Why are they called ranger cookies? These cookies are said to have originated in Texas and were known as the “Texas Ranger Cookie”. They are also sometimes called Cowboy Cookies, especially with the addition of nuts. There’s no real reason for either of the names, except possibly because the cookies kept well in saddlebags and, thanks to the eggs, oats, and cereal, provided a bit of energy for long days in the field.

~ The Kitchen Team

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups ap flour
  • 4 cups rice krispies
  • 2 1/2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 1: Beat the butter and the sugar together, add the baking soda and powder and mix some more.

Step 2: Add egg and flour, and stir in the rest of the ingredients. The dough should be slightly dry and crumbly.

Step 3: Scoop onto a baking sheet and press the cookies flat.

Step 4: Bake for 8 minutes.

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