3/4 toasted chopped pecans (for half recipe, 1 cup or more for full recipe – I do half with nuts, half without)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
In a large bowl cream shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix thoroughly.
Combine the baking soda, salt and flour and stir into creamed mixture
Add oatmeal and chocolate chips (and optional nuts) and stir until well blended.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). Bake for 10 minutes. Check for brown edges but soft centers, add a min. or two if too doughy. Turn cookie sheet half way through if they cook unevenly.