Monday, 24 April 2017

Anzac Biscuits - from Australia's Favourite Recipes Cookbook 

One of my other passions apart from reading is cooking; in particular, I enjoy baking. And the added bonus is that the kids can get involved too (even if they do make a bit of a mess!)

With Anzac Day coming up this Tuesday, I thought it would be nice to make some Anzac Biscuits with my two younger daughters, so I checked out my cookbooks and decided to use a recipe from a cookbook titled Australia's Favourite Recipes, which is collated and edited by journalist Leila McKinnon. 

The book features over 70 recipes from different families across the nation. The great thing about this book (apart from the great recipes) is that part of the proceeds of the book go to Legacy Australia.
The book was first published through PanMacMillan Australia in 2012, and is a great one to add to your cookbook collection.

Leila explains how her father was always working hard and was rarely in the kitchen. But when he did have time, he would make Anzac biscuits. She shares the recipe in the book.

The recipe uses the following ingredients:
Rolled oats, desiccated coconut, plain flour, caster sugar, unsalted butter, golden syrup, bicarb soda and boiling water. 
(I used honey as I didn't have golden syrup, and they turned out as equally as delicious!)

Firstly, I preheated the oven, then I combined the oats, coconuts, flour and sugar into a bowl.

I melted the butter and honey together, then dissolved the bicarb in the boiling water, and put the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and combined well.

I rolled the mixture into balls, then flattened them and placed them on lined baking trays.

I baked them for about 12 minutes, until they were golden.


I'd love to hear how you commemorate Anzac Day. Do you make Anzac biscuits, or attend a dawn service? Or do you have a favourite Anzac Biscuit recipe you use? 


  1. My kids love baking too! Baking Anzac Day biscuits together with them I s a good way to start discussions about the Anzacs and the significance of Anzac Day. Plus Anzac biscuits are just plain yummy!


  2. It's the one time of the year I make them too - and my recipe looks very similar to yours - except that I used golden syrup.

  3. my kids have finally come to love ANZAC cookies, so we'll be making some tomorrow, although I'll try to keep them out of the kitchen, otherwise they fight over everything!

  4. Yes, very familiar with the A.N.Z.A.C biscuits recipe. Mine uses regular sugar and golden syrup and it comes from a very old cookbook. The reason these biscuits became popular and were named that way is they could be baked and packed for the troops who were fighting in places very distant from Australia so they could only contain ingredients that would not go 'off'. Plus,if they were hard when they got there, ideal for dunking!! Thank you for linking up today for #lifethisweek 17/52. Next week: Taking Stock.

  5. Yum! Might bake a batch tomorrow.

    SSG xxx

  6. I love ANZAC biscuits and I'm especially happy that Coles make gluten free ones all year round now. So yummy!

  7. Since I'm not at home this ANZAC day, I might make some biscuits and do a minute's silence on Tuesday (tomorrow for me). I like the look of your biscuits! #LifeThisWeek


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