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Can I substitute butter for shortening?


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Can I substitute butter for shortening?

villageidiot | Nov 12, 2009 08:28 AM

Hi folks!

I want to make a batch of Mirro Josies cookies, that my mom made a lot when I was young.

The recipe calls for 3/4 cup shortening (half butter, half solid vegetable shortening). Could I use all butter, instead of the shortening???? The recipe says to cream the shortening and gradually add the sugar and cream the mixture.

It also calls for 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Can I use self-rising flour and no baking powder?

I honestly didn't know that anyone used shortening anymore. And, I think this recipe was probably before self rising flour. Since I rarely feel like baking, I don't have shortening or baking powder (well, dad has baking powder, but it's dated 1998!!!) And I only have about 1/4 cup of all purpose flour. Dad has self rising. Being homebound, it is very hard to find anyone to "run" to the store for me.

Anyway, thanks a lot!
The village idiot in Tennessee

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