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BornToRun 11-08-2012 04:23 PM

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?

Speed Racer 11-08-2012 04:24 PM

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.

BornToRun 11-08-2012 04:27 PM

I have Mazola vegetable oil, butter, and margarine. There's already 1/2 a cup of margarine in it.

tinyliny 11-08-2012 04:29 PM

all butter is perfectly ok.
I would not used liquid cooking oil for cookies.
Coconut oil is lovely incookies, but few people have it.

BornToRun 11-08-2012 04:30 PM

It's asking for 1/2 a cup of shortening, so should I put another 1/2 cup of butter in?

DrumRunner 11-08-2012 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tinyliny (Post 1750023)
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.

Delfina 11-08-2012 04:52 PM

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.

BornToRun 11-08-2012 04:59 PM

Thanks guys, I just put more margarine in it and it takes okay, so we'll see how the baking goes

BornToRun 11-08-2012 05:09 PM

... they're expanding by the seconds

Dreamcatcher Arabians 11-08-2012 05:15 PM

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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