Anzac Day is nearly upon us and to continue with my tradition here on the blog, I have a brand new recipe incorporating the gorgeous flavours of Anzac biscuits in something a little different – these delicious Anzac & Caramel Muffins!
This recipe is a delicious combination of a flavourful oat and golden syrup muffin with the centre generously filled with rich creamy caramel. All of the steps are really simple but a little more involved than your usual quick muffin, and well worth the effort!
Chelsea Sugar products are such a staple in any Kiwi bakers pantry so I was delighted to partner with them again. The classic flavour of Golden Syrup is a Kiwi tradition, much loved in baking and drizzled over all sorts of tasty treats! The flavours of Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar and Chelsea Golden Syrup in this recipe are perfect! Even the caramel has Golden Syrup blended through it. My Anzac biscuits and Oat Golden Syrup Slices all contain these classic flavours and when these muffins were cooking the family came running to see what the great smell was!
You can easily skip the caramel centre but I think it made the muffins more moist and added such a delicious treat to each mouthful. I think next time we might add even MORE filling to each one, because why not!
While testing this recipe I tried out a few sugars to see which gave me the best result. I, like many of you, have various types of sugar in the pantry. In some cases sugars are interchangable and will add the sweetness you desire to any recipe, with a few tweaks. But in the case of Brown Sugars, Demerara and the like there are a few extra features that can make all the difference. This is more than just grain size. All sugar goes through different preparation processes to get the signature flavours we love to use!
In this case, I will focus on Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar vs Chelsea Demerara. Both could be used in this recipe, the Demerara gives a lovely crunch with the differing and larger sized crystals, the Brown Sugar gives a richer flavour and moistness to the muffins. They are in fact completely different sugars! While brown sugar is super fine white sugar coated in a rich molasses to make it ideal for many baking uses, Demerara is a raw sugar with a much coarser grain with natural occurring caramel flavours.
Its coarse grains are ideal for coffee lovers, but also makes a lovely addition to muffins to give a crunchy finish if sprinkled over top or the caramelised topping on a Creme Brulee. You could use both here, the Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar in the muffins and the Chelsea Demerara on top. I found in this case the Brown Sugar worked better for the muffin base as it added to the moistness of the muffin. But don’t be afraid to experiment and look into the various sugars as it could make all the difference in your next baking adventure!
So onto the recipe, there are three distinct processes, each best done separately unless you are a complete whizz at multi-tasking in the kitchen. Firstly prepare the caramel filling, taking care to stir continuously so the caramel doesn’t catch, then preparing the wet ingredients to allow sufficient time to cool while you prepare the base of the muffins. I look forward to hearing what you think!
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Amazing, loved them
sonia fincher says
I’ve bake them while back and they were amazing. just found this recipe again and going to make them with my 4 yo Baker ?
Very I mpressed, made double the caramel and froze what was left for later, yummy. Thank you.
Wonderful! I am so pleased you enjoyed it.
Carole Brighouse says
I just got this recipe from More FM as the announcer was raving about it and then said to txt them for the recipe. Didn’t realise it was one of yours ? Always love your recipes ? need to make this soon
They are getting great mileage out of this recipe – you would think they would reach out to chat! Other years radio stations have tried to pass of my recipes as their own around this time of year so it is lovely they are sharing my links this time.
You do know that you’re not allowed to call these anzac muffins without permission for using the word Anzac ? Just because they have the same flavours as the biscuits the word Anzac is protected.
I’ve just made these muffins but the caramel filling was not thick at all and just absorbed into the muffin. What did I do wrong?
Hi, sorry to hear that, hard to know what happened without being there but it should thicken before you remove it from the heat and then continue to thicken as it stands and cools. Was yours thickening on the stove top?
Megan Lawrence says
Just made these (it’s Anzac Day), yum yum!
My mum is famous for her Anzac Slice drizzled with chocolate … I finally prized the recipe off her not so long ago so will definitely break it out when the opportunity arises! ?
Got to love the classic Anzac biscuits. Can’t wait to try these muffins.
Claudia McIlwaine says
Definately Anzac biscuits but these could be a new fav! ?
Love making Anzac biscuits! They are just too yummy to make once a year only ? my daughter’s favourite, thank you for these other Anzac recipes, can’t wait to try them out ?
Kristie Knauf says
You can’t go wrong with delicious, buttery ANZAC biscuits ?
Anzac biscuits however when I make these that could change!!
Krystal Howden says
My 3 year old and I are making these muffins right now. He was so excited when the baking soda frothed the mixture up – whereas I was pleading with the baking gods for my pot to be big enough for the mixture to not spill over. This is definitely our favourite recipe and we will be making a tradition of making them! Some for our house and some for Nanas, cant go wrong!
Lol just so you know, when I first tested this recipe, my pot was in no way big enough……. 🙁
Natalie Davies-Lawson says
I’ve loved Anzac biscuits ever since I was little and they’re still a firm favourite, but I’ll definitely be trying these muffins on for size ?
Hazel Brewer says
I love the sound of these! My favourite ANZAC recipes are ANZAC bars, which is kind of like a muesli bar, and the ANZAC self saucing pudding by Allyson Gofton, but I put my own twist on it 🙂 I am looking forward to giving these muffins a go too though! Yum!
Ann Simmonds says
My favourite is the traditional Anzac biscuit but I’m going 2 make these muffins 2day so my opinion could change after hearing the wonderful feedback about these muffins.
Hi – i love Anzac cookies, especially when theyre chewy!
But i keep seeing comments about Anzac Caramel slice……..OMG…my idea of heaven!
I work with 5 boys in a Residential home, one of them is a keen cook. I think we’ll have to try to make the cookies or the caramel slice over the next few days!
Have a great weekend! ?
I’m a bit obsessed with Anzac flavours! Both a plain and a caramel version of the Anzac slice are in the blog, check out the sweet recipes tab and slices.
Debbie Barlow says
You can’t beat Anzac biscuits but these Anzac muffins sound delicious!!
These look yum!
My favourite is your Anzac slice recipe, easy and yum.
Haven’t gotten around to trying the caramel version yet.
Omg yummo…. I am literally drooling whilst reading this recipe…gonna be our home baking for school holidays tomorrow. Cant wait to try them pretty sure they will be a massive hit here ???
Sarah stainthorpe says
My favourite is Anzac biscuits and I love to add raisins to the mix. Delicious!
But I can’t wait to try these muffins – think it will have to be tomorrow with the kids and they may become my new favourite ?
Rebecca thiessen says
Classic Anzac bikkies and I will try these muffins next week for sure!
I made some recently from the chealsea site – it was a readers recipe. It had pumpkin seeds in it. I also added some raisins. They were really yum!
Maria Boyd says
Gooey Anzac Caramel Slice but this might top that when I try it.
My all time favourite is Anzac caramel slice but after making these muffins I’d say it’s first equal!
Usually ANZAC biscuits but this year in trying your muffins for work & your slice for us at home. They look fantastic!
Denise Palmer says
I made your delicious ANZAC muffins, but instead of making the caramel I placed a small caramel filled easter egg in the middle. I used the topping and also drizzled dark chocolate on the top…absolutely delicious <3
What a great idea!
Sheree Hogg says
Definitely would have to be the good old Chelsea Anzac biscuits….although this new Anzac muffin recipe with caramel in the middle sounds delicious and can’t wait to make it ?
Jessica Mondia says
We love the ANZAC cookies but would attempt to whip up ANZAC Caramel Slice and this scrumptious muffin. ??❤
Only ever tried Anzac biscuits so guess they would be my current fav. Will have to try these muffins and the slice people have mentioned
Michelle Hudgell says
I love Turkish ANZAC biscuits that also incorporate vanilla extract, rosewater, slivered almonds and a dust of icing sugar! They are absolutely divine and a little bit exotic!
Wow sounds lovely
Vanessa Hirini says
This is My
nEW fav Anzac recipe!
I’m gunna try find some jersey caramels or freeze the caramel in ice cubes to pop in in the centre! Am also gunna use the other half of the condensed milk and caramel the top and roll in slivered almonds!
Glam em up a bit!
Kerry Walters says
My favorite is a soft, chewy ANZAC slice. But these muffins like GOOD so definitely can’t wait to give these a try!
Anna Stone says
I have made the Edmonds Anzac biscuits. I like the sound of the Anzac Caramel Slice.
anzac slice with a caramel filling goes down a treat with my teenagers.
I love Anzac bikkies dunked in a cup of tea. I am looking forward to giving the Anzac muffins a go though (assuming the teenage boys actually leave any!).
Annie Siegrist says
The ANZAC muffins with caramel inside are beautiful! My husband has recently started baking and he managed to create some beautiful muffins from the recipe, an amazing feat for him! I would love to win the $100 voucher so he can keep up with this wonderful new-found love of baking he’s acquired!
Edmonds Anzac biscuits were my fav. I’ve not made them for a few years as I’ve had to go gluten free. And I’ve not yet tried to make them using quinoa flakes in place of rolled oats, as I’m not sure I am handle the disappointment if the texture isn’t right. But now i think I might have found a new way to get the flavour that I miss!! And some caramel too!!
Anzac biscuits are the best! I am going to try this recipe next weekend with my 4 year old nephew who loves baking!
Sharon egen says
Can’t go past an Anzac biscuit, chewy and soft!!
Well it looks as though these are going to be my new fav go-to recipe, yum!
Teresa Cooper says
Would have to be anzac biscuits but these look great – might be on the baking list this weekend 🙂
Kerry Peters says
Just made them and they are delicious!
Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed it ☺️
Yum der going to give these a go!! my fav is and anzac caramel pie basically anasc biscuit base with caramel filling with some of the base sprinkled on top sooo yum!!!
Last year I made Anzac tan square which was delicious but this year I’d love to give these muffins a go.
Shona Barnett says
Chewy chocolate Chip Anzac Biscuits…They have chocolate chips added with chopped apricots.. yum yum
Rachelle Williamson says
My fav is plain old Anzac cookies, so good! I messed with them once by adding muesli in and they ended up amazing! I keep meaning to try your Anzac slice…and these look so good, too!!
I love your Anzac slice!
Have to say the biscuits as the Anzac biscuits were the first biscuits my daughter who is now 26 learnt to make and with her 2 brothers 14 and 12 years there first biscuits they learnt were the Anzac ones as they are an easy biscuit for children to lean and love must say my boys when it’s baking day love alot of your recipes we made muffins feijoa ones the other day and loved by all ?
Kids love eating AND making ANZAC biscuits for sure.
Julie Hoult says
It would have to be Anzac Biscuits but Im going to try these and take them to work as Im working on Anzac day
My Fav was Anazac bikkies…thr ones that have acrunch on the outside the insides chewy…but now….it has 2 be these muffins with that delicious anzac flavour and caramel…what a combo!
Glennis Brown says
Up until now Anzac biscuits. Now without even making them your Anzac Muffins will be. I love muffins more than biscuits as they are soft and moist.
Tash Earley says
Absolutely love the Gooey Caramel Anzac Slice recipe from the Chelsea recipe page.
Gwen Bracks says
I just love AÑZAC Apple Crumble It’s so yummy
Kirsten Evans says
Your caramel Anzac slice is my favourite and the one that keeps getting requested, doesn’t have to be Anzac Day time of the year will make this anytime it is scrummy going to test out the muffins though
Kerilyn Moore says
My favorite is caramel Anzac slice
Amanda Wall says
Why can’t you use 1/2 tin of caramelised condensed milk?
My fav ANZAC biscuit recipe is the Edmond cookbook one
Hi Amanda, you are very welcome to. I prefer the taste of this caramel, but you are welcome to amend any of my recipes. Let me know how it goes.
Angela Claridge says
Just a Mum’s Anzac Slice with caramel filling is my fave but I am definitely going to give these a crack for Anzac 2018 ?
That Just A Mum has some tasty ANZAC treats for sure 😉
Rochelle Vickers says
I love Chelsea’s caramel ANZAC slice recipe – it’s become a family favorite!
Debra O'Donnell says
I love Anzac biscuits but am deffintly going to bake the Anzac muffins with the caramel filling and will share with my work mates.
Sarah Rea says
Just the classic ANZAC biscuits normally but keen to give these muffins a go this year!
Raewyn McGrath says
Our favourite Anzac recipe is Chelsea’s Gooey Anzac slice, but I will be trying these muffins tomorrow, they look delicious ?
Leanne Scott says
Definitely the Edmonds Anzac recipe, never fails and always delicious. Your muffins sound Devine so will definitely try these. Thanks
Penny Henry says
I usually make Anzac biscuits but this recipe is my new favourite , my three children love to bake and we are definately going to get the ingredients and do this one …yum!
Kara Gruebner says
My all time favourite has always been the anzac biscuit, which I make a mostly gluten free version.
Kristina Williams says
ANZAC slice you made last year was delicious. I’m going to attempt these muffins too so I might just have two favourites!!
We were going to bake your ANZAC biscuits on Wednesday with our special needs children but I would like to change it to the muffins…they look and sound so delicious 🙂
Anzac biscuits coated in white chocolate are my favorite Anzac treat
What a lovely idea 🙂
Got be Anzac bikies so going make these muffins tommorow.
Great! Let me know what you think 🙂