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Butter vs. shortening

Old 10-18-2016, 06:45 AM
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Question Butter vs. shortening

I have a favorite recipe for Molasses Sugar Cookies that includes shortening. Is shortening still available for purchase
in grocery stores? Also, would it work to use butter in place of shortening?
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:51 AM
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I think shortening is Crisco. At least that's what I use. But all cookies taste better to me if I use butter or oleo/margarine instead.
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Butter burns faster then shortening and liquifies more. I have switched to Becel margarine for my cookies (cholesterol issues) but it liquifies more so I add a bit more flour. If you use butter, add a little more flour and watch them carefully but they will be tasty. I still buy Crisco all vegetable shortening for my pie crusts.
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:57 AM
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Crisco makes Butter Flavored Vegetable Shortening Baking Sticks. I use it for any cookie recipe that calls for shortening. If the recipe doesn't specifically call for shortening then I use butter. Do I get a batch of those Molasses cookies for finding this info for you?


Here's what I found about substituting butter for shortening:


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Old 10-18-2016, 12:39 PM
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I'd use shortening (Crisco) as the molasses will overpower the butter anyway
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:04 PM
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Real butter only.
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Kerry Gold Butter yum!
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:14 PM
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butter wil make a crispier cookie, shortening will make a soft cookie. Its a texture thing. like in ginger snaps do you want them to snap or to bend,,,,,its a personal preference.
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:59 AM
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I use half shortening and half butter in my cookies. It's the best of both worlds.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:27 AM
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For molasses cookies it is Crisco only for me. I have the best recipe handed down from my grandmother, but came off a bottle or Brer Rabbit molasses ( good luck finding that). I bake the cookie for about 8 minutes, take out of oven, very quickly put a small dab of jelly on each cookie then back In the oven for about 3 more minutes. My family likes grape jelly best but raspberry and strawberry are great too. This is a soft cookies that is rolled in sugar before baking. Believe me it is to die for even if you don't like molasses cookies.
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