Cream together 1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla till fluffy.
Sift together 1 cup sifted enriched flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon soda; stir into creamed mixture, blending well.
Stir in one 6 ounce package (1 cup) semi sweet chocolate pieces, 1/2 cup crushed peppermint stick candy (optional), and 1/2 CUP broken walnuts.
Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart on greased cooky sheet.
Bake at 375Â° 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from pan immediately.