Tuesday, September 13, 2011

hey, honey!

This Week's Cravings features honey!!!  I actually looked through my recipes and realized that very few of them call for honey.  This surprised me...we love honey!  I think we tend to just put it on things...cornbread, fried chicken, biscuits, you name it.

But, there was ONE recipe that I've featured that did call for honey...and it's one that we loved so much that my husband has been requesting it recently.  Guess I'm pulling out the honey jar!  That recipe is the cookie known as ANZAC Biscuits.  They are an Australian treat, and eating them brings back memories of our recent trip to New Zealand.  This is a wonderfully chewy, dense cookie with an incredible flavor.  They also freeze well, last a LONG time (even after a few weeks, the leftovers are still chewy!), and have the power to trick you into thinking that you are eating a granola bar instead of a cookie.

First, you combine some oats, flour, sugar, and coconut in a bowl - see what I mean about tricking yourself into thinking it's a granola bar?!

In a small cup, combine some baking soda with boiling water and watch it fizzle.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, stir some butter and either honey, corn syrup, or maple syrup together until the butter melts.

Add the baking soda mixture to the butter mixture and watch it foam!  Pour it all into the the oat mixture and mix well.

It will look crumbly...this is a good thing.

Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and place at least 2-inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Parchment paper is important here to keep them from sticking (remember...parchment paper is not waxed paper).

Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until they get nice and golden around the edges.  Store in an airtight container to keep fresh!

ANZAC Biscuits
in Gooseberry Patch's Best-Ever Cookies
1 cup long-cooking oats, uncooked
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup butter
2 T. maple syrup, honey, or corn syrup
1/2 t. baking soda
1 T. boiling water

Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl; set aside.  In a saucepan over medium-low heat, stir butter and syrup or honey together until butter melts.  In a small cup, mix together baking soda and boiling water; add to butter mixture.  Add butter mixture to oat mixture; mix well.  Roll into 1-1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cookies will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.  Makes about 2-1/2 dozen.


  1. Sorry accidently posted the wrong recipe!(Tuna Melt Casserole) I think the honey curry salmon is better for this weeks theme. :)

  2. Oh I posted incorrectly. New to your blog..I apologize.

    I thought the theme was for something sweet.

    Sorry for the mistake.

    You have a great blog!


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