ANZAC biscuits are a traditional Australian and New Zealand ANZAC day treat. The biscuits (cookies) can be crunchy or chewy. Packed with oats, butter and golden syrup make them an addictive treat.
Nothing beats a homemade ANZAC biscuit. The ones purchased from the local supermarket are not the same.
Part of the joy with these biscuits, or cookies for my American readers, is the smell when baking.
The smell that escapes from the oven is both comforting and delightful. It is the combination of sugar, golden syrup and butter. The smell tantalises nostrils and is pure bliss.
What is ANZAC Day?
For my non Aussie and NZ readers, you probably are wondering what ANZAC is. ANZAC stands for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC day falls on the 25th April, a day where we spend the time to reflect on the brave women and men of our armed forces, red cross, other groups and individuals.
We remember what these people have done/do during war and peace. Protecting their homelands and assisting those that are in need in other countries.
ANZAC day means reflection and showing our respect to so many that have sacrificed so much for us. To remember those that have fallen. Lest We Forget.
Chewy ANZAC Biscuits vs Crunchy
Lovers of these biscuits fall into two camps. Camp chewy and camp crunchy. I am a crunchy girl at heart.
I find that being crunchy aids to the ANZAC biscuits taste. The sugars develop toffee notes and caramelise beautifully.
When they are on the chewy side, still delicious, but I feel them lacking in flavour. Therefore chewy ANZAC biscuits just aren't my thing.
Golden syrup adds to the unique flavour of these biscuits. You could substitute with maple syrup, but they won't taste authentic.
I should add that the ANZAC biscuits may not be authentic with maple syrup, but they will still be a very tasty cookie!
If you don't have access to golden syrup from your local supermarket, you can buy Golden Syrup on line.
More ANZAC Day Recipes
PIN ME TO MAKE ME LATER
- 135 grams (1 ½ cups) rolled oats
- 40 ml (2 generous tablespoons) golden syrup
- 110 grams butter
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 150 grams (1 cup) plain flour
- 75 grams (1 cup) heaped shredded coconut
- 180 grams (¾ cup) caster sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg white
- Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Melt butter and golden syrup (I am lazy and melt them in a bowl in the microwave) then add the bicarb to the mixture.
- Stir in the oats, flour, shredded coconut, sugar and salt. Give it a slight mix.
- Add the egg white and mix until combined. If the mixture is not holding together enough to roll in to balls add a little water.
- Roll the mixture with wet hands into large walnut sized balls and place on a baking paper on a tray. Press the balls down slightly.
- Bake in the oven for around 12 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool.