Hi! I always use the pre-measured Crisco. It is more expensive, but worth it when in a hurry. I usually use a 1/4 the amount of almond extract than I do vanilla - for example, if the recipe calls for 2 tsp of vanilla, I use 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 1/4 tsp of almond and 1/4 tsp of butter. Sometimes I add a drop or two more of butter - it really brings out the flavor. Hope this helps.