Chewy coconut cookies (Anzac biscuits)
- August 2019
- Makes 25
- Hands-on time 15 min, oven time 15 min
In Australia, Anzac Day (on 25 April) is commemorated with these biscuits. The biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.
The crisp-around-the-edges and chewy-in-the-centre biscuits have great dunkability, making them perfect with a cup of tea.
- 5.7g (3.7g saturated)
- 14.1g (7.1g sugars)
- 90g rolled porridge oats
- 150g plain flour
- 50g desiccated coconut
- 150g granulated sugar
- 125g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tbsp boiling water
You’ll also need…
- 2 large, lightly greased non-stick baking sheets
- Heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3. Mix the porridge oats, flour, desiccated coconut and sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Put the butter and golden syrup in a large pan, place over a medium heat and leave to melt. Remove from the heat. Put the bicarbonate of soda in a ramekin and stir in the boiling water. Add to the butter mixture and swirl the pan to mix (it will froth up).
- Add the butter/bicarb mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Roll tablespoons of the mixture into walnut-size balls. Place them about 5cm apart on the prepared baking trays and flatten slightly with the heel of your hand.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until a deep golden brown. Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave on the baking trays for 5-6 minutes to firm up a little. Loosen with a palette knife, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Store in an airtight tin.
These will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
These delicious chewy biscuits, popular in Australia and New Zealand, are associated with the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs), established in World War I. The biscuits were baked by women’s groups and sent to soldiers serving abroad, from ingredients that didn’t spoil easily and were readily available (hence the omission of eggs, which were hard to come by). They’re often baked to mark Anzac Day (25 April).
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