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Ingredients Substitutions for Cookie Recipes

Part of the Cookies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re making cookies and find out you’re missing a recipe ingredient (hey, it happens to the best of us) keep this list handy so you know what can be substituted:

In place of Use
1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons molasses or 1/2 cup sugar plus 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup molasses
1 cup sugar 1 cup superfine sugar or 2 cups powdered sugar or 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1 cup cake flour 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate 3 tablespoons cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon butter
1 ounce semisweet chocolate 1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup light corn syrup 1-1/4 cups sugar or firmly packed brown sugar and 1/3 cup water boiled together until the sugar dissolves
1 cup dark corn syrup 3/4 cup light corn syrup plus 1/4 cup molasses
1 cup milk 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water
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