For those reading who aren’t Australian, ANZAC Day is a Public holiday held to commemorate the first military action initiated by Australian and New Zealand forces in the first world war. Hence, ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Traditionally, Australian’s bake ANZAC cookies (a sweet biscuit made of rolled oats and syrup) on the day, in memory of the soldier’s staple food which was a hard biscuit (no sugar involved) made with ingredients that ensured the biscuit wouldn’t go mouldy. Sadly, the soldiers didn’t get the sweet, warm, oaty crunch of the ANZAC biscuits we bake today.
Today, instead of baking lots of little biscuits I decided to make one giant cookie.
If you want to make it yourself; preheat your oven to 170˚C and mix 150g melted butter, 2 tbsp golden syrup, 1.25 cups of self-raising flour, a dribble of water, 1 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup caster sugar together. Then use your hands to spread it into a giant cookie and bake for 17 minutes or until golden brown.
I had a slice of cookie with some hot cocoa (cocoa powder, almond milk and a squeeze of maple syrup) in my favourite ‘Life is Beautiful’ Mug. As simple as it is, I love having a funny/inspirational message on my mugs to start the day and this one has to be my favourite.
If you want an fun mug to cheer you up at the start of the day, I recently found these awesome ‘life is beautiful’ mugs. You have to admit they are absolutely adorable… if you’re a sucker for cute things like me. They would make a great gift as well!
Enjoy!! Have you made ANZAC cookies before? Comment below and we can chat 🙂