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Ranger Cookies

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Ranger Cookies are a soft and chewy cookie filled with oatmeal, chocolate chips, and crispy rice cereal. Definitely a new favorite for the cookie jar!

three ranger cookies on a dark wood table and spilled oats

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Serve these ranger cookies as an after school treat or after a dinner of crock pot lemon chicken with oven roasted garlic green beans.

If you’re looking for a new favorite cookie, I think I found it. This Ranger Cookies recipe might not be new to you, but it was to me. I adapted the recipe from a reallllyy old church cookbook that my grandma gave me.

ranger cookies on wood table with spilled oats

What are Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies are a variation of Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies have oats, cinnamon, nuts, and coconut. Ranger Cookies have oats, chocolate chips, and crispy rice cereal.

Ingredients for Ranger Cookies

  • Butter – I use unsalted, at room temperature.
  • Brown Sugar – Light brown sugar, packed.
  • Sugar – Granulated, white sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract – I know vanilla is pricey right now, but real vanilla extract is worth it. Skip the imitation. I like to buy it in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco.
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Flour – I’ve only tested these cookies with all purpose white flour.
  • Baking Powder – For rise.
  • Baking Soda – Another leavening agent.
  • Rolled Oats – I used Quaker Oats Miller’s Batch oatmeal in these cookies, which are thick cut, organic rolled oats that are hearty and perfect in a cookie. If you can’t find those, regular old fashioned oats will work fine, you just don’t want quick oats because the texture is different.
  • Chocolate Chips – I always use Ghirardelli baking chips because they’re my favorite.
  • Crispy Rice Cereal – Rice Krispies or whatever store brand you use.
mixing bowl filled with chocolate chips, miller's batch oats, crispy rice and a measuring cup with oats

How to make Ranger Cookies

First, in a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and salt until fluffy. You’ll want to use a hand mixer to really bring these cookies together, or your stand mixer if that’s what you like to use. Elbow grease and a whisk isn’t going to cut it with these cookies because you really want to incorporate the sugars into the butter.

Next, add in the eggs and beat until smooth.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder & soda.

Then, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until fully incorporated.

Finally, stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and crispy rice until it’s evenly distributed.

Cover the dough and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Once the dough is chilled, use a cookie scoop to drop the dough onto parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, or just golden around the edges.

Remove from oven, let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then remove to fully cool. Enjoy!

two white square plates of ranger cookies with spilled miller's oats and measuring cup

I ate far too many of these cookies over the weekend and am looking forward to sending the rest with Bob for his coworkers to cut myself off.

The oats are thick and chewy, the chocolate is a great balance to the sweet, and the crispy rice cereal adds some texture to the chewiness.

baking sheet with 9 ranger cookies on it

Other oatmeal recipes: Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies, Iced Oatmeal Cookies, Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cups, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread, Coconut Oatmeal Scotchies…I love baking with oats!

close up of several ranger cookies on white plate

They might not be Ranger Cookies at that point, but hey, do what makes you happy and name them after yourself.

Ranger Cookie FAQs

Why are they called Ranger Cookies?

Some claim they were originally called the Texas Ranger Cookie or the Lone Ranger Cookie and it got shortened.

I think classic Ranger Cookies include coconut but that’s not my favorite so I skipped it here. Other add-ins that I think would do really well in these cookies include raisins, dried cranberries, peanut butter chips…really, a lot of flavors would go well. Pick your favorites.

Can I use quick oats?

No, you’ll want to use old fashioned oats in these cookies. Quick oats are ground and don’t have the same texture.

How to store them

Store leftovers in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to a week.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies. Either freeze the baked cookies, or my preferred method is to freeze the dough. I prepare as directed, scoop the dough balls onto a baking sheet, then flash freeze (freeze overnight on the pan until frozen solid). Once frozen, move the dough balls to a freezer bag and store for up to three months.

You can bake from frozen, just add a minute or two to the bake time. Cookies on demand!

close up of hand holding a ranger cookie

Tools found on Amazon to help you

  • Silicone baking mats or parchment paper to line your pans. It makes for very easy cleanup.
  • A medium cookie scoop – I have several sizes and they make life easier. I can’t even remember scooping dough without a cookie scoop!
  • A good hand mixer. I get my hand mixer out more than my stand mixer.

Need more ways to bake with oatmeal? Try these:

three ranger cookies on a dark wood table and spilled oats

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three ranger cookies on a dark wood table and spilled oats

Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies are a soft and chewy cookie filled with oatmeal, chocolate chips, and crispy rice cereal. Definitely a new favorite for the cookie jar!
4.77 from 68 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 118 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup rolled oats I used Miller’s Batch Canadian Prairie
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, add the butter, sugars, vanilla, and salt and beat on medium until fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs and beat until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk together.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until fully incorporated. 
  • Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and crispy rice cereal until evenly distributed. 
  • Cover the dough and refrigerate for  at least 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled, use a medium cookie scoop to drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. 
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden around the edges. 
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to completely cool.

Notes

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 79mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 136IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Dianne says

    My grandmother made Ranger cookies in the 50’s and 60’s (I am 63). They were special treats when we went to visit. Happy memories. I love your blog.

    • Melissa Williams says

      That’s so sweet. Thanks for sharing, Dianne!

  2. Jenn says

    Could you add a printable recipe card to your site? There’s too many ads on your blog to see more than a few lines of this recipe at a time on my phone screen. 😥

    • Jenn says

      Ah, sorry, I don’t know why it didn’t come up the first time, but I see the recipe card now! 🤦‍♀️ Sorry!!

  3. Vicky says

    Never heard of ranger cookies here in UK looking forward to trying them

    • Melissa Williams says

      I hope you like them! And I hope the conversions go ok…

  4. Rose says

    Can you omit the oatmeal? I have everything but the oatmeal.

    • Melissa Williams says

      No, I wouldn’t try. Oatmeal is the base.

  5. Laura says

    My store doesn’t have the Miller oats. Would you use the quick oats or old fashion?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Old Fashioned. Quick will give you a different texture (but will work). Good call though, let me see if they even sell that kind anymore.

  6. Ray says

    Why does it say over 1000 calories for a cookie? Or is that for all 4 dozen the recipe makes?

    • Melissa Williams says

      The calculator is very tempermental (& just an estimate). It didn’t like that I said “4 dozen” instead of “48 cookies”. Now it’s estimated at 118 calories per cookie.

  7. Barbara Shinkle says

    5 stars
    What other cereal can you use?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I haven’t tested other cereals in this one but you could crush up cornflakes or other “mild” cereal. I wouldn’t do anything sweetened.

  8. Debbie says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!!! Made these today and they are delicious!!! Love them!!! 🙂

  9. Brenda Rhodes says

    5 stars
    I bake quite a bit and this recipe has been a big, big hit with everyone!! They are delicious and definitely one of my new go to recipes!

  10. J A Harrell says

    How would you adapt these to a bar cookie?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I would put them in an 8×11 or 9×13 pan & bake for around 20-25 mins. I would have to test but check them around 20 mins.

  11. Laura says

    Curious What benefit comes from chilling the dough? Do the cookies spread less? I am super excited to make these!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, it lets the butter come back together for less spread 🙂

  12. Kate says

    Peut on remplacer les pépites de chocolat par des raisins secs

  13. Donna L Huffman says

    Old Fashioned Oats or Quick Cooking? I thought I read somewhere, where Old Fashioned Oats……now I can’t find it.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Old fashion. This is above:
      I used Quaker Oats Miller’s Batch oatmeal in these cookies, which are thick cut, organic rolled oats that are hearty and perfect in a cookie. If you can’t find those, regular old fashioned oats will work fine, you just don’t want quick oats because the texture is different.

  14. Elena says

    5 stars
    These cookies are amazing! A new family favourite.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thank you, Elena! I love hearing that 🙂

  15. Holly says

    Can you use steel cut oatmeal for this recipe?

  16. Joanne says

    my husband loves old fashion oatmeal cookies. If I substitute raisins for the chocolate chips, will they be better than old fashion cookies? Hope so.

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