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Anzac Biscuit Recipe

14/02/2020 (Last Updated: 17/03/2020)
 

Whip these easy Anzac Biscuits in no time! This popular Australian cookie is crunchy, sweet and only 6 ingredients – oats, butter, sugar, flour, golden syrup and a dash of water!

Anzac biscuits in a pile on top of each other.

Why We Love This Recipe

There’s nothing better than a freshly baked tray of cookies fresh out of the oven. The whole house smells great and you get a sweet treat or two as well.

These biscuits are particularly easy to mix together, we love that they don’t need eggs either!

 

Anzac biscuits sitting on a cooling rack.

 

What are Anzac Biscuits? 

Anzac biscuits (or Anzac Cookies) are an Australian and New Zealand oat based cookie snack or dessert, which is usually slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are mainly made up of oats, butter and a little flour and water with golden syrup added as a sweetener. A lot of recipes traditionally use baking soda and plain flour for the mixture, but we’ve instead simplified this by using self-raising flour to achieve the same result.

If you need another sweet to complement these cookies, try our Australian Lamingtons cakes complete with homemade choccie sauce!

Plate of Anzac Biscuits.

How to make Anzac Biscuits

Set oven to pre-heat at 160°C.

Mix all your dry ingredients including your oats, sugar and flour.

Dry mix of oats, sugar and flour in a bowl.

 

Add melted butter and syrup and mix again into a crumble. Finally pour in the water and bring it all together.

Adding golden syrup into dry mix of Anzac Biscuits.

 

Spoon out a portion into your hand and roll into a ball before placing onto a tray. Repeat until you fill a tray with 6 – 8 biscuits. Flatten each with your hand or fork.

Dough ball on hand ready to bake Anzac cookies.

Pop them in the oven and bake for 30 min or until they start to turn golden brown.

Cook’s Tips

  • Remember to squish down your dough balls before baking otherwise you may end up with with baked balls instead of biscuits! 
  • If you’re mixture is dry, try adding an extra teaspoon of water, mix again and repeat until necessary. The end result should be sticky enough to roll together and not collapse when placed on the tray.

FAQs

Which sugar should you use for Anzac biscuits?

We used white sugar in our recipe. For a richer result, you can replace with brown sugar or raw sugar. 

Can Anzac cookies be frozen?

Yes! You can pop your Anzac cookies in an airtight container in the freezer and whenever you’re feeling snackish.

Why were Anzac Biscuits invented?

There’s two main possibilities – both originating around the war – hence the name ANZAC which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. They were either invented to send biscuits to soldiers, and having no egg in them, would aid in a longer lasting biscuit OR they were invented to eat at home and raise funds for the war. Cool fact – the first recorded instance of the named ‘Anzac Biscuit’ recipe dates back to 1919 or 1920 over a hundred years ago in our home town in Adelaide. (According to this article anyway) 

Plate of Anzac Biscuits.

Variations & Substitutes

  • Use any sugar, if you don’t have white, substitute with brown, raw or any other sugar. Some will change the flavour profile, but you’ll end up with a similar result.
  • Some recipes add desiccated coconut, our families never added any though, so we didn’t include it in our recipe.

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Anzac biscuits in a pile on top of each other.

Super Quick Anzac Biscuit Recipe

Whip these easy Anzac Biscuits in no time! This super popular Australian biscuit is crunchy, sweet and oh-so-tasty!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetiser, Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 12 Biscuits
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 150 g melted butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Set oven to pre-heat at 160°C.
  • Mix all your dry ingredients including your oats, sugar and flour.
  • Add melted butter and syrup and mix again into a crumble. Finally pour in the water and bring it all together.
  • Spoon out a portion into your hand and roll into a ball before placing onto a tray. Repeat until you fill a tray with 6 - 8 biscuits. Flatten each with your hand or fork.
  • Pop them in the oven and bake for 30 min or until they start to turn golden brown.

Video

Notes

Cook's Tips
  • Remember to squish down your dough balls before baking otherwise you may end up with with baked balls instead of biscuits! 
  • If you're mixture is dry, try adding an extra teaspoon of water, mix again and repeat until necessary. The end result should be sticky enough to roll together and not collapse when placed on the tray.
FAQs
  • Which sugar should you use for Anzac biscuits? We used white sugar in our recipe. For a richer result, you can replace with brown sugar or raw sugar.
  • Can Anzac biscuits be frozen? Yes! You can pop your Anzac cookies in an airtight container in the freezer and whenever you're feeling snackish.
  • Why were Anzac Biscuits invented? There's two main possibilities - both originating around the war - hence the name ANZAC which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. They were either invented to send biscuits to soldiers, and having no egg in them, would aid in a longer lasting biscuit OR they were invented to eat at home and raise funds for the war. Cool fact - the first recorded instance of the named 'Anzac Biscuit' recipe dates back to 1919 or 1920 over a hundred years ago in our home town in Adelaide. (According to this article anyway) 
Variations & Substitutes
  • Use any sugar, if you don't have white, substitute with brown, raw or any other sugar. Some will change the flavour profile, but you'll end up with a similar result.
  • Some recipes add desiccated coconut, our families never added any though, so we didn't include it in our recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Ann
    07/03/2020 at 3:41 am

    5 stars
    WOW! These crunchy cookies are totally scrumptious! I feel like I want to bite these through my screen. I’m definitely saving the recipe for later. I’ll probably make these tomorrow. Lucky me, I have all the ingredients at home.
    Thanks for posting this! Your blog is amazing. I’ll be coming around often. Keep it up!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/03/2020 at 9:37 am

      Awesome Ann, hope you had fun baking. Let us know how they turned out! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jeannette
    18/02/2020 at 6:17 pm

    5 stars
    YES! I’ve never made ANZAC biscuits before, but I know where to look for the recipe now! Thanks for sharing such a classic!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/02/2020 at 3:09 pm

      Hey Jeannette – haha, glad you’re so excited. Hope you have fun baking them. Let us know how they turn out!

  • Reply
    Jayne
    18/02/2020 at 4:41 pm

    5 stars
    Love the flavor of oats in these biscuits. I make them often!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/02/2020 at 5:37 pm

      They are a pretty popular biscuit, glad you enjoy making them too!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    18/02/2020 at 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe and comes together so easily! Looking forward to baking these this weekend; looks too good to pass up!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/02/2020 at 5:36 pm

      Oh nice Sara, have fun and happy baking!

  • Reply
    Kacey Perez
    18/02/2020 at 1:24 pm

    5 stars
    These look like the perfect grab and go breakfast! Definitely want try this one out!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/02/2020 at 5:36 pm

      That’s a great idea. We love having them for morning tea with a hot cuppa. So moreish!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    18/02/2020 at 1:15 pm

    5 stars
    Your Anzac biscuits look amazing! Can’t wait for them to be ready to eat.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/02/2020 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks Rebecca – hope yours turn out just as delish!

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