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FOUND! The best Anzac biscuit recipe

It's a huge call, but we're willing to make it.
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a biscuit more nationally celebrated than the Anzac biscuit.

Jam-packed full of rolled oats, shredded coconut and sweet golden syrup, it seems like most people have their own version of how an Anzac bickie should taste.

Making Anzac biscuits is one tradition that Australians use to commemorate Anzac Day.

Everyone has their favourite recipe, with many arguments over whether they should be served crunchy or soft.

But there’s actually an original recipe for these tasty treats, which stems back to World War One and the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), from where the distinctive biscuits got their name.

The Anzac biscuit’s story begins with it’s sibling, the hardtack biscuit, which was a staple ration for soldiers and sailors during the war.

These biscuits were very hard and flavourless, but were eaten as a nutritional substitute for bread.

The texture and hardness of the biscuits were so unpalatable that soldiers attempted to turn them into something more edible, doing things like grating them up with water to form a porridge.

Australians started experimenting with more luxurious ingredients and were determined to steer away from the hardtrack biscuit.

Oats, golden syrup and coconut were added, and cooked in a similar way that ensured they lasted a while on the shelves.

Where most biscuit recipes require eggs, they are omitted from the Anzac recipe to this day because of the scarcity of eggs during the war time and to increase shelf life.

Despite the common assumption that Anzac biscuits as we know them were sent to soldiers on the front lines in World War One, it wasn’t until 1921 that the first recipe recognisable as the modern Anzac biscuit was published in the 9th edition of St Andrew’s Cookery Book Dunedin, first as “Anzac Crispies” and later renamed “Anzac Biscuits”.

Anzac biscuits quickly gained popularity and were sold at fetes and fundraisers to support the war efforts, a tradition which is still carried on today.

Who else could use a few of these right now?

(Credit: (Image: Women’s Weekly Food))

And while we know it’s a huge call, here at the Australian Women’s Weekly we believe we’ve found the best Anzac biscuit recipe of all time.

As well as the classic biscuit recipe, we’ve gathered some amazing Anzac biscuit-inspired dessert recipes to keep the Anzac spirit alive.

WATCH BELOW: The Australian Women’s Weekly Anzac Biscuits

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The best Anzac biscuit recipe of all time

When you consider the history of the Anzac biscuit, there are actually many different recipes. This one is the best. It’s a big call, but we’re willing to make it.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Bite-sized Anzac biscuits

These little Anzac bites are a cute alternative to the traditional Anzac biscuit recipe. Whip up a batch, wrap them in cellophane and hand out to your friends and loved ones as gifts.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Macadamia Anzac biscuits

Take the traditional Anzac Day biscuit recipe, and add in crunchy Australian macadamia nuts and you’ll have yourself a delicious sweet treat for any time of the year.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Giant Anzac biscuits

Whether you love them chewy or crunchy, this versatile Anzac biscuit recipe is perfect! Just adjust the cooking time for your preferred bikkie and you’ll have a new go-to recipe for every Anzac Day.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Wheat-free macadamia Anzac biscuits

Don’t miss out on your favourite biscuits just because you have a wheat intolerance. This Anzac biscuits recipe uses gluten-free flour to create a healthy, nut-loaded option for everyone to enjoy.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Anzac slice with golden icing

This rich, sweet treat is a lovely variation on traditional Anzac biscuits, complete with a creamy icing that turns this humble biscuit recipe into a decadent dessert.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Chewy Anzac biscuit slice

Enjoy the delicious butterscotch flavours of the Anzac biscuit in chewy slice form.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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Anzac Day cake

Enjoy all the brilliant flavours of Anzac Biscuits in cake form, enhanced beautifully with a sweet honey icing. This makes a delicious morning or afternoon tea.

See the full Australian Women’s Weekly recipe here.

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