Made with cream cheese.
Compare this version from the August 11, 1942 edition of The Robesonian from Lumberton, North Carolina:
Chocolate Bit Cookies
1/2 cup fat
Cream fat and add sugar. Lightly mix in rest of ingredients. Chill dough. Drop portions onto greased baking sheet. Flatten each cooky. Bake 10 minutes in moderate oven.
From the box of J.L. from Westborough, Massachusetts.
1 cup shortening
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 (3 oz.) cream cheese
1 tsp. orange flavoring
1/4 tsp. lemon
2 cups flour
2/3 [tsp.?] salt
1 (6 oz.) chocolate bits
[2 eggs, beaten]
Cream shortening, sugar, and cheese. Add orange, lemon to eggs; add the mixture to creamed mixture; mix.
Sift flour with salt into mixture. Add chocolate bits.
Grease cookie sheet. Drop by teaspoonfuls. 350 degrees, 15-16 minutes.
From the recipe file of Jane Le[ttene]y