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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ranger Cookies...

35 degrees - 11:17 am - snowing...

I grew up on these cookies.  Anytime we would go over to Grandma’s house, her cookie jar would be full of them.  As a mom, I can appreciate how nice it is to bake something and not have someone in the family say “oh, I don’t like that”.  At the same time, I can see how frustrating it is to try to make cookies when everyone is trying to eat the dough.

Personally, I blame the corn flakes.  There is just something about the soft dough and crunchy flakes...which of course led to the threat.  The threat that has been passed down through the generations.  The threat that as a child caused you to pause for a moment, just a moment, before you threw caution to the wind and ate that big spoonful of dough.  “If you eat raw cookie dough it will make you really sick.”  I’m pleased to announce that I never had any such trouble from eating any cookie dough.  Actually, I’m really please about that.

Ranger cookies have a lot going for them.  They’re quick and easy to make.  They’re delicious.  Most important, it’s the best tasting cookie dough that you’ll ever find!  A cookie that tastes great before it’s even a cookie...that’s when you know you are dealing with something really great!

So here is Grandma’s recipe for Ranger Cookies – hope you like them as much as we do.

~Ranger Cookies~

½ cup shortening
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup wheat flake cereal or rice cereal
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients well.  Drop 1” balls of cookie dough onto non greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

--- Enjoy!

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