Cholee is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys creating family and budget-friendly recipes from scratch.
Homey, gooey, and savory, these spiced ranger cookies are a must-try! Nothing beats a sweet treat that has the right savory notes as well. Not only are these cookies melt-in-your-mouth delicious, but they are also healthy for you too. When I came across a ranger cookie recipe in one of my new cookbooks, I knew it would be the perfect recipe to tweak so I could fit it into my low-calorie diet. Tweaking recipes is a favorite past time of mine, and cookies are the perfect vessel to add different flavor combinations to. We eat a lot of desserts around here, which means I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate fresh ideas into new and exciting snacks.
With school just around the corner, these cookies are the perfect little pick me up for inside your child's lunch or as an after school snack. Children and adults alike will love the flavor these energy-packed spiced ranger cookies have. They do not last long in my house as we eat them all day long. I almost always make a double batch as we will sometimes eat these for a quick breakfast if we are in a hurry. Filled with oats and fruit, it makes for a perfect on the go breakfast.
They are great served warm with a cold glass of milk and a side of crisp, juicy apple slices with peanut butter. The flavors and textures of this snack are one of my children's favorite.
Filled with oats, coconut, and fruit these energy-packed cookies are ideal for long car rides and hikes to keep the munchies at bay. If you love oatmeal cookies, these are a step up and chock full of added flavor and sweetness. My absolute favorite part about these is the ability to make them different every single time. I can customize them for any occasion or season.
What Are Ranger Cookies?
When I saw this recipe, I was very intrigued to see what exactly ranger cookies entailed as I had never heard of them before. My research has come to no definitive conclusions, however, most people have come to agree on a few commonalities, and what I have found on the subject is quite interesting.
Ranger cookies are a drop cookie recipe that are similar to the cowboy. The cowboy is known for having oats, chocolate chips, and pecans.
It is believed that ranger cookies may have originated in Texas and were originally known as Texas ranger cookies or lone ranger cookies and the name was eventually shortened to simply ranger. Another theory about why they are called ranger cookies is because one can take pretty much anything from the ranger station and put it into them and they will still turn out good.
However, one thing is for certain and that is, they have been around for decades dating back as far as the 1920s. Since then, they have been tweaked to one's liking, yet most ranger cookies include-oats, shredded coconut, and cereal (most commonly Rice Krispies). Some common other additions to them include nuts, spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, etc.), raisins, or other dried fruits and chocolate chips.
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1-2 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cup Softened Butter, (Not Melted)
- 1/2 cup each Brown and Granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups Flour
- 1 cup Quick Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Dried Blueberries
- 1/2 cup Dried Cherries
- 1 cup Sweetened Coconut
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add both sugars and baking powder—beat until blended.
- Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
- Stir in flour. Add oats, shredded coconut, dried fruits, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold until combined.
- Drop by rounded teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8–10 minutes or until slightly golden brown and centers are set.
- Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then move to wire rack to completely cool.
Healthy Cookies: A Perfect Treat
Next time you're craving a delicious yet healthy treat grab some ingredients you have in the cupboards and create your own unique recipe for rangers. The possibilities are truly endless with this uniquely versatile cookie. Who says you cannot have cookies on a diet? I say find ways to eat what you want while still being healthy. These cookies I think are the perfect way to go about doing just that.
© 2012 Cholee Clay
Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on August 29, 2012:
RT--I'm sure they could work as a cut out cookie too. The star idea is very cute! Let me know how they work out if you do try it out:)
RTalloni on August 28, 2012:
These cookies are fabulous looking and with the baking season nearly upon us it will be a great recipe to use. Though they are drop cookies I wonder if they could be pressed into a star cookie cutter and popped out to bake them into Texas or Lone Star shaped Ranger Cookies. If I try it I will let you know… :)
Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on August 14, 2012:
K9-I love cookies too much to totally give them up, so I thought these would be perfect! Thanks for the comments. Hope you enjoy them, if you decide to give them a try.
India Arnold from Northern, California on August 14, 2012:
Now these sound like the perfect combination of cookie goodness and healthy eating! I am a huge Craisin fan, popping a palm-full in my mouth for a quick boost during the day. Your recipe looks wonderful and I can't wait to give it a try. Your opening image is "da' bomb"! So very tempting...
Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on August 13, 2012:
CS-I total agree, I was bummed having to go on a diet for 2 weeks but was super excited when I found this recipe. Healthy and cookies can look and taste good:)
cardelean-I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Doc-These are definitely worth a try if you love oatmeal cookies, hope you enjoy them!
Glen Nunes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts on August 13, 2012:
I love oatmeal cookies, and these look like a tasty variation. I'll be giving this recipe a try!
cardelean from Michigan on August 12, 2012:
These sound delicious. I make something similar to this but I will be giving this version a try soon!
Sarah Johnson from Charleston, South Carolina on August 12, 2012:
I had never heard of Ranger Cookies, and did not know healthy cookies could look so delicious!