As usual, today I chatted with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show this morning. The topic was entertaining during Bible times, and one of the threads that ran through our chat was that thousands of years ago folks did just as we do today: when we have people over, especially during the holidays, the heirloom, traditional recipes are what we choose to share with guests.
Annie shared this wonderful recipe handwritten by her Grandma Mitchell.
“Here is my favorite cookie recipe, from my Grandma Mitchell – they’re not specifcally Christmas cookies, because they’re so good any time of year.”
I made a batch of these ranger cookies today, and had to adapt a bit. I made half a batch, and instead of 1 cup coconut, I put in 1/2 cup coconut and 1/2 cup golden raisins. Instead of the Wheaties cereal, I subbed Rice Krispies.
That’s because, well, I didn’t have enough coconut and no Wheaties. So along with the recipe above, I’m sharing my adaptation here. Next time I make them I’ll be sure to have all ingredients on hand, so Grandma Mitchell will be giving me a wink and high-five from heaven…..
Ranger Cookies (Rita’s adaptation)
Remember, this recipe is for 1/2 batch which makes a good 2 dozen cookies using the 1-1/2″ ice cream scoop.
Feel free to double it to make a whole batch.
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used light)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (I didn’t divide this in half)
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup quick/instant oats
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
1/2 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350. Spray, grease or line cookie sheet with parchment. Beat together shortening and sugars until well blended. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla, flour, salt, baking powder and soda until well blended. Add cereals, coconut and raisins and beat on low until mixed well.
Using scoop or spoon, place dough a good 1″ or so apart.
Bake on middle rack 13 minutes.
(IMPORTANT: IF YOU MAKE ANNIE’S GRANDMA’S RECIPE AS HAND WRITTEN, BAKE THE COOKIES FOR 10 MINUTES, A TIP GIVEN BY ANNIE’S DAD SO THAT THEY STAY SOFT AFTER BAKING).
When you take them out, they’ll be a bit soft. Let cool on cookie sheet. They will firm up nicely. YUM!
Makes up to 24.