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Budget (Anzac) Biscuits

A friend of mine sent this recipe to me. She found it in a budgeting booklet years ago in New Zealand. These biscuits were lifesavers when the money was tight. They are cheap to make, easy to bake, and delicious to eat and have become a family favorite. This is definitely a recipe I intend on passing on to my children. Hope you enjoy these biscuits.


  • 3 1/2 Tbsp (50 g.) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
  • 1 Tbsp. water


Melt the butter in a pot. Take off the heat and add golden syrup. Stir until golden syrup is dissolved. Stir in sugar, rolled oats and flour.

In a small bowl or cup, dissolve baking soda in water and add to mixture. Mix evenly.


Put teaspoon lots onto a greased oven tray (leave room for spreading). Bake at 170 degrees C (340 degrees F) for 8-15 minutes or until golden.

Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 25
Time:7 Minutes Preparation Time
15 Minutes Cooking Time

By Jodi from Aurora, CO

Editor's Note: Golden syrup is a byproduct of sugar cane, originally invented in London in the 1900's. It may be able to be found in specialty stores or major grocery chains in the U.S. Here is an article on Wikipedia about it:

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful

I was wondering what the "golden syrup" would be?

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful

I was wondering the same thing! Maybe honey or maple syrup?

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Jodi, the recipe above is an Australian recipe, that was made during the wars, and usually eaten on Anzac day to commemorate our fallen diggers. I think they may have even sent these biscuits to the diggers. Now we eat them at any time as they are very sweet. Golden syrup is made from a byproduct of sugar, rich golden in colour. I don't think you could substitute it with anything else as it wouldn't have the unique taste. If people are having trouble getting it maybe you could post where you get yours from. From Gal Old Australia

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful

We have a store here in Oklahoma (Food Pyramid) that has an International Foods aisle. I just noticed the other day that they have Golden Syrup in the European section., it comes in a small can!

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