Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits

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(209 ratings)

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These iconic biscuits were originally made to send to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

  • 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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26th Jan, 2020
Fabulous easy recipe. A bit too sweet so next time I’ll reduce sugar to 80g. Probably the easiest biscuit recipe.
27th Nov, 2019
Don't use Bicarbonate of Soda! Lovely biscuits, moreish. But the bio does give them a nasty after taste, quite salty. I know its def the bio as my friend made some cakes the day before and admitted she had overdone the Biocarbonate and they had the same taste albeit stronger...
3rd Jun, 2019
Have made these twice now as I love anzac biscuits, think I'll leave out the bicarb and boiled water maybe reduce the sugar a small bit as well. easy to make though which is good.
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Heidi MacLeod
28th Nov, 2018
I absaloutely LOVE these biccies. Probably my faves!!!!!!!!!!!
20th Aug, 2018
Whoops - Golden syrup is acidic. My bad
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22nd Apr, 2018
I have never made a biscuit before in my life and am not sure what I did wrong? I copied the recipe exactly and my biscuits came out perfect! The mixture made a soft dough which I shaped in 40g balls then flattened them down onto a non-slip tray. They didn't stick or spread out into large puddles of mix rather, they came out of my oven after 10 minutes looking exactly like the picture on the website. My only concession was to reduce the caster sugar to 50g because I am diabetic.
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25th Mar, 2018
These taste amazing! So simple with such basic ingredients. When you're mixing them they smell AMAZING. I love this recipe SO much
19th Feb, 2018
Made these first time today.. no bicarb so left it out.. Amazing biscuits.. Will surely make again.. cross between a cookie and a cake almost..but quite delicious. no trouble sticking.. I buttered my tins and dusted with flour.. makes them perfectly non stick..
20th Aug, 2018
Since there is nothing acidic in the mix the bicarb is superfluous. The only thing it really does is add a slight saltiness to the biscuits, so you could probably add some salt to taste. Baking powder on the other hand would work as it contains the acid needed to activate the Bicarb. You need to put it in the oven as soon as you mix it though as it starts to work as soon as it gets wet. fact it will ONLY work if it gets wet - which is why it contains cornstarch which only serves as a descant AND why baking powder only keeps about 6 months once it's opened before it's useless.
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Emma Barrett
26th Jan, 2018
Not sure what everyone is going on about! These biscuits are fabulous, I have been making this recipe weekly for years and they turn out perfectly everytime! I love the way the water and bicarb mixture fizzes up when added to the butter and syrup.


26th Oct, 2019
Really easy to make. Judged tbsps of syrup by eye - tasted fine. Similarly, added a splosh of boiling water to bicarbonate. Fizzed straight away and carried on fizzing when added to hot butter/syrup mixture. Instead of using a dessert spoon just took small handfuls of mixture, rolled into walnut sized balls and squashed slightly on a baking tray. We started eating them before they were even cool! Very simple, straightforward recipe to make yummy biscuits. And they’ve got oats and coconut in, so they’re good for you too right ;)
21st Nov, 2018
Do you need to add the bicarb to the golden syrup or could it be added to the rest of the dry mix? I'm hoping to make layered jar gifts with the recipe for Christmas presents so it would be handy if the recipe worked that way too! Thanks for your advice!
26th Oct, 2019
As well as reacting with acid to release CO2, sodium bicarbonate also undergoes thermal degradation at temperatures above 80C to produce CO2, so acid isn’t always necessary to get sodium bicarbonate to act as a raising agent.
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22nd Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. This step it to help activate the bicarbonate of soda. As an alternative, we do have the following layered cookie recipes which don't require this: Plus more edible gifts here: We hope this helps!
19th Jan, 2016
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!
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21st Mar, 2016
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.
1st Mar, 2019
Really lovely busicuits. Only thing I would change is maybe reduce the sugar as they are very sweet. However everybody loved them. Would recommend.
14th Nov, 2015
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
15th Dec, 2014
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!
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