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Ranger Cookies

These golden brown ranger 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 one of our favorite cookie recipes. You won't be able to eat just one. —Mary Lou Boyce,Wilmington, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    7-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in oats, cereal and coconut.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 7-9 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • mlworden
      Feb 6, 2021

      Before making the cookies, I read most of the reviews. That being said, I reduced the flour by 1/2 cup using a total of 1 1/2 cups flour and I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cut shortening instead of 1 cup shortening. Otherwise, I followed the directions as written. With the flour reduction, I did not find the cookie dough too dry. The cookies were great !

    • Clara
      Feb 4, 2021

      Dough was extremely dry and crumbly. Agree with previous reviewer that perhaps less flour should be used. Ended up saving the dough by adding extra half cup of shortening and 2 more beaten eggs. Managed to roll into balls and flattened with the bottom of a floured glass. Took 12 mins baking time at 350f.

    • Dee
      Nov 21, 2020

      These are the Ranger cookies I remember from my childhood. Perfect combination of crisp and chewy. Like many others, I used 1/2 c butter and 1/3 c of shortening with no other changes. They were delicious!

    • Judy
      Apr 19, 2020

      An oldie but a goodie! I am in my 60s and just like the previous reviewer this is the exact recipe I grew up with and is always well received. I use Crisco.just as written and dont make any changes. Chocolate chips were never part of this recipe. They were considered a budget cookie since butter was so expensive yrs ago. I do bake mine a few minutes longer and make sure they are flattened before putting in the oven. I do add a pecan half to the top of the cookie . It is important to use good vanilla

    • Vince
      Mar 31, 2020

      Old proven recipe. I am using my mothers hand written recipe from the 1950's and this is the same one. I use 1/2 c butter 1/2 c vegetable shortening. No other changes. Make sure to use large eggs. I think these are better than a straight oatmeal cookie. They're a party in your mouth.

    • Cheryl
      Dec 12, 2019

      Worst cookie I ever made. They were extremely hard and I didnt bake them as long as tecopebcalled for. I was embarrassed to put them out for others to eat. The whole batch went into the trash. Never again!

    • Carol
      Dec 4, 2019

      I grew up eating Ranger cookies. They were nice and flat, with the oats, coconut and cereal held together with a nice, caramel-like cookie. i couldn't find my recipe, so I made this one. They are in the trash. Real Ranger Cookies only have 1 cup of flour. I hope you'll consider revising the recipe.

    • carolyn
      Sep 29, 2019

      These cookies need half the dry ingredients. As printed this recipe is so dry the dough will not hold together to form a cookie. I suggest half the amount of flour, rice cereal, coconut, and quick oats. I had to refrigerate my batter, double the amount of ingredients used prior to the addition of the dry in order to actually have a cookie that would hold together. The taste is fine.

    • Lore
      Aug 18, 2019

      The dough was so dry that I had a hard time getting the cookies to stay together. Is there an adjustment that I could make?

    • hkarow9713
      May 17, 2019

      All time favorite cookie recipe! These cookies are so buttery and crispy, they melt in your mouth! The shredded coconut is the perfect addition to these cookies.