ANZAC biscuits

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

A sweet biscuit (cookie) from in Australia/ New Zealand associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). It's said that during World War I, mothers, wives and girlfriends would often send care packages to their men, concerned for their nutritional welfare. The problem was that the ships carrying the packages would sometimes take in excess of two months to arrive, so any food had to be edible even after that long without refrigeration. The ANZAC biscuit not only met the nutritional requirements of these women, but also contains only a few ingredients, none of which spoil quickly. These were dubbed ANZAC biscuits after the landing at Gallipoli.

Serves 24 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 160g all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 100g large flake rolled oats (not instant)
  • 65g desiccated coconut
  • 175g granulated sugar
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup (or sweet brown rice syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F.
  2. Line two baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and sugars.
  4. Melt the butter and golden syrup in a medium saucepan.
  5. Mix the boiling water and baking soda in a small cup.
  6. Add the baking soda mixture to the butter (it will froth up a bit - don't worry!)
  7. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  8. Roll the mixture into balls (I used around 2 tablespoons of mixture). It might feel a little crumbly but it should come together if you squeeze the mixture in your hands.
  9. Place on baking trays, roughly 5cm apart.
  10. Press gently with a fork or the back of a flat spatula to flatten slightly (don't press too hard!). Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Remove trays from the oven and allow the biscuits to sit on the trays for a few minutes, then carefully transfer them to wire cooling racks and allow to cool completely.

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