Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add the applesauce, almond milk and vanilla. Beat well.
Stir together flour, baling soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until a stiff mixture forms.
Shape into 1" balls and roll in colored sanding sugar. Place about 2" apart on a silpat or ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Top each cookie immediately after baking with a chocolate kiss if desired and press down firmly so that the peanut butter cookie begins to crack around the edges.
Remove from cookie sheets and allow to cool completely. The chocolate kiss will remain soft until completely cooled.