Melt the shortening and chocolate together in the microwave. To do this, heat for 30 seconds in a microwave safe bowl, then stir. Heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each time to melt the chocolate slowly. Do this until both are completely melted together.
Add the sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the chocolate chips to the flour mixture and mix to combine.
Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and mix well.
Cover the dough and chill for at least 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Form the dough into balls.
Roll the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar, being sure to covering the balls well.
Bake on a non-stick baking mat for 10 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 36 cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**