When I was growing up, visiting our family friends in the Lake District was a highlight of the year. As were the flapjacks they made--treats that brought me comfort all the way through to my time at university, when an occasional care package would bring a taste of home.

Having craved these for many years, I finally reached out for the recipe so I could make my own. It turns out they're actually 'Anzac1 biscuits', and very easy to make.


  • Plain flour, sieved -- 115g (4oz)
  • Caster sugar -- 115g (4oz)
  • Rolled oats -- 80g (3oz)
  • Desiccated coconut -- 80g (3oz)
  • Butter -- 115g (4oz)
  • Golden syrup -- 2 tablespoons
  • Baking soda -- 1 teaspoon
  • Water -- 2 tablespoons


  1. Mix the plain flour, caster sugar, rolled oats, and desiccated coconut in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter, and golden syrup in a saucepan.
  3. Bring the water to boil, dissolve in the baking soda, and then combine with the butter and golden syrup mix.
  4. Mix the melted and dry ingredients together, ensuring a consistent texture throughout.
  5. Spread the mixture on a baking tray, to a thickness of about 1 cm (3/8 inch).
  6. Bake in a regular oven at 180ºC (356ºF), or a fan oven at 160ºC (320ºF) for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are a golden colour.
  7. Leave to cool before cutting into squares.

  1. Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. (I had to look that up.)