You just have to have cookies on hand. Someone important might stop by, like the cute UPS guy, Glenn, my electric meter reader, or my funny mail lady, Vicki. These people work hard and they need cookies. Of course there is always my brother, he needs food all the time. To be honest, I'm trying to use up leftover ingredients from Christmas cookies. These are very easy and delicious.
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the shortening, butter, and brown sugar together until smooth. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the buttermilk and vanilla. Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl; stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated. Stir in the coconut, nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. Drop by level half-tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and slightly brown. Cool on a rack. Cookies keep well in an airtight tin.