I knew I had to pay this recipe some respect when I saw that three different church ladies entered it into the cookbook. (I imagine them tugging at each others violet, cotton-candy hairdos to be listed first.) You may also notice that one of these ladies is Doris Dennis, the creator of the incredibly moist and definitely delicious Sherry Cake.
After wondering what the heck The Lone Ranger had to do with cookies, I did a little search on the internet and found a bunch of these cookie recipes listed as ‘Ranger Cookies’. They have been popular since the 1950s. It occurred to me that maybe the ‘ranger’ part of this cookie was the nuts and raisins you could put in, as if you foraged in the forest while fulfilling your ranger duties. I decided to forage in my kitchen and found chocolate chips. Same thing, right?
I followed the directions and put everything in the mixing bowl, one right after the other. That’s when I decided that there needed to be a bit more breakdown when it came to the steps in creating the dough. Start by creaming the shortening and both sugars together. Once blended, add the eggs, then the vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and baking powder.
Now we get down to the nitty-gritty. Add oatmeal, then Krispies, then coconut. If you are using a mixer, take this time to try and keep the dough from climbing up over the sides. That’s a lot of dough going on.
When you finally get it to behave itself, add a cup of chocolate chips. You can go ahead and add raisins and nuts instead, but why the heck would you? It’s CHOCOLATE CHIPS, people! So, just say ‘Yes, Ke-mo Sa-be’ and add the chips. Fold them in and get ready to roll.
Create small balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Take a glass and press down gently, making thick disks of dough. Pop in a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
These cookies are chewy and snap-crackly, sweet, but not too sweet, and if I’m not mistaken, you can eat it for breakfast since it has not one, but TWO breakfast cereals in its makeup.
Hi-Yo! I dare say.
Lone Ranger Cookies
- 1 c. shortening
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 c. flour
- 2 c. oatmeal
- 2 c. Rice Krispies
- 1 c. coconut
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- Cream sugars and shortening.
- Incorporate eggs, then vanila.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda. Mix well.
- Mix in oatmeal, Rice Krispies, coconut.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
- Flatten with the bottom of a glass.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.