4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Melt the chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over low heat.
Remove from heat and mix in sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Stir in the chocolate mixture and nuts.
Chill dough in the refrigerator 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
Place confectioners' sugar in a bowl.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll dough balls in confectioners' sugar to coat. Arrange 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
The cookies will look soft when removed from the oven.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.