Cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
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In another bowl combine the dry ingredients together. Add to the creamed mixture gradually and mix until well blended. Stir in the apple.
On greased baking sheets drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to wire racks and let finish cooling.
Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter is NOT recommended for this recipe.