A sweet classic for ANZAC Day

03 April 2024
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Whether crunchy or chewy*, it wouldn’t be ANZAC Day without ANZAC biscuits.

There’s nothing so Australian as an ANZAC biscuit, and most families have their own recipe handed down through the generations. These golden, oaty treats are an Aussie tradition that has endured the test of time. But how did an ordinary biscuit become such a national icon? 

There’s been a lot of research done into the history of ANZAC biscuits. It seems that it stems from a Scottish recipe and had been an Aussie favourite long before World War I.  

During the war, however, the biscuits were often baked to raise funds and an appropriate name helped sell them. They became ‘Red Cross biscuits’ or ‘Soldiers’ Biscuits’ and were often sent in care packages to the troops overseas. Without eggs, the biscuits kept well even on the long sea voyages of the day. 

ANZAC biscuits are easy to cook and even easier to eat, so why not get into the ANZAC spirit and bake up a batch this ANZAC Day? 

*In a very rigorous survey – well, we asked everyone on our floor of the office – almost 80% of respondents preferred chewy ANZAC biscuits.  


ANZAC Biscuits: Recipe



  • 1 cup plain flour 
  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 125g butter 
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup 
  • 1 tbsp hot water 
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda 


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius*.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, coconut and sugar in a large bowl. In a saucepan, melt the butter and then add the golden syrup. Bring it to the boil before removing it from the stove.
  3. Mix the hot water and bicarb soda and add it to the butter and syrup – it should froth up. Pour this into the dry ingredients and stir together. If the mixture is a little dry, add some water. 
  4. Take spoonfuls of the mixture, roll them into balls and place them on a greased baking tray, about 5cm apart. Use a fork to flatten them and then put them in the oven for 15 minutes* or until they’re golden brown.
  5. Once they’re removed from the oven, let the biscuits cool on the baking tray for about a minute, and then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

    *Please note, cooking temperature and time may vary depending on your oven. 




Anzac biscuits recipe


Since WWI, more than 1.5 million Australians have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.   

On ANZAC Day (25 April), we invite you to honour their invaluable contribution and commemorate in a way that is meaningful to you.  

Attend an RSL Sub Branch service, take a quiet moment to reflect at home or donate to the ANZAC Appeal, and help keep the ANZACs’ legacy alive.   

Lest we forget. 

Plan Your ANZAC Day