ANZAC Biscuits (cookies)

In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day  now commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” (See the Wikipedia article.)

Originally, the day of April 25 was set aside to remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), which fought at Gallipoli in the First World War. Back then, the cookies were baked by individuals to send to their brave soldiers overseas. They kept very well, because they had no eggs in them. And because they are good.

1 cup rolled oats
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (also called desiccated coconut)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup (such as Lyle’s)
2 tablespoons boiling water

Preheat oven to 275°F.

In a bowl, mix oats, flour, sugar, and coconut. In a small saucepan, gently heat syrup and butter together until butter is melted. Makes the baking soda with the 2 tablespoons boiling water; stir into melted butter and syrup. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients.

For each cookie, place 1 tablespoon of dough on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 min. at 275°.

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