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11-20-2011, 05:20 PM
Hello all!

I am making gingerbread for Thanksgiving: I am contemplating replacing 1/3 cup of vegetable oil with the same amount of coconut oil.

Are they pretty equal to each other, at least as far as baking effects? Would it make a difference that the coconut oil is mostly saturated fat rather than the monounsaturated in the vegetable oil?

Anyone care to share their coconut oil baking experiences?

Thanks! :)

11-20-2011, 06:21 PM
I think that substitution would work fine. The only caution I have about coconut oil and baking is to plan out how/when you add it so that cold ingredients don't have a chance to cool and harden the coconut oil. For example, I used it in cookies yesterday. I combined my wet and dry and then added the melted coconut oil separately and quickly scooped them on to the baking sheet. Good luck!

11-21-2011, 07:41 AM
Thank you, Peanutt! :D I hadn't thought of it rehardening... good point!