20+ Holiday Recipe Baking Substitutions for Common Ingredients

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You're right smack in the middle of baking your favorite holiday cookies, probably up to your elbows in flour, when you realize you're missing a key ingredient.  Doh!  You're out of sugar,   someone ate the eggs or drank the last of the milk.  You're missing a spice.  We've all been there.  Here's a list holiday baking substitutions for common ingredients as well as a few tips for healthy alternatives.  Happy Baking!

Allspice (teaspoon) = 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ground ginger + 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Baking Powder (1 tsp) = 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Baking Soda (1 tsp) = 4 tsp baking powder

Brown Sugar (1 cup) = 1 cup white sugar or 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Butter (1 cup) = 7/8 cup vegetable oil; Note:  Add 1/2 tsp salt if substituting salted butter. 

Buttermilk (cup) = 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar + enough milk to equal 1 cup

Cake Flour (1 cup) = 1 cup all purpose flour minus 2 Tbsp

Chocolate (1 oz semisweet) = 1 oz unsweetened + 4 tsp sugar

Chocolate (1 oz unsweetened) = 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Coca (1/4 cup) = 1 oz unsweetened chocolate

Egg (1 whole) = 1/2 mashed banana mixed with 1/2 tsp baking powder.  Healthy swap:  1 Tbsp flax meal soaked in 3 Tbsp water

Flour (1 cup) - Healthy swap:  1 cup whole wheat flour

Ginger (1 tsp dried) = 2 teaspoons chopped fresh

Ginger (1 tsp fresh) = 1/2 tsp ground

Honey (1 cup) = 1 1/4 cups white sugar + 1/3 cup water or 1 cup corn syrup

Lemon/Lime/Orange Juice or Zest = They're all interchangeable in baking.

Margarine (1 cup) = 1 cup butter or 7/8 cup vegetable oil + 1/2 tsp salt

Molasses (1 cup) = 3/4 cup brown sugar + 1 tsp cream of tartar

Shortening (1 cup) = 1 cup butter

Sour Cream (1 cup) = 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar + plus enough heavy cream to equal 1 cup.  Healthy Swap = 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Vegetable Oil (1 cup) = 1 cup butter.  Healthy Swap = 1 cup applesauce or mashed banana or coconut oil or Greek Yogurt

White Sugar (1 cup) = 1 cup brown sugar or 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar or 3/4 cup corn syrup.  Healthy Swap = 3/4 cup honey (though it's still sugar!)