Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chocolate Chip Ranger Cookies

I can't believe I have never made Ranger Cookies nor known their puzzling heritage.  They taste similar to a cowboy cookie and have apparently been around since the 20's or 30's.  There are many different stories I read online about this cookie.  Some say they started in Texas after "Texas Rangers" while others say the name was related to "The Lone Ranger" .  I also read that the cookies were served in the school cafeteria of some children in the 50's.  Who knows?  The ingredient that sets these apart from a cowboy or chocolate chip cookie is crushed up cereal.  Recipes called for various cereals but I mainly saw corn flakes.  I used Corn Chex in mine.  My children love them so we will definitely bake them again.

Chocolate Chip Ranger Cookies
(printable recipe)
1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 cups Corn Chex cereal, crushed
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups milk chocolate chips

In large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugars.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour.  Mix well.  Stir in oats, cereal, coconut and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes or until edges are golden and center is set. Cool.  Remove from baking sheet.


  1. Yum! These look and sound divine. So happy you visited my blog so I could find yours! It's fantastic. I'm now following... Cheers!

  2. These cookies sound chock-full of goodness! Definitely a great "clean out the pantry" cookie :o)

  3. What wonderful looking cookies. I'd love to have 2 or 3 with my coffee. I imagine they are as tasty as they are beautiful. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. I love the idea of Chex in these cookies!

  5. I've never heard of Chocolate Chip Ranger Cookies, they sure look divine! Thanks for sharing!