Butter and Margarine

Can you replace nut butters for regular butter in baking recipes?

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09/29/2008

Yes and no. When I make chocolate chip cookies, I usually replace half of the butter required with peanut butter. It gives it a peanuty taste and hopefully makes it a bit healthier cause the fats are healthier in the peanut butter. (1 Tablespoon of butter has over 7 grams of saturated fat. 1 tablespoon of peanut butter has about 1.5 grams of saturated fat. A half cup is 8 tablespoons...so that's saving 44 grams of saturated fats!)

I don't think that you'd get the right texture if you replaced *all* of the butter. And obviously you wouldn't want a nutty taste in some recipes. But for some recipes it might enhance flavor and hopefully make it a touch healthier. There are other substitutes, mostly fruit, that you can use instead. Many people use applesauce in light recipes (like cakes) and a prune puree in darker recipes, like brownies.