Christmas Anzac biscuits

I first made these for my daughter to take to a ‘bring a dish’ Christmas break up for her scout troop, and I think they’re quite effective – and very Australian!

You could of course make the Anzacs – or buy a packet as I did to save time.

Christmas Anzac biscuits on a green plate

Decorating the biscuits


  1. Melt some white chocolate
  2. Drizzle melted chocolate over each Anzac biscuit
  3. Add some red and green to each biscuit to represent holly
  4. Let the chocolate set (it doesn’t take long unless it’s a hot day!) and serve

Simple, effective and they travel pretty well so make a good plate to take to functions.

Red and green decorations…

To create the holly, I used red and green smarties as a very quick option (and one I’m quite partial to!) but a little more effort will get a fancier result.

Other ideas I’ve had are:

  • use a red smartie as is but half the green smarties so they are thinner and look more like leaves
  • cut up some spearmint leaves
  • get an edible cake topper with Santa or another Christmas theme to pop on top
  • glace cherries (not my preferred choice, but they’d look good!)
  • cut the top part off a lolly raspberry for a real berry look
  • sprinkle red and green 100s & 1000s over the chocolate – not so much like holly but very pretty!

Have you got any other suggestions for adding the red and green?

7 Responses to Christmas Anzac biscuits

  • LydiaM says:

    OK, I can see the picture but otherwise what is an Anzac biscuit please?

    Just as another idea, maybe you could add colour to the melted chocolate instead of decorations on top of the white?

    • Santa's Elf says:

      Fair question, Lydia 🙂 Anzacs are very popular biscuits in Australia – they are bascially rolled oats with golden syrup. I udnerstand they were originally made because they were hard and travelled well so were sent to soliders overseas, etc. (very relevant as ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

      I’ll dig out my recipe and add it for you, too.

      Red and green chocolate drizzled across each other would look really cool – thanks for that idea 🙂

      • Santa's Elf says:

        Ok, for Lydia and anyone else who doesn’t have an Anzac biscuit recipe, here’s mine…

        Heat oven to 160
        combine 1/2 cup of coconut, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar
        melt 60g butter then add 2 Tbs golden syrup, 1.2 tsp bicarb soda and 1 Tbs hot water. This will froth up (the fun bit!)
        while it’s till frothing, mix in teh dry ingreidnets (ie mix in the saucepan)
        put spoonfuls of the mix onto a gresed tray
        bake for 15 minutes (a little less for chewy anzacs which I love, a little more for very crispy anzacs)
        cool on the tray before serving or storing

      • AnnieT says:

        Oh, you could use the coloured chocolate ‘icing’ and sprinkle coconut over the top for a snow effect…

  • Aurora says:

    I know anzac day is quite a sort of sad and grieving kind of day, but I’m always excited for it come around so that I can eat anzac biscuits. 😀 They embody my childhood and taste pretty good, too.

    • hi Aurora,

      Anzac biscuits were part of the childhood for many Aussies (and Kiwis?) – I know I grew up on them. That reminds me of a story about my aunt – she had lessons in making anzacs so that my uncle would marry her (he had said he would never marry anyone who couldn’t cook anzacs!)

      Yes, Anzac Day is very special and commemorates the sacrifice of our soldiers and nurses. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with looking forward to it as it important to many Aussies, Kiwis, Turks and others. And of course, you can cook and eat the biscuits at any time of year!

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