How to make the very best ANZAC biscuits

ANZAC biscuits

Mmm, fresh ANZAC biscuits - don't call them cookies!
Mmm, fresh ANZAC biscuits - don't call them cookies!

Why this ANZAC biscuit recipe?

ANZAC biscuits are a famous recipe. You'll have no trouble finding an ANZAC recipe, but I think this particular one is the BEST. My husband Jeff (who tweaked the recipe until it was just right) entered these biscuits into the Melbourne Royal Show a few years ago, and won first prize. It was a novice category. Never mind about that bit. First is first!

I've annotated the recipe, illustrating ingredients and steps that I think are interesting.

Our Best ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain flour (sifted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 125g butter
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 4 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Method

Combine dry stuff in bowl. Melt butter and syrup. Dissolve bicarb in water, then add to butter/syrup. Mixture will foam up. Add foaming mixture to dry ingredients and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be firm enough to roll into a ball on a teaspoon. Bake for 20 minutes at 150C

What Golden Syrup Looks Like

Mmm, that's syrupy good!
Mmm, that's syrupy good!
One brand of Golden Syrup - we get it in plastic jars, glass jars, and tins.
One brand of Golden Syrup - we get it in plastic jars, glass jars, and tins.

Golden Syrup

The syrup we refer to here is Golden Syrup, easily available in Australia, and Great Britain. It's made from sugar cane. It's not corn syrup, and it's not maple syrup! It's closest to honey in consistency.

Measuring four tablespoons is a real bother. The syrup sticks to the spoon, and you have to dip it back into the jar with most of the syrup still clinging. Oh, don't get me started! A bit over quarter of a cup will be about the same measurement. You can warm the jar of syrup in the microwave to make it pour more readily, but don't overdo it - just a few seconds. If your syrup comes in a tin, then of course, don't do that!

Did you know a Tablespoon is different in different countries? The Aussie tablespoon is 20ml. Here is what Wikipedia says about tablespoons.


What Quick Oats Look Like

Here they are, quick oats. Rolled oats will do too, but your results will be different.
Here they are, quick oats. Rolled oats will do too, but your results will be different.

Quick Oats

We like "quick oats" rather than "rolled oats" because they are a little finer. We think they make the biscuits chewier.

You may prefer the look of big rolled oats in your biscuits - go for it!

What the flour looks like

Plain flour, AKA all purpose flour
Plain flour, AKA all purpose flour

Flour

The flour here is "Plain" flour. That gets called "all purpose" flour in some countries. Normal white flour, with no raising agents.


What the coconut looks like

Dessicated coconut, the finely shredded kind.
Dessicated coconut, the finely shredded kind.

Coconut

Dried, or dessicated, coconut is available in various levels of shreddedness. This is what we use, fine shredded coconut. You can toast it a bit before baking, to add some flavour, but don't overdo it!

What you will see in the saucepan

Melting the butter and syrup together
Melting the butter and syrup together
Add the bicarb and water, and it froths up
Add the bicarb and water, and it froths up
It froths up a LOT! That's why you use a big pan.
It froths up a LOT! That's why you use a big pan.

What happens in the saucepan

When you add the butter and syrup to the pan, of course it will all melt together nicely.

Stir it around a bit as it melts. Remember this mix is very hot - supervise kids closely.

When you pour in the water/bicarb mix, it will froth up ...

... a LOT - so be sure to use a big pan for the job!

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Ally 4 years ago

Those Anzac Biscuits are so delious I wish I could have 1 now.

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