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ANZAC Cookies

A New Zealand classic, although I hardly ate ANZAC cookies (biscuits in NZ) growing up. Cookies in general weren’t really a big thing in our house. It was more chocolate and ice cream that we craved.

ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. The cookies were supposedly made by a woman on the home front who sent them to our ANZAC’s serving overseas. Now they are considered a staple in both New Zealand and Australia, and rightly so – they are delicious.

The recipe calls for golden syrup which you should be able to find locally. If you can’t though you can use honey or maple syrup. I usually make them with honey as I love the smell it gives off when the cookies are baking in the oven.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated un-sweetened coconut
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup/ honey/ maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
Water

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small pan, melt the butter over a low to medium heat. Add the golden syrup/ honey and baking soda and stir well. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Mix together the rest of the dry ingredients: flour, oats, white and brown sugar, coconut, and salt in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Add the butter mixture to the dry bowl and stir through.
  5. Start adding water one tablespoon at a time. You want to use as little water as possible to get the mixture to hold together. You want to be able to easily form the cookies without them faling apart in your hands.
  6. Roll desired amount of dough into your hand and flatten on the baking tray. Leave enough space between each one for spreading.
  7. Bake for about 10 – 15 mins until nice and golden brown.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit for 5 – 10 minutes on the tray to harden before removing to a cooling rack or devouring.

mmm the smell of butter and honey.. The best part is eating the crumbs off the baking tray.

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