1/2 cup shortening
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces each), melted
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Confectioners' sugar, for rolling cookies
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
Cream together the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and combine until well-blended. Add the chocolate and mix.
Add the milk and flour mixture, a little at a time, alternately to the chocolate mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the walnuts, if using.
Chill the dough overnight.
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll the balls in confectioners' sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 14-16 minutes.