Recipe: Nici Wickes' Sesame Anzac Biscuits

12:00 am on 24 April 2024
Nici Wickes' Anzac Biscuits from A Quiet Kitchen

Plenty of sesame seeds are the not-so-secret ingredient in Nici Wickes' favourite Anzac biscuit recipe. Photo: Todd Eyre

There are so many recipes for Anzac biscuits but I happen to think these ones take the cake! The addition of plenty of sesame seeds makes them extra-moreish. I also recommend baking the biscuits to a dark golden, even brown, colour, as this really enhances the flavour. 

This recipe results in a biscuit that is a combo of crispy on the outside and chewy in the centre. For a crispier biscuit, cook for 20-25 minutes; for a chewier version, cook for 12-15 minutes.   

The recipe doubles well if you want to make more. The biscuits keep well but if they soften, crisp up for 5 minutes in the oven and allow to cool. 

Makes 12–15 biscuits


  • 70g butter
  • 3–4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water


Preheat the oven to 170°C fan bake. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Melt butter and golden syrup in a small pot.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, coconut, oats, sugar and sesame seeds.

Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add this to butter/golden syrup mixture once melted. Pour this into dry ingredients and mix well until combined.

Roll into large walnut-sized balls and space out on a tray. Flatten with the palm of your hand.

Bake for 15 minutes or until dark golden brown. Halfway through baking (7–8-minute mark), re-flatten the biscuits before continuing to bake. Cool on a wire rack and EAT!


Nici Wickes is a cookbook author, entertainer, broadcaster, food stylist, recipe developer and food editor based in Port Waikato. Her most recent book, A Quiet Kitchen, is out now.



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