1 cup softened shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts (I omitted this. We never put nuts in our CC cookies.)
1 package chocolate baking chips
Beat shortening, sugars, vanilla, water, and eggs until light and fluffy. Mix flour with soda and salt in separate bowl; blend into shortening mixture. Stir in nuts (optional) and chips. Drop 2 inches apart from teaspoon onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
These cookies are the best because they are slightly crunchy on the outside yet soft in the middle. That is the key to a good chocolate chip cookie, in my opinion. They never last long in our house.