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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings: 4
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

1/2  cup  shortening
1/2  cup  margarine or butter
2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
1  cup  packed brown sugar
1/2  cup  sugar
2    eggs
1  teaspoon  vanilla
1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
1  (12 oz.) pkg  chocolate pieces
1  cup  chopped peanuts

In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 20 seconds or until softened. Add about half of the flour to the shortening mixture. Then add brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Beat until thoroughly combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in remaining flour. Stir in chocolate pieces. If desired, stir in nuts. Drop dough from rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack. Makes about 60.

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