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Gluten Free ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC Day commemorates the World War 1 landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25th April 1915. It was the start of a military campaign that lasted eight months and caused 25,000 Australian casualties. These ‘soldiers’ biscuits were made and sent with love to Australian soldiers fighting in World War 1. They became known as ANZAC biscuits following the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. The biscuits were made without egg so they wouldn’t spoil in the two months it took to deliver them to soldiers fighting on the other side of the world. This gluten free version uses rice flakes or quinoa flakes to replace the oats in the traditional recipe.

Enjoy these gluten free biscuits year round


1½ cups gluten free plain flour
1 cup coconut
1 cup rice flakes*
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
125g butter
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda

Preheat oven to 160℃ (fan-forced) or 180℃ conventional oven and line two oven trays with baking paper.

Combine the flour, coconut, rice flakes and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

In a medium size saucepan gently melt butter and golden syrup until combined. Remove from heat.

Dissolve soda in the boiling water. Carefully add to the syrup mix. Stir until frothy and quickly add to the dry mix and combine well.

Use a dessertspoon to shape biscuit mixture into balls (use hands to squeeze into shape) and place on the baking tray. Flatten and allow a little room to spread.

If the mixture is too dry and crumbly add another tablespoon of water to the mix and use hands to help squeeze mix into shape. An egg can also be added to help bring the mixture together, but this will result in a much softer biscuit.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or slightly longer if using egg. Allow to cool on tray for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
Makes 24.

*brown or white rice flakes are sold in health food stores and specialty supermarkets. Can use quinoa flakes if prefer.

2 Responses to Gluten Free ANZAC Biscuits

  1. Thank you for this yummy cookie recipe. I made them with a sugar replacer. They are cooking as we speak, and looking yummy. :)

    • SallyTobin says:

      Hi Rose, thanks for your lovely comments. I hope the recipe worked with sugar replacer. Sally

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