The Best Baking Substitutions to Save Your Cookies this Christmas

December 06, 2017

I don’t know about you, but when I want cookies, I make cookies. The only problem is when I’m craving those delicious chocolate chip cookies, but I’m missing ingredients. No one wants to go to the grocery store.

Luckily, there are plenty of different substitutes that you can use instead of having to head back to the grocery store. Chances are you’ll have something you can use. Check out some of these top substitutes for baking products.

1. Baking powder

Thought you had baking powder, but it was actually baking soda? It’s happened to us all.
Instead of heading back out to the store, try out this hack. For one teaspoon of baking powder, combine ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

2. Buttermilk

Don’t bother going out and buying buttermilk just for the one cup you need. Instead, there are several hacks you can try out. For one cup of buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk with one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. After letting it sit for several minutes, it should be just right. You can also try using 1 cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt.

3. Self-rising flour

If you use a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, don’t just replace it with regular flour. It’s important to have a little bit of leavening to help your baked goods rise a little. For one cup of self-rising flour, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon baking soda.

4. Eggs

You can easily replace eggs with some chia seeds. To substitute for one egg, soak one tablespoon of chia seeds in one cup of water for 15 minutes to let it gel up a little. Soaking one tablespoon of flax meal in 3 tablespoons of water would also be a good substitute.

5. Frosting

Everyone loves frosting, but it’s not exactly the healthiest part of any cake or cookie. Some frostings can be over 100 calories for only two tablespoons. Instead of that calorie-loaded option, try using marshmallow fluff instead. It contains around 40 calories for two tablespoons and significantly less sugar and fat.

6. Butter

There are plenty of substitutes for fat in a recipe. For one cup of butter, you can try using ½ cup butter and ½ cup applesauce for something a little less fatty, but you probably don’t want to entirely replace the butter. You can also try using 1 cup of pureed avocados. Another option is using ¾ cup of prunes blended with a ¼ cup of boiling water.

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