1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening (or butter)
1 cup pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 oz bag chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream together the sugar, egg and shortening. Add the pumpkin. Blend well.
Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to pumpkin mixture.
Add vanilla, chips and nuts (if using).
Drop in rounded teaspoonsful on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool and store in an airtight container.
(I usually double the recipe and use a 15-ounce can of pumpkin)
Number Of Servings: makes 3-4 dozen