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The origin, history and tradition of Anzac biscuits




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History and origin of Anzac biscuits



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History Anzac Biscuit (Wikipedia)
Origins and links to recipes. From Wikipedia Encyclopedia, which is written by volunteers. (Links, but no recipe, included.)

All about Anzac biscuits (
History of Anzac biscuits.

Anzac Biscuits: The Origin and Recipe (
Includes two recipes: the old army biscuit or ANZAC tile/wafer recipe (this is NOT the common "Anzac biscuit") and "Popular ANZAC Biscuit recipe" (includes coconut).

The ANZAC Biscuit (
History of the Anzac biscuit, with a recipe (includes coconut).

ANZAC Biscuits (
Origin and history of the Anzac biscuit, along with a recipe (includes coconut).

The Anzac (biscuit) story (
Story, recipe (includes coconut), variations.

Battle-of-bickies: Were original Anzacs soft? (, 25 April 2012
(Or should the spelling be 'bikkies"?)
How Anzac biscuits supposedly began.

Anzac Biscuits (aka Soldiers' biscuits) (From, archived by the NLA's Pandora Archive on 6 Mar 2010. See also our "Where is Digger History?" page.)
How the Anzac biscuit originated.

Research and history Anzac Biscuits - A Culinary Memorial [pdf file] (
Report on the history of and issues associated with Anzac biscuits, by Sian Supski, Curtin University of Technology.
Among topics covered are:
- Anzac biscuits and Anzac mythology
- the origins of Anzac biscuits
- the role of Anzac biscuits in commemorating Anzac Day
- the variation in Anzac biscuit recipes
- the role of women in the war
- the ingredients: inclusion/omission of coconut and cream of tartar, addition of wattleseed
Reproduces three recipes:
- Anzac Crisps (Green & Gold Cookery Book, 1927)
- Anzac Biscuits (Margaret Fulton Cookbook 25th Anniversary edition, 2004
- Anzac Biscuits (Donna Hay Magazine, Autumn 2001)

Australia strikes a blow in the battle for the Anzac biscuit (
30 Jan 2014  
The discovery of a recipe for Anzac biscuits published in the Argus newspaper on 6 July 1921 brings forward from 1923 the earliest known Anzac biscuit recipe in Australia.

The Anzac Biscuit Myth (
Professor Helen Leach of Otago University believes that the name "Anzac" and the recipe first came together as "Anzac Crispies", in New Zealand in 1921.

Blog article - ANZAC Biscuits (
Discusses soldiers' unusual uses of hardtack biscuits and the uncertainty over the origin of Anzac biscuits.

Stop cashing in on our Anzac legend - says RSL (, 1 June 2012
The RSL is concerned about the possible misuse of the Anzac name during the time leading up to the 100th Gallipoli anniversary in 2015.
Approved maker of packaged Anzac biscuits, Unibic Australia, pays 4 per cent of profits to veterans.

Subway cuts Anzac biscuits after request to alter recipe (
Australian Food News, 22 September 2008
"Federal legislation dictates that Anzac biscuits and cakes can only be sold in Australia if the product 'generally conforms to the traditional recipe and shape, is not advertised in any way that would play on Australia’s military heritage, and is not used in association with the word ‘cookies’, with its non-Australian overtones'."

Anzac Biscuit: Legal issues (Wikipedia)

See also Research and history, above.


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