The cookies I make are like a story I tell over and over, changing slightly with every retelling to highlight the parts which seem the most relevant. Little adjustments to the recipe can yield cookies that are chewy or crunchy, sweet or buttery, nutty or chocolatey, or anything else I can imagine.

When my roommate's sister came to visit, I decided to make chewy, chocolate cookies studded with chocolate chips and chunks of walnuts. We ate them while enjoying Sean Connery's voicing of the dragon in the movie DragonHeart. They were tashty cookies, very tashty indeed. 

*makes about a dozen large cookies

1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1+1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder
6oz semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to  375 degrees F. Cream together the butter, shortening, and sugars in a large bowl. Add the vanilla and egg. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until it is completely incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop large teaspoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes, until the cookies have spread and darkened slightly at the edges.