Ranger Cookies Recipe
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Ranger Cookies Recipe

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These golden brown cookies are crispy on the outside and cake-like on the inside. Their tasty blend of oats, rice cereal, coconut and brown sugar have made them a favorite with our family. You won't be able to eat just one—Mary Lou Boyce,Wilmington, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:91 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 91 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 63 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the oats, cereal and coconut.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Ranger Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p37

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Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"I really had no problem with the consistency of the dough, and think that folks who have did not cream the shortening (I used Butter flavored Crisco) & sugar well enough! I added an extra egg because that had been suggested ... used regular oats because that is what I had available and added a bit over 1 cup of mini chips. Also, used coconut flavoring.... Baked for 8-3/4 minutes (that is what works in my oven) ... they will be "moist" looking on top, so don't over bake! Used my medium scoop and got 8-1/2 dozen ... I will definitely be making again!"

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2016

"I have made these cookies for years.They have always been my favorite. Instead of crispy rice cereal, my recipe calls for corn flakes and 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. Absolutely delicious! Do not overbake."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"The description of this cookie sums it up perfectly. Crispy outside, cake-like in the middle. There is a slight crunch from the crisp rice cereal. As other reviews stated, the dough is definitely loose and crumbly, but nothing that rolling into balls doesn't fix. Excellent cookie!"

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"These were really good. I've had ranger cookies before but never homemade. I'll make them again . The dough was loose but as another review pointed out, I just rolled them in balls and pressed with the heel of my hand and baked them for 12 minutes. Oh I very lightly sprayed cookie sheet with cooking spray. They all came out perfectly. I may try butter next time, but why fix a good thing, right."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"These were the best cookies I have had in a long time, they are very tasty and you can't just each one. My friends really liked them............"

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