ANZACS is an acronym which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and as the story goes (or cookie crumbles, if you will) this particular
cookie originated as a simple Scottish oat cake, introduced to Australia by early Scottish migrants (likely in the late 1800s). During World War I, the
nutritional value of military rations were brought into question, and concerned mothers and wives modified the traditional Scottish recipe to be a bit more
substantial for the long journey to the war front. To this day, ANZACS are known as Australia's national biscuit (quick! What is the United States national
biscuit?) and are a near patriotic indulgence. So yes, ANZACS have quite a history, and as reinterpreted by the Ginger People, they may be a credit to their illustrious past. Rough looking but exceptionally light, these Ginger ANZACS are airy and almost meringue-like in texture. The hold a light ginger spice, as they are made with crystallized ginger, which provides a mellow fiery finish at the back of your throat. Each cookie is exceedingly, but not excessively, buttery with coconut overtones that complement the strong ginger flavor. Because they are so crunchy and brittle, they serve as prime candidates for holiday cookies or ice cream accompaniment. My only complaint/concern with these ginger treats is two fold high sugar content and enough saturated fat to satisfy an army. I can't really comprehend why a cookie so light needs such a concentration of fat or sugar (cane sugar is the first ingredient on the box).
Nevertheless, Ginger ANZACS are a worthwhile indulgence (with an emphasis on indulgence) and will surely satisfy those ginger snap aficionados looking for something with a bit more heritage and fortitude.
Published by Delish.com, December 8, 2008