Traditional ANZAC Biscuits Recipe

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While ANZAC biscuits are traditionally eaten in April for ANZAC Day in Australia, they are great to eat all year round. Delicious, cheap, easy to make and they store well.

try this traditional Anzac biscuits recipe at any time of the year
Traditional Anzac biscuit recipe

ANZAC biscuits (cookies for Americans) are a traditional Australian biscuit from WW2 when the recipe was created for wives and mothers who would send these biscuits to their soldiers in Europe.

The biscuits needed to be something that wouldn’t spoil during the long (looonnng) trip to Europe. They also had to be inexpensive to bake – remember, they were on wartime rationing!

ANZAC biscuits are still a favourite today. And while they are traditionally eaten on Anzac day, they can be eaten all year round. The biscuits are perfect with a morning cup of tea and are great in lunchboxes!

My recipe comes from my father. I think it’s a pretty standard recipe from an old commonsense cookery-book.

Yield: 12

Traditional ANZAC Biscuits

an old-fashioned Anzac biscuit recipe

A traditional Australian biscuit from the World Wars.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 125g butter
  • 1 Tbsp golden syrup (treacle)
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • few drops of vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a baking tray.
  2. Melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. Dissolve the bicarb soda in the boiling water and add to the butter mixture.
  4. Sift in the flour and salt. Add the coconut, sugar, rolled oats and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  5. Drop lumps of mixture onto the baking tray (or roll into balls) and bake for 17 minutes. Cool on trays.


Numbers will depend on the size of the biscuit that you make. They will spread slightly when cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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  1. thanks so much for this. I saw your post and thought it would be nice to send the kids to school with something Aussie tomorrow (we live in Oman) so hopefully I get up early enough to make some of these in the morning. I love your blog, it helps me feel closer to home too. xxx Clo