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ANZACs are delicious little healthy cookies. They were originally created for the WWII ANZAC (Australia-New Zealand Army Corp) because they were small, healthy and lasted a long time. They are really simple to make and enjoy. They brought a small joy to the troops in otherwise hard times.

Step 1: Ingredients

For this project you will need:
1 cup rolled oats (the flat ones! No joke; don't use steel-cut oats)
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar (3/4 if too sweet)
3/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
8 Tbs (1 stick) butter
2 Tbs golden syrup (or honey)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs boiling water

Step 2: Mixing Time

Actually, before you start mixing preheat the oven to 325F.

  • Now, in a large bowl combine oats, flour, sugar, and coconut.
  • In a medium sauce pan combine butter and golden syrup (or honey); stir over gentle heat until melted.
TIP: In the third image below I am spraying the measuring spoon with cooking spray so that the golden syrup will not stick to it.
  • Put the boiling water in a small cup. Dissolve baking soda in the boiling water.
  • Add to butter mixture. NOTE WELL: Butter mixture will foam up to 5 times it's size in the sauce pan. This is supposed to happen! Sorry, I don't have a picture of the foam-up (yet).
  • Stir into dry ingredients before all of the foam goes away.

Step 3: Baking

At this point the mixture is good enough to eat uncooked (don't worry there are no raw eggs).

But if you want to cook them, to enhance the taste, just place small teaspoonfuls on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pop them in your pre-heated oven for about twenty minutes (less for softer cookies, experiment with times and temperatures and then post comments about what works and what fails horribly and tastes like the plauge). Pull up a chair and sit there for twenty minuets without blinking, waiting for them to finish. If you're not weird then just clean up until they are done, then take them out and let them cool because they are really hot and could burn you (if you have no sense of touch, can't feel you fingers, or they have been amputated, go ahead and have one -- note you may then just burn the roof of your mouth. So read a book for twenty more minutes, or stare at the cookies willing them to cool. It works, I swear.)

Step 4: Eat (the Hard Part)

This step is pretty self explanatory. Try not to miss your mouth. Good with milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite beverage of the day or evening. Makes a great midnight snack or holiday gift.

WARNING: Keep out of reach of children, they may disappear (I mean the kids). Tell them these snacks are healthy -- it may dissuade them from eating any... NOT!
We make them every year on ANZAC day and once we bought them and the store bought ones weren't that good.
I love Chewy ANZAC and since they don't have egg I can eat the uncooked dough!! Yay!! <br>I definitely think the homemade ANZAC biscuits are way better then the store bought ones. <br>
These look delish! I cannot wait to try baking them :) wish me luck!
Great work I love Anzac bickies, I love mine sorta soft in the middle, They are serious the best things. I could eat them all day!!!!<br />
How can i tell if the oats are flat or steel cut? I want to try your yummy looking recipe ASAP
It will say on the package, but if not, steel cut is pellet like and flat is flat (aka rolled oats).
There's always ANZAC Biscuits to buy on Poppy Day but homemade buiscuits are always better.
Sorry to be pissy about this, BUT the correct term is and always will be Anzac Biscuit. Laws have been enacted for this, and stern letters penned to editors.
What about anzac bickies? Its more slangish, but still culturally acurate.
Anzacs are the awesomest.
Nice Instructable!! That would be ANZAC - Australia New Zealand Army Corps I'm a half cast. Not quite Aussy, not quite Kiwi. Atleast when we play each other in the rugby, I always win. Well kind of.
Taken care of, my internet connection messes things up and butchers them when they are in quotes or brackets. Thanks for letting me know
Nice job. We used to have annual Anzac parades, with our scout group being invited to represent the district. The cubs and scouts were treated to hot chocolate and Anzac cookies in the Crypt afterwards (not as spooky as it sounds). Unfortunately, we have had our last parade, as we have now run out of Anzac veterans who are capable of parading. :-(

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