Back to work…with cookies!

January 14, 2010

I brought these cookies to work today as an “I’m baaaaaaack” treat. After a nice chunk of time off over the holidays, I am now working as a consultant for a former employer. When I worked there before, I brought these cookies in for a treat many, many times. So when I decided to bake some treats for work, I knew these would be the thing to bring. When my boss asked what I brought, I told her that they were my “old cookies.” Way to make them sound appealing! Can you tell that I’m not in sales?

Thankfully, these sell themselves. Chocolate chips, oatmeal, and coconut in a crisp cookie. Yum! I’ve been making these since I was a child, and they are now my standby cookie. I’ve seen numerous recipes for cookies called Ranger Cookies. This is my version. Sounds better than Old Cookies, doesn’t it?

I used a #70 cookie scoop, but you can make them larger or smaller. They do need some space to spread out as they bake. I’m not good at estimating distance, so here are photos of the cookies before and after baking.

I use an 11x14" cookie sheet and this is how I distribute the dough

Here they are post-baking

This is a decidedly unfussy recipe. Back in the old days, I mixed these by hand with a wooden spoon, I’m sure I didn’t use unsalted butter, and I didn’t know what parchment paper was. Now I use unsalted butter because that’s what I have on hand, and I mix in a stand mixer. Although I often use parchment for baking, I don’t use it for these cookies. I always use Nestle Toll House chocolate chips. The original recipe calls for Rice Krispies and raisins too, but over the years, this has become the preferred recipe and it’s how I always make them. If you’re a dough eater, watch out; it’s irresistible.

Ranger Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Stir into creamed mixture.  Add oats, coconut, and chocolate chips.  If using a stand mixer, add the chips last and mix gently so they don’t get chopped up.

Drop by tablespoons onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350° 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Don’t let them get too brown or they’ll be super-crispy. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack.

Makes about 6 dozen 3-inch cookies.


  1. These cookies sound so delicious! I bet they are wonderfully chewy-my favorite thing in a cookie!

    As a child, my favorite cookie was oatmeal chocolate chip-I need to try these!!!!!

  2. I love oatmeal and coconut. Yum!!

  3. I tried ranger cookies once and thought they were pretty good- but your version sounds much better to me!

  4. You would be most popular if you showed up here with those cookies! I will give them a try as I have never put coconut in with chocolate chip and oatmeal before and my guys love coconut, so I think they would be a hit for sure! Thanks for recipe. Best wishes on your new job.

  5. Oh I would love to have a colleague like you! I’m usually the cookie-cake-bringer girl. Thanks for sharing. I love coconut but somehow it’s not as wellreceived here in Singapore. ohwell, more for me then!

  6. Yummo – very lucky workmates. I don’t think we have an euqivalent here – perhaps Anzac biscuits would come close.

  7. These sound delicious, I’m sure they’re happy to have you back in the office! I love coconut, but rarely bake with it because my boyfriend doesn’t like it. I should do what you did and treat my co-workers to some nice cookies.

  8. Jill, that’s one of the recipes you sent me last year for secret Santa. I’ve made them and they’re SO good!! Good luck in your new consulting role!

    • Hi Melissa, I’m glad that you tried them and liked them!

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