Wednesday, August 14, 2013


The other night when the NNL's Tasty Bunch got together for our monthly dine-out and dessert, we went back to Judy and Paul's to enjoy some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I didn't take my camera but did take a picture of some of them and will share the recipe in a later post.....I promise.

The men were all on the deck enjoying being outdoors and solving the problems of the world. (Not sure, but that is usually what they discuss.) The women were all in the family room enjoying being indoors and not trying to solve the problems of the world.  

Among our topics of discussion were Judy's cookies. She brought out her old, abused (sorry....used) Betty Crocker's Cookbook that had the recipe.  She also had a recent Betty Crocker's Cookbook and told us that the cookie recipe for the chocolate chip cookies was different in the two cookbooks. 

Looking at the recipe to copy it down for my blog post, I turned the page and saw the recipe for Ranger Cookies.  After reading the ingredients, I knew I had to try them. So I copied it down also.

Monday I was trying to think what I would make to take to Hillcrest Thrift Shop the next morning to share with the other volunteers and I remembered the Ranger Cookies. At first I couldn't find the paper that I had written the recipes on, so I got my old Betty Crocker's Cookbook out. My 1969 version was printed in 1974. I found the recipe for the Ranger Cookies and immediately noticed that my recipe said "fortified whole wheat flakes cereal". I remembered that the recipe I copied down had said "Wheaties or Total" cereal. I thought that was rather interesting. I did find the paper with the recipes and my recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookies was the same as Judy's.

Long story short....I made the cookies yesterday morning and took them to Hillcrest later when I went in for my "shift". I had so many people ask for the recipe, I knew I had to share it today.  

They just may be my favorite crispy cookie now. Warning! It is hard to eat just one. The cookbook says "chewy on the inside, crisp on the outside". Oh! Yeah!


1/2     cup shortening

1/2     cup sugar
1/2     cup brown sugar, packed
1        egg
1/2     teaspoon vanilla
1        cup flour
1/2     teaspoon baking soda
1/4     teaspoon baking powder
1/4     teaspoon salt
1        cup quick - cooking oats
1        cup Wheaties, Total, or Bran Flakes cereal
1/2     cup shredded coconut (I did use unsweetened coconut)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream shortening, sugars, egg, and vanilla til smooth.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Add to creamed mixture and combine on low.  Batter will be thick.

Using a 1 - inch scoop or teaspoon drop the dough onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart....cookies will spread.

Bake 9 - 10 minutes.  Cookies will look soft in the middle but will be nicely golden brown.

Remove immediately from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy my not-so perfect pictures....


  1. Omg you are a life saver! I have been looking for a recipe for Ranger cookies forever now and came across this.. I used to work at a retirement center and they would have these cookies for patients w diabetes. I wonder of this is the same recipe they had.. ill have to try and see :)

    1. Vanessa, I didn't reduce the sugar content when I made the cookies on Tuesday but when I make them again, I will use stevia for the sugar and brown sugar blend for the brown sugar. This will reduce the sugar quite a bit. Hope you like the recipe.