Oh Forget Being Healthy Today!
Napa is a wonder of great restaurants and cute shops. It can be very romantic.We stumbled on a great section of the historic part of town that included "Sweetie Pie's Bakery". Oh man. This bakery had amazing platter-sized cookies...voluptuous cupcakes...lavish layer cakes and luscious pies. However, we picked out this humble cookie because we love oatmeal. "What's an ANZAC?" We said. Biting into it--we were not disappointed. An ANZAC is a very chewy and deliciously sweet oatmeal cookie. Looking it up on the Internet, I found they're named ANZAC because that's the abbreviation for Australian and New Zealand (military) Corps. Apparently women used to send them to their sweetheart soliders who fought in the war. I found several recipes from "Down Under" online. This was the best. Yield: 12 huge cookies (5" in diameter)
1 C oats (Quick Oats are best)
1 C coconut (the no-sugar kind)
1 C flour
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar (don't pack)
4 oz. butter (one stick)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Melt 1 stick butter in saucepan...add 2 T corn syrup. Dissolve soda in water...add to butter mixture. Don't worry if it froths a bit. It should. Measure in 1/3 C measure scoops onto a parch-ment lined pan. Make into a ball then squash with the heel of your hand. Bake 10-12 minutes until just light brown.
Note: If you have no unsugared shredded coconut in your town...you can always put your "Angel Flake" into a colander the night before you make the cookies...run cold water through it for a few minutes to wash off the sugar and oil ...and let it dry on paper towels for the next day's baking.