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!)