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These Anzac Cookies went well with the wine Hektor Maille drank in order to fall asleep more easily in his lonely bivouacs in the Kakadu National Park.

Anzac Biscuits

Cookies with Oats, Coconut and Wattleseed

When Hektor Maille departed for the Kakadu National Park he got some of these Anzac Biscuits in a Bakery in Darwin – they went well with the wine he drank in order to fall asleep more easily in his lonely bivouacs.

Anzac is an acronym for «Australian and New Zealand Army Corps» – a military unit that fought a bloody war, during World War 1, on the side of the British against the Turks at the entrance to Bosporus (the troops landed in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915). The corps is history today – but the special cookies the soldiers were sent by their wifes then are still prepared by many Australian families today as a kind of national cookie (especially on Anzac Day).

The special thing about our cookie is that there is also wattle seed in it, which adds a lot to the taste.

Ingredients (for 50 cookies)

200 g flour

200 g rolled oats (if you have the choice prefer smaller ones)

100 g sugar

100 g dessicated coconut

2 tablespoons wattle seeds

120 g butter

2 or 3 tablespoons Golden Syrup (or as a replacement honey)

1 small teaspoon baking powder


  1. In a mixing bowl combine oats, white flour, sugar, coconut and wattleseed.
  2. In a small pan melt butter and stir in the golden syrup.
  3. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 2 tablespoons of water and add to the butter.
  4. Pour the butter-mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix all to obtain a rather wet dough, if necessary add some more water (approx. 1 dl).
  5. Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and set on a baking tray covered with a sheet of baking paper – keep a distance of at least 4 cm.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven at about 160 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool on cooling racks. Keep in airtight containers.
Anzac biscuits were originally known as Soldier's Biscuits.
Archana Hande tastes the Anzac Biscuit at HOIO's menu test for Episode 11 of «Mission Kaki», July 30, 2010 in Zurich.

More about the travel adventure of Secret Agent Hektor Maille:

To cook a crocodile stew in a river bed, as Hektor Maille was asked to do as his eleventh labour, is quite something, even for our secret agent:

First Publication: 1-8-2010

Modifications: 26-1-2011, 19-6-2011, 15-11-2011, 16-12-2011