ANZAC Biscuits (with Almonds)

The iconic thin, chewy-crispy, coconut-and-oatmeal ANZAC Biscuits made famous during World War I.  The original Anzac biscuit recipe has been revamped to include almonds and brown sugar for an added boost in flavor and texture! They’re simply irresistible and will keep you reaching for more!

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What Are Anzac Biscuits? 

The origin of ANZAC Biscuits dates back to World War I when Australian and New Zealand wives made them for the overseas soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) to send them a bit of comfort from home.  They wanted to create something they could mail to their soldiers overseas that would keep for a while without spoiling.  The biscuits, or “cookies” as they’re called in North America), have achieved an almost iconic status over the years and are now made and sold commercially.

Traditionally made with flour, oats, coconut, butter, golden syrup, boiling water and baking soda, the eggs were intentionally left out so the cookies wouldn’t spoil during their long naval transportation. As a result Anzac biscuits are thin and chewy and with the addition of golden syrup also have a delightful bit of crunch on the exterior.

Almonds are not traditionally included in Anzac biscuits and normally white sugar is used instead of brown.  I’ve made a couple of adjustments to the traditional version, adding slivered almonds, brown sugar and almond extract for added texture and flavor.  We love the results!

What is Golden Syrup?

Anzac Biscuits traditionally call for an ingredient called Golden Syrup, which is a rich caramelized inverted cane sugar syrup.  It has a very distinct flavor and there is no adequate substitute for it.  Corn syrup is not the same thing.  For the best flavor, we highly recommend using golden syrup.

It’s readily available at any grocery store in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and many well-stocked grocery stores in the U.S. also carry it.  I’ve seen it some World Markets as well.  You can also buy it on Amazon in its traditional tin can or in an easy-to-open squeeze bottle.

You can also super easily make your own golden syrup!  Check out our tutorial for Homemade Golden Syrup!

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Whatever you do, don’t substitute the golden syrup with something else.  Either buy it or make it yourself.   You’ll love the wonderful flavor and texture that golden syrup adds to these cookies.

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Anzac Biscuits Recipe

Let’s get started!

Melt the butter and Golden Syrup in  a small saucepan.  Stir the baking soda into the boiling water and add it to the butter mixture.  Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts.

melted butter

Combine all of the dry ingredients (except for the baking soda which was added to the butter).  If you want to cut back on the sugar, you can use a brown sugar alternative such as this one.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture.

combining ingredients to make cookies

Stir to combine.

Scoop out 1-inch balls and place them 2-3 inches apart on a nonstick cookie sheet.  The cookies will spread and be thin.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.  Let sit for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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anzac biscuits recipe best australian coconut almonds nuts wwi

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet June 8, 2014

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