Alternative for shortening for peanut butter cookies?

Question by Chelsie.BaBy: Alternative for shortening for peanut butter cookies?
I don’t have any shortening and the peanut butter cookies recipe requires 1/2 cup of shortening. Is there an alternative that I could use? thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Joy
Do you have butter? Shortening and butter are interchangeable.

When I say butter and shortening are interchangeable I mean you can use either in your recipe and nothing gets ruined. One reason you might want to use shortening in a cookie recipe is that it melts at a higher temperature, so the dough holds its shape longer in the oven, allowing the flour and eggs to set before the cookie collapses and spreads. So it is possible to produce a cookie that does not spread very much. Using butter or margarine (which has a melting point only a degree or two above butter) produces a cookie that spreads out more. However, It is does not spread to the point that is no longer looks good and shortening in general does not really add flavor to your cookies, while butter does. And most importantly if you already have butter in your house and don’t have shortening then you can save yourself a trip to the market.

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  1. Sophie says:

    Shortening and butter are not interchangeable. Cookies with butter will come out crispy and cookies with shortening will be softer. I suggest you go to the store and buy some shortening. You can’t just change a major ingredient like that. Or ask a neighbor for some.

  2. msnorthernont says:

    Here’s one for you
    1 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 egg

    Mix, Bake at 325 8 min. No shortening necessary and they’re good!

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