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Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 12-oz. pkg.  Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
2.In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. 
3.In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar,
and vanilla. 
4.Beat until creamy. Beat in eggs.
5.Gradually add flour mixture. Mix well. 
6.Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. 
7.Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased
cookie sheets. 
8.Bake 8-10 minutes.