I felt guilty for trash-talking my mom’s Ranger Cookies because it had been so long since I’d even eaten one, I couldn’t really remember what they tasted like–only that I hadn’t been a fan. So this morning, I got up early and baked a batch. I figured it was good timing. I have a fridge full of cookie doughs that my kids like for later in the week, and I’m pretty sure anything that includes raisins and nuts is going to be off Morgan’s to-do list. Might as well make them now.
I suspect this popular 50s/60s era recipe was first put out either in a women’s magazine or by a cereal company. They’re made with oatmeal and Rice Krispies (though some Ranger Cookie recipes use Corn Flakes instead). My mom used Rice Krispies.
You can make these cookies with butter, margarine, or shortening, but I’m positive my mom used shortening or margarine. She would never use That Devil Butter. Some Ranger Cookie recipes offer chocolate chips as an option, but my mom never made them that way. She made hers with raisins and chopped pecans. I figure you could use just about anything you like, such as chopped dried cherries, coconut, walnuts, butterscotch chips, whatever you want.
That won’t make them any better, though.
Okay, okay, they are actually tasty little cookies, but now that I’ve eaten one (okay, OKAY, I forced myself to eat SEVERAL…and will probably eat some more), I remember what I don’t like about them. I don’t like the texture of the Rice Krispies in the cookies (and I doubt cornflakes would make me like them more).
There’s really nothing wrong with these cookies, they’re just not my cup of tea. If you think you might like them, I posted the recipe on Farm Bell Recipes here:
Have at it!
This cookie culpa moment is now concluded.