Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
- 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
- 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.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
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Nutrition Facts1 each: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Mar 26, 2018
I had to alter the recipe a little. I used 2/3 cups granulated sugar and the same for the brown sugar. We don't like overly sweet desserts. The coconut provides sweetness as well as the 1 cup of golden raisins I added. I also used unsalted butter. I try not to use shortening in baking for health reasons. If you use salted butter you should omit the salt. The dough was too dry like others reported. I'm baking them now. The 1st pan I had to flatten when they came out of the oven. The 2nd pan is baking now and I flatten BEFORE baking. They look good so far as I am watching while writing this review. I've been professionally baking for pay for over 35 years. Yes. The dough is TOO DRY. I will make again but I will reduce the flour by 1/2 cup since I love oats more than flour the next time. If you keep the recipe suggesting for flour and reducing the oats by 1/2 cup, this should also give this recipe a better consistency. I also added an extra teaspoon of vanilla because I love vanilla. The flavor is nice. I will keep the altered recipe for future use. Don't forget to take the cookies out as soon as the bottoms turn brown. Leave on the pan to finish cooking and firm up and then move to a cooling rack. The second pan is out and the cookies are PICTURE PERFECT!!! Better than the ones on the site lol.
Dec 24, 2017
I have always loved Ranger cookies but never made them. I just got done making this recipe for the first time. They are absolutely delightful. I did not change a thing, I used exact measurements and had no problems with dry dough as some people reported. This will definitely go on my list from now on of cookies to make they are a little bit crunchy but nice and chewy, love them!! I did do the half crisco half butter to make up the 1 cup like many other people did. This is a winner!!!
Dec 19, 2017
These are virtually fail proof, when prepared as directed, and one of the more interesting, heartier cookies a person can make. They are a hit with kids and adults. The only reason one might need to add more moisture is if one is not properly creaming the butter/shortening, adding the eggs before they should be added, or measuring their dry ingredients incorrectly. When made with care and precision, as all baked things should be, they are perfect as written. Baking is chemistry—it should be regarded as such. Great recipe, classic!
Dec 17, 2017
Just made this cookies and they were awesome. Used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening turned out perfect, no changes or adjustments needed
Oct 19, 2017
I have been making these cookies for years. Never read the reviews until today. I never had to add an extra egg, the dough was not loose and I never had to chisel them off of the cookie sheet (I use parchment paper). They are the ultimate cookie. I add raisins to half the batter since it is just me who likes them.
Sep 25, 2017
This recipe definitely needs an extra egg. Dry dough. Good cookie though! (I used Corn Flakes as others said they’ve used since I had that & no Rice Krispies.)
Sep 16, 2017
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 of the brown sugar and coconut.
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!!
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.
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!
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