The Great Cookie Experiment- Ranger Cookies

The Great Cookie Experiment- Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies is similar to a recipe I call Cowboy Cookies.  Cowboys, Rangers, clearly this could be a whole class of masculine adventurous named cookies.  Simply find the version of this cookie you like best, and rename it to something rugged and tough (Mountaineer, Pony Express, Chuck Norris….any others?)  I haven’t looked up the cookie history, but I’m going to guess they are so named because they are simple cookies that don’t require a ton of embellishments, make a ton with each recipe, and taste great.

Well, except for one thing.  When I made this particular cookie, the dough came out crumbly.  Crumbly dough= crumbly cookies.  It’s simple math here.  They tasted great, but started to break off around the edges, and weren’t particularly moist and chewy.  If your heart is set on trying this particular version, play around with the fat/flour ratio.  Less flour, more shortening, and MAYBE a Tablespoon or two of milk if would do the trick.  These cookies deserve to be chewy and wonderful.  Right now they are not good Ranger cookies, they’re more like Desert Shrub cookies.  But they have potential.

Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies


1 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

2 cups oatmeal

2 cups crisp rice cereal

1 cup flaked coconut


Cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in the oats, cereal, and coconut.  Drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes about 7 ½ dozen.


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