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Chocolate Chip Cookies



1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 toasted almonds
12 ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. In a shallow pan toast almonds; cool and chop. Mix butter, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir wet and dry ingredients together until well blended. The dough is stiff and and may seem as though it is too dry to combine but it will come together. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds. Put round spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet a few inches apart. Bake 8 - 10 minutes until edges are just beginning to turn brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack. This is a great high altitude recipe!! 
Almonds can be omitted.