Looks very good! I'm a bit at loss what shortening is though...
I looked it up and I don't think we have anything like it here in Belgium, is that possible?
When I was in Germany they called it "White vegetable fat'...do you have that? It is like lard only from plants...
Doesn't ring a bell ...
I have looked up the translation, didn't found a thing.
And I also never heard of lard used in cooking ... hm Must ask my mum this weekend
ETA: oh wait, is it made from Cacao beans? 'cause there excists something like that in Dutch.
I translated Shortening page to the French one on wikipedia (as it didn't have a Dutch version) and it says it's butter from cacao beans
Lard is actually very popular in cooking. It has a higher melting temperature then butter, has a higher smoke point and aids in keeping things moist and aiding in shelf life
As for Vegetable Shortening, veg. shortening is wonderful for people who rather not use Lard for whatever their reason might be. It is a mix of usually cotton seed and soybean hydrated. Cocoa butter is what you get during chocolate processing. It is basically the same process as shortening if my understanding is right. And it can be used in Dessert baking and the such but it does have a slightly lower melting temp....just saying.
by the way, these look perfect. I've made them a few times and it never seems to be a poor choice.