Ranger Cookies (also called Cowboy Cookies) are packed with all of the goodness of traditional chocolate chip cookies with added chewiness from oats and cornflakes.

If you are passionate about cookies the way we are then you’d also love these Chocolate Mint Cookies, S’more Cookies, or chewy M&M Cookies.

Five Ranger Cookies freshly baked, lined on a wood board.

My favorite thing about Ranger Cookies is the crunch of the outer layer, while remaining soft and chewy inside. The addition of oats and cornflakes is winning and adds a twist of flavor and texture that makes these even better than chocolate chip cookies.

How to Make Ranger Cookies:

1. Cream: Add butter and sugars to a large bowl and cream with mixers. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

2. Combine Dry ingredients: Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats and stir well to combine.

3. Fold in corn flakes and chocolate chips.

Three process photos for making and rolling the dough for ranger cookies.

4. Bake: Spoon large tablespoons of the dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes.

A baked Ranger Cookie split in half to show the chewy center.

Possible Recipe Variations:

  • Cereal substitutes: if you don’t have corn flakes, feel free to use rice krispies, lightly crushed Chex, or frosted flakes cereal.
  • Coconut: add ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut.
  • Nuts: add ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Make the dough up to 1 day in advance and store in the fridge.  Or make the cookies 1-2 days ahead of time.

To freeze: Freeze the dough or cookies (cooled completely) in a freeze safe container for up to 3 months. Allow a few extra minutes bake time if baking dough from frozen.

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Recipe

Five Ranger Cookies freshly baked, lined on a wood board.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal (*see note below)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips , milk or semi-sweet

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated. 
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats and stir well to combine. Stir in corn flakes and chocolate chips.
  • Spoon large tablespoons of the dough onto prepared cookie sheet. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until set on the top.

Notes

Variations:
  • Cereal: if you don't have corn flakes, feel free to use rice krispies, lightly crushed Chex, or frosted flakes cereal.
  • Coconut: add ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut.
  • Nuts: add ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts.
Make Ahead Instructions: Make the dough up to 1 day in advance and store in the fridge.  Or make the cookies 1-2 days ahead of time.
Freezing Instructions: Freeze the dough or cookies (cooled completely) in a freeze safe container for up to 3 months. Allow a few extra minutes bake time if baking dough from frozen.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 315IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1.7mg

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I originally shared this recipe August 2014. Updated September 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these for my airborne ranger. These are simply delicious!!! Forgot to add the coconut, added extra dark chocolate chips, and used rice krispies instead of cornflakes. OMG! 😋. Thank you so much for sharing! ❤️

  2. 5 stars
    Lauren, I just want you to know that this Ranger cookie recipe is awesome !
    Keep doing what your doing, it’s working.
    Thank You,Bryan

  3. I only have quick oats I know there’s a difference in the oats but does it make a difference in the cookies.. I have friends coming from Missouri to Texas and I want to make Ranger/Cowboy cookie’s for them. 😁

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