Anzac cookies are a popular treat in Australia and New Zealand that are celebrated on ANZAC Day, a national holiday to honor the sacrifices of soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. These cookies have been a staple in our household for years, and it’s always a topic of discussion – should they be crunchy or chewy? This is a great debate in the baking world, so let's dive in and explore both options.
Crunchy Anzac cookies are often seen as a more traditional option. They have a satisfying crunch when you bite into them and contain more of the oaty texture that Anzac cookies are known for. They are also perfect for dunking in a cup of tea or coffee. If you want your batch of Anzac cookies to be crunchy, make sure to bake them for a bit longer amount of time or on a higher temperature or add a little more golden syrup or butter - but not to much or your Anzac will slide in the oven :) , so that they come out more golden and crisp.
If you prefer your cookies chewy, you can add in different ingredients to make them stickier and denser. Adding a touch more of honey or golden syrup to the mix can help to create a more caramelised flavor and add a chewy texture. You may also want to add more flour and butter to make the cookies more dense. Chewy Anzac cookies tend to come out a bit thicker as well, since the ingredients help them expand and rise more.
Another factor that can affect the texture of your Anzac cookies is the size of them. Smaller cookies tend to be more crunchy since they bake faster, while larger cookies have more time to spread out and become chewier. So if you want to make sure that your cookies are crisp and crunchy, stick to making them smaller and flatter.
Lastly, there is no right or wrong way to make Anzac cookies, so you should experiment and find the texture that you like the most. There are hundreds of recipes out there, and each one has different variations to the classic Anzac cookie recipe. You could add chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or even coconut flakes to switch things up.
In conclusion, whether you prefer your Anzac cookies to be chewy or crunchy is subjective, and ultimately depends on personal taste. Crunchy Anzac cookies are great for a satisfying crunch, while chewy Anzac cookies have a more complex texture and flavor. You can experiment with different ingredients and baking times to achieve your desired texture. Whichever way you prefer them, Anzac cookies are a delicious and unique treat that honor the sacrifices of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
The Designer Project
I've been accepted to join the Designer Project at Digital Fabrics.
You can now purchase some of my patterns by the meter on fabulous fabric.
Behind the Scenes
I thought I'd share a little behind the scenes look at how my patterns start, what my inspiration is and how my sketches and paintings evolve into the patterns you see here at Digital Fabrics.
Almost all of my initial inspiration comes from food in some way or another whether it be raw ingredients, like how vanilla paste sparkles in the sun on a teaspoon (that may sound odd to you…lol ) or a messy table after a great meal shared with family and friends, with serviettes, plates stacked, etc.
Yes, these are the things that capture my attention!
I find all aspects of food and cafes very emotional. I often associate memories to food. I know when I bake bread, I think of my dad in the kitchen baking these enormous loaves for our family, my Grandma and I making little, sweet jam mushrooms with icing and pastry stalks and my mum and I destroying the kitchen through cake decorating, every bowl and appliance in the house was used.
"Our favourite recipes remind us of our loved ones, when we create them, in a way, it brings them back to us"
My paintings and then patterns are a way of capturing those images.
This photo above is where I paint my smaller artworks and where I work on my computer with photoshop and illustrator.
This is my initial process on how I create a pattern and it will usually start in the kitchen.
1. Photograph whilst making the recipe – usually cake!
2. Eat baked goodies and share with family 😊
3. Sketch out different elements within the baking process to see what looks good and to plan how the recipe will read and if its easy to follow.
4. Play around with painting different parts of the process.
5. This is the finished painting below. I call it Recipe-art.
Once the painting is finished, I then use some or all of the elements within the painting to create patterns. I start by scanning in my finished painting, basically pulling it apart on photoshop and then arranging them into repeat patterns, usually ending up with at least 50+ patterns from each recipe.
“High Tea” and it’s available to use now within Digital Fabrics.
I would love to see what you make with my patterns and I hope this has inspired you to get busy creating! Please tag both Digital Fabrics and myself on Instagram or Facebook.
Happy Creating 😊, Jenni
WHERE: Artshine Licensing Booth #E106
Mandalay Bay, Convention Centre, Las Vegas
WHEN: 24th - 26th May, 2022
I've been making this recipe ever since I was 16yrs old.
I left school in 3rd form (yr 9) and went to Williams Business College, Mona Vale to become a secretary to work for my Mum & Dad at their Quarry in Belrose, Sydney.
My families quarry was called Warringah Gravel & Stone Supplies and after many arguments with my Mum because I didn't want to file, sweep floors and do the morning tea dishes I quit :) and got a job at The Chelsea Teahouse in Avalon on the Northern Beaches in 1985.
I worked there for only a few weeks when I found out it was for sale, so I had $4000 in savings and my sister gave me a loan for the remainder $12000 and I bought it. This is why I ended up becoming a chef.
This recipe came from Bronwyn, the previous owner. It was my most popular cake and I have made it ever since. I have continued to bake it in all my businesses after and that's why I thought I'd share my recipe, you'll love it!
This recipe and video of how to bake is available now: click link for details- Chocolate Banana Cake Print – Sweet-Art by Jenni
This is one of my favourite recipes that I make all the time for my family. Its really easy to make and very adaptable as over the years with the ever changing needs of my family its a great recipe that you can adapt to gluten free and vegan if required. I hope you enjoy baking and eating them as much as I do!