1 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon each baking powder and
1 baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening, at room
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup herman starter
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 chocolate frosting (recipe
1 follows; optional)
In medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, mix well sugar, shortening, eggs, vanilla and starter. Stir in flour mix- ture and nuts until well blended.
Drop by teaspoonsful 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 deg. oven 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies and edges are lightly browned.
Remove to racks. Frost or garnish. (If desired, omit frost- ing and garnish each cookie with walnut half before baking.)
CHOCOLATE FROSTING: In small bowl, mix well: 3/4 C. Confectioner's Sugar, about 2 Tbs. Milk, (or more if needed for spreading consis- tency) and 1/2 square (1/2 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted.
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