A Change in Tactics Can Help Shooting & Cookie Success

In the wide wonderful world of sporting clays, many shooting instructors are fond of saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

There is a lot of truth to that advice.

One spring morning at the 74 Ranch and Resort near Campbellton, my older brother Harvey and I spent an enjoyable couple of hours pounding away at some of the most challenging targets in the state.

At one station, there was a target that was launched from under our feet as we were standing on a berm. The target seemed to be flying straight away and dropping well out into an open field.

After missing that target 10 times in a row, I changed tactics. First I shot to the left of it, with no success; then I went right, also with no success.

Finally, I did just the opposite of what my mind was telling me about the target path and shot about a foot over what I thought was a dropping target. I crushed it.

What we figured out was that the terrain was deceptively presenting an image of a dropping target that was actually rising. Doing something different produced a different result.

In the wide wonderful world of cooking, many chefs will say that doing something different is the definition of creativity. A tweak here and a tweak there will often result in a new taste sensation.

The following is one example of doing something different, in this case with a cookie staple favored in the Lone Star State.

The substitution of dark chocolate chips and chocolate Rice Krispies really kicks up the favor in this cookie recipe that I first published in my cookbook “The Campfire Chef: Old Boots and Bacon Grease.”

Chef Ralph’s Texas Ranger Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 cups chocolate Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Cream together shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Roll about one heaping tablespoon of mixture into a ball for each cookie, press flat with a fork and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 12 to 14 minutes.