OMG! I was going through my recipe box and found this. It is eons old but oh so good. Give it a try and your family will think you won the lottery (of cookies).
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 cups brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. good vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups flour, sifted
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup dried cranberries or chopped pecans (your choice)
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the eggs, one at a time, continuing to keep the texture very light.
Add the remaining dry ingredients (except for the fruit/nuts) slowly until well blended. Add the vanilla and beat until all is combined. Now add the nuts or cranberries and fold in.
On parchment lined cookie sheets, drop by teaspoonfuls and then with a fork dipped in flour, lightly press each one to slightly flatten.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. They should be golden brown. Remove to a rack to completely cool down.