The Best Cookies You’ll Ever Make: Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Wait. Who am I freaking kidding?! It’s the night before Christmas and you’re standing on line at the department stores because you forgot Great Aunt Ida’s gift, or at the grocery store because you forgot Cousin Timmy is allergic to celery. You’re in a panic because you can’t find this year’s hot dolly or robot or space car. You didn’t bake enough cookies, you don’t have enough clean towels, your Christmas even roast is burning, and your kids are screaming like like crack addled vagrants. IF you’re reading this it’s because you’ve locked yourself in the bathroom because you needed two seconds to find a cookie recipe you haven’t yet tried (and ruined).

So here it is. Easy and delicious. Remember how I was raving about the ranger cookies I had in Homer, Alaska?

Well I can’t say I have THEIR recipe…although that would be great. (Hey, Boardwalk Bakery Ladies!! If you want to send me YOURS I wouldn’t mind!!) But I spent a ton of time going through what felt like HUNDREDS of recipes, and what follows below is pretty damn good if I say so myself. And somewhat comparable to the taste of the ones I had in Homer.

Ranger Cookies
1/2 Cup Shortening
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Oats
3/4 cups cornflakes
1/2 cup coconut

1. Cream the shortening with both sugars
2. Beat in egg and vanilla. Don’t overmix
3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, oats, cornflakes, and coconut. Slowly add into wet ingredients mixing slowly.
4. Place heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.

Note: Cookies will be a little soft when they come out of the oven. Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before trying to remove or they will just fall apart.

Ranger Cookies on Sheet

I hope you enjoy these. And I wish you the most wonderful and merry Christmas. I hope it’s filled with love and joy and friends and family. And I hope you take a moment to remember the true meaning of Christmas – whether you believe in God or not, at its most basic, Christmas is about peace, love, and hope.

I’m not going to lie, I’m having a hard time remembering that today. I’m feeling a little surly, and frankly I’m thinking about those families in Newton, and some of the kids I teach who are having problems. I’m trying to remember the important things, and count my blessings; it seems difficult this year. I’m really trying though.

May you be safe and have a blessed holiday.

A Note Regarding Newton:
I mentioned this to my uncle, who is a professional photographer and he decided to participate. This is open to Southern California Residents – please share:

The Olivia Act is named after one of the children killed in Newtown. Olivia’s family had family portraits created a short time before she was taken from them. I can’t even begin to imagine how important those last photographs must be to that family. Upon hearing this, photographer Leslie Spurlock was moved to give away a 30 minute family photo shoot and has challenged other photographers to do the same.

So many of us go through our daily lives and sometimes we don’t take the time or have the resources to have family photos taken.

We will be taking nominations for a family who *you* think would appreciate this gift. This session will take place after the New Year. We will be taking your nominations until December 31st. Please send us their name, contact information and a brief summary of why you chose them to (for their sake, do NOT post their information here) and put “The Olivia Act Nomination” in the subject line. And yes, you are absolutely free to nominate your own family.

The chosen family will be contacted via email or phone call. The gift is a 30 minute session and a collection of digital portraits, so they may have priceless keepsakes to adorn their home. Please share this blog post. Thank you.

And if you’re another photographer, please consider taking part in The Olivia Act.

July Photo-A-Day and Another Tummy Update

Okay, so I definitely got behind because of the cruise, and then I got behind because I was EXHAUSTED (even though it was the awesome kind of exhausted), and then I got behind because I was already behind and I couldn’t be bothered. Yay!

So here’s July’s photos. I’m still working on sifting through my Alaska pictures so you’ll see those soon (I hope) if you’re interested! My trip was amazing, I can’t wait to share it.

Also, I’ve been officially diagnosed with acid reflux and really bad IBS. It makes total sense that I had a really terrible attack during my time at Racion, right after the LA Times review came out and things got absolutely out of control, I started taking over catering contracts, making cakes and just general craziness – IBS attacks can be triggered and/or exacerbated by stress. And it makes sense that I was fine in the morning and then started feeling it in the afternoon because I hadn’t eaten until about 1pm and   whatever I ate that afternoon must have kicked off the spasms. And the things I’m supposed to be avoiding? Crazy. Coffee, tomato, garlic, dairy, carbonated beverages, animal fats, drinking through a straw…it’s nuts! But it also makes sense that I was feeling a lot better on the cleanse – I was taking in SO much fiber, and that’s supposed aid. I also feel like I’m taking six thousand prescriptions, but at least I know what’s going on with my body.

Anyway – missed a few prompts again…click through on the collage for the Facebook album. And while you’re there, make sure you “Like” my Facebook page if you haven’t already! #ShamelessSelfPromotion

Photo A Day June

Unfortunately it was a rough month and I missed a few…
(8) 6 o’clock
(14) Time
(16) Out and About (This was the day I went to the emergency room)
(20) Fav photo you’ve ever taken
(23) Movement


While my health is not really improving, things ARE looking up this month. And to follow up on my stomach issues that I mentioned in my last post, I will be having an endoscopy and a colonoscopy in a couple days. Hopefully that helps to figure it out. Never thought I’d be getting a colonoscopy at 27! Those are supposed to be for old people!

Anyway, as usual the collage links to the album on my Facebook page where you can see the photos in full(er) size and descriptions/explanations. And if you haven’t liked me on Facebook yet, you should!!