I actually think this recipe calls for too many chocoate chips. So you can probably cut back on them a bit. I usually do.
1 cup shortening (I use butter flavor)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 TBS. water, warm
3 cups flour, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
14 oz chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts
Dissolve baking soda in warm water. Cream shortening and sugars together. Add eggs and mix until well blended. Combine flour and salt, add to batter a little at a time. Stir soda water and vanilla in for moisture. Add chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet and and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
In my oven 10 minutes is usually long enough, so check them. They are good when they are just barely golden on the edges.
Also I like to keep the cookie size fairly small that is why I use a teaspoon instead of a table spoon to drop them onto the cookie sheet. The smaller cookies have a nice texture when they are cooked.