Monday, October 24, 2011

ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC Biscuits

2  Cups  Old Fashioned Oats
2  Cups  Flour
2  Cups  Sugar
1 1/2  Cups  Coconut
1  Cup  Butter
2  Tablespoons  Golden Syrup  -OR-  1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup and 1 Tablespoon Honey
2  teaspoons  Baking Soda
1/4  Cup  Boiling Water

Preheat oven to 300*.

Combine Oats, Flour, Sugar, and Coconut in a large mixing bowl; set aside.

Combine Butter and Golden Syrup in a pan.  Stir over low heat until Butter is melted; remove from heat.  Combine Baking Soda and Boiling Water in a small bowl, add to Butter mixture.  Stir into dry ingredients while mixture is still warm.  Place 1 heaping Tablespoon cookie dough about two inches apart on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 300* for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Loosen cookies while still warm and cool on racks.  Store in airtight container.  These freeze well.  Makes about 60 Biscuits.

ANZAC Day is celebrated in Australia on April 25.  On this day in 1915, the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli and suffered the worse defeat in Australian military history.  One story suggests that these cookies were made at home and sent to ANZAC soldiers during World War I.  Another story says  they were made and sold at fund-raisers for returning soldiers.  These cookies are as popular in Australia as the chocolate chip cookie is in the USA.

Note:  Golden Syrup can be found in some supermarkets and import stores such as World Market and is the 'secret ingredient' for this cookie.  These are 'supposed-to-be' Starbucks Aussie cookie.

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