anzac biscuits

  • 2 cups (180g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour 
  • ⅔ cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • ¾ cup (60g) desiccated coconut 
  • ⅓ cup (115g) golden syrup+ 
  • 125g unsalted butter 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda 
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine. 
  2. Place the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted. Combine the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter mixture. Pour into the oat mixture and mix well to combine. 
  3. Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten to 7cm rounds, allowing room to spread. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until deep golden. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 25

+ If you can’t find golden syrup, you could use ⅓ cup (80ml) maple syrup instead.

Photography: Ben Dearnley

Reader ratings (0)
Melissa Valente

Today I made Anzac cookies….They were from another site. I followed the recipe to a T. They came out dry and burnt. Fast forward to now….I’ve made the Donna Hay Anzac cookies and they are absolutely perfect. Easy recipe, they formed perfect balls. Always going to make these ones now…..and any other recipe that takes my fancy on this site smile

Fally Choo

This recipe worked well for me and I’m a total baking novice. I pulled back the castor sugar a 25g. Still a bit on the sweet side. I’ve made quite a a lot of DH’s recipes now and reckon all I need from now on is DH and JamieO. Happy here!

Gareth Davies

Yuuum.  I didn’t ‘flatten to 7cm rounds(?)’  just tapped mixture balls with back of a spoon.  Delicious.  smile

Linda Gangemi

Delicious! Taste like the real deal And so crunchy yet chewy inside.  The only concern was that I have struggled to make 35 biscuits from this recipe, despite following it closely and having made it twice.

Rachael Purdue

This is why I love Donna Hay! Easy to make but taste delicious… the flavour and texture is just how I want my ANZAC biscuits to be.

Sue Price

I have made many Anzac biscuit recipes over the year but decided to try this one today.  They are just perfect - crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. This will be my go to recipe in future.

Marianna Reid

These are delicious!! The recipe works perfectly and I love the crunchy chewy texture. I’ve tried a few recipes for Anzac biscuits and this is the best one in terms of flavour and texture. Will be using this again and again.

Elizabeth Byrne

Baking time took longer than I thought. Hopefully royal children’s hospital staff will enjoy them tomorrow

Donna Nancarrow

What a fantastic recipe. So easy.  We are into day 5 of lockdown here in South Africa.  I had to use honey instead of syrup but they are too delish.  I am going to be doing some waddling when this is all over. !  Nom nom nom…

Ellen Berbec

These biscuits were absolutely delicious! Crunchy on the outside with a little bit of chew on the inside- perfect!
My extremely fussy 4 year old demolished 3 and my mother in-law even popped past to take half of the batch!

Rebekah Tomkinson

Not a bad recipe, I love to use brown sugar over caster. Makes them crunchier!

Cherie Anschau

Yum! These are delicious. Best thing to have with a cup of tea. I cooked mine for 10-12 mins then left them for 10mins to cool down. They hardened up as they cooled down. They were chewy texture and had a crisp base. They are exactly how I wanted them to taste. I found when I was placing the biscuits mixture on to trays before cooking squeezing the mixture firmly before placing on the tray prevented mine from been crumbled.
Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be making these again smile

Cat G

Thankyou Donna. Delicious!.
I cooked mine at 160 fan forced for 10-12min. They are soft when they come out, but as they cool down they become chewy, crunchy and morish all at the same time x

donna hay team

Hi Lizette, the recipe is correct, this version is for a chewy anzac biscuit not the hard crunchy version. The dh team

Lizette Huppelschoten

I made these biscuits yesterday, left them in the baking tray to cool for 5 min then onto a cooling rack.  When theh were fully cooled down they were all soft and not crunch but still tasty. What did I do wrong?

Nikky Cassidy

These tasted nice. But using my convection oven which is very small I had to do 3 batches. I burnt my first so I had to watch my other too, checking they did not burn after every few minutes and patting them down flat. They would not stay together either until cooked and cooled. I will be sticking to my usual recipe for these next time.

Janice Kelly

I just baked off your cookies using a 2015 recipe. It’s quite different from the one on the webpage. For example, mine calls for 1 cup of oats and the new one is for 2 cups. Hope it’s better because the dough doesn’t hold together well using the old recipe. Still utterly delicious however. Thanks.

donna hay team

Hi Christine, corn syrup isn’t the same as golden syrup. Corn syrup is made from corn and is sold as light or dark. It is thicker in texture and will result in a different bake and a different taste. the DH team

christine campbell

Hi,is it’s possible to change golden syrup for maple syrup?And golden syrup is corn syrup?

kyla walton

This biscuits were yum!....nice and chewy on the outside and soft in the middle…also v. simple to make smile





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