ANZAC Biscuits

And now the short history lesson, for those of you who were playing hooky that day: ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the forces that fought in the First World War. You remember: the Great War, the War to End All Wars and all that?

Makes about 4 dozen

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup (see tip)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Grease a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut

Melt together

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

Combine

  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

and add to the butter mixture. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients. Add a little more water if the mixture is too dry.

Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

ATTN Golden syrup is a thick, amber-colored form of inverted sugar syrup. The best-known brand in the UK is Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which is now distributedin the U.S. If you can’t find it, look for King brand syrup or substitute a mixture of honey and corn syrup.

From an original recipe provided by Bob Lawson, an ANZAC present at the Gallipoli landing.

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