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Try This-What To Use Instead-Substitutions

Updated on May 31, 2014

Forget to get an essential ingredient? Here are some quick and almost-as good substitutions. 

1 teaspoon baking powder:

Use 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar plus

1/4 teaspoon baking soda. 

1 cup sugar: Use I cup packed
brown sugar or 2 cups sifted powdered

1 cup dairy sour cream:

Use 1 cup
plain yogurt.

1 cup buttermilk:

Use 1 tablespoon
lemon juice or vinegar plus enough
whole milk to make 1 cup (let stand
5 minutes), or 1 cup whole milk plus

1 3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar, or 1 cup
plain yogurt. 

1 cup honey

Use 1 1/4 cups sugar
plus 1/4 cup liquid.

1 cup molasses

Use 1 cup honey.

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate

Use 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
powder plus 1 tablespoon shortening or
cooking oil.

1 ounce semisweet chocolate:

1 ounce semisweet chocolate pieces, or
1 square unsweetened chocolate plus
1 tablespoon sugar.

4 ounces German sweet chocolate

Use 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
plus 1/3 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg,

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, and dash
ground ginger.

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger,1/4 teaspoon
ground allspice,and 1/8 teaspoon of

ground nutmeg.


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