Can you substitute vegetable oil for butter in cookies?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you substitute vegetable oil for butter in cookies?”, and how to make no butter cookies?

Can you substitute vegetable oil for butter in cookies?

Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil for butter in cookies. But the cookies made with vegetable oil will not have the richness and the buttery goodness. 

Vegetable oil makes for a great substitute for butter because it has a neutral flavor and a high smoke point. A high smoke point means that the oil will not produce toxic compounds when exposed to high baking temperatures.

How much: Replace every cup of butter called for in the recipe with ¾ cup vegetable oil.

Substitutes of butter in baking 

The top substitutes of butter in baking include applesauce, vegetable oil, buttermilk, avocado, greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, prune puree, olive oil, and a mixture of applesauce and buttermilk.

Which butter substitute should I use?

To find out which butter substitute works out best in your recipe, you will have to test bake using different ratios of butter and butter substitute. Start by replacing only half the butter in the recipe, then three quarters, and finally, completely replace the butter.

The following butter substitutes work best when replaced with only half the amount of butter called for in a recipe. Plus these are all very healthy alternatives to butter in baking. 

Applesauce 

Applesauce works great in sugar cookies, cakes, and different kinds of bread like banana or zucchini bread. You can use both sweetened and unsweetened applesauce. Opt for the latter if you are calorie and health-conscious. 

How much: Replace every cup of butter called for in the recipe with ½ cup applesauce.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk works in all baking recipes except pie crusts. Pie crust made with buttermilk turns out crumbly instead of flaky. If you do not have buttermilk at hand, you can make the DIY buttermilk by stirring 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar in a cup of milk.

How much: replace every cup of butter called for in the recipe with ½ cup of buttermilk. 

Avocado 

Avocado is a great substitute for butter in terms of both the finished results and nutrition. This is the only viable substitute for butter with a higher fiber and vitamin K/C/B-5/B-6/E content. 

How much: Estimate a 1:1 ratio when substituting avocado for butter in baking.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is a high protein substitute for butter. Therefore, opt for greek yogurt if are aiming for an increased protein intake. Greek yogurt, due to its velvety texture, works particularly great in cakes. 

However, it can be a substitute for butter in most recipes without any significant difference in the quality of the finished product. 

How much: Replace every cup of butter with ½ cup of greek yogurt.

Pumpkin puree

As a substitute for butter in baking, you can use any squash puree such as butternut squash, hubbard squash, etc. Pumpkin puree works great as a butter substitute in most recipes. 

How much: If the recipe calls for 1 cup butter, use 3/4 cup pumpkin puree.

Coconut oil 

Coconut oil works great in cakes, cookies, and muffins. It does not perform great in savory bread or recipes that require a large amount of butter. This is because coconut oil adds sweetness to the finished product along with a mild coconut flavor.

How much: If the recipe calls for 1 cup butter, use 1 cup coconut oil.

No butter chocolate chip cookies recipe

Ingredients 

  • ¾ Cup Vegetable Oil (neutral-flavored oil)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • ¾ Cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ¼ Cups Flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (optional – use only 1/2 teaspoon if you are trying to reduce the sodium in your diet)
  • 1 ½ Cups Chocolate Chips (semisweet morsels)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  1. Beat the eggs until homogeneous. Then whisk in the vegetable oil, granulated white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  1. Stir in the dry ingredients including baking soda, flour, and salt.
  1. Use an electric mixer to mix everything until a soft cookie dough forms.
  1. When the dough is ready, stir in the chocolate chips using a spoon or spatula.
  1. Scoop out the cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Maintain a distance of 2-3 inches between the dough balls. Because the cookie dough will spread during baking.
  1. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown.
  1. Remove the baking tray from the oven and let the cookies sit for about 2-3 minutes before pulling them out of the tray.
  1. Use a spatula to remove the cookies from the tray and transfer them to a wire rack. Allow the cookies to cool completely before you devour them. 

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you substitute vegetable oil for butter in cookies?”, and how to make no butter cookies?

References

https://delishably.com/dairy/Substitutes-for-Butter-in-Baking