Optional ingredients to shake things up: 1/2 cup nuts of your choice, 1/2 coconut, 1/2 cup quick oatmeal
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl combine dry ingredients.
In a large bowl beat butter and shortening on medium speed until well creamed together. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined. Add in chocolate chips and any other extra ingredients of your choosing.
Drop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven until just starting to brown around the edges, about 8-10 minutes depending on size. Jackie likes his cookies man size. Cool on a wire rack.