These quick, easy, and tasty little cookies are addictive. Just ask my husband. They're so small, it's easy to justify having two or three...or seven. You can make them with or without the chocolate on top. This recipe yields about 2 1/2 dozen, which seems like quite a lot. But, keep in mind that they turn out about the size of a 50 cent piece.
3/4 cup of shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt (about 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips.
Cream together the shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and stir in. Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease lightly. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on sheet. Bake 10-14 minutes at 375. If desired, melt chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. When cookies have cooled, dunk upside down into melted chocolate, or use the back of a spoon to spread on the cookies. Allow chocolate to firm up, and enjoy. (I cheat and pop the cookies into the fridge for a few minutes to get the chocolate to harden more quickly.)