Sunday, August 29, 2010

Taste of History

One of my projects is going through my Grandma's old cookbooks. Grandma loved to cook, and she loved, loved to make cookies. I never remember going over to her house and not having some type of cookie there.
Her cookbooks were well loved, and improved by a myriad of recipes written on the pages, that she'd found or been given, some with improvements.

This recipe, beats the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe hands down!

Ranger Cookies
375 degree

1 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp vanilla (I increased to 1 tbsp)
2 Cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Cups quick cooking oats
2 Cups crisped rice cereal  (now I feel like I'm the Food Network..)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup (ha! Try 2!!)

Cream shortening and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly.

Sift flour with salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add to wet mixture and mix well.

Mix in oats, coconut and cereal, then add chocolate chips.

This forms a dry cookie dough, drop onto your cookie sheet and gently shape into a ball. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Move to a rack to cool. Try not to eat all of them at once.

2 notes:

First - using Shortening instead of butter may sound weird, but I think it makes a lighter cookie in the case (texture, not calorie) you could certainly exchange it for the other.

Second - Ranger cookies it looks like appeared in the 1930's I have no idea where she got this recipe, but it's definitely worth making today.

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