So often the best recipes are those handed down from generation to generation. Today I am publishing my Mother’s go to recipe for cookies. Throughout the years, I have wondered if this was a recipe her Mother might have used. She lost her Mother, my namesake, when she was only 18 years old and it was always a sad subject to bring up in our home. Recipes span lifetimes, they are truly a treasure. Bon Appetit!

Rita’s Bit Cookies


½ cup cold water

1 egg

1½ cups brown sugar

1½ teaspoons vanilla

½ cup shortening

Mix together in a large bowl

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 package Nestle’s semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the next 3 ingredients.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients into the first bowl, mix well.
  4. Once the cookie batter is mixed, add chocolate chips.
  5. Use a teaspoon to put the cookie batter on the cooking sheet, bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees.

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