SARAH’S CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened{or add apple sauce in place of butter, for more cake like cookies that are lower in fat}
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cup (12 oz) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts [optional]

Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. stir in chips and nuts. drop by rounded tbsp onto ungreased baking sheet. bake 9-12 minutes until golden brown. let stand 2 minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely. makes about 5 doz cookies.

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