BiteSize Cooking Show - How to Make Anzac Biscuits

During World War 1, the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the Australian soldiers were concerned for the nutritional value of the food being supplied to their men. Any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in the ships of the Merchant Navy, most of which were lucky to maintain a speed of ten knots (18.5 kilometres per hour), with had no refrigerated facilities, so any food sent had to be able to remain edible after periods in excess of two months.


Bicarbonate of soda 2/3 Teaspoon
Boiling water 1 Tablespoon
Butter 125 Gram
Desiccated coconut 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Golden syrup 2 Tablespoon
Plain flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Rolled oats 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Salt 1 Pinch
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)



1. Preheat the oven to 145F

2. In a bowl, put all the dry ingredients together except for bicarbonate of soda.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.


4. In a saucepan, combine together butter and golden syrup, heat on low and allow to slowly melt and stir occasionally.

5. Once the butter melt, mix boiling water and bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl, and pour it into the butter mixture.

6. To the bowl with dry ingredients, add the golden syrup mixture and stir well to mix and incorporate.

7. If the mixture is too moist, place the flour mixture in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

8. Roll the mixture in small balls, and place them on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other.

9. Press the dough ball with a fork and flatten them lightly.

10. Bake in the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are light brown in color.

11. Allow the cookie to cool completely.


12. Serve as desired with a beverage of your choice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 458Calories from Fat 249

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 29 g44.6%

Saturated Fat 21 g105%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 173 mg7.21%

Total Carbohydrates 46 g15.3%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 15 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet