Vegan Strawberry Thumbprint Anzac Cookies
Anzac cookies are probably one of my favorite cookies! The richness of coconut, the depth of Lyle’s golden syrup all held together with oats, flour and sugar…oh yeah, and your favorite non-dairy butter too! How incredibly delicious this mixture is. All I can say is THANKS AUSTRALIA for coming up with a perfect cookie. Australians call these cookies biscuits and they were developed during the first World War for the soldiers. They were perfect for travel because they do not contain milk or eggs, which means the soldiers had a yummy way to have sustenance while away. The one secret ingredient is Lyle’s Golden Syrup. I found mine at a local store that has an international section. Look where you might find ingredients from the UK, you will likely find this sweet gem. There’s only one way it could get better…add fruit! So which fruit goes well with coconut and oats? My pick is strawberry. I originally planned on making homemade strawberry jam but then got impatient (big surprise for those who know me) and bought a jar of organic strawberry preserves instead. I suppose that for this recipe you could use homemade jam and it would add another layer of deliciousness. These cookies are sweet, rich and the texture is a little chewy, a little soft…and A LOT delectable.
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Vegan Strawberry Thumbprint Anzac Cookie Recipe1 cup rolled oats
¾ desiccated coconut (I use unsweetened)
1 cup white flour
1 cup sugar
125 grams (4 oz) Earth Balance (1 stick)
2 Tablespoons Lyle’s golden syrup
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 to 3 Tablespoons water
1, 10 oz. jar of strawberry jam or preserves
The recipe is fairly straightforward: Preheat oven to 300F (149C). In a big bowl, mix oats, flour, sugar & coconut together.
In a little bowl, melt syrup and butter together.
In a baby bowl, mix soda with 1 Teaspoon boiling water. Add to melted butter and syrup. Then add that to the dry ingredients. Mix together, add a little extra water if it seems really dry.
Place 1 Tablespoon of mixture on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (allow room for spreading). Flatten with fingers just slightly and add a small spoonful of jam to the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with coconut as a garnish if desired
Bake for 20 minutes, checking periodically. These cookies have a tendency to brown really fast. Let cool completely and devour. This recipe makes about 15 Vegan Strawberry Thumbprint Anzac Cookies.
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These are yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I did add extra water because I thought the batter was very dry but then regretted it once I removed them from the oven after 20 minutes and found that they were too soft. So I put them back in on the top rack of the oven and kept them in for an additional 10 minutes. They were perfect. I then set them out on my porch where our northern winter air cooled them to crispy perfection.
I only used half cup of sugar, since I'm cutting back. They were still very sweet, even in spite the sour whole cranberry sauce that I used for the jam filling.
Instead of Earth Balance for 1/2 cup fat I used 1/2 cup combination of canola and softened coconut oil. and I used maple syrup instead of golden syrup. I was able to get 22 small to medium sized cookies with this recipe.
Delicious but VERY sweet
Easy and yummy but extremely sweet. I baked at least 10 minutes longer than recipe says. They still came out gooey but after thorough cooling they solidified and developed a nice crunchy exterior.
One of the top favorites with friends and family!
I was only able to edit my written review of these cookies, but what I really wanted to do was change my original rating. Since the system wouldn't allow a rating change, I have submitted a whole new review... Having come back from the busy holidays after several friends and family dropped by for a visit, to which I served a variety of vegan delights, I have upgraded my rating for these cookies to a 5. Although I still do not care for them, they were one of the favorites with everyone else, and I only felt it would be fair to update this site. I have come to the conclusion that it is just my own preference, and I have accepted the fact of being clearly outvoted!
these turned out great! I didn't have the golden syrup, so I used maple instead. My first batch did spread out as Birgitta's, but then I made another one without adding extra water and it solved the problem. Love the coconut and rolled oats combination!
Husband says "yes", I say "no"
I was really looking forward to these, but I have to honestly say that I was disappointed with the final product. It didn't bother me that they had spread flat to 4x the original raw dough size during baking. It was that they tasted too greasy that turned me off. I did not like the feeling of my lips and fingers all greasy while eating them.
However, I still gave this recipe a rating of 3 from my omnivore husband. He saved them from going into the garbage. I would also like to note that he lived in Australia for 6 months, and knew all about their history when I told him what they were.
Nice idea for strawberry ANZAC biscuits! As an Aussie, I love these too, so I will have to try your idea. And might I also recommend, for another different twist and slightly richer flavour, to use granulated Palm Sugar instead of regular sugar. Last few times I made ANZACs this is what I used and enjoyed it very much! Thanks!