Cream butter and sugars together well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
Add remaining ingrediants (it works best if the are mixed together first). Drop by spoonfulls (a mechanical ice cream scoop works well) onto a greased (or with parchment paper) cookie sheet. Bake at 350F (180C) oven for 10-12 minutes.
Options: substitute the chocolate chips for the same amount in dark chocolate bars ("Burnt Almond" is my favourite) cut in to chunks. Add candied cherries, sprinkles etc.
Recipe submitted by Mary Lou Kakanowski. From the Jean Pare's Companys Coming Cookies book.