April 24, 2010

ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC Day, the 25th of April, remembers the Australians and New Zealanders who gave up their lives for their countries; particularly in the Gallipoli siege of World War 1.
This fantastic recipe for ANZAC biscuits/crisps is from my Great Grandmother, and I think they're my Dad's favourite biscuits.  They're crunchy, sweet and satisfying - also easy to make!

ANZAC Biscuits
Recipe Source: my Great Grandma
2 cups rolled oats, unprocessed
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tbsp golden syrup - use more if you want them sweeter!
1 tbsp boiling water
Extra 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda and boiling water

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Melt butter in microwave or over a double boiler.

3. Add the melted butter, and the golden syrup to dry ingredients - mix well.  Make sure you coat all of the oats in the butter.

4. In a small bowl, combine the extra 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda with some boiling water.  Mix to dissolve, then add to the main mixture along with the 2 tbsp water.  Mix well.

5. Add more boiling water if the mixture is not wet enough.  (I had to).  Add more golden syrup if it's not sweet enough.  (I did).

6. Take tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls, then flatten them out with your fingers.  They need to be quite thin.  It helps if you wet your hands a bit, so that the mixture doesn't stick to you.

7. Cook until dark-golden brown in colour; about 25 - 30 minutes.  You need to make sure that they are crispy, and that they have cooked through.  If they aren't baked for long enough, the middle can still be a bit soggy from the water.

8. Transfer the baked biscuits to a cooling rack after they have cooled on the tray for a while.

9. Get the biscuits into a sealed box as soon as they are completely cool, otherwise they will go a bit soggy.  If you leave them out, just stick them back into the oven until they go crispy again.

10. Share with friends and family.

Have a good ANZAC day and a good long weekend!


  1. aimlesswandererApril 25, 2010

    From memory that sounds like our recipe too, though we didn't make any this year.

  2. I guess they're all pretty much the same!

  3. It looks good.I've always had a soft spot for oatmeal cookies.