Generally, you can use butter or margarine in place of shortening, but making this substitution may slightly alter the texture of baked goods. Shortening is 100 percent fat, but butter and margarine are composed of about 85 percent fat and 15 percent water.
In this regard, how much butter should I use instead of shortening?
Vegetable shortening (such as Crisco) contains no water, while butter does, so it takes slightly more butter to accomplish the job: for every one cup of shortening, you will need to use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of butter. Shortening makes crusts flaky and baked goodstender, but lacks the great flavor of butter.
Can you substitute butter for shortening?
Yes, butter or stick margarine can be substituted for shortening in equal proportions in cake and cookie recipes. Most folks prefer butter because of the wonderful flavor it imparts. However, you can expect some changes in the texture of your baked goods.
What is better butter or shortening?
Although shortening is higher in total fat, butter contains more saturated fat since it comes from animals and shortening is usually made from plant oils. Saturated fat is one of the so-called "bad fats" since it can cause your cholesterol levels to increase, raising your heart disease risk.