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.
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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a baking tray.
- Melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over low heat.
- Dissolve the bicarb soda in the boiling water and add to the butter mixture.
- Sift in the flour and salt. Add the coconut, sugar, rolled oats and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 127mg Carbohydrates: 32g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Looking for more baking recipes that use rolled oats? Check out these recipes:
- Rock Cakes
- Muesli Bars
- Choc-Oat Biscuit Slice
- Oat, Sultana and Pecan Biscuits – a delicious alternative to the traditional ANZAC biscuit recipe
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.