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RECIPE: Anzac biscuits

On Saturday 14 August 1926, Queensland newspaper The Capricornian published a recipe for Anzac biscuits. Back then they left out the coconut. We could put that recipe here, but we have strong feelings about coconut-free Anzac biscuits, so instead turn to another Australian War Memorial find. 



The Country Women's Association of New South Wales Calendar of Cake and Afternoon Tea Delicacies: a recipe for each day of the year includes this yummy coconut version.



  • 1 cup each of rolled oats, sugar and coconut
  • 1 tablespoon syrup
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water)



  1. Melt butter.
  2. Add syrup to dissolved soda and water. Combine with melted butter.
  3. Mix dry ingredients and stir in liquid.
  4. Place small balls on hot buttered tray and bake in moderate oven.
  5. Lift out carefully with a knife as they are soft till cold.
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Published: 24 April 2021

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