseas.
- Change out the coconut for unsweetened vs sweetened for a less… well, less SWEET cookie.
- Use old fashioned oats vs the quick cook kind I use here.
- Golden syrup can be found on Amazon, or in specialty stores. It’s similar to honey and molasses (but not quite the same).
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
Update: This recipe was originally published in April of 2018. It was updated and republished in April of 2023.