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Ranger Cookies

by Laura

Today is the last day of cookie week. We are ending with one of my favorite cookies while growing up, Ranger Cookies.  If you have never had a ranger cookie before, you must try one!

This cookie includes oats, coconut, and the best part – rice krispies.  They give this cookie little pockets of crunch.  I do think they are best if you eat them no later than the day after you make them.
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Ranger Cookies


  • 1 cup shortening (I have used 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together shortening, sugars, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time and blend until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together flour, soda, baking powder, and salt the add to creamed mixture.
  3. Stir in rolled oats, Rice Krispies, and  coconut until well blended. Dough will be crumbly.
  4. Shape into walnut sized balls or use a cookie scoop and bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
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katherine February 23, 2015 - 1:51 pm

I made them using half shortening and half butter and they were award- winning, nice and chewy. They don’t come out as good when margarine is substituted for the butter. You may save a bit of money but you lose on the quality.

Sandra February 17, 2014 - 7:54 pm

I would like to try this recipe with putting the coconut in a food processor to make coconut finer and then add about a cup of pecans to chop them up. I think I would also half the shortening and add butter for the other half.

Nadia October 29, 2013 - 4:38 pm

I love ranger cookies! My grandma made these when I was a kid and I still make them. Her receipe called for butter and cornflakes, instead of rice crispies cereal.

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Jenn December 29, 2011 - 1:29 am

I LOVE ranger cookies sooo much. thanks for this recipe. I will probably use margarine because thats what my mom buys (no judgement here!). I like them with ground up M&Ms in them.

Marcy December 4, 2010 - 10:47 pm

These are my favorites–except I add pecans too. Also I have used butter.

Katrina December 4, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Do they have to be made with shortening? It is so unappetizing. I would much prefer to bake with butter.


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