Aussie-Kiwi Anzac Biscuits
Maura McEvoy
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An acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, Anzac biscuits are the brainchild of 1920s-era military wives and mothers who sold the cookies for war-effort fundraisers. Heather Sperling, who developed this recipe for the 2014 edition of the Saveur 100, first tasted them at an outdoor market in, of all places, Berlin. “As a lifelong oat cookie devotee, it was intense love at first bite,” she says. Loaded with coconut as well as oats, the dough will have a crumbly texture. No matter; once pressed into patties, it’ll bake to a sturdy, satisfying crunch.

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Aussie-Kiwi Anzac Biscuits Anzac Biscuits
An acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, Anzac biscuits are the brainchild of 1920s-era military wives and mothers who sold the cookies for war-effort fundraisers. Heather Sperling, who developed this recipe for the 2014 edition of the Saveur 100 first tasted them at an outdoor market in, of all places, Berlin. “As a lifelong oat-cookie devotee, it was intense love at first bite,” she says. Loaded with coconut as well as oats, the dough will have a crumbly texture. Never fear; once pressed into patties, it’ll bake to a sturdy, satisfying crunch.
Yield: Makes 2 Dozen Cookies
Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 14 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 12 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 13 cup boiling water
  • 1 12 tsp. baking soda
  • 10 Tbsp. plus 1½ tsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. golden syrup, such as Lyle’s

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the first 4 ingredients and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the boiling water and baking soda. In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter and golden syrup, then stir in the reserved baking-soda mixture. Remove from the heat, pour over the reserved dry ingredients, and stir until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Using a 1-ounce scoop or rounded tablespoon, divide the dough into balls. Drop the balls onto parchment-paper-lined baking sheets and press into ¼-inch-thick patties, spaced about ½ inch apart. Bake until golden, 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets. Stored in an airtight container, the cookies will keep for up to 7 days.

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