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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 91 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large 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 sweetened shredded coconut

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cookies made with shortening tend to be taller and more tender. Cookies made witih butter tend to be flatter, crisper and more, well, buttery. Either works here depending upon what you're looking for in your perfect cookie. For the best of both worlds, use half butter and half shortening.
  • Mix-in ideas: M&M's, chocolate chips, dried cranberries and dried cherries.
  • Originally published as Ranger Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p37

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    lorict User ID: 5964845 250646
    Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

    "Never heard of Ranger Cookies. Followed recipe. I thought I would never hear myself say....these are better than chocolate chip cookies. Love them!!"

    dglong User ID: 1612099 249542
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

    "Great cookie recipe. Just the right amount of crunch along with the chewy middle. Will definitely use the recipe again and again. Corn flakes substitute well for the rice krispies. Just crush them slightly. Cookies were great with either one."

    Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 249535
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

    "These are one of my favorite kind of cookies. I had never made them with rice crispies. It made them really tasty! Loved the chew iof the brown sugar and coconut."

    menkens User ID: 5877182 248439
    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!"

    smizzi User ID: 944557 247476
    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."

    shannondobos User ID: 5115022 229560
    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!"

    lbryan56 User ID: 8443188 229205
    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."

    zipperlady69 User ID: 8179851 215747
    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............"

    25kevin User ID: 2113564 161748
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

    "Love the chewy, coco-nutty goodness of these! Makes so many I cut recipe in half. Used coconut extract this time around. MMMMMM...."

    Junilla User ID: 7769493 162600
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

    "I was a little worried about these cookies because of the one bad review. They turned out great! I rolled them in small balls and flattened them before baking them for 11minutes. Delicious!"

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