Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

For the second year now, I’ve donated a “dozen dozen” cookies to a silent auction fundraiser at our church.  This means many things:  I get to bake a ton of cookies and they leave my house, which is generally a good thing.  Someone else is relieved of baking duties for the holidays, and local charities benefit.  It’s a win-win-win, really, especially when my house smells like these:

 

Barefoot Contessa Parties!, p. 236

I substituted shortening for butter (clutch the pearls) because it makes for a fluffier, cakier cookie.

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