ANZAC Biscuits or Cookies

Anzac Day is on April 25 every year, on this day we remember men and women who have served and lost their lives in war. It is a special day for New Zealanders and Australians. The term Anzac is an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Traditionally, Anzac day is a commemorative day of New Zealand and Australian soldiers who suffered and loss their lives at Gallipoli. Over time, Anzac Day has grown into a special day where we remember men and women for fighting in wars.

Anzac Day Biscuits or Cookies

Both New Zealand and Australian claim to have invented the Anzac biscuits. They are old-style biscuits made from the most basic ingredients; oats, coconuts and flour. They are fairly nutritious cookie that has a long shelf life. They can be kept well for weeks and still be good to eat.

During the World War, women at home send these biscuits overseas and could still be eaten after weeks at sea. It was interesting to know that the soldiers during those times would break the Anzac biscuits into pieces to make porridge. Some soldiers enjoyed their Anzac biscuits with a cup of tea.

It’s still school holiday in this part of the Earth and the kids got bored on their gadgets. So today we came up with an idea that will keep us busy and feed us afterwards. my kids and I made this old-fashioned cookie made with 3 main ingredients; oats, coconuts and flour. My daughter K2 likes to help in the kitchen and she absolutely loves baking. When I told her that it’s Anzac Day today, she asked if we could make Anzac cookies. I immediately said “Yes!”

She quickly grabbed all the ingredients that she need after she searched for the recipe online. She decided to make the chewy Anzac Cookies from Taste. The recipe calls for brown sugar but we ran out of it so we just used white, and also instead of golden syrup, we used honey. We didn’t quite read the instructions really well and so we didn’t melt the butter, syrup and water in a saucepan. But everything went well regardless of the step we missed.

While the Anzac biscuits were in the oven, we were watching V Live Run BTS and we were so amused of the awards each member got. In short, we left the Anzac cookies in the oven for too long and it turned into a harden rock. It was so solid that I can’t eat it. The kids finished them all though as they have stronger teeth than us, adults. It was a baking failure to be honest, but I baked the next batch of cookies and this time they turned out well.

Here’s how to make Anzac biscuits or cookies:


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
125 g butter, chopped
2 tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp water


1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C. Line baking trays with baking paper.
2. Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl.
3. Place butter, golden syrup and 2 tbsp cold water in a saucepan over medium heat.
4. Stir for 2 minutes or until the butter has melted. Mix in baking soda. Stir butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
5. Make balls. Place on trays, 5cm apart. Flatten slightly.
6. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden.
7. Leave on tray for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool down completely.
8. Serve and enjoy with family and friends!

Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

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