Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ranger Cookies

Category: Cookies and Bars
Difficulty Rating: Easy

Ranger Cookies have been around for a very long time. They go back at least to the 1950s, probably further. They used to sell them at the "Pink Pastry" bakery in Menlo Park. As children, Sarah and I used to occasionally go there with Mom. When we first walked in, the frosting-scented air hit us like a sugar-coated brick. We breathed deep and smiled. Then we saw them. Rows and rows of cookies. There were: Sugar with raisins, oatmeal, brownies with fudge frosting, white spritz with cherries in the middle, chocolate chip and ranger cookies. Because Mom baked, we almost never had bakery goods. So when we went in, it was like...cookie heaven! You will love Ranger Cookies. I found this recipe in the "Palo Alto Times" in the 1980s. The Rice Krispies make them crunchy, and the oats make them chewy. Fabulous!

Note: Do make these with shortening instead of butter. Sorry, health conservatives! :) Yield: I have noooo idea.. maybe 3 dozen?

1 C shortening
1 C white sugar
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 C quick oatmeal
2 C Rice Krispies
1 C shredded coconut

Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until smooth. sift flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add and mix thoroughly. Add oatmeal, rice cereal, coconut and mix. The dough will be crumbly. Shape into balls the size of a walnut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (or parchment) and press slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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