These biscuits are baked for Anzac Day (April 25), a memorial tribute to the soldiers killed in World War I. Anzac is an acronym for the combined Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. Although called a biscuit in Australia and New Zealand, they are actually what Americans would call a cookie. From Better Home and Gardens. Posted for ZWT5.
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup almonds or 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup candied red cherries, chopped
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- In a mixer bowl beat butter on medium speed of an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Add egg and milk; beat well.
- Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture and beat till well combined.
- Stir in raisins, nuts, and candied cherries.
- Drop dough from a rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or till done. Cool on a wire rack.
This is the first time I have made Anzac biscuits that have not had oats or golden syrup or honey in them but they certainly have a lovely sweet taste from the fruit (I used sultanas and apricots and the almonds) and the hint of spices gave it lovely flavour. I made a half batch and got 29 delightfully small 2 bite size biscuits/cookies which I think would be ideal for a small child's lunch box or nestled in a saucer with a cup of tea or coffee. thank you Breezermom, made for Summer Photo Tag.