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can you use butter instead of shortening?

Last post Dec 12, 2006 10:16 PM by Big_Bud . 6 replies.


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  • can you use butter instead of shortening?
    I have a cookie recipe that calls for 3/4 c shortening - can I use butter instead?

    Thanks :-)
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  • RE: can you use butter instead of shortening?
    What kind of cookie is it?
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  • RE: can you use butter instead of shortening?
    Sometimes using butter in a cookie will burn or over-brown it; we only substitute margarine for shortening/lard.
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  • RE: can you use butter instead of shortening?
    I googled and found this:
    Can I Substitute Butter for Shortening?

    Speaking of substitutes, the question came up this week, “Can I substitute butter for shortening in my cookie recipes?”

    The answer is a qualified “yes”. We have substituted butter in many of our recipes and believe butter makes a tastier, healthier cookie. (Shortening and margarine are made with hydrogenated fat and most of us would like to reduce hydrogenated fat in our diets.)

    Your cookies will turn out a little differently if you substitute butter for shortening. Shortening makes a cookie that is crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. Butter makes a cookie crisper throughout. Because of the moisture in butter, cookies made with butter tend to spread more during baking.

    If you need to, you can counteract some of the spread and crispness in the butter cookie with the addition of an extra egg. Whole eggs or egg yolks give cookies a cake-like texture. So try your favorite recipe with butter instead of shortening and bake a few of the cookies. If they turn out too crisp or too flat, add an egg and try again.

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  • RE: can you use butter instead of shortening?

    I got this from the BB.

    Orange Drop Cookies

    1 1/2 C sugar
    2 eggs
    2/3 C milk
    3/4 C shortening
    1/3 C orange juice
    2 Tbsp grated orange rind
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    4 C flour

    Mix all together and drop by teaspoonfuls. Bake at 350°. They are best when frosted with an orange juice, grated orange rind, and powdered sugar frosting.

    There is no time given for this recipe. I watch for a lightly browned edge on the cookies. Then I remove them from the oven.

    These baked cookies freeze well without the frosting. If frozen thaw before frosting.
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  • RE: can you use butter instead of shortening?
    I made the Orange Drop Cookies this weekend and I had wondered the same thing. I used shortening and they didn't spead at all so I would think that using butter would be OK. These tasted great the first day and the next but by the 3rd day, they were pretty dry so store them tightly or eat them right away. I'm making these again on Thursday night for a Christmas potluck at work. The recipe made about 3 dozen. Hope that helps.
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  • RE: can you use butter instead of shortening?
    We use butter flavored Crysco. Works just fine. Give it a try. Use it for pie crust as well. Bud
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