Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies! These stand out thanks to the shortening and walnuts.
In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in the sugars, soda, and salt. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in chocolate pieces and nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Makes about 60.
Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or in freezer up to 1 month.