Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine the brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the maple syrup and egg yolk and beat well.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms.
Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the dough in 1-inch balls placed 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a fork, flatten the balls in a crisscross pattern.
Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yields: 4 dozen cookies
Preparation Time: about 30 minutes
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