Anzac biscuits

Takes 35 mins


Makes 20
These iconic biscuits were originally made to send to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal118
  • fat7g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 85g porridge oat
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter, plus extra butter for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture.

  2. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients.

  3. Put dessertspoonfuls of the mixture on to buttered baking sheets, about 2.5cm/1in apart to allow room for spreading. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Comments (194)

speranza's picture

I've made these countless times and always double or triple the quantity BUT never double or triple the soda. It leaves an aftertaste and even if I just make one batch, I cut down on the soda from 1 teaspoon to about half a teaspoon. A little less syrup makes them less chewy. If you prefer the crispy and flatter, just flatten them with a spatula half-way through cooking. Finally, they are GORGEOUS-ER :) if drizzled with chocolate [milk or dark] after cooling a little! @//*_*\\@

andief's picture

We make these several times a week, that is myself and my 9yr old daughter and 6yr old son. We are slightly naughty as we brush ours with melted chocolate when cooked and then let them set. Delicious!

katematthews's picture

My sons are coeliacs and I tried the recipe using Dove plain flour. The results were good but the biscuits were slightly more brittle than usual.

Very very good.

poohpooh_vecchio's picture

very simple and tasty!!! i made them many times.

tamaramann's picture

These are really easy and very yummy!

maitken's picture

By the way - any suggestions as an alternative to Golden Syrup. I live in the US and while I can buy golden syrup, i have to go out of my way to find it.
I realized that i omitted the tbsps of water and added less sugar, which would obviously make a difference to the mixture, and had a i read all the comments and ratings before I made them, I would've noticed this beforehand and avoided my initial frustration with the dryness of the mixture. This is why I love this website because I learn from the errors of others - except, Ha, ha, not if I don't read them!!!

maitken's picture

I used Jumbo oats and added chopped apricots but found the mixture to be too friable initially. i added some water to the mixture which allowed me to form the mixture into balls. this worked out better.
they taste good.

frankieedin's picture

Brings me back to being in Oz. I doubled the golden syrup, even though they ended up larger and flater, it means they are nice a chewy!

littlelouise's picture

So far no-one has disliked them, SO easy and SO tasty.

suz2303's picture

Simple, easy and absolutely delicious! All the family love them

poisondwarf's picture

Made many times - always go down really well with everyone

stephjeff's picture

lovely tasting were a bit soft and chewy rather than crunchy tho.

staceynind's picture

Absolutely wondeful!

Great for beginners and uses very little ingrediants. Definitely recommended!

Had to increase the temp and time for them to turn golden, but they turned out scrummy!

izzie-hanzo's picture

These are ace! Im making sum for my presentation on New Zealand. They are the first thing i put in my folder thingy

lindfsw1's picture

I wanted a recipe that used up leftover coconut and oats - so these biscuits were perfect. I added some ground cinnamon, ginger and all spice as I love the spicy warmth these add to bakes. Totally delicious - I have already eaten two and the second batch isn't even done yet!

zenda103's picture

The soda was really, really too much for this recipe. Left the whole batch tasting unpleasant. Otherwise it seemed like a good recipe. Pity about the ingredients.

japneet's picture

These are one of the best cookies I've had. Only downside is that they finish tooooo.......... quickly :)

princessdaisy's picture

Just like Granny used to make. I've been looking for this recipe for years-Delia has one but its not as good as this. I used stork instead of butter and added some dried cranberries. Slightly overcooked the first batch so they are crisp(still lovely) but second batch have that chewy/crisp combination i remember from my childhood.

theedda's picture

These really are perfect. That is all.

archnit's picture

great cookies.. love it


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