Ranger Cookies

I have always been a history buff.  Maybe it’s because I come from a family of storytellers, and was fascinated with our family history, the stories my mom and dad and grandparents would tell. First person sources are always the best, but stories passed down through generations ring true also. So I was interested to find out the origin of this recipe; I found that the recipe on my little brown, creased recipe card is the same as the original printed in the April 26, 1935 edition of the Uniontown, PA News Standard, on page 14, in column 4.  (Isn’t Google great?) My story about these cookies goes back to about 1961 or 62.  My brother and I frequently made cookies together, and of course, we ate about as much raw dough as we put into the oven. We were making Ranger cookies on this occasion, and we must have both gone overboard, because when Mom got home froom work, we were both groaning on the couch with major bellyaches.  I don’t think we got a whole lot of sympathy that time……


  • 1 c. butter (no substitutes)
  • 1 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1 c. white sugar


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspns vanilla

Sift together:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 teaspn. soda
  • 1/2 teaspn baking powder
  • dash salt
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 2 c. Rice Krispies (some claim to have made these cookies with corn flakes; okay.)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Stir flour misture into the butter and sugar mixture.  Roll into small balls and flatten slightly with a damp fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

4 thoughts on “Ranger Cookies

  1. Julie Bee Post author

    Hi, you! Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the recipe. I haven’t been keeping this up to date, but I intend to be more faithful in 2010. Good health to you.

  2. Robin

    Hey, Julie–thanks for sharing what you have learned about the history of Ranger cookies. Your recipe is a little different from the one I use, but basically the same. Mine calls for Wheaties cereal. I love this recipe because you can get pretty creative; I toss in chocolate chips, a few butterscotch chips, raisins and chopped, dried Michigan cherries. OMG–YUMM! Thanks again for helping to keep the Ranger cookie alive and well. 🙂

  3. Julie Bee

    Robin — thanks for taking a gander! I will definitely try the Wheaties — I have tried corn flakes before, and they were great. Choc chips make almost everything better!

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