The ultimate Anzac biscuit recipe: our take on an Aussie staple

Anzac Biscuits are delicious - and easy to make. Photo: iStock
Anzac Biscuits are delicious - and easy to make. Photo: iStock

THE Anzac legend is writ large, and so is the legend of the biscuit that shares its name.

It has been claimed the Anzac biscuit became a staple during World War I, because the ingredients it used did not spoil easily Рmaking the biscuit as hardy as the soldiers they nourished.

They were also known as ‘soldier’s biscuits’, and use syrup or treacle as a binding agent rather than eggs, which were scarce during the war.

We asked our resident food expert Belinda Cipriano to give us a foolproof, can’t-miss recipe for creating a sweet treat this Anzac Day.


1 cup of plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup of desiccated coconut

100g brown sugar

1/4 cup caster sugar

125g butter

3 tablespoons of golden syrup/treacle

2 tablespoons of water

1/2 teaspoon bi-carbonate soda


Preheat oven to 160 degrees

Dry ingredients: Mix oats, flour, desiccated coconut and sugars together

Wet ingredients: Melt butter, syrup, water in a small saucepan on stove until smooth

Stir in bicarbonate soda

Pour syrup mixture into dry ingredients and mix well

Roll ingredients into small balls

Flatten into discs and bake for 20 minutes

Set aside to cool