Spiced Ranger Cookie Recipe

Updated on March 10, 2018
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Cholee is a stay at home mom who enjoys creating family and budget friendly recipes from scratch.

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4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Spiced Ranger Cookies

Homey, gooey, and savory, these spiced ranger cookies are a must try! Nothing beats a sweat treat that has the right savory notes as well. Not only are these cookies melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they are 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 1920's. Since then, they have been tweaked to one's liking, yet most all ranger cookies include-oats, shredded coconut, and cereal (most commonly Rice Krispies). Some common other additions to them include nuts, spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ect), raisins, or other dried fruits and chocolate chips.

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Cook Time:

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 33 min
Yields: 1-2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Softened Butter, (Not Melted)
  • 1/2 cup each Brown and Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp. 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 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
Ingredients for spiced ranger cookies.
Ingredients for spiced ranger cookies. | Source

*Note: For a different flavor profile you could use a cup of brown sugar rather than a half cup of each sugar. I prefer to use all brown sugar as I like the texture of the cookies better. A cup of brown sugar equates to moist and chewy which I absolutely love for this recipe. Using all brown sugar also results in a slightly darker colored cookie.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add both sugars and baking powder, beat until blended.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in flour. Add oats, shredded coconut, dried fruits, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold until combined.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown and centers are set.
  6. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then move to wire rack to completely cool.
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Butter and sugar.Added egg and vanilla.Mixed in flour.Final dough.Ready for the oven.Cookies cooling on a cookie sheet.Plate full of delicious spiced ranger cookies.
Butter and sugar.
Butter and sugar. | Source
Added egg and vanilla.
Added egg and vanilla. | Source
Mixed in flour.
Mixed in flour. | Source
Final dough.
Final dough. | Source
Ready for the oven.
Ready for the oven. | Source
Cookies cooling on a cookie sheet.
Cookies cooling on a cookie sheet. | Source
Plate full of delicious spiced ranger cookies.
Plate full of delicious spiced ranger cookies. | Source

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.

Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Per 1 Cookie
Calories 74
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Fresh spiced ranger cookies!:)
Fresh spiced ranger cookies!:) | Source

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        Cholee Clay 

        5 years ago from Wisconsin

        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:)

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        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… :)

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        Cholee Clay 

        5 years ago from Wisconsin

        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.

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        India Arnold 

        5 years ago from Northern, California

        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...

        HubHugs~

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        Cholee Clay 

        5 years ago from Wisconsin

        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!

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        Glen Nunes 

        5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

        I love oatmeal cookies, and these look like a tasty variation. I'll be giving this recipe a try!

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        cardelean 

        5 years ago from Michigan

        These sound delicious. I make something similar to this but I will be giving this version a try soon!

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        Sarah Johnson 

        5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

        I had never heard of Ranger Cookies, and did not know healthy cookies could look so delicious!

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