New American Plate Challenge

Anzac Cookies

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Weekly Recipe
Serves 20

These unique cookie bars are inspired by Australia’s national biscuit, the ANZAC.  Whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, including the soluble fiber shown to lower blood cholesterol. A hint of coconut and honey adds an exotic sweetness that will make you feel like you’re on vacation down under.


Ingredients

  • 1 Cup
    quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 Cup
    reduced-fat, unsweetened shredded dried coconut (or 1/2 regular, unsweetened shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 Cup
    whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 Cup
    unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup
    packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/2 Cup
    buttery spread (trans fat free)
  • 2 Tablespoons
    honey
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons
    boiling water

Instructions

  1. In mixing bowl, use whisk to combine oats, coconut, flours, sugars and salt. In small pot over medium heat, heat spread until melted. Mix in honey. Remove pot from heat. In small bowl, combine baking soda with boiling water. When mixture is foamy, add to melted spread mixture. Pour warm mixture into dry ingredients and mix, first using flexible spatula, then your hands, working with your fingers until mixture is evenly moistened. It will be sandy and crumble when squeezed in your fist. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 2-24 hours, until handful squeezed tightly sticks together.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  3. Coat 11 inch x 7 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Pour bar mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into even layer.

  4. Bake 10 minutes. Remove pan and using sharp, thin knife make 4 cuts spaced evenly across wider width of pan. Rotate pan 90 degrees and make 3 cuts across smaller width of pan, creating 20 bars. Return pan to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are deep golden brown. They will be slightly puffy and yield a little when with pressed with a finger.

  5. Set pan on wire baking rack and run knife through cuts. Cool completely. Run knife through cuts again to make sure cookies are completely separated and lift from pan. ANZAC Cookies will keep in airtight container for 1 week.

Nutrition: Per serving: 130 calories, 6 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 140 mg sodium.

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