Sticky Date Anzac Biscuits

I was looking for an interesting and respectful ANZAC biscuitĀ to bake today when I came across theseā€¦ Sticky Date Anzac Cookies!
And they are now in my oven, baking away smelling fabulous!

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  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut (I used shredded for texture)
  • 2 cups traditional rolled oats
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups dried pitted dates, chopped

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  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Grease 3 large baking trays. Line with baking paper. Combine flour, ginger, coconut, oats and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in centre.
  2. Place butter, maple syrup, dates, golden syrup and 1/3 cup cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until butter has melted and mixture is combined. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in bicarbonate of soda. Stand for 2 minutes.
  3. Add butter mixture to oat mixture. Mix well to combine. Roll 1 tablespoon mixture into a ball. Flatten between palms. Place on prepared tray. Repeat with remaining mixture, placing biscuits 4cm apart on tray.
  4. Bake biscuits, 1 tray at a time, for 12 minutes or until golden and just firm to touch. Cool on trays for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.