These cookies had caught my eye a long time ago. Historic Fact! The word Anzac is actually an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. I would have never known that, except that I had read a book by Bryce Courtenay called Solomon's Song. It was definitely one of my favourite books, and one of the only ones that shows the horrors of the First World War. The book is based off of the battle of Gallipoli, in which the Anzac forces were sent to take on the "easy heathens" of the Ottoman Empire. They were sadly mistaken however, and thousands upon thousands of Allied forces gave their lives during that campaign. Even now, Anzac day is celebrated by both countries in April to honour their lives.
When I saw the title for the cookies, I was immediately intrigued... According to the original blog Versus From My Kitchen, these cookies were made to send to the troops on the front. They don't have a ton of ingredients, but taste delicious!
My only regret was lacking a big glass of milk to have with them... They just belong together! Even without the milk though, I may have eaten five of them straight from the oven. They are that good.
Flour - 1 Cup
Desiccated Coconut - 1 cup
Brown Sugar - 2/3 cups
Oats - 3/4 cup
Butter - 1/2 cup (1 stick)
Syrup - 1 tbsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Boiling Water - 2 tbsp (I had the kettle running when I assembled everything)
Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F.
Take a large bowl, and add the Flour, coconut, brown sugar and oats. Mix them all together.
In a small pot, melt the butter and syrup over medium heat.
In a small bowl, add the baking soda. Add the 2 tbsps of boiling water and mix together. Add this mixture to the butter and stir. It should foam up immediately. Pour this over the dry mixture and mix together.
Take a tablespoon of the batter and roll into a ball. Place on a lined baking sheet. Flatten gently with a fork. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The ends should turn golden brown. When you pull them from the oven, the middle of the cookies should still be soft, so don't panic! Allow them to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire.
And seriously... get a glass of milk. Tea will work, but milk... it's a must.