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Ranger Cookies

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5 from 17 reviews

  • Author: Glenda Embree [ adapted from 1956 Hearth and Home Cookbook ]
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 - 27 cookies 1x


Buttery, chewy, crispy and delicious! Ranger cookies are everything you love about an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, plus, some coconut and rice krispies cereal thrown in for good measure. They’re crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle, chocolatey goodness.


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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon homemade vanilla extract (or buy a quality vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour, (spooned into cup and leveled)
  • 2 cups rice krispies cereal (or other brand of crispy rice cereal)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut (shredded coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray baking sheets or line them with parchment or silicone baking mats.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients, including rice krispies and shredded coconut, (but not the chocolate chips) in a medium mixing bowl. Stir to distribute them evenly.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixture and fold in until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated and the dough has formed.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
  7. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Don’t overbake. Cookies will be lightly browned and crisp around the edges, but still soft in the center. They will continue to bake on the tray after they are taken out of the oven.


The Rice Krispies / crispy rice cereal may seem odd, but I promise, it’s spectacular! Great texture that stays crisp even after baking!  Don’t skip it.  It makes these cookies!

Be sure to use old fashioned oats (rolled oats).  It’s all about the texture.  Quick oats won’t provide the same chew.

Can you refrigerate cookie dough for Ranger Cookies? You could make this dough up to 24 hours ahead and store, tightly covered in the fridge. Bring the dough back to room temperature before baking or the cookies may not spread as well.
Can you freeze cookie dough for Ranger Cookies? Yes. I recommend making the dough into balls before freezing. Arrange them on a baking tray. They can be close, but not touching. Flash freeze the cookie dough by placing the tray in the freezer for a couple hours. When the cookie dough balls have frozen, transfer them to a zip top bag and store in the freezer for 3 or 4 months. 
To bake the frozen cookie dough, remove as many dough balls as you plan to bake. Place them on a prepped baking sheet and bake as directed in recipe. Allow 1–3 extra minutes of baking time.
Can you freeze Ranger Cookies?  Yes, you can freeze Ranger Cookies. When the cookies have completely cooled, seal them in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 or 4 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Cookies, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American