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As we prepare to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on ANZAC Day, there’s a tradition that sweetens the remembrance—a humble yet iconic treat, the Anzac biscuit. These golden, oat-filled delights carry a rich history and a taste that resonates through generations.

Our connection to ANZACs

Queensland Parliament commemorates the anniversary of the first significant military engagement involving Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Lest we forget.
In tribute, we solemnly acknowledge the service of the 38 Queensland Parliament Members who served in World War I. Their enduring legacy is enshrined on the War Service Honour Board at Parliament House.

ANZAC Day stands as a poignant reminder to honour all Australians who have served, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in wars and peacekeeping efforts. This year, as a mark of respect and support for veterans and their families, we are offering Anzac Biscuits to members and staff, with a donation of all profits being made to Legacy. Legacy supports the partners and children of veterans. This small gesture honours the spirit of resilience and community that defines the ANZACs.

The History behind Anzac Biscuits

The origins of Anzac biscuits trace back to World War I, a time of tremendous upheaval and sacrifice. Biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers fighting overseas because the ingredients did not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during transportation. While there are variations in the stories, what remains constant is the connection to the ANZAC troops and the sentiment of care and support from home.

The traditional Anzac biscuit recipe is often attributed to the absence of eggs in the ingredients, as eggs were scarce during wartime. Instead, the combination of oats, flour, coconut, golden syrup, and butter created a sturdy yet delicious biscuit that provided sustenance and comfort to the soldiers.

Today, Anzac biscuits are not only enjoyed on ANZAC Day but have become a beloved treat year-round, a symbol of resilience and the enduring spirit of the ANZACs.

Anzac Biscuit Recipe


  • Rolled Oats – 180g
  • Plain Flour – 150g
  • Caster Sugar – 150g
  • Desiccated Coconut – 60g
  • Golden Syrup – 110g
  • Unsalted Butter – 130g
  • Baking Soda – 1 Tsp
  • Hot Water – 2 Tbp


Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Add the oats, flour, sugar and coconut to a bowl and mix to combine.

Place the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted. Combine the baking soda with the water and add to the butter mixture. Pour into the oat mixture and mix well to combine.

Place 25 scoops of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten to 7cm rounds, allowing room to spread.

Bake for 8–10 minutes or until deep golden.

Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Learn more about the ANZAC biscuit.