The is a recipe passed down through the grapevine...from my sister who got it from here sister-in-law who got it from her famlily. :) And it is SOOOOO good. THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever had.
And because it's hers, I am passing it on as she wrote it. PICTURES to come!
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c shortening
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 - 2 1/2 c flour
2 c chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325. Mix the two sugars and the shortening together until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients except flour and mix well. Add flour and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
Notes from the source: Experiment with the amount of flour you use. I prefer to use 2 1/4 cups, because I like my cookies a little chewier. 2 1/2 cups will make them a little thicker. At high altitude in Colorado (where my dad put together this recipe), we bake the cookies for exactly 11 1/2 minutes, and they come out perfect. I usually have to cook them for several minutes longer in California. And they won't look quite done when you take them out - if the tops begin to look brown, they've cooked too long. We take them out and let them harden up on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, and then cool them on a cookie rack, so the bottoms don't burn on the hot pan. I know it's a lot of detailed instructions, but my family is kind of obsessive about cookies, and we've spent a lot of time trying to get it right. The recipe allows for a lot of playing, though - I will often throw in some oatmeal, or some toffee chips, or other things.