Ilene's Cocoa Drop Cookies

(Thanks to Ilene Nilges!)

1/2 cup soft shortening (part butter)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix shortening, sugar and egg thoroughly. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in. Add nuts. Chill one hour. Heat over to 400. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough 2" apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, until set. Frost cooled cookies with Butter Icing if desired.

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