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  • Can i substitute butter for shortening for oatmeal peanut butter cookies
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    11-08-2012, 05:23 PM
  #1
Yearling
Exclamation Making Cookies: What can you substitute shortening for?!

I'm surprising my dad with oatmeal raisin cookies for his birthday tonight and the recipe has shortening in it but I don't think I have any! What I can I substitute it for?
     
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    11-08-2012, 05:24 PM
  #2
Banned
What other types of oil do you have? Butter? Veggie oil? I've never actually heard of oatmeal raisin cookies that had shortening in them.
     
    11-08-2012, 05:27 PM
  #3
Yearling
I have Mazola vegetable oil, butter, and margarine. There's already 1/2 a cup of margarine in it.
     
    11-08-2012, 05:29 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
All butter is perfectly ok.
I would not used liquid cooking oil for cookies.
Coconut oil is lovely incookies, but few people have it.
     
    11-08-2012, 05:30 PM
  #5
Yearling
It's asking for 1/2 a cup of shortening, so should I put another 1/2 cup of butter in?
     
    11-08-2012, 05:43 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Coconut oil is lovely incookies, but few people have it.
I couldn't put coconut oil in my chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies. Yuk.
     
    11-08-2012, 05:52 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Use all butter or half butter and half-margarine.

The difference is that all butter cookies will spread more and be crispier whereas half butter-half margarine (or shortening) cookies will have a softer texture and spread less.

Shortening, butter and margarine are all equally interchangeable in *most* recipes, the texture will just be different as noted above.
     
    11-08-2012, 05:59 PM
  #8
Yearling
Thanks guys, I just put more margarine in it and it takes okay, so we'll see how the baking goes
     
    11-08-2012, 06:09 PM
  #9
Yearling
... they're expanding by the seconds
     
    11-08-2012, 06:15 PM
  #10
Trained
Pet cooking peeve: Margarine

Change the oil in the truck with it but don't eat it.......yuck! I won't allow it in my house.

But yes, you can substitute butter for shortening or lard.
     

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