I had always heard of Ranger Cookies and even had a few over the years, but never paid any attention to where they got their name. Then recently, I was going through my mom’s recipe cards with my sister and there it was… this recipe for Chocolate Chip Ranger Cookies. That told me the Ranger Cookie had been around for a while. I looked around the web and in a few of my cookbooks and found a common ingredient in Ranger Cookies…cereal. Several different kinds of cereal were included, such as Cornflakes, Rice Krispies and Wheaties like mom used. Some recipes forego the chocolate chips, but I’m so glad mom’s recipe didn’t!
When researching the Ranger Cookie, I discovered there are a lot of versions of the recipe out there, but what is a common thread is the stories of family and traditions. I made these for my family…so hopefully one day my kids and grandchildren will be telling others that my mother/grandmother made these Ranger Cookies when sharing with then with their families and friends.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups Wheaties cereal, crushed
- 1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chip
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- Heat oven to 275 degrees F. Mix sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients (dough will be stiff). Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until set but not hard 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 3 minutes and remove from cookie sheets.