A starter recipe for everyone's favorite cookie. Makes 24 to 36 cookies
1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 1/4 cup sifted all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 cups dark or white chocolate chips 3/4 cup walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
3 In a bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Add vanilla extract, then eggs.
4 Meanwhile, sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add to the creamed butter mixture.
5 Lastly, add chocolate chips and nuts. (Mix chips if you like! Try semi-sweet and dark chocolate or semi-sweet and mini Kisses.)
6 Scoop into mounds using a spoon or an ice cream scooper and place on cookie sheet, at least 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then remove. Place on racks and cook completely. Store in airtight containers.