ANZAC biscuits have a history.
ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, established during WWI. The wives and mothers of soldiers overseas created these biscuits because they were worried about the nutrition of the food their boys were receiving.
These treats do not contain eggs, due to the fact that most poultry farmers were in the war during that time and also the biscuits wouldn’t spoil when shipped overseas.
Old fashioned oats and coconut lend texture and chewiness to these “biscuits.”
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, oats, coconut and sugar. Melt butter and syrup. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and boiling water. Pour into melted butter. Pour over flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are coated.
Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press down to flatten slightly.
Bake for about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly on baking sheet and transfer to wire racks.
Makes about 18 cookies.