3 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 c. brown sugar
3 tsp. vanilla (Mexican vanilla if you have it)
3 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking soda
7 1/2 c. flour
2 packages chocolate chips. (I like to use one bag of regular chips and one bag of chocolate chunks)
Cream together the shortening, sugars, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine the salt, soda, and flour, mix well. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture and beat just until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. I actually put mine in for about 7 1/2 minutes because my oven runs hot. You'll probably need to adjust the baking time according to how your oven cooks.
Here are a few tricks that I've learned along the way:
* When creaming together the wet ingredients, I make sure to let the mixer run for a few minutes. It really helps to add some air into the mixture so that the cookies end up nice and thick. Flat cookies = yuck!
* I take these out of the oven when they are just barely golden brown on top - it is my firm belief that chocolate chip cookies should be soft, not crunchy! The cookies will continue to bake as they're sitting on the cooling rack, so they'll be perfect by the time you're ready to eat them.
I just made this recipe on Sunday and I made about 8 dozen cookies (I was making them to give out at church for Father's Day). You may want to half the recipe, or you can freeze the leftovers and make them later :)