Macadamia Nut Anzac Biscuits

These Macadamia Nut ANZAC biscuits are a delicious new take on a classic favourite recipe! Why not make a big batch today…!

Like pretty much every Australian kid, I grew up eating ANZAC biscuits. I remember baking them all the time with Mum on weekends and then getting excited when I opened up my lunchbox at school and found them in there! It only occurred to me that ANZAC biscuits are very much an Australian (and New Zealand) thing when a lovely girl from Switzerland came and did a teaching placement in my class a couple of years ago. She had never heard of ANZAC biscuits and so I made her some. She loved them so much that she has sent me photos and emails of her making them back in Switzerland for all her friends and family.

Macadamia Nut Anzac Biscuits

For those of you who have never eaten an ANZAC biscuit before they are a little bite of oaty-caramelly deliciousness. ANZAC biscuits are super quick and easy to make. They make a big batch but you can always double the recipe because they last ages and one… or five… is never enough!

Macadamia Nut Anzac Biscuits

Usually I just use my normal ANZAC biscuit recipe – you can find the link here, but this time I thought I’d mix it up a little and add some macadamia nuts. While I love the original recipe, these turned out beautifully! The macadamias went so well with the oats and they were totally moorish (I really wish I’d made a double batch!).

Macadamia Nut Anzac BiscuitsSo if you are looking to have a change from your normal ANZAC’s then I’d definitely give this recipe a whirl… it really is just as quick, simple and delish!

Macadamia Nut Anzac Biscuits

These Macadamia Nut ANZAC biscuits are a delicious new take on a classic favourite recipe! Why not make a big batch today...!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 30
Author Bake Play Smile


  • 75 g whole macadamia nuts 1/2 cup
  • 115 g plain flour 3/4 cup
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 165 g rolled oats 1 1/2 cups
  • 165 g caster sugar 3/4 cup
  • 45 g desiccated coconut 1/2 cup
  • 2 tbs boiling water
  • 1 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 g butter cubed, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 160Β°C.
  2. Place macadamia nuts onto a chopping board and coarsely chop.
  3. Sift the flour and ginger into a large bowl.
  4. Add the macadamia nuts, rolled oats, sugar and coconut, and stir to combine.
  5. Combine the boiling water, golden syrup and bicarbonate of soda in a small jug. Once the mixture froths up, stir in the butter.
  6. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  7. Add the cooled butter mixture to the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine.
  8. Place 2 heaped teaspoons of mixture onto 1 of the lined trays and use the back of a spoon to flatten slightly.
  9. Repeat with the remaining mixture, leaving about 3cm between each.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 13 minutes for chewy biscuits or 16 minutes for crunchy biscuits, swapping trays around halfway through cooking.
  11. Set aside for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.


24 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Anzac Biscuits”

  1. Love love this! Was trying to work out what to bake today to take to a friends house this afternoon. This will be perfect!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      hanks Carolyn.. I hope you love them!

      1. I did, but they didn’t turn out as well as your I have to say…(not the recipe’s fault – all mine!)

        1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

          Haha I love this! There is no time for showering when serious cookie baking is going on lol!! Glad you ended up with some crispy and some chewy though! I’m personally a chewy girl, so tend to undercook mine a little. Have a lovely Australia Day! xxx

  2. I do like the sound of these! I am a big fan of ANZAC bikkies, as a good old Kiwi should be. Might have to try this on Australia Day – just cos I can! πŸ™‚

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Absolutely! Have a lovely Australia Day Emily!

  3. I love Macadamia nuts! These are going on our Australia Day baking list πŸ™‚

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Me too!!! Have a great Australia Day!

  4. Lauren says:

    Yum, I love the idea of adding macadamia nuts. These sound and look great!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Thanks Lauren! πŸ™‚

  5. Grace says:

    This look so yum!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Now off to make some for ‘straya day! πŸ™‚ x

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Thanks Grace! Have a lovely Australia Day! xx

  6. I love this twist on an old favourite. My little one loves macadamias too, so this is right up our alley. Thanks x

  7. This sounds great! I have never had these before (or heard of them!). It is always fun trying recipes from other countries. Thank you for posting this =-)

  8. What a great idea to add macadamias Lucy. Not many people experiment with Anzac biccies. Will give this a go for lunchboxes next week πŸ™‚

  9. I love ANZAC biscuits and so do my girls, our local bakery makes giant ones and we sometimes buy them as a treat. I’ll have to give the macadamia version a go too!

  10. ANZACS plus macadamias? Sounds like heaven!
    Thanks for joining the Australia Day party.
    Amanda x

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Hi Amanda, hope you had a great Australia Day! πŸ™‚

  11. Krystal says:

    Wow this site will keep me going for months – yummy macadamia Anzac biscuits!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Aww thanks Krystal! That’s very sweet of you! xx

  12. Nutty cookies are my favourite! These look wonderful Lucy.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Mmm absolutely! Such a great crunch to these lovely cookies πŸ™‚

  13. Gayle says:

    These look delicious. I’ve got some Macadamias left over from making my Brownies so I might just have to give this one a go!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Perfect!! Hope you enjoy xx

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