COMBINE brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter in bowl of electric mixer; beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Add gradually to shortening mixture at low speed. Beat until well blended. Reserve 3/4 C. peanut butter chips. Stir remaining into batter.
SHAPE slightly rounded measuring tablespoonfuls of dough into 2 1/2-inch long peanut shapes on baking sheet. Space 2 inches apart.
BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets. Place on cooling racks to cool completely.
PLACE 3/4 C. peanut butter chips and 1 Tbsp. shortening in heavy resealable food storage bag. Seal. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 1 minute. Repeat until melted. Knead bag until smooth. Cut tiny tip off corner of bag. Squeeze to outline peanut shape around each cookie and make cross lines in center.
Calories from Fat50g
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Vitamin D 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet