Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (1 stick) Crisco baking sticks
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12 oz. Package) Nestle semi sweet chocolate chips
(optional: 1 cup shredded coconut and/or chopped nuts)

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat Crisco baking sticks, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time. Beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips and any optional ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake in preheated 375° F. oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

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