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Classic recipe for Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies

From Blue Ribbon Family Favorites: More than 200 Delicious Recipes from Food Fairs and Festivals Across the Nation (2007). Don't let the "6 dozen cookies" part throw you off. These are made using a 2 teaspoon cookie dough scoop. so they are small, 2-bite cookies. Irresistible, too.
The only thing to remember is to soften your butter to room temperature before you begin. Give your butter 30-60 minutes, depending on the heat of the room. You can sub in cornflakes if you want, as that is how some Ranger Cookie recipes roll, but it is so good with the crisped rice cereal. Do try it that way at some point, okay?
I think you'll love these adorable cookies (I know my kids and their friends sure did). Don't overbake them so they stay soft. Mine took roughly 8 minutes to bake. Start at the low end and check your cookies. I used a third-party platform to figure out the calories so consider it a super rough estimate.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Dozen Cookies
Calories 308.65 kcal


  • 1 Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar Packed
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Cups Quick-Cooking Oats NOT Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Cups Crisped Rice Cereal You know the kind, "Snap, Crackle, and Pop!"
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut


  • 350* oven.
  • Cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • Cream the butter in your stand mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and your eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Now, the recipe says to combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and baking soda) in a separate bowl and then stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture by hand.
    I, however, dump in the dry ingredients, and without digging too deep, give them a little floofing together, before I switch on the mixer for a moment to combine.
  • Stir in the oats, the cereal, and the coconut by hand or, do what I did, and briefly give them a mix. My way does run the risk of crushing the cereal or overmixing the dough, so do pay attention and only mix to combine.
  • Drop the dough, using a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie dough scoop onto your prepared cookie shees.
  • Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven and the size you make your cookies. My cookies took 8 minutes to bake. They should be lightly browned and look "done."
Keyword Cookies and Bars