Best. Cookie. Recipe. Ever.

May 19, 2015

It’s official. I am the luckiest post-partum mommy around. I have had the pleasure of having my 90-year old grandmother, Grandma Lou, in town from Iowa, and I’ve been devouring her always DELISH baked goods for the past five days. From her famous Swedish Rye Bread, Swedish Cinnamon Rolls (these put Cinnabon to shame!), Swedish Pancakes (my ultimate favorite since I was a kid…I once ate 12 in one sitting), and her Ranger Cookies (the BEST cookie you will ever sink your teeth into!), our mouths and bellies have been quite busy. And if you couldn’t tell by the names, she is Swedish. (She even lives in a town called “Swedesburg,” She also travels the world, takes selfies, rides her bike everyday, and texts with all of her grandchildren from her iPhone. Not bad for a 90-year old, eh?)

Now, I’ve been making her famous recipes for years, but for some reason, they never taste the same as when my grandma makes them. Don’t get me wrong, whenever I bake one of her recipes, I am suddenly the most popular person on the planet and deal with endless requests to bake more. However, for some reason – probably from the 70 – 80+ years she’s had to perfect them – hers just have that extra ‘grandma’s touch.’ (My husband agrees. In fact, whenever we visit Iowa, his first stop is always Grandma Lou’s kitchen. His personal favorites include her apple pie and the famous Ranger Cookies.)

To share our family’s absolute favorite version of the ranger cookie, here is my grandma’s Ranger Cookie recipe. WARNING: They are extremely addictive!

Ranger Cookies

1 Cup White Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Shortening (soft)

2 Eggs

2 Cups of flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 Cup flaked coconut

1/2 Tsp. salt

2 Cups Rolled Oats

2 Cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


Cream shortening and sugar, add beaten eggs and vanilla.  Combine dry ingredients and add shortening mixture.  Drop from tsp to ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. ENJOY!


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  • Reply Dee June 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I love Ranger cookies! Unfortunately, I am the only one in my family who eats coconut. So, I usually leave it out. It sounds like you have the best grandmother around. She must adore you and your little ones.

  • Reply Kinsey June 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Hooray!! I’ve been looking all over for these! Can’t beat Grandma’s baking, especially when your grandma is a true Swede! <3

  • Reply Kim Brown June 11, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I can’t wait to try your granny’s recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply dee June 12, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much for the family recipe of course I have to go the grocery store to pickup the corn flakes but that is okay, I did not know that you wrote a blog, you do write wonderfully, thanks again for the recipe and good luck with your 2 babies AJ, and Anders , did you ever say where you got the name of Anders just curious, again good luck!

    in okc

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