less than a minute ago


Marian Bull favorited


Porcelain Enamelware Cups


Porcelain Enamelware Cups


Sankaku Japanese Bandana


Slab Galette with Swiss Chard and Gruyère


My Basket ()

All questions

Hi, We're making cookies and need to replace butter for shortening. Should I use the same measurement?

asked by thebreukelenlife almost 3 years ago
4 answers 842 views
added almost 3 years ago

I respectfully disagree w/ Amanda. Butter contains 14-19% water. Shortening is 100% fat. I would use the shortening, but reduce the amount by aprox 16% (by weight) and replace it with whatever liquid the recipe calls for. If the recipe does not have a liquid requirement, use milk or water.

added almost 3 years ago

I think they are using butter INSTEAD of shortening?

Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 3 years ago

Spiffypaws, thanks very much for weighing in with your specific response. In my experience, you can swap them out 1 to 1 without any harmful effects on the recipe. However, your suggestion is much better, and would clearly produce a more accurate substitution. Agmalivesinbk -- hope we haven't confused you!