Tuesday, 24 April 2012

ANZAC Day and ANZAC Biscuits

It has rained all night in Melbourne but that didn't deter the "diggers" from turning out for the Dawn Service and the march afterwards.

Collingwood will play Essendon in the traditional AFL ANZAC Day football match and
I will remember my grandmother who died 25th April 2003 age 96.

The oven is on early and the smell of ANZAC biscuits cooking will soon fill the kitchen.

The acronym ANZAC was coined in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand troops were training in Egypt. 

The word ANZAC was eventually applied to all Australian and New Zealand soldiers in World War 1. The term is particularly associated with the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915

Anzac biscuits received their name during the First World War, when biscuits were made without eggs so they would keep longer for the soldiers. 

Dry ingredients
small balls ready for the oven


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour 

1 cup sugar 

3/4 (three-quarters) cup coconut 

125g (4 oz) butter 

2 tablespoons golden syrup
½ (half) teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 

1 tablespoon boiling water 


Pour oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut in a mixing bowl; 

Put butter and golden syrup in a saucepan, stir over gentle heat until melted; 
In a cup mix bicarb. soda with boiling water and then add to melted butter mixture; 
Stir the liquid into dry ingredients. 

Press with a fork to flatten
Lightly grease or line with greaseproof paperoven trays; dollop mixture onto tray leaving room to spread.(small balls with make chewy biscuits - flattened will make crispier biscuits)

Cook in slow oven (150°C or 300°F) for approx 20 minutes (less if fan forced). 

fresh from the oven 

Rosemary is for remembrance and is often worn on ANZAC Day
Lest we forget


  1. wow they look so yummy and easy to make.

  2. I'm going to make some this morning - before I go to work! Lovely post that made me cry remembering all the brave men that went "over the top" to die because they were told to and remembering a woman who lived as a widow for nearly fifty years - our nan.

    1. I made them this morning before I went to the football for the big ANZAC remembrance day. Lest we forget what they did for our freedom - sad that so many lost their lives. The March in the City seems to get bigger every year!

  3. What a beautiful post.

    I'm hoping that Anzac biscuits still last as I'm planning to bake some and send them to my son who is serving in Afghanistan. Your recipe looks perfect, so as you have been kind enough to share it I will use it.

    Thank you. Jude x

    1. Jude, these biscuits were packed into air tight tins called billy's so they would survive there journey to the front. I am sure your son will love them, as all things you send him from home.

  4. Lovely post. It's so good for everyone to remember the sacrifices those brave men and boys made. I have a 19 year old son and it horrifies to think of where he'd be if born during those times. Love your ANZAC biscuits - they are a lovely golden colour xx

    1. Thanks Charlie. Thank goodness we live in better times how awful the sacrifices families made and are still making in times of war. Too terrible to think about.

  5. A wonderfully inspirational post, and also thanks for posting the recipe for these iconic biscuits......a LOVELY and poignant post. Karen

    1. Thanks Karen. I should have entered them in your teatime treats, I'll have to whip up a batch of something else now.