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recipe for cookies asks for unsalted butter I have salted

post #1 of 13
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I was going to make the recipe from Kitche gifts recipe for choclate rolled cookies. It asks for 1 cup of unsalted butter and 1/4 tsp of salt. I only have salted butter at home. So I was wondering will it make a big difference if I used the salted butter? Or will I have to cut down the salt? If I do instead of 1/4 tsp of salt how much should I use?
post #2 of 13
I would go ahead and use what you have, but omit the salt. The reason unsalted butter and salt are usually called for is so you can control the amount in the recipe. I don't think it will make a big difference.
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post #3 of 13
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thanks steph
post #4 of 13
Could someone please tell me on the no fail sugar cookie recipe on CC, it just says butter so would that be salted or unsalted, thanksicon_smile.gif
post #5 of 13
If you use salted, dont put in the salt and if u use unsalted (which is better for baking) then add the salt
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post #6 of 13
Everyone is right...it's a general rule of baking to use sweet/unsalted butter for your recipes, so that you can control the salt you put in.

I omit the salt from my recipes and use salted butter instead, because it is literally $1 - $2 cheaper per pound!! icon_surprised.gif

Sometimes my wedding cakes take 8 to 12 pounds of butter for the cake recipes & the buttercream icing filling/coating!!

The only thing that won't work is salted butter in buttercream...ewwwww!!! icon_razz.gif You should always use unsalted then!
post #7 of 13
Actually, I only use salted butter in my buttercream. The salt cuts the sweetness of the icing, and with it being already disolved in the butter, there's no worry that adding salt will make the icing grainy.

YMMV
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by antonia74

Everyone is right...it's a general rule of baking to use sweet/unsalted butter for your recipes, so that you can control the salt you put in.

I omit the salt from my recipes and use salted butter instead, because it is literally $1 - $2 cheaper per pound!! icon_surprised.gif

Sometimes my wedding cakes take 8 to 12 pounds of butter for the cake recipes & the buttercream icing filling/coating!!

The only thing that won't work is salted butter in buttercream...ewwwww!!! icon_razz.gif You should always use unsalted then!



I have to disagree with the last statement there about using salted butter in buttercream. I always use salted butter for my buttercream I really think it balances out the sweetness of the icing sugar.
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post #9 of 13
I believe Antonia is speaking of meringue buttercream which is not overly sweet. Salted butter in a meringue recipe would give the frosting a salty taste.
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post #10 of 13
A lot depends on the type of recipe you are using and when the recipe was developed also. Many of my cookbooks are older from the 1950's - 1970's and they state the types of ingredients they are using. When they are referring to unsalted butter, they state unsalted, otherwise it is assumed they mean salted butter. But it is more popular today to use unsalted butter and so many cookbooks and recipes mean unsalted. I think that you need to see what kind of butter the cookbook authors had in mind. But personally in a baking recipe that calls for salt anyway, I would use the salted butter and adjust the salt required accordingly. The only time I find it makes a difference is in a recipe that requires no salt and then I would use unsalted butter. Also, I use salted butter in regular American buttercream, partly to cut the sweet taste and partly because of the preservative quality.
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post #11 of 13
In my favorite buttercream I use salted butter and even add 1 more pinch (only a pinch though) of salt. It really balances the flavors.
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post #12 of 13
I should clarify, what I mean by "buttercream" is indeed the Italian Meringue Buttercream...not the butter & icing sugar style.

Sorry!
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