Happy Anzac Day (with a recipe!)

The yummy cookies are the perfect match for an afternoon cup of coffee!

The yummy cookies are the perfect match for an afternoon cup of coffee!

  A few weeks ago a friend of mine was at my house and we were talking about food (one of my favorite topics!) She told me that I should start posting recipes for some of the things that I make. I always think about it, and then never do. But in honor of my British friend who grew up in India, is married to an Australian, and now lives in Indonesia, I'm posting a recipe. Today is Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, a day similar to our Memorial Day. ANZAC stands for  Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. So Debs, this is for you! I had my first Anzac biscuits when we were living in India. We served in a British school that had staff from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America, and more. I loved the truly international feel to everything we did. I also learned that Americans, the British, and Australians are separated by a common language! Let's start with the word biscuit. It means cookie. I remember trying to explain to my British friends what a biscuit is and even made a few batches for them. "Oh, they're like scones!" Nevertheless, these biscuits cookies are some of my favorite. I love oats and I love coconut, so it was pretty much love at first bite.  

10 minutes

10 minutes

20 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies



  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 4 Tbsp honey*
  • 1 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Add flour, oats, sugar, and coconut into large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan add butter and honey* and stir over low heat until butter is completely melted.
  4. Mix baking soda and water together in a small bowl.
  5. Remove butter mixture from heat and immediately add baking soda & water combo (it will cause the mixture to bubble).
  6. Pour into the dry mixture and stir to combine.
  7. Roll the mixture into one inch balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Press down slightly.
  8. Cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Like with all cookies, it is best to leave them on the cookie sheet for about two minutes before placing them on a cooling rack.


*The original Anzac biscuit recipe calls for golden syrup, an ingredient most Americans are not familiar with. I made two batches, one with golden syrup and one with honey and both worked great.

5 thoughts on “Happy Anzac Day (with a recipe!)

  1. Claire

    Janet – I’m also familiar with “biscuits” from my 10 months in the UK. 🙂 I love oatmeal, honey and coconut so I’m definitely trying these out this weekend! I love recipes so please post more!!!

    P.S. Would LOVE to see you if/when you’re in MI this summer!!

    Love you friend!


  2. Abigail

    Do you often drink coffee in the afternoon? I’ve started drinking chai in the afternoon, too. I used to reserve it for a sweet dessert drink after the kids went to bed, but I can’t anymore because it keeps me up at night. So the afternoon has become a more common time for chai. These biscuits look wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Janet (and Debs!)

    1. Janet Post author

      I have cut WAY back on my coffee consumption over the last year. So most days, no. I don’t have coffee. I drink lots of green tea. Some days, though, coffee is just what I need. I would say I have it once a week or so in the afternoon.

  3. fiona

    We just made some of these yesterday too. This was the first year I really talked about why we have this memorial day with my son and shared the history behind Anzac biscuits. It was like I was back in my childhood. We love Anzac biscuits!


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