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Old 12-17-2008, 12:01 PM   #11
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I love using coconut oil in cooking! It's what I use in my whole wheat bread recipes.

The one thing to remember about coconut oil is that it will be solid at cooler temps and then become liquid at warmer temps - so some recipes can be effected by that change.

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the main things I've found coconut oil to NOT work in is pie crust and tea cookies. the pie crust works better with walnut oil and the tea cookies with organic shortening.
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I've used applesauce instead of butter/shortening. some recipes it works great, some it wasn't so hot. I think it works better with breads and such, not cookies
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Re: What's an alternative to shortening?

butter will work for cookies (or half butter, half shortening) but man, those full shortening cookies are by far my favorite (and everyone else's) even if not good for you!
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butter will work for cookies (or half butter, half shortening) but man, those full shortening cookies are by far my favorite (and everyone else's) even if not good for you!
I know what you mean!

I love using the butter flavored Crisco for my pie crusts - love it!!
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You can substitute butter for shortening.If you're making a soft,chewy cookie then make sure the butter is at room temperature.If you're making a crispy cookie,you can use the butter out of the fridge.
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You can substitute butter for shortening.If you're making a soft,chewy cookie then make sure the butter is at room temperature.If you're making a crispy cookie,you can use the butter out of the fridge.
I'm a cook,and a darned good cook but I'm not a baker. This seems to be a basic baker technique,I need more of these! I want to be able to make a cake (preferably coconut) from scratch,that will make my DH's eyes water! Any help?
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