Please, just stop.
These are amazing.
They are nutty, chewy, wish-I-could-give-you-a-bite-through-the-screen, good.
Ever had those Aussie Bites from Costco? Well, I had some of those tasty little things at a gathering the other day, and as I was eating them one right after the other, with no display of manners or temperance whatsoever (a visual of me shoving them by fistfuls into my mouth would be about right), I had a sudden wondering urge to see if I might find a recipe for making them myself. That way, I would be able to repay the group for the completely irrational amount of bites I’d consumed, and possibly redeem myself from my gluttonous behavior. Off I went, with crumbs around my mouth. A bit of research later, I found out that Aussie Bites are a commercial version (and name) of a popular ‘biscuit’ in Australia and New Zealand called Anzac Biscuits. I promptly copied four recipe variations down in my little book of everything, and went to work.
The first batch was good. The second batch was better. The third batch was amazing. The fact that I decided to use ingredients that were on hand, and flippantly venture off the beaten-recipe-path was
Let’s think about that for a minute.
The fact that I did not adhere to the original recipe probably didn’t bring these up one notch higher in the goodness factor. They’re just good. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that you could, most likely, change or add about anything to the mixing bowl, within reason, (please don’t add squash or garlic, for heaven’s sake) and it would come out fabulously. I know that I have at least one Aussie reader (Hi Sarah!), so I hope that I haven’t committed any international crime or disrespect by changing things up!
Here, have a go.
Aussie Bites, Anzac Biscuits, Nutty Buddies, (or whatever you’d like to call them):
Adapted from here
2 cups all purpose white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup butter
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons baking soda
16 tablespoons boiling water
Set a kettle of water on to boil. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and honey together. While that is melting, stir flours, oats, seeds, salt, and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside. When water boils, add 16 tablespoons of it to the baking soda in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add soda mixture to the melted butter/honey mixture, stir. Pour butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until well incorporated. Now, after trying different things, here’s what I do next: With buttered hands, form the dough into 2” x 12” logs. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and chill at least 1 hour. Unwrap dough log and slice it into 3/4” rounds. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees, for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Note - possible add-ins include: coconut flakes (that seems to be traditional), finely chopped dried fruit, wheat bran, other seeds or nuts.
This is a large recipe. But that’s a good thing. You may get one or two days between batches this way, depending on how prone you and your people are to displays of gluttonous behavior.