ANZAC Lemon Slice


I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t like ANZAC Bickies – do you?  Do you know why they were made?  I studied history at school and uni and probably at one stage did know the background of the how and why ANZAC biscuits came into being but that little nugget of information had dropped right out out of my head, along with many other things!  So I did some research and found this article giving the explanation (and a recipe) and also why the Billy Tea Tins were used to transport them.

Not that ANZAC biscuits need messing with as they are perfect just the way they are but when I came across this ANZAC Lemon Slice recipe I thought it sounded delicious and need to be tried out – the verdict?  A winner!  Also great for lunch boxes.

So you make the basic ANZAC recipe, instead of rolling into biscuits spread it out into a slice, bake and then drizzle with lemon icing – easy!  Yummy!  Here’s the recipe.

ANZAC Lemon Slice


  • 1 C rolled oats
  • 1 C plain flour (i have done them with GF and all good)
  • 1 C desiccated coconut (I like to use an organic one with no sulphites)
  • 2/3 C raw caster sugar
  • 125 g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1/2 C icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 2 1/2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 160 C and grease and line am 18cm x 28cm slice tray (lamington tin)
  2. Put oats, flour, coconut and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Melt the butter and syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat. Dissolve the bicarb soda in the boiling water and then stir into the butter mixture until it bubbles.  Remove from the heat.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well to until all combined.
  5. Usually this is where you make the biscuit shapes but instead press the mixture into the prepared tin.
  6. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes and then stand to cool for 5 minutes before lifting out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. While it's cooling combine the lemon juice with the icing sugar and mix until smooth. Once the slice has cooled completely drizzle the icing over the slice and then let stand until it sets.
  8. Cut up the slice into pieces and enjoy with a cup of billy tea (or whatever floats your boat!)

Recipe slightly adapted from one I found in a “New Idea”  a few years ago (not that I read those trashy magazines, no not me!).

What are you doing for ANZAC Day?  Do you love ANZAC bickies? What is the correct way to spell bickies/bikkies?



17 comments on “ANZAC Lemon Slice

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    April 16, 2015 at 6:39 am

    This looks delicious! I made an ANZAC slice too but mine has golden icing! You’re right, it’s so easy and so yummy! I love ANZAC biscuits but only if they’re home made, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a shop bought one! I’m an ANZAC Princess!

    • Vicki
      April 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks Sammie – ANZAC slices are popular this week aren’t they? Golden icing, YUM!

  2. Tania @My Kitchen Stories
    April 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Oh wow Vicki you are right is there anyone that doesn’t ;like an Anzac biscuit. I love this idea….a lot.

    • Vicki
      April 16, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Tania I don’t think anyone would be game to say that they didn’t like them anyway! I’m baking another batch of this in the morning.

  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    April 17, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I’m so excited to see this recipe! My mum always used to make something really similar with the lemon glaze. I’ll have to make it – yum!

    • Vicki
      April 17, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      I love the lemon zing. I’m right into the retro slices at the moment too.

  4. Nicole- Champagne and Chips
    April 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Gosh the Anzac slice is a big trend this year! Such a good trend, so much quicker than making cookies and some lovely chewiness retained 🙂 I love your addition of a lemon drizzle too.

    • Vicki
      April 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Isn’t it just, I’m seeing some really yummy versions of it all over the place. Can never have too much ANZAC anything!

  5. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    April 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Ooh, I love the idea of adding lemon to these, yummy!

    • Vicki
      April 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      I can’t stop eating them! x

  6. Maxabella
    April 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

    This looks lovely, Vicki. I like lemon in anything, so I think the icing is a welcome addition! We make an Anzac slice for our school canteen. The kids pay 40c for a slab and they absolutely love it. x

    • Vicki
      April 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Great idea for the school canteen – will pass that on. I like lemon in anything too. Hope you had a good holiday x

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    April 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    We are complete fiends with Anzac biscuits! They are such a perfect biscuit and I like how they can be crunchy of chewy too 😀

    • Vicki
      April 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Anzacs are the best aren’t they – I’m onto trying out about the 10th recipe with them – so many different ways! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Dani @ House in Tillford
    April 22, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Yum! I love ANZAC cookies and lemon desserts so this is fantastic!

    • Vicki
      April 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you – it’s a great combination I think too!

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