"My wonderful mom lived to the ripe old age of 96, and one of my fondest memories was baking cookies with her. I would sit on the corner transom windowsill of our kitchen in Valley Stream while she mixed the ingredients of her secret chocolate-chip cookies (which I thought she invented) only to find out that the recipe came from the back of the chip bag (circa 1940s). I would lick the batter off the beaters while they baked and then eat the first one out of the oven. It was the best, all soft with chewy melted chips!"1 cup shortening 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon hot water 1 large bag chips Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream shortening with an electric mixer and add sugars gradually. Add eggs. Mix well. Mix flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet mixture. Add water and vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Makes about 60 cookies.