Ranger Breakfast Cookies

Today will be something of a wordless Wednesday…

as I show you a few simple pictures of some sweet, simple cookies that I made from a retro recipe found in my grandmother’s collection.

These cookies have everything necessary to satisfy all of your cookie cravings:  sweet coconut, crunchy Rice Krispies, and comforting oatmeal. I serve them for breakfast and they act as a portable replacement for a healthy bowl of porridge. Which works out well since, other than saying the word ‘porridge’, there’s not much that I actually enjoy about porridge.

Speaking of words, I think I promised you a few less. So I’ll only offer you a few more in the form of the recipe that you’ll need to get your Ranger Breakfast Cookie on. I think Ranger Cookies should be what’s for breakfast in your house tomorrow. I hope you’ll agree.

Ranger Breakfast Cookies

recipe courtesy my grandmother, M. P. Fleeson

1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. white sugar, granulated
1 c. dark brown sugar, tightly packed
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. coconut (I used Bob’s Red Mill shredded, unsweetened coconut here. It’s minimally processed, completely natural, and sulfur-free. I’ve been using it more and more in my baking and cooking and cannot recommend it enough.)
2 c. Rice Krispies
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. oatmeal (I used old fashioned rolled oats here.)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour, soda and salt. Fold in coconut, oatmeal and Rice Krispies, mixing just until you have a uniform dough. Shape cookies into large balls (approximately 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes:  finished cookies will be puffed and slightly golden at the edges. Remove, cool, and serve or store in a covered container for up to 1 week.

YIELD:  approximately 32 cookies


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    pamela says

    I baked these cookies for my grandkids to take on vacation i used gluten free flour. The kids loved them so much the adults had to hide them. Thanks for the great receipe

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    eleanor says

    I’m making them for the second time right now for a party I’m having tomorrow. These are truly unique cookies and so, so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    Catherine says

    I was so surprised when I saw this recipe. The handwriting on the card looks so much like the recipe cards I have from my mother. Old recipes are fantastic and I don’t have this one so will be trying it soon. Cookies for breakfast, yum :)

    • Meagan says

      I absolutely treasure these handwritten recipe cards from my grandmother – I feel like she’s with me in the kitchen when I cook or bake off of one! Let me know how the cookies turn out, Catherine!

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    Michelle says

    My son and I just got done making these, and they are a hit! They are also beautiful as well, which I’m certain makes them taste better. :P Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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    Mar says

    I made a batch of these and really loved how they held together (thanks to butter?) so nicely. They also browned almost perfectly and were really visually appealing. Brought them to a party and they got gobbled up fast. The one change I made was to actually halve the white and brown sugars, but I found the result to be quite sweet enough for my taste. Thanks for the recipe and for giving me an excuse to snarf cookies at breakfast!

    • Meagan says

      Ally, how about grated carrot or ground almonds? Both would work really well in these cookies. Let me know how they turn out!!

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    Ranger cookies were my papa’s favorite. And if I didn’t know better I’d swear you stole my grandma’s recipe. The only difference is that my little index card says Oleo…not Butter.

    I agree, it should be what’s for breakfast!

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    I tried these today but as usual I had to put my own twist on them. I substitute half the flour for coconut flour and the 1 C of granulated sugar for coconut sugar. They are very good. Next time I would also add nuts to give a bit more protein.

    • Meagan says

      Fantastic adjustments, Donna! And I’m glad that you enjoyed them so much – they’re just a sweet, simple cookie that I really enjoy baking and sharing.

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    sommer says

    My grandma used to make these every year for Christmas! They are my favorite. I’m so going to make them this weekend!

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    Denise DiSpena says

    Thanks ‘Scarletta’ you for your generosity in sharing a family, retro recipe. Hope to try them soon for Nonna for breakfast!

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