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These iconic biscuits were originally made to send to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli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

Pbrook001's picture

These are awesome ! I've varied the golden syrup levels and made both harder and softer biscuits: I personally prefer them a little more chewy but great both ways

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Dead easy to make and came out a lovely shape. A good crunchy biscuit.

GiSora's picture

They are so easy to make and delicious too

Kiraz's picture

has anyone tried making these with coconut oil instead of butter ?

hannahspruijt's picture

Made these with coconut oil and I don't think it made much difference if you don't mind not having the buttery taste - but I found this recipe tasted too much of the bicarb, especially on the 2nd day of eating.

theofficemanager's picture

Really yummy have made 3 versions today (See Tips) Just a bit too sweet for so I halved the sugar

jomonki's picture

These are so quick and easy to make. I have made them several times and they have worked well each time. They have proved popular with friends, family and colleagues alike.

Selinarp's picture

I love these! Taste so good! So quick and easy to make and you can make lots of variations. I made some with raisins in and want to try chcocolate next

andycallaghan70's picture

I made these for the first time today, added a tablespoon of peanut butter, tablespoon of ground almonds and some dried fruit shavings....absolutely gorgeous :)

Evo1956's picture

Made these for the first time today, really easy, followed the recipe exactly only cooked at 160, slight error in the printing, my husband sat on a chair in front of oven for 8 mins exactly, to make sure they were as perfect as his mum cooked! made 20 and were gone in less than an hour Fab will definitely make again

cakesandtarts's picture

I followed the recipe exactly, just doubling the quantity to make more. They turned out exactly as the photo of them portrayed and tasted absolutely delicious. Oh, and I put raisins in one lot and choc chips in the other.

cakesandtarts's picture

I followed the recipe exactly; just doubling the quantity as I needed to make plenty of these biscuits. They turned out just as the picture of them portrayed and were absolutely delicious. Oh, and I put choc chips in one lot and raisins in the other (yummy!).

michele8840's picture

Very quick and easy to make. I followed the recipe and didn't need to add anything and they turned out beautifully. Where it says 'put dessertsoons on tray' I found that I had to roll them into balls a little bit between my hands but they definitely stuck together because they were quite buttery. No problem to roll them into balls. Will definitely make them again.

FamilyH's picture

Quick ... Simple ... Tasty ; what's not to like about these?! I made them a few days ago including cranberries and a splash of milk. However, they didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked. When I felt them in the oven they were soggy so kept them in the oven. In the end they were 'crispy' . Also they spread very quickly on the trays. But I know have a biscuit tin of crumbs which no one wants to eat.

sweet tooth's picture

I made these in a jiffy and they were eaten up in the same speed!! I didn't have to add any milk to my mixture as it was moist enough.

Fitzy990's picture

Is there an error with this recipe.Oven temperature says 160deg for gas and 180 for fan oven.Should this not be the other way around.You should set your fan oven temperature 10-20 deg lower than in a conventional oven

fruitymuffin's picture

Amazing best Anzac recipe, maybe the best biscuit recipe too

helaynie's picture

I also had to add milk-about 3 tbsp and added cranberries as suggested. I put the mixture in the fridge for about 10 mins and they were a lot easier to handle. Turned out great.

Flirtyfabgirl's picture

My whole family love these, ive made 6 batches so far, i added poppy seeds, ground almonds, granary flour instead of normal and sultanas, love love love !!!


Questions (2)

megskate's picture

How long will the mixture last in the fridge/ freezer? Just two of us, so don't want to be baking a whole batch at once!

goodfoodteam's picture

You can freeze these once baked if you don't want to be tempted by too many in one go. Pack into a rigid container and freeze for 6 weeks. Thaw at room temperature.

Tips (2)

theofficemanager's picture

For a really healthy version either drop sugar to 25g or omit completely as the coconut is very sweet - Use honey or agave syrup instead of golden syrup.
For a Christmas version use some mixed fruit and nuts and 2 teaspoons of mixed spice and 25g of dark sugar melted into the syrup - if you have an orange handy pop in some zest - YUM
You can also add some glace cherries to the basic recipe for a nice change

FamilyH's picture

Make sure to leave lots of space between them as they spread loads. But put them in walnut shapes on the bake tray. And cranberries taste delicious in them!