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I meant to reply to this earlier but got distracted...sorry!
I use shortening (Crisco). My mom uses butter. The butter makes the cookies most crisp and flatter-still delicious (with more of a buttery flavor), don't get me wrong, but I like how the shortening makes the cookies "puffier." I've never tried half butter and half shortening-but I'm sure they'd taste wonderful! Hmmmm, might have to try that on one of the batches.
I just made them tonight. I used all shortening, bc I hadn't put out the butter yet to soften. They puffed up really well with the shortening, but I do feel they were missing that butter flavor. My son helped me roll the balls and coat them in sugar!