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Buttery Ranger Cookies

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Ranger cookies are light and tasty filled with all sorts of goodies including coconut, oatmeal and rice krispies.  With a cup of this and a cup of that mixed in, they have a great chew and are sure to win you over.  

Close up of buttery ranger cookies on wire cooling rack showing their crisp edges and chewy centers.

Combine a cup of this and a cup of that to make a batch of these delicious chewy cookies.   This buttery ranger cookie recipe is loaded with goodies and taste amazing.

You will find these cookies are perfect for just about any occasion. Bake up a batch to see for yourself.

I found the recipe for these fabulous cookies in an old church cook book. It includes several favorites from my own family along with some from other families in our area.

I have had the best luck with recipes from that book. They are all favorites from families we know and love.

Isn’t that the way with those church fundraiser cookbooks?  They are always loaded with such gems, especially if it is an old country church like this one.

stacks of cuppa cookies on wire cooling rack.

So I was not particularly surprised how good these cookies were. Even the non-coconut lovers enjoyed them.

The ingredient list for these cookies may seem a bit long, but it is really a list of pretty common pantry staples.  You might already have most of the basic ingredients on hand anyway.

So don’t scroll down to the recipe card and let the length deter you. It really isn’t as crazy as it might first appear.

looking down on crispy buttery lightly golden cuppa cookies

In fact you might be looking for the perfect use for that little bit of this and that you have laying around.  The best part is the recipe makes a lot of cookies without any superb effort.

So, they are a great way to help round out those cookie trays you are bringing to holiday parties, neighbors and coworkers. They are also perfect for lunch boxes or gatherings any time of year.

I whipped up a batch for our chili cook-off and they were perfect for munching on between yard games and after a bunch of chili.  I also took a tray to share with my coworkers.

They were a hit everywhere they went. I am sure that will be true when you make them as well.

looking down on freshly baked cuppa cookies with bowls of oatmeal and rice krispies nearby

Freezing Cookies

This recipe makes about 72 cookies. Luckily cookies freeze really well, so you don’t have to worry about having so many at once.

You can freeze baked cookies by placing them in a freezer bag or airtight container. They will last for several months in the freezer and can be pulled out an enjoyed at a moment’s notice.

If you like the idea of having fresh baked cookies any time, you can freeze ball of dough instead. Then you can bake up a few cookies and enjoy the aroma of them baking as well as a warm cookie.

To freeze the cookie dough, just scoop balls of dough onto cookie sheets and freeze for at least a couple of hours. Then transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to a freezer bag.

scooping small scoops of cuppa cookie dough onto silicone mat lined baking tray.

When you are ready, just grab some balls of frozen dough. You can bake them straight from the oven if you’d like, but they might not quite as flat and airy.

Just keep an eye on them as they bake. They may take an extra minute or two to bake through and get that beautiful light golden color.

Alternatively, place them on a cookie sheet and let them thaw for a half hour before baking. That will help them spread into the flat cookies you see in the pictures. 

Substitution Ideas

We love these cookies just the way the recipe is written, but there are several variations you can try to match your taste preferences or perhaps the ingredients you have on hand.

I have seen several recipes that use corn flakes instead of crispy rice cereal. I think that would be an interesting change.

We love corn flakes in frostbite cookies, so I am sure they would be delicious in these as well. Just replace the cup of one cereal for the other and make the recipe as directed otherwise.

The family who submitted this recipe to the church cookbook suggested you could substitute other nuts for the coconut flakes if you prefer. You can try chopped walnuts or pecans instead for a flavor twist.

golden buttery ranger cookies made with a cup of several different things ready to be eaten.

The mix of cream of tartar and baking soda gives you a similar result as baking powder. The amounts called for in this recipe have a higher ratio of cream of tartar to baking soda as regular baking powder.

However, if you don’t have cream of tartar on hand, baking powder would work in a pinch. Just use 2 teaspoons of baking powder and omit the baking soda and cream of tartar.

If you only have quick oats, go ahead and use those. We like the texture of rolled oats, but either will taste delicious in these cookies.

More Great Cookie Recipes

There is something about cookies that are loaded with goodies like this. Monster cookies are another loaded cookie that we love both at the holidays and all year long or kitchen sink cookies are a loaded chewy cookie.

Maybe you would like browned butter cowboy cookies or a good recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.

If it is the buttery goodness that drew you in, I would also recommend melting moments or our family’s favorite fudge dipped crescent cookies.

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

Yield: 72 Cookies

Ranger Cookies

Cuppa cookies with oatmeal, coconut, rice krispies and more cooling on wire rack.

This vintage ranger cookies recipe came straight from an old country church cookbook, so you know they are good! The combination of crisp rice cereal, oatmeal, coconut and buttery cookie dough makes for the perfect mix of crispy and chewy. You are going to want to keep your cookie jar filled with your new favorite cookie.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup rice crispies cereal
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and get your cookie sheets ready.
  2. In a large bowl, or your stand mixer, cream together sugars and butter. Add oil, eggs and vanilla and beat to mix.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  4. Mix flour mixture into butter mixture.
  5. Fold in the cereal, oatmeal and coconut.
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoon full (I used my small cookie scoop) onto baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between each ball of cookie dough.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The edges of the cookies should be lightly golden.
  8. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack until completely cool.

Notes

The baked cookies freeze great!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

72

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This vintage ranger cookies recipe came straight from an old country church cookbook, so you know they are good! The combination of crisp rice cereal, oatmeal, coconut and buttery cookie dough makes for the perfect mix of crispy and chewy. You are going to want to keep your cookie jar filled with your new favorite cookie.

Thanks for sharing!

Krissy Kress

Wednesday 21st of September 2022

Do you used sweetened coconut?

Carlee

Wednesday 21st of September 2022

Yes, I use the shredded sweetened coconut you find in the baking aisle.

Andrea Nine

Monday 30th of November 2020

With a Cup of coffee or tea, oh so good! Have a great start to your week!

Carlee

Friday 4th of December 2020

Thank you and back at you, Andrea!

Frugal Hausfrau

Sunday 29th of November 2020

These sound amazing~ They look gorgeous, too. I think I have seen something like this before but have never tried - I will now~ Thanks CArlee for another winner!

Carlee

Friday 4th of December 2020

You definitely should, they are super tasty! Thank you!

Amy

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Now that is quite the recipe. I think that this is a great recipe for my kids to make. It sounds pretty simple and delicious!

Carlee

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

The kiddos will love making and eating these!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Any cookie I can dunk in my tea is a sure winner! I shared Thumbelina cookies yesterday that have a buttery base and I just love any buttery taste in a cookie like these! Have a wonderful Wednesday my friend!

Carlee

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Your Thumbelina cookies look amazing! Thank you

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