ANZAC Day is a special day for all Australians and New Zealanders. ANZAC stands for Australia, New Zealand Army Corps. Today and every April 25th both countries stop to remember all past and present. On April 25th 1915 the ANZAC’s landed on Gallipoli Peninsula, although we had a great number of casualties and deaths over 8 long months, our ANZAC’s held strong. Creating what we know today as the ‘ANZAC Spirit’.
ANZAC Day is celebrated now with Dawn Services and Parades all over Australia and New Zealand. Prayers will be said, stories will be shared and tears will gently roll down some faces. This is a day held in the hearts off all my family as we are forever grateful for the strength of my Grandfather and Great Uncles who all fought in the War.
The ANZAC Cookies (Biscuits) came about by the women back home baking these long lasting cookies that could handle the overseas travel and get to the Defence Personnel, providing them a treat from home. So on this day the smells of these yummy ANZAC cookies will be smelt from most homes and stores. Each year we make these cookies and take the opportunity to explain some history to our children.
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup rolled oats
125 grams butter
1 tblsp golden syrup
2 tblsp water
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
Lets Get Baking!
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a baking tray.
Combine all dry ingredients into a mix bowl and mix together.
Melt butter, golden syrup and water over a gentle heat. Once all the butter is melted add the vanilla essence then the baking soda and watch if fizz.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until all combined.
Place teaspoons of ingredients onto a baking tray.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your cookies. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray with a spatula.
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