3/4 cup butter
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips (or M&Ms)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy; blend in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add combined flour, soda and salt; mix well. Stir in chips/M&Ms and nuts. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet about 3 minutes; remove cookies to wire rack to cool thoroughly.
Makes about 2 dozen 3 1/2 inch cookies.