Baking Substitute oil for butter

I am baking chocolate chip cookies and recipe lists butter. I cannot have dairy would using olive oil work instead and is it the same quantity of oil to butter?

Ellie Landau


S.Neubeck July 12, 2020
Yes long before Crisco, butter , oleo , other vegetable oils , people used lard. It still works , its cheap, and bake a lot because of the size.
Medora V. July 12, 2020
Earth Balance is great for baking, although one must use the stick form rather than the one that comes in a tub. However, if you don't want the added salt in EB, coconut oil is a good substitute. It's not a 1:1 ratio, though, as butter is not 100% fat; see
Ellie L. July 12, 2020
Thank you for your suggestions:) I did bake my cookies with the earth balance (stick form) and they turned out great!
Medora V. July 12, 2020
I should have put my comment in the form of a reply to you--sorry ;)
Nancy July 7, 2020
Ellie -
Good to work from recipe that already has been baked with oil and found good, like the one SillyBee sent.
However, when converting recipes that start with butter to oil, I use only 80% volume of oil, to reflect that butter sold in USA averages about 4/5 fat and 1/5 water (there are minute amounts of milk solids in the 1/5 part).
If needed, I add some liquid (compatible with the other ingredients) to compensate for the lost 1/5 volume liquid.
SillyBee July 7, 2020
Good point! So many different components to consider. I have a couple quick bread recipes where I want to change the butter to oil to make the bread more moist. I'll use this formula and see how it works.
SillyBee July 6, 2020
Gosh I hope someone knows the answer to this. Baking is a tricky creature, very much chemistry based, so changing ingredients like sugar can alter the final result. That being said, my chocolate chip recipe from ATK uses melted butter. So it's *possible* oil could work. If you give it a try with oil and the cookie spreads too much, try using less next time and chill the dough before baking. Good luck. Tell us how it turns out.
Ellie L. July 6, 2020
Thank you so much! Yes, I will let you know how it turns out:)
SillyBee July 7, 2020
It just occurred to me to give you a link to the recipe I mentioned so that the proportions are exact.
Ellie L. July 7, 2020
Thank you so much!
Ellie L. July 8, 2020
I used earth balance vegan "butter" and it turned out great! And with the monkfruit "sugar" I used 6 ounces ( recipe called for 10 ounces sugar) and it was the perfect amount of sweetness - I just don't like things to be so sweet:) Thank you all for your suggestions and help!!!
SillyBee July 8, 2020
Thank you for your report! I love learning this!
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