[Tip: Leave butter/crisco or margarine at room temp for about an hour before starting]
Add the following to Bowl 1
Beat until smooth.
Heat 1 teaspoon of water (in microwave oven, blast for 20 seconds or so)
Add 2 teaspoons Baking Soda to heated water to activate the Baking Soda
Add the activated Baking Soda to Bowl 1
Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract (to taste) to Bowl 1
Beat mixture in Bowl 1 until smooth (5 to 10 minute should do it) unless using a high-end mixer such as the Kitchen Aide; in that case, time may be less.
Add 4 eggs and continue mixing until eggs are mixed in.
Add 5 cups of unbleached flour to bowl 2
Add 1.5 teaspoons of Salt to bowl 2
Add 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder to bowl 2
Add contents of Bowl 2 to Bowl 1, one cup at a time while mixing bowl 1 contents.
Repeat until all of Bowl 2 has been added to Bowl 1.
Add semisweet chocolate chips in whatever concentration you prefer, or any other treat you like.
Usually 1 or 2 cups is fine.
Pile cookie dough onto a flat cookie sheet--about 1 teaspoon per "clump".
Bake at 350 degrees (F) for up to 18 minutes--larger cookies may require longer cooking time.