How good are Anzac biscuits? Incredibly tasty and pretty simple to make. This amazing traditional Anzac biscuit recipe belonged to my Grandma. She made and sent these biscuits to my Grandfather while he was fighting in New Guinea during World War 2.
Did you know that you can be fined for selling Anzac biscuits that do not conform to the original recipe?! Neither did I! However we are not selling anything here, just showing you how to make these amazing tasty treats.
Anzac Biscuit History
Anzac biscuits (originally called Soldiers’ biscuits) came into being around 1915 – during World War 1 – when soldiers’ wives and/ or mothers would bake and send the biscuits to the troops stationed overseas. The biscuits were ideal because they were cheap to make (remember that it was the Great Depression), non-perishable (contain no eggs or milk) and so didn’t need refrigeration.
After the now-famous landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in Gallipoli, the biscuits were renamed in honour of those brave soldiers who landed that fateful 25th day of April on the coast of Turkey, now known as Anzac Cove.
Now, more than 100 years after their conception, Anzac biscuits are still hugely popular, and are even available to buy commercially in supermarkets. But – as always – the best tasting ones are those you bake at home.
(If you’re looking for more Australian fare to bake, you might like to try our Australian pavlova. It is truly amazing, even if I do say so myself!)
I’ve put this recipe together based on what my Grandma taught me. I hope you can try baking some for yourself, and that you enjoy them as much as my family does.
- Mixing bowl
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (level spoon)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (or approx 375 degrees F).
- Grease a biscuit tray or line with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
- In a small saucepan over a medium heat (or in a microwave proof jug or bowl in the microwave), combine the butter and golden syrup until the butter has melted.
- In a small bowl, combine the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda.
- Add the bicarb and water mixture with the melted butter and golden syrup.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Dollop teaspoonfuls of the biscuit mixture onto the greased baking tray.
- Don't forget that the biscuits WILL spread during baking, so make sure you leave room for them to spread!
- Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven.
- Allow the Anzac biscuits to cool on the tray for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
If you have a recipe you’d like to share with us (and the rest of the world!), or if you have a related anecdote, we’d love it if you’d take the time to email us. These traditional Anzac biscuits make a delicious treat.
Until next time…
Love & Grandma’s recipes, Bella X