Recipe: Anzac Biscuits

These biscuits were originally made to send to the ANZACs (The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli during World war I. ANZAC day is commemorated in Australia each year on April 25th.


  • 85g porridge oats
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter , plus extra butter for greasing
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients.
  3. Put dessertspoonfuls of the mixture on to buttered baking sheets, about 2.5cm/1in apart to allow room for spreading. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Anzac Biscuits

  1. Hi there Em,

    well these were an absolute success. Couldn’t be easier to make – my six year old did pretty well all of it himself (I just did the butter melting) and really cheap too. The only ingred I didn’t have in the house was the dessicated coconut and that cost 28p. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think there was anything much you could buy anywhere for 28p!!! Plus I have stacks of it left.
    Anyway, they taste really good. I didn’t listen to what you said about the 2.5cm gap and we squeezed too many onto the tray so they did merge a bit but that just meant the boys could make them into interesting shapes when they cut them out.
    I really really must get metric weights for my scales!
    I will be making these for the school fair – because even I cannot go wrong with them!
    Thank you!

  2. I made these biscuits for some Australian friends of mine who came for a visit to America.
    They raved.
    Enough said.

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