Inspiration for today's cookie comes all the way from the other side of the world. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Boyle writes that, "The original cookies were baked for soldiers, who used to joke that their ANZAC ration was bulletproof." Well, these cookies have come a long way since then.
I had a package of coconut in my cupboard and thought for a second to make macaroons. The recipe I would have used is very good except the final product is more cookie and less macaroon. This was not really what I was looking for (in a macaroon). I sat down with A Good Cookie and flipped through the pages, stopping at ANZAC Tiles. Hmmm...interesting name and I had all the ingredients. The sun was shining and I was ready to try a brand new recipe.
The cookies are coconut and oat based and are easily thought to be regular oatmeal coconut cookies. There are no eggs at all and instead of creaming butter and sugar, these two ingredients are melted along with corn syrup and then added to the dry mixture. The dough is very buttery and easily shaped into balls that are baked for 12 to 14 minutes. The flavour of the 'tiles' is very complex for such a easy cookie. The edges are crispy and the centre is soft and chewy, very reminiscent of a macaroon. The best part is the hint of lemon that you taste that comes from grated lemon zest. It adds the perfect endnote. All in all, this is a fantastic, flavourful and ultra buttery cookie that I will absolutely be making again. I made my cookies a little softer - not so much like a 'tile' but, if you're more inclined to make a crispier cookie, check out the recipe at Esurientes.
Recipe: ANZAC Tiles