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This cookie was popularized by World War I care packages sent to soldiers of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), since they could be made without eggs, and they kept well on the overseas voyage to Europe.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2000



Cook's Notes

The dough is very crumbly, but a small ice-cream scoop will enable you to form the biscuits quickly and in a uniform size and shape.

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  • rosieparramore
    25 JAN, 2018
    I made by recipe except I halved it; turned out very good and invited my neighbor over for hot tea and Anzac biscuits!
  • Kirk Muddle
    21 JAN, 2015
    PEOPLE - STOP CHANGING THE RECIPE !!! This is the original from the early 1900's and is still the way we make it in Australia, stop it with the maple syrup, corn syrup, toasted almonds etc. These biscuits pay homage to our troops that died in World War 1, a war where we we were sent to the slaughter. Keep the honor of the thousand of dead troops alive by not messing with the recipe !!! And yes, the sometimes go chewy when they cool, depends on your liquid ratio
  • Mugdha Biyani
    23 NOV, 2014
    hi, I made Anzac biscuits following the recipe exactly...and it turned out great until it completely cooled down and became soggy...What probably could have went wrong. Kindly suggest how can i prevent it.
  • MS10026010
    13 FEB, 2013
    This recipe is really good and so easy. You don't need an electric mixer; just a wooden spoon. I have maple syrup on hand, so I use that I instead of the Golden Syrup. Everyone I serve them to loves them.
  • Laas_Izzy_Yum
    25 JUL, 2012
    This recipe was amazing!!! We changed the recipe by substituting the golden syrup for corn syrup. We also roasted finely chopped almonds with vanilla and orange juice for a little fresh and tangy flavor while creating a variety of textures. While cooking the butter we added vanilla, orange, lime and lemon zest and lemon and orange juice, and honey. Right before placing in the oven drizzle, lemon juice. The cookies turned out fantastic we highly recommend them for any occasion. Thanks Martha!
  • xpatriate
    24 APR, 2010
    As an Australian living in the U.S, I was keen to try out this recipe as tomorrow April 25 is ANZAC Day, a day when Australians and New Zealanders unite to commemorate our war veterans.
  • jawasano
    13 MAR, 2010
    I also used honey instead of the Golden Syrup and it turned out great. These cookies come together in like 15 minutes. They are amazingly fast. They're also really good. There are other cookies that I like better, but those ones also take a lot more time. I will make this again and again because of how easy and how good they are.
  • LPongetti
    2 JAN, 2010
    Saw Alexa make this on Whatever Martha and wanted to try it. Nice way to remind folks of deserving recipes from years gone by! I'll comment later on how we enjoyed them. Linda from NJ.
  • coffeebeanme
    21 OCT, 2009
    This is a terrific cookie! So easy, they smell so good, and they taste wonderful - a winner with the whole family!
  • twoelles
    7 AUG, 2009
    beautiful cookie, turned out amazing!

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