1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
For real, these are fool proof. Growing up, I always made cookies with my mom. When I got married, I tried time and time again to make those same cookies for my husband but seriously, they always ended up like little brick cookies. Then, this recipe fell into my lap and I haven't looked back yet! I'm in love with them and make them probably way too much. But, they're so good I can't stop! Try it and let me know how it goes!