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Anzac Biscuits our National Pride

Updated on April 22, 2013
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Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits or as some might call them, Oatmeal cookies, are a delicious combination of a sweet, crunchy, buttery oatmeal flavored biscuit. Depending on taste they can be made firm and crisp or with a soft and chewy texture. Combining the perfect balance of oats and coconut, butter and syrup, the biscuits are a welcome addition to any morning or afternoon tea cuppa, and are great to pack for picnics and in school or work lunches.

How did Anzac biscuits get their name?

The sweet biscuit is believed to have originated in World war 1. Created by a team of women who wanted to find a biscuit that could be sent to sustain their men on the front line. The carefully selected ingredients needed to stand up to the rigours of early century transportation without spoiling on the long journey overseas. Hence the name Anzac biscuit was born. Made and sent with love and compassion and dedication from women to their courageous husbands, brothers, uncles and lovers fighting for the war effort. More than just a biscuit, the Anzac biscuit is a true iconic tradition passed down from generation to generation of Australian and New Zealand households

Every year in Australia, Australians celebrate Anzac Day.

What is Anzac day?

The word ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp. Considered by many as Australia's most important national occasion it is a National day of pride and a solemn reminder for every Australian/ New Zealand citizen of the courageous battle that took place when in 1915 the Australian and New Zealand troops fought the battle of Galipoli in World War 1.

Declared a public holiday the nation stops on the 25th of April each year to commemorate and honor the soldiers that served and died in military operations fighting for their country at the first landing in Anzac cove. Remembering a significant time in history ceremonies are held across the nation at dawn and marches take place throughout the day to honor the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who served our country and for those who died in the war, and to acknowledge the spirit of ANZAC with it's extraordinary qualities of courage, sacrifice and mate ship. Each year Anzac day sees hotels and Returned Service League clubs around the country come alive and overflow with the families of solders that have fought in the war and patriotic supporters and people whose hearts swell with both pride and gratefulness for the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the war effort. Some 8000 courageous men gave their life that day fighting for their country and for peace.

Anzac day is a day worth remembering.

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A few simple ingredients
A few simple ingredients
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 24 biscuits


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 125 grams butter, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

Makes approximately 24 biscuits.

  1. Turn oven onto 160 to 180 degrees. Lightly spray two baking trays with oil or cover with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together sifted flour, oats, coconut and sugar
  3. Melt the butter and mix in the golden syrup. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in two tablespoons of hot water and add to the butter and syrup mixture and stir into the dried ingredients.
  4. Roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls and place on the trays leaving about 6cm between each biscuit. Then flatten with a fork.
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. After resting for a couple of minutes, place biscuits on wire racks to cool.


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    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Yep!! it's a bit hard not to love these delicious cookies..Cheers

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      Love oatmeal cookies!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Peg..really glad you enjoyed the recipe.. I find it really interesting as well the differences brands, packaging etc between countries. There's so much to learn isn't there?


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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wonderful history lesson and recipe rolled into one concise hub! Nice pictures. They make me hungry for Anzac Biscuits or oatmeal cookies. They look delicious. I always find it interesting to see the different brands and packaging from other countries. And interesting to note the difference in temps for our ovens, too.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you so much Moonlake..they are indeed yummy biscuits, thanks for the share..much appreciated..cheers

    • moonlake profile image


      5 years ago from America

      Looks delicious and with a history to it. Voted up and thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hello Au fait..lovely to have you over my way..glad you enjoyed the history involved in the cookie..and you are so right about coconut, it sure makes a difference..thanks for your visit..cheers

      Btw one of my hubs is a recipe for a lemon coconut might like it seeing you like coconut..:)

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your visit Peggy W & votes & appreciate it & love that you enjoyed the history of the biscuit also..cheers

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Very much enjoyed the history lesson that goes with these biscuits. Oatmeal cookies are a basic here in the states and it sounds like they are in Australia too. I like your recipe with the coconut in them. That sets this recipe apart. Next time I make them I'll have to try adding some grated coconut.

      Voted up, UIA, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was such an interesting history lesson as well as a cookie recipe. Thanks for linking them together. UUI votes and will pin this to my cookie board. I love oatmeal cookies and this would be a slightly different version.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much prasetio30 for your comments you are very hope you enjoy the recipe..cheers

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi RTalloni, I appreciate your insightful comments and so agree that it's so important for countries to remember their distinctive histories!! And I loved this story about the love dedication and courage that surrounds the biscuits and felt it worth remembering and sharing!!!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Susan, so glad you enjoyed the history of the biscuit and your recipe does sound the same for's hard not to love a buttery, moist crunchy biscuit isn't it?? Cheers

    • prasetio30 profile image


      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had never heard about Anzac Biscuits before reading this hub. I learn something new about world's culinary. sound delicious. I love the recipe and thanks for sharing with us. Up and useful :-)


    • RTalloni profile image


      5 years ago from the short journey

      How interesting to learn about Anzac biscuits in this hub. Looks like the recipe would make a great cookie :) , but it is so important to foster national pride with holidays like the one surrounding this biscuit. When countries encourage and maintain patriotism by remembering their distinctive histories, the world is strengthened as a whole because history has much to teach that we have not yet learned! Thanks for sharing a neat recipe that speaks of the love and care families and communities had for those who were sacrificially defending the helpless.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your biscuits sound very similar to a recipe I make called Granola Oatmeal Bars using Lyles Golden Syrup. I enjoyed reading the history of how the Anzac biscuits got their name.

      Voted up, and sharing.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Nell, thanks for dropping by & the votes!! Yep Mel Gibson was in the movie Gallipoli the story of the Anzacs & played a good role..So glad you enjoyed the history of the biscuit..cheers

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi carter, I had seen the film Anzacs, I believe Mel Gibson was in it? I never knew about the biscuits though, fascinating history, and the recipe looks and sounds delicious! voted up!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks very much Vickiw for your help with this, I am not familiar with corn syrup and have only ever used golden, this will def help other readers when baking Anzacs...cheers

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      5 years ago

      Love these, and have made them many times. I should point out though that they only taste like they should if you use cane sugar golden syrup - Lyles is the usual one. Corn syrup is NOT the same, and doesn't give the same results. You can get this syrup in North American stores.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Billy, thanks so much for dropping by & so happy to share about our famous biscuits!! It truly is a pleasure to share this recipe with friends so hope you enjoy them if you get to make them..I am very well thank you so much, enjoying my family from Qld who are with us for an extended stay..not much time to spend on hubpages though! Hopefully be dropping bye your way soon to peruse those new hubs!! Take care..Cheers

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh wow thanks for that MizBj- glad to hear they r ur fav cookies - what a great idea trying gluten free!! Will have to give that a go.. Not sure about the light corn syrup but think it should work ok! Appreciate your votes, & very kind comments..thanks so much!!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks prettynutjob.. They are so good with coffee for sure..think I'll come visit your land sometime surely I'll find something sweet there:)

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Mar for ur generous comments.. These are such great biscuits, the recipe makes loads & they always turn out for me..hope you enjoy!! Cheers

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Never heard of them, Carter, but they sound delicious. Thanks for the education and the recipe, and I hope you are well.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      5 years ago

      This hub caught my eye when I saw that the Anzac Biscuits were the equivalent of our oatmeal cookies in the USA, and oatmeal cookies are my favorite. I have been forced to go gluten-free, so I want to try this recipe using gluten-free flour and steel cut oats. It may vary in flavor a little, but that is the price I have to pay for comfort. Just one question, I noticed that LaThing says she uses corn syrup, would light corn syrup be the equivalent of golden syrup?

      I love history, too, so thanks for the story. Beautiful hub, well written with nice photos. Gotta vote you up ++.

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      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      This is a great recipe, the pics are making mouth water. Thanks for sharing the yummy article!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your comment & votes La Thing, much appreciated..they are delicious biscuits aren't they!! Sounds like the corn syrup is similar to golden syrup? must give those oatmeal cookies a try using it:) take care..cheers...

    • prettynutjob30 profile image


      5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great recipe hub, voted up and shared. I love having these little treats with my coffee. Yummy!!!!!!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Well detailed, historically interesting and looks absolutely delicious, Mary.

      Thanks for sharing...I look forward to trying this recipe. UP and UABI.

    • LaThing profile image


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great recipe, Carter! I always made it but didn't know it was called Anzac Biscuits! LOL..... Of course, I substitute the golden syrup with corn syrup, and call it oatmeal cookies :)

      Good to know the history behind it. Thanks for sharing the information. Voting up and +++


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