Ranger Cookies

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Yum, don’t these cookies look good? Thanks to Rosalyn in Ireland for giving these cookies a whirl and sharing the photo! Ranger cookies are a common confection found in Amish bakeries and kitchens across the country.  They’ve got a good crunchy taste and are a nice alternative to something chocolately and decadent (not that I don’t like chocolately and decadent!).  These cookies are sometimes called “Ranger Joe Cookies”.  Their origins are unclear, but they likely became a fast-favorite among the Amish because of the accessibility of these ingredients.  Most Amish cooks already have such staples in their pantry.

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup shortening, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 /2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups puffed rice cereal

2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

Preheat the oven to 400. In a large bowl, cream the sugars and shortening. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla to the shortening mixture. Mix thoroughly.  In a separate bowl, sift together the salt, baking soda, baking powder,  and flour. Add to the wet mixture. Stir in the cereal and oats. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown around the edges, 10 minutes. Cool and then store in sealed containers, will keep for up to 5 days.

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