start with a small container of margarine
(like 7.5oz of promise or smart balance)
blend in some sugar.
i use about 1/3 brown sugar, 1/3 white sugar, and 1/2 a cup of confection [powdered] sugar.
you can also use 1 table spoon of honey and/or agave nectar.
stir until creamy.
add 1 tea spoon vanilla and stir.
(i like to mix 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1+1/2 cup of white flour.)
if you used honey / agave nectar you'll need and extra 1/2 cup of flour.
add 1 tea spoon of salt.
add 1 tea spoon of baking soda.
add 1 tea spoon of baking powder.
you want the dough to be stiff not sticky. if necessary, add more flour.
then stir in a small bag of semi-sweet chips.
(i use the dark chocolate minis.)
shape the dough into walnut sized balls.
put on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
getting the dough the right consistency is crucial. if your first batch is coming out too thin or flat, you need to add more flour. the dough shouldn't stick to your hands when rolling then into balls. just keep adding a small amount of flour at a time until they don't feel so sticky.