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Substituting Butter for Shortening

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For many recipes, shortening and butter can be used relatively interchangeably. This is a guide about substituting butter for shortening.
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October 7, 2008

Can butter be substituted for shortening in a recipe?

Maryeileen from Brooklyn OH

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful
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Yes butter is all I ever use in baking, much better flavor for pastries cakes, breads, etc.

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful
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Only if you want it to taste much better than it would with any other shortening! And depending on the age and the source of your recipe, butter may be what it was calling for in the first place. Bon Appetit!

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful
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I use butter a lot unless it is for frying things like chicken or donuts. It gives cookies and cakes a much better flavor than other things.

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful
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You might have to make other minor changes as butter has a much higher water content than shortening.

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February 1, 2011

Can I use butter instead of shortening?

By jessica from Middletown

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful
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You most certainly can substitute butter for shortening and just use the equal amount for most recipes. The butter is better tasting than shortening too. ;-) The difference it makes using it in cookie recipes in equal amounts is that the cookies won't be as fluffy as when using shortening and will be a bit crispier but you can remedy much of that by using 20% less butter than the recipe calls for of the shortening.

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