These cookies came from a family friend, Marty Larkin, who always made yummy chocolate chip cookies for our family. When she moved away, I asked her for the recipe and have used it my whole life. I think the secret to good chocolate chip cookies is taking them out at 12 minutes and letting them cool on the cookie sheet for another few minutes so they are no longer puffy. I then transfer them to a paper towel on the counter. They turn out really soft and yummy and some of the extra grease is absorbed by the towel too.
Blend together until smooth
1 Cup Shortening
3/4 Cup white sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons water
Blend in well 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix in 2 1/4 cups flour until smooth
add 6 ounces chocolate chips
spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. (until just barely golden brown) Let cool on paper towel.