Ava’s orange Anzacs

My daughter Ava has been ‘helping’ me in the kitchen since she was 3, and especially loves rolling biscuits. She tries to hide under the table to eat the raw mixture, but I see through her tricks!

Fresh from the garden: oranges
Recipe source: Melissa. And Ava!
Makes: about 30 biscuits



  • Bowls – big, small
  • Measures – cup, tablespoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Sieve
  • Microplane zester
  • Large spoon x 2
  • Small saucepan
  • Scales
  • Eggcup
  • Spatula
  • Teaspoons
  • Kettle
  • 2 baking trays & baking paper

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¾ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 150°C. Line the baking trays with the baking paper.
  • Sift the flour into the large bowl. Add the coconut, oats and sugar and stir to combine.
  • Finely zest the orange and add the zest to the mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • In the small saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup over a gentle heat until liquid.
  • Measure the bicarb soda into the eggcup and mix in the boiling water.Add it to the saucepan of melted butter mixture, stirring and then scrape this into the dry ingredients.
  • Take a teaspoonful of mixture at a time and with your hands, roll into even small balls. Place these in even lines on the baking trays, allowing room to spread.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes, until lovely and golden.
  • Allow to cool on the trays and then eat!

Notes: Why are these called ‘Anzac’ biscuits? What does the bicarb soda do? Why is it important to roll the balls into similar sizes?


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