Anzac Biscuits (cookies)
Serves: 2 dozen
Anzac stands for "Australian New Zealand Army Corps." Australian women baked these cookies to send to their men on the beaches of Gallipoli in World War I.
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon golden syrup (or molasses or honey)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, coconut, brown sugar, and oats in a large bowl; mix well. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the water, golden syrup, and baking soda. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix well with your hands. Shape into cookies and bake on an oiled cookie sheet (or lined with parchment). Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cookies are nicely browned. Let sit on cookie sheet for a minute or so, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Note: You can initially mix the dough in a stand mixer, but it will not hold together. You must squeeze and form a ball of dough using your hands. The dough needs the warmth of your hands to hold together. I formed it into one large ball, then pulled off pieces about the size of a walnut and formed into 24 balls, pinching and squeezing to form a nice shape.
Recipe by The Culinary Cellar at