Around the World in 12 Dishes: Australia: Anzac Biscuits

This month we went down under and traveled to Australia.  We weren’t quite sure what we were going to make at first until I stumbled across Anzac Biscuits.  We found it interesting because these biscuits originated around World War I and were called Soldier Biscuits.  Basically the mothers and wives of soldiers would make these biscuits for the soldiers overseas because they were cheap to make, they were non-perishable, and they provided sustenance and nutrition to the soldiers.

We almost didn’t make this recipe however, because we needed to go to a specialty store that sold golden syrup.  But I am glad we made the trip over to get the syrup because we loved this recipe!  The biscuits didn’t last more than two days in our house and the kids want to make another batch.


  • 1 cup Rolled oats
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Shredded coconut (we used the sweetened)
  • 2 Tbs. Golden syrup (I found it at the World Market stores here in the U.S.)
  • 4oz Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. Hot water


First preheat the oven to 325 F and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Then in a large bowl place 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and 3/4 cups of shredded coconut.

Mix the ingredients well.

Next place 4 oz of butter and 2 Tablespoons of golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, and let them melt together.

In a small bowl stir 1 tablespoon of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda together.

Pour the water and baking soda mixture into the butter mixture. It will froth up.

Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients.

Mix the ingredients well.

Using a tablespoon to measure out the amount, place 1 Tbs of the mixture in your palms and then roll together into a ball. Place on the baking trays with enough room for expansion.

Bake for between 10-15 min (check after 10min). These will continue to cook a little after you pull them out of the oven. The longer you cook them the harder they will become.  Allow to cool for 5 min and then remove the biscuits and place on a wire rack to cool down completely.

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