Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ranger Cookies

Better Home Ranger Cookies
This weekend I took my boys to see our dear friend Sue.  She hasn't seen them in awhile and they are growing so fast that I thought I better make it a point to visit her before they are driving.  Well~we shared a lot of funny stories, a beverage and Ranger Cookies.   I asked Sue for the recipe and she said she just followed an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe and added: dried cranberries, dried apricots, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut.  I looked in my faithful Better Homes cookbook to find an Oatmeal Cookie recipe and found a recipe called Ranger Cookies.  I made them today and they are GREAT!  I never would have tried this recipe before because I am not a fan of dried fruit and coconut in Oatmeal cookies doesn't sound that good to me.  I was wrong this cookie is really delicious and I will definitely put it in my TO GO TO binder.  Thanks Sue!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoonbaking powder
1/4 teaspoonbaking soda
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut                                           
1/3 cup snipped dried apricots
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips
1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda; beat until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Stir in cereal or oats, coconut, and dates or raisins.
2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 8 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 12 big cookies

2016 now and Michael drove us to Sue's, always Easter weekend.  Had another great visit but this time I took pictures of the cookies and her special drink.  My boys named it Sue's Special drink.
Sue said the cookies spread out too thin and were crumbly.  We loved them and this plate was empty when we left.  She even had to bring out a few more.  Trevor described them best ~ crisp and chewy.  Sue put dried apricots, cranberries, shredded coconuts and chocolate chips in these cookies.
I was talking to Sue about Ranger cookies and she said she thought a true ranger cookie had Rice Crispies in the recipe.  I don't know, but I found a recipe that called for Rice Crispies and one that called for  Corn Flakes.


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