Baking powder produces a slightly different texture in cookies than baking soda does. While baking soda will create a coarse, chewy cookie texture, baking powder will produce a light, fine cookie texture. To achieve the best cookie results, use a double-acting baking powder as a substitute.
What happens if I use baking powder instead of baking soda?
If you have a baking recipe that calls for baking soda, and you only have baking powder, you may be able to substitute, but you will need 2 or 3 times as much baking powder for the same amount of baking soda to get the same amount of leavening power, and you may end up with something that’s a little bitter tasting, depending on the recipe.
Baking powder is, without a doubt, the best baking soda substitute you can find. Use a 1:3 ratio, so if your recipe calls for one teaspoon of baking soda, use three teaspoons of baking powder. It’s tricky to substitute self-rising flour for baking soda, but it can be done by changing the recipe a little.
Baking powder, fortunately, contains both baking soda and cornstarch in it, which allows us to bake these cookies until they’re crisp, but still have a nice chewy bite.
Baking powder is a two-in-one chemical leavening that combines a powdered alkali (sodium bicarbonate) with a powdered acid (originally, tartaric acid). When moistened in a dough or batter, a chemical reaction takes place that produces carbon dioxide gas, inflating cookies, cakes, and pancakes.
When added to dough, baking soda releases a carbon dioxide gas which helps leaven the dough, creating a soft, fluffy cookie. Baking soda is generally used in recipes that contain an acidic ingredient such as vinegar, sour cream or citrus.
Substitute each teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder in the recipe with 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 grams) vinegar. Summary: Each teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder can be replaced with a 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.
How much baking powder do I use for 1 teaspoon of baking soda?
If you have one teaspoon of baking soda, then go for 1 tablespoon baking powder; if the recipe calls for more than 1 teaspoon baking soda, you may want to wait for another time.
What is a substitute for 1 tablespoon of baking powder?
Baking soda can be substituted for baking powder, but it requires more than just swapping one for the other. Baking soda is 3 times stronger than baking powder, so if a recipe calls for 1 tbsp of baking powder, you’ll want to use 1 tsp of baking soda.
Baking cookies quickly in a hot oven – at 375 degrees F as opposed to a lower temperature – will make for soft results. They’ll bake fast instead of sitting and drying out in the oven’s hot air. Ever so slightly underbaking your cookies will give you softer results than cooking them the full amount the recipe says.
- Unless you want cakey cookies, avoid using baking powder: The cookies made with both the single- and double-acting baking powders were just too darn cakey.
- Baking soda helps cookies spread more than baking powder.
Tips for puffy cookies:
- Make sure your baking soda and baking powder aren’t expired.
- Use baking powder instead of baking soda.
- Roll your dough balls into cylinders.
- Chill the dough.
- Use a silicone mat, not a greased baking sheet.
- Add another egg yolk.
- Substitute 1 cup oat bran with 1 cup flour.
- Increase the amount of flour.
- Don’t use melted butter.
- Make sure baking sheet is cool.
- Substitute half shortening for the butter.
Too much baking powder can cause the batter to be bitter tasting. It can also cause the batter to rise rapidly and then collapse. (i.e. The air bubbles in the batter grow too large and break causing the batter to fall.)
Rest the Dough A secret baker’s trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your cookies chewy. The longer you allow your dough to rest in the fridge, the chewier your cookies will be.
The most common reason that cookies are tough is that the cookie dough was mixed too much. When flour is mixed into the dough, gluten begins to form. Gluten helps hold baked goods together, but too much gluten can lead to tough cookies.
Water vapor escaping from the dough in combination with the carbon dioxide released by our baking soda is ultimately what makes our cookies light and airy.
Can I skip baking powder?
If you have baking soda, but you don’t have baking powder, you’ll need to use baking soda plus an acid, such as cream of tartar. For every teaspoon of baking powder, you’ll want to substitute in ¼ tsp of baking soda with ½ tsp of cream of tartar.
How can I replace baking powder in a recipe?
To replace 1 teaspoon baking powder, mix 1/4 cup molasses and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Most baking powder substitutes require the use of baking soda, but if you don’t have that on hand either, you may be able to use whipped egg whites to add a bit of volume in some recipes.
Which is better baking soda or baking powder?
Baking soda is much stronger than baking powder (three or four times stronger!), so you usually don’t need as much. Too much baking soda can make food taste metallic or soapy, so be sure to measure correctly.