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Recipe: Christmas cookies 1: ANZAC cookies

---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.06 Title: ANZAC Cookies Categories: Cookies, Desserts Yield: 48 Cookies 1 c All purpose flour 1 c Sugar 1 c Rolled oats 3/4 c Coconut 1/2 c Butter 1 T Golden syrup 2 T Boiling water 1 1/2 ts Baking soda Mix flour, sugar, oats and coconut. On low heat, melt butter with syrup. Mix boiling water and baking soda, and add to butter and syrup mixture. Add this to dry ingredients and mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until lightly browned at the edges. Cool slightly (or they will be hard to handle), then remove to rack to cool completely. Nutritional data per cookie: Calories, 55, protein 0.6 grams, carbohydrates 8 grams, fat 2 grams, cholesterol 5 milligrams, sodium 60 milligrams. -----

THE great Christmas cookie recipe rampage of 2001 has begun! Sorry, I know it's a little late in the season, I meant to start earlier, but somehow lost track of time..

This first recipe is going out to ktnflag, for obvious reasons, although she probably already knows it. This recipe has an interesting story behind it. 'ANZAC' stands for 'Australia-New Zealand Army Corps'. It was used during the First World War by the moms and girlfriends and wives of ANZAC soldiers to make cookies to send to their boys who were fighting in Europe. The cookies not only taste good, but they keep well, which was important when a cookie is going to be shipped from Australia to France, by boat. We're in a war again now, it seems. Eat this cookie, and taste, for a moment, what a vanished generation of warriors tasted, far away, in another war long ago.

A note on one ingredient: 'golden syrup' is also known as 'table syrup'. It appears to be a type of high-fructose corn syrup. I suspect it was used more in cooking around the beginning of the 20th century than it is now. I bought a quart jar of King brand last year when I made these cookies, and I used it again this year; it appeared still to be in good condition. (High-sugar syrups keep well. Honey from dynastic Egyptian tombs has been found, still edible.) I also hadn't found anything else to do with it in the intervening year. I imagine you could substitute Karo corn syrup or anything comparable for 'golden syrup'.

Finally, note the format. I had previously been formatting recipes to look pretty, but I decided to start posting them in Meal-Master format. Meal-Master is a freeware recipe program. It's DOS-based, but apparently is well-behaved, and works perfectly well under Win2K. You can get it here. It's also widely used, and I would guess that about half the recipes you find on Usenet or SOAR/RecipeSource are in MM format. If you have Meal-Master, you can just select and cut the above text, with hyphens before and after, save it as a text file, and import it into the program. The MM format is so common that other recipe software can also import text files in MM format.

This recipe makes very quickly. It took me a little under two hours to crank out a double recipe of ANZAC cookies this morning.

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