This Ranger Cookie Recipe blends oatmeal, coconut, corn flakes, and chocolate chips. This blend of yummy ingredients creates crispy edges with a slightly chewy texture. You can substitute both the flour with my gluten-free flour blend.
If you like a chewy and crispy cookie, then you’ll love this delicious cookie.
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Ranger Cookie Recipe
I love a crispy-chewy cookie, and this recipe fits the bill. It’s so easy to make, and I love that it’s one of those cookies where you can add some fun ingredients to the dough.
Inspiration For These Cookies
These cookies were popular during my childhood, but strangely my mom never made them.
My MIL reminded my husband about them on a phone call the other day. She was so excited that we were interested in her recipe that she dictated her recipe to him over the phone. I love recipes handed down in families. They’re the best!
After researching the cookie, I see that it’s the original recipe circulating the web. I view its popularity as a good thing.
I made this recipe and immediately fell in love with this crispy cookie. So, I quickly created a gluten-free version for my daughter. I know some of you are on gluten-free diets, so you’ll appreciate this easy option for wheat flour.
And I’m happy to admit that my family had difficulty telling the difference between the gluten and gluten-free versions. Maybe the gluten version was a tiny bit chewier.
Ingredients you’ll need for these cookies:
Shortening – Crisco
Flour (I have a gluten-free blend below)
Quick Cooking Oats
What Are Ranger Cookies Made Of?
I had no idea what was in a Ranger Cookie until my mother-in-law introduced them to me. They typically contain quick oats, brown sugar, Rice Krispies cereal, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. I used cornflakes instead, but I will try Rice Krispies cereal next time.
How Can I Convert This Recipe To A Gluten-Free Cookie?
I finally came up with an excellent gluten-free blend of ingredients. Replace the recipe’s flour with this gluten-free blend.
For this unique gluten-free flour combination, you’ll need the following ingredients on hand:
- Rice Flour
- Potato Starch
- Tapioca Flour
- Xanthan Gum
- Almond Flour (Super Fine)
What Ingredients Can I Add To These Cookies?
- Butterscotch Chocolate Chips
- Reese’s Pieces
- Chopped Butterfingers
- Rice Krispies Cereal
- ½ cup shortening Crisco
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour if making gluten free refer to notes
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup cornflakes or Rice Krispies cereal
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Mix together shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
- Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix cookie dough thoroughly. Stir in oats, cereal, coconut, and chocolate chips.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool on the tray for a minute, then place on a cooling rack.
I read that someone switched out the Crisco with half butter and Crisco. I’m not sure you want to go with all butter since it may flatten the cookie.
I’m all about bringing back recipes from the past, and this ranger cookie recipe is worthy of reviving! If you like, use the base of this recipe to add some of your favorite ingredients to personalize the cookie.
If you make this fun cookie, please make sure to comment below. I always love hearing from you. Someday, I would love to add your photos to some posts and share your version with everyone.
In the meantime, happy baking!