Grocery shopping was a bit of an event when I was a kid. I grew up way out in the country. I mean…way out. For us to get to a decent supermarket, it took a 30 minute drive. We’d go every two weeks and fill up one cart (and sometimes two) in order to make the hour round trip drive worth it. It was a lot of driving and a lot of time in the store, which meant my little brunette pigtails always tagged along.
I didn’t mind. It was 3-4 hours of (almost) uninterrupted time with one or both of my parents. I learned a lot on those shopping trips. Before we left, Mama would ask me what I wanted to eat for dinner and we’d sit down and build the menu. In the store, I held the coupons and matched them up with sales to find the best deal. Tagging along to the grocery store taught me about money, budgeting, and finding a good deal.
We always started with the produce section and wound our way around to the deli and bakery of the store. I ended every shopping trip by walking up to the bakery counter and saying, “I’m part of the Cookie Club. May I please have a ranger cookie?”
And the nice lady behind the counter would smile, hand me a soft, giant, coconut-flavored cookie and we’d head to the checkout. I’m not sure if the Kroger Cookie Club still exists, but it meant a free cookie for any kid under 12. And man, did I love the Cookie Club.
I’ve (obviously) outgrown the Kroger Cookie Club. But I haven’t outgrown a serious love for ranger cookies. Thankfully, I’m now old enough to make my very own cookie club!
What are ranger cookies?
This recipe is an oldie. Ranger cookies were very, very popular in the 40s and 50s, but have since somewhat disappeared off the cookie radar. Well, I’m here to bring them back.
Ranger cookies are a variation on the once-popular cowboy cookies, and feature a combination of oatmeal and coconut. While some recipes call for corn flakes (like this recipe here!), others use crispy rice cereal, like rice krispies, instead. Some ranger cookies also include nuts or chocolate chips, but we leave them out. Feel free to add them if you want!
What are ranger cookies made of?
This cookie is amazing. It is soft and chewy, but the added corn flakes stay crunchy. They are flavored with one of the more sacred baking combination—coconut and vanilla. To make these cookies, you’ll need:
- Both brown and white sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda, baking powder, and salt
- Rolled oats
- Unsweetened coconut
- Corn flakes cereal
How long are homemade cookies good for?
Stored in an airtight container, these ranger cookies will last for about a week.