Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Note from Cheri: This recipe was given to me by my friend Amanda Formaro, editor of TheFamilyCorner.com. Amanda's the mother of four, and who better than a mother to get a chocolate chip cookie recipe from? 3/4 C butter flavored shortening 1 1/4 C firmly packed brown sugar 2 T milk 1 T vanilla 1 egg 1 3/4 C flour 1 tsp. salt 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1 C semisweet chocolate chips 1 C coarsely chopped pecans (optional -- if nuts are omitted, add an additional 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips) Preheat oven to 375° degrees F. Cream butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat egg into creamed mixture. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix into creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and pecan pieces. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake one baking sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 11 to 3 minutes for crisp cookies. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.